College of American Pathologists

  Surgical Pathology Resource Committee


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Reports to: Council on Scientific Affairs

Charge: 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 Time Commitment

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

Location of meetings: Within 50 miles from airports

Number of conference calls: As required

Hours of committee work required outside of meetings:
Member: 20 to 30 hours annually
Vice Chair: 30 to 40 hours
Chair: 75+ hours

Additional travel or time commitments:

Attendance at CSA Leadership meeting for chair.

Activities of Committee Activities of Committee

  • Provide scientific expertise to 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 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, such as by reviewing critiques and providing materials (paraffin blocks) for the MK – Immunohistochemistry Survey
  • Contribute to CAP publications (e.g., chapters in the Quality Management in Anatomic Pathology manual, CAP Today articles, Archives in Pathology and 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 Required Expertise or Experience Required

  • Candidates should possess an interest in promoting the practice of surgical pathology

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 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)

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