College of American Pathologists

  Center Subcommittee


Updated March 13, 2014

Reports to: Transformation Program Office Steering Committee

Goal: The goal of the Center Subcommittee is to oversee activities of the Pathology and Laboratory Quality Center (the Center.) The Center develops evidence-based guidelines and consensus statements related to the practice of pathology and laboratory medicine. Through them, the CAP continually improves the quality of diagnostic medicine and patient outcomes.

Charge: To identify, refine and prioritize Center ideas relevant to the practice of pathology, current or future, that advance patient safety for either evidence-based guidelines (EBG), Provisional Practice Guidances (PPG) or triage to appropriate Council/Committee; to recommend Center EBG ideas to the Council on Scientific Affairs (CSA); to approve leaders and members of Center EBG and PPG projects, and partnerships with other organizations and stakeholders; to provide organizational leadership and to maintain observational oversight of EBG manuscript development by serving as point persons to expert panels; to review and provide feedback on draft guideline recommendations EBG and PPG during the open comment period; to review and approve final PPG documents and to review and participate in communication and metric plans for guidelines.

Time Commitment Time Commitment

Number of face-to-face meetings: 2 per year
Length of each meeting: 1 day
Typical meeting pattern: Saturday or Sunday

Location of meetings: One meeting per year in Chicago; second meeting TBD

Number of conference calls: 4 per year

Hours of committee work required outside of meetings:
Member: 3 + hours per month of outside work required (on average)
Chair: 5 + hours per month (on average)

Additional travel or time commitments: Members may be assigned as a Center point person for each of the Center’s projects.

Work Groups (or Expert Panels) of the Subcommittee

  • Each Center guideline is developed by a team of experts, stakeholders and Guideline topic experts and stakeholders. These individuals are invited to join Center Work Groups to research and review the evidence and write the guideline recommendations.

Activities of Committee Activities of Subcommittee

  • Solicit, evaluate and recommend guideline topics
  • Recommend experts to sit on guideline expert panels
  • Review draft recommendations
  • Promote dissemination of guidelines

Expertise or Experience Required Expertise or Experience Required

  • Committee members should possess interest or experience in guideline and consensus statement development.

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

  • Opportunity to meet and work with pathologists from a variety of practice settings
  • Opportunity to influence guideline development and promote patient safety and quality

Representation on committee beyond the CAP:


Committee Structure:

  • The Center Subcommittee consists of 10 members:
    • A chair who is a member of the CAP appointed by the President of CAP
    • 9 CAP members with expertise in guideline development

Learn more about Center guidelines.


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