College of American Pathologists
 Career and Life Planning for New-in-Practice Pathologists

Have you ever thought, “I wish I had known then, what I know now?”

As members of the College of American Pathologists (CAP) reflected on what they wished they had known during their first few days, months, and years in practice, they began creating a list.

The list grew into a compilation of resources specifically designed to provide relief during the time when many new-in-practice pathologists feel like they are drowning. No need to sink; the collective wisdom of experienced pathologists can keep you afloat.

The CAP Career and Life Preserver, a career and life planning resource for new-in-practice pathologists, offers insights providing access to the information and support you need when you need it.

The New in Practice Committee is here to help you succeed in these transition years and beyond. Reach out and you will find that you are not alone.

Transition to Work

These resources address the time when many new-in-practice pathologists believe they must sink or swim. Learn about communication skills, confidence, and balancing the demands of a new job.

Learn how to transition to work >

Establishing a Career Base

These resources address the time when new-in-practice pathologists are coming up for air and seeking solid ground. During this period you refine skills, grow a strong reputation, widen your network, and respond to changing expectations.

Learn how to establish your career base >

Have a question or ideas you would like to share? Please contact the New in Practice Committee staff: Nora Bowers at or Denise Mack at