College of American Pathologists

  Press Release


Published on September 10, 2012

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CAP and Association of Pathology Chairs to Collaborate on Medical Education

Northfield, IL—The College of American Pathologists (CAP) and the Association of Pathology Chairs (APC) have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to collaborate on the development of medical education programs that reflect emerging pathology practice and research. The non-exclusive arrangement was announced at the CAP’s annual meeting, CAP ’12 – THE Pathologists’ Meeting™ in San Diego, Calif.

The CAP is a leading provider of laboratory accreditation and serves more than 18,000 board-certified physician pathologists in the practice of laboratory medicine and related services. The APC provides services aimed at advancing pathology education, research, and practices. Its members include academic chairs, residency program directors, medical student educators, department administrators, and graduate program coordinators.

“Pathology, like other medical specialties, faces revolutionary change in health science and economics,” said CAP President Stanley J. Robboy, MD, FCAP, and vice chair of Diagnostic Pathology at Duke University. “The MOU with the APC addresses these factors at two critical levels: undergraduate and graduate medical education (GME) for pathology residents, and continuing medical education (CME) for practicing pathologists.”

“For APC the MOU formalizes a key point of collaboration,” said Ann Thor, MD, president of Bethesda-based APC and chair of Pathology at the University of Colorado in Denver. “It ensures a critical window on modern practice that APC can use to inform the development of programs for students and young physicians preparing for careers in pathology and for practicing physicians who need to keep up with advances in the field.”

The overarching focus of the collaboration is on graduate and continuing medical education calling for the two organizations to work on transformative pathology training projects and leverage their combined resources to advocate on behalf of the specialty at the state and national policy levels. One of the initial projects is expected to center on health information technology (HIT) as support for pathology’s role in accountable/coordinated care and other emerging new models for health care delivery.

Over the past several years, the CAP has developed a “case for change” aimed at defining the role and scope of pathology and pathologists in 21st century medical science. The effort, which culminates later this year with publication of summary conclusions about the future state of the specialty, emphasizes the importance of GME and CME as guideposts for maximizing the quality of patient care and enhancing pathologists’ clinical and economic value.

The CAP Board of Governors and the APC Council have approved the MOU and expect formal collaboration to begin in January 2013.

About the CAP

The College of American Pathologists (CAP), celebrating 50 years as the gold standard in laboratory accreditation, is a medical society serving more than 18,000 physician members and the global laboratory community. It is the world’s largest association composed exclusively of board-certified pathologists and is the worldwide leader in laboratory quality assurance. The College advocates accountable, high-quality, and cost-effective patient care.

About APC

The Association of Pathology Chairs (APC) serves as the voice of academic Pathology. The APC exists to provide leadership and advocacy for this dynamic discipline and to enable academic departments to meet the demands of their three missions—medical education, research and practice. The APC provides education, training, information resources and networking opportunities for chairs, residency program directors, medical student educators, department administrators, and graduate program coordinators.