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Updated January 14, 2014

About the CAP Residents Forum

About the CAP Residents ForumThe College of American Pathologists Residents Forum (CAP RF) provides representation of the Junior membership of the College to the CAP House of Delegates, CAP Board of Governors, and the American Medical Association Resident and Fellow Section (AMA RFS) through its duly appointed resident delegates. The College of American Pathologists Residents Forum provides pathology residents with a voice in organized pathology, promotes involvement of young leaders in College activities early in their careers and establishes a network for pathology residents in the College.

The CAP RF addresses issues that reflect the needs and interests of CAP Junior Members. The Residents Forum considers reports of its officers and of any committees as deemed necessary. It refers its action to the Council that is designated to receive CAP-RF actions by the CAP Board of Governors and/or to the CAP House of Delegates.

Delegates

The Residents Forum will be composed of Delegates elected or appointed from the Junior Members of the College. Each Delegate must be a CAP Junior Member in good standing in the state, which the Delegate represents.

The terms of all Delegates selected from any eligible state will be two years. Delegates will be eligible for re election or re appointment. If a Delegate moves from the state, which he or she represents, that seat will become vacant.

Upon vacancy due to a Delegate’s death, change to another specialty, resignation from the College, or transfer to a residency training program outside the state represented, the Residents Forum Chair will appoint a successor from that state to complete the unexpired term. Such appointed Delegate(s) will serve only the remaining portion of that term, but will be eligible for re-election or re-appointment.

The selection of Delegates will be made by the appropriate pathology society of each eligible state subject to the rules of apportionment given in Section 3. If there is no formally organized or functioning pathology society in a state, the Residents Forum Chair will select, or cause to be selected, the appropriate number of Delegates from that state. Twenty (20) CAP Junior Members in good standing in a state or a majority of CAP Junior Members in a state, whichever is less, may nominate Delegates from their state by submitting a petition bearing their signatures.

Apportionment

In January of each calendar year, the Executive Vice President of the CAP or designee will conduct a census of the number of Junior Members in each pathology training program that is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME). The results of this census will be reported to the Residents Forum.

Based on the annual census, each state will be represented by Delegates from each of its ACGME-accredited pathology training programs containing Junior Members. Each such training program will be represented by one (1) Delegate for each ten (10) Junior Members or fraction thereof in the program (1 10 Junior Members = 1 Delegate, 11-20 Junior Members = 2 Delegates, 21-30 Junior Members = 3 Delegates, etc.).

Reapportionment of the Delegates will reflect the outcome of the annual census. Reapportionment of membership will not deny to any Delegate, elected or appointed to a term of office, the right to complete that term.

Officers

The Officers of the Residents Forum will be the Chair, Vice Chair, Secretary, and Immediate Past Chair.

Chair

The principal officer of the Residents Forum will be the Chair, who will preside at meetings, maintain order and decorum, and appoint committees of the Residents Forum as set forth in these Bylaws and inform CAP Junior Members of the activities of the Residents Forum.

The Chair will keep CAP Junior Members, the CAP Membership Committee, the Council that is designated by the CAP Board of Governors, and the CAP Board of Governors informed of the activities of the Residents Forum. The Chair will issue the official call for meetings.

The Chair will be responsible to see that all resolutions and actions of the Residents Forum are transmitted to the House of Delegates through the duly elected Resident Delegate.

The Chair will have the right to vote only in the case of a tie.

Vice Chair

The Vice Chair will act as the principal officer of the Residents Forum in the absence of the Chair. The Vice Chair will assist in the duties of the Chair.

Secretary

The Secretary of the Residents Forum will record the minutes of Residents Forum meetings and maintain lists of Delegates and members of Residents Forum committees. The Secretary will maintain the file of meeting minutes and carry out other appropriate duties. Subject to provisions within these Bylaws, the Secretary will credential Delegates to the Residents Forum meeting. The Secretary will be responsible for directing the activities of the Residents Forum Credentials Committee.

Residents Forum Executive Committee

The Residents Forum Executive Committee will be composed of the officers of the Residents Forum, the Delegate and Alternate Delegate to the CAP House of Delegates, the Delegate and Alternate Delegate to the AMA RFS, and the Member-at-Large.

The Residents Forum Chair will serve as Chair of this committee.

The Residents Forum Executive Committee will assist in preparing the agenda and in carrying out the activities of the Residents Forum. It will meet prior to the general meeting of the Residents Forum and may meet at any other time to conduct Residents Forum business at the call of the Chair.

Delegate and Alternate Delegate to the CAP House of Delegates

The Delegate and Alternate Delegate will attend all national meetings of the CAP House of Delegates. The Delegate will communicate and present resolutions adopted by the Residents Forum to the CAP House of Delegates when appropriate. The Delegate will inform the CAP House of Delegates about activities of the Residents Forum. The Delegate is limited to submitting resolutions adopted by the Residents Forum.

The Alternate Delegate will assume these responsibilities and duties if the Delegate is unable to do so.

Delegate and Alternate Delegate to the American Medical Association Resident and Fellow Section

The Delegate and Alternate Delegate will attend the annual and interim meetings of the American Medical Association Resident and Fellow Section (AMA RFS) and will present any resolutions initiated by the CAP Residents Forum which have been approved by the CAP Board of Governors for transmission to the AMA RFS. The Delegate will keep the CAP informed of any AMA RFS activities through the appropriate channels.

The Alternate Delegate will assume these responsibilities and duties if the Delegate is unable to do so.

Member-at-Large

The Member-at-Large will be responsible for assisting in recruitment of Junior Members, will assist in communicating the activities of the Residents Forum to the Delegates, will facilitate communication between the College of American Pathologists and its Junior Members, and will carry out other such duties as are assigned by the Chair and the FEC.

Advisor(s)

The Residents Forum Executive Committee will have at least one advisor who will be a CAP Fellow, holding no vote. The Residents Forum Chair will recommend potential advisors for appointment by the CAP President.

Term of Office

Only CAP Junior Members in good standing may be elected as Residents Forum Executive Committee members.

No Junior Member elected as Residents Forum Delegate or Alternate Delegate to the AMA RFS may serve until approved by the CAP Board of Governors.

Elections

Only CAP Junior Members in good standing may be elected as Residents Forum Executive Committee members.

To be elected, a candidate for any position must receive a majority of votes cast by those members of the Residents Forum voting. There shall be no voting by proxy.

Meetings

The Residents Forum will meet twice annually, once in conjunction with the College of American Pathologists Annual Meeting (the fall Residents Forum meeting) and once as determined by the Residents Forum Executive Committee (the spring Residents Forum meeting). Meetings of the Residents Forum will be open sessions.

Resolutions

Resolutions may be submitted by any CAP Junior Member in good standing and must be submitted by a date to be specified by the Residents Forum Chair. Resolutions received after this date will be designated as late resolutions. In order to be considered, late resolutions will require a two-thirds (2/3) majority vote of Delegates voting.

Contact Information

    Jan Glas
    CAP Residents Forum
    325 Waukegan Road
    Northfield, IL 60093
    800-323-4040 ext. 7499
    E-mail: jglas@cap.org

 

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