College of American Pathologists

  CAP/ACMG Cytogenetics Resource Committee


This page and related links last reviewed on January 14, 2014

Reports to: Council on Scientific Affairs

Charge: To provide and continue to develop effective and timely proficiency testing in the clinical practice of cytogenetics, which includes both conventional and molecular cytogenetics and cytogenomics; to define and monitor state of the art and emerging technology in both conventional and molecular cytogenetics and cytogenomics; to provide expertise and consultation in the clinical practice of cytogenetics to other components of the College of American Pathologists and its members and to the American College of Medical Genetics and its members; to provide continuing education via interpretive proficiency test questions, various publications, seminars and conferences; to maintain and develop appropriate liaisons with other organizations concerned with the clinical practice of cytogenetics and to advise on public policy as it applies to the clinical practice of cytogenetics.

Time Commitment Time Commitment

Number of face-to-face meetings: 3
Length of each meeting: 2 days
Typical meeting days of the week: Sunday and Monday

Location of meetings: usually within 50 miles of an airport. The October meeting is in Chicago.

Number of conference calls: 3, but varied, depends on committee assignments

Hours of committee work required outside of meetings:
Member: 30+ hours
Vice Chair: 40+ hours
Chair: 75+ hours

Additional travel or time commitments:

Attendance at the CSA Leadership meetings for the Chair

Activities of Committee Activities of Committee

  • Review and selection of cases for use in the CyRC-sponsored proficiency testing Surveys, which focus on conventional cytogenetics, fluorescence in situ hybridization (FISH), and cytogenomic microarray.
  • Submission of cases for the conventional cytogenetics Surveys
  • Detailed analysis of the participant responses for the CyRC-sponsored Surveys including grading of the responses and drafting discussions of the data

Expertise or Experience Required Expertise or Experience Required

  • Experience and expertise in conventional cytogenetics and FISH
  • Experience with laboratory inspection and accreditation
  • Experience with cytogenomic microarray analysis

 Benefits to membership on this committee Benefits to membership on this committee

  • Opportunity to meet and work with pathologists and laboratory scientists 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 cytogenetics

Representation on committee beyond the CAP:

  • The committee is comprised of an equal number of CAP and ACMG members
  • The committee also includes one liaison from the AGT and one consultant

Related Links Related Links

Additional Resources Additional Resources

  • Sample Exchange Registry