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Member and Public Communications Committee


This page and related links last reviewed on July 17, 2012

Reports to: Council on Membership and Professional Development

Charge: To deliver services and tools to support members in promoting themselves and their expertise and to advance effective relationships between pathologists and their professional colleagues. To raise the transformational image of pathologists in the public as leading patient advocates for excellence in diagnosis and medical testing through the implementation of programs and public statements on health issues that demonstrate the pathologist’s role in delivering quality and accessible patient care.

Time Commitment Time Commitment

Number of face-to-face meetings: 2
Length of each meeting: 1.5 days
Typical meeting days of the week: Saturday and Sunday

Location of meetings: Various locations throughout the country, usually within 30 miles of the airport.

Number of conference calls: 1 conference call in-between the two face-to-face meetings.

Hours of committee work required outside of meetings:
Member: 24-40 hours per year
Chair: 60-80 hours per year

Additional travel or time commitments:

  • Three council meetings for chair
  • Complete CAP Engaged Leaders Academy – new committee members

Activities of Committee Activities of Committee

  • CAP Engaged Leaders Academy Event
  • Spokesperson Network activities
  • Development of CAP Public Position Statements
  • Internet, Web collaboration issues
  • Patient and Public section on
  • Publicity materials
  • NewsPath®
  • Social media activities
  • Collaborate with the CAP Foundation on the See, Test & Treat® program

Expertise or Experience Required Expertise or Experience Required

  • Willingness to speak in public and with media would be useful
  • Desire to enhance the public image of pathologists and the profession
  • Interest in public perception of health care issues and in communicating to public and other audiences regarding pathologists vital role in quality patient care
  • Interest in public service projects

bullet Benefits to Membership on this Committee

Members of this Committee have the opportunity to:

  • Enhance communications skills and work with the media through radio, print, Internet, and broadcast interviews, as well as video news releases
  • Help raise and shape the image of pathologists and pathology as a profession
  • Contribute articles to NewsPath® for online publication and/or mentor NewsPath authors
  • Chance to craft CAP Public Position Statements
  • Learn about and participate in College‚Äôs See, Test and Treat® program

Representation on committee beyond the CAP: None


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