To assist pathologists by providing guidance for surgical pathology practice and quality assurance by serving as a resource on technical and regulatory issues that affect the surgical pathology laboratory, by providing resources for educational programs that help pathologists continually improve their performance, and by serving as a resource to the Council on Government and Professional Affairs and the Division of Government and Professional Affairs.
|Time Commitment Requirements|
|Number of face-to-face meetings||3|
|Length of meetings||2 days|
|Typical meeting days||Saturday and Sunday|
|Meeting locations||Less than 50 miles from an airport|
|Number of conference calls||None regularly planned but are scheduled as needed.|
|Hours/year of committee work required outside of meetings||Members 20-30, Vice Chair 30-40, Chair 75+|
|Additional travel or time commitments||Attendance at CSA Leadership meeting for chair.|
Activities of Committee
- Provide scientific expertise to the CAP regarding the practice of surgical pathology.
- Monitor new and emerging issues/practices/technologies in surgical and anatomical pathology that may impact CAP members.
- Provide input to the CAP regarding legislative and economic issues related to the practice of Anatomic Pathology.
- Contribute to continuing education of members by writing case discussions, obtaining paraffin blocks for new cases, and reviewing participant responses for the following programs:
- Performance Improvement Program in Surgical Pathology (PIP)
- Online Virtual Biopsy Program in Surgical Pathology (VBP)
- Support other CAP committees and programs, by reviewing critiques and providing materials (paraffin blocks) for the MK - Immunohistochemistry Survey
- Contribute to CAP publications (eg, chapters in the Quality Management in Anatomic Pathology manual, CAP TODAY articles, Archives in Pathology & Laboratory Medicine articles).
- Review and recommend changes to the CAP Laboratory Improvement Program Checklists.
- Review and recommend changes to the CAP Cancer Protocols and Checklists.
- Participate in educational programs at annual CAP meetings
Expertise or Experience
- Candidates should possess an interest in promoting the practice of surgical pathology
Benefits of Committee Membership
- Opportunity to meet and work with pathologists from a variety of practice settings
- Opportunity to publish materials
- Opportunity to speak at education events
- Opportunity to participate in developing recommendations for the practice of pathology
Representation on Committee Beyond the CAP
- Liaison from the Association of Directors of Anatomic and Surgical Pathology (ADASP)