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  A few of the reasons why every pathologist
  should belong to the CAP


cap today



April 2006
Feature Story

Thomas M. Sodeman, MD

  • Legislative and regulatory advocacy at the federal and state levels via a sophisticated governmental and professional affairs operation that takes the lead and does the majority of the legwork in advocating for pathologists.
  • Active partnerships with federal and private entities addressing quality in medicine and in laboratories, such as the National Quality Forum, American Medical Association, Department of Health and Human Services Clinical Laboratory Improvement Advisory Committee, and Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
  • Work with the Relative Value Update Advisory Committee and other federal entities to advance and ensure appropriate payment policies for pathologists in all settings.
  • State-of-the-art educational programs and services, ranging from a four-day annual meeting featuring the biggest names in the field to a rich menu of online continuing medical education options.
  • PathPAC, the only political action committee representing the profession.
  • The CAP Laboratory Accreditation Program, the gold standard for quality assurance in laboratory medicine.
  • Worldwide leadership in proficiency testing.
  • Outstanding support for laboratory improvement via scientific committees and tailored programs such as Q-Probes and Q-Tracks.
  • The CAP Foundation, which awards $300,000 in scholarships and grants to residents and fellows of the College each year and contributes generously to humanitarian causes.
  • Access to some of the most authoritative and useful publications in the industry, including the Archives of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine, CAP-approved protocols for reporting on cancer specimens, and CAP TODAY.
  • SNOMED CT, the world’s premier medical nomenclature, a powerful tool that will link and propel progress in every discipline of medicine across the globe.
  • Opportunities to enjoy the collegiality of one of the finest professional communities in medicine.

Dr. Sodeman welcomes communication from CAP members. Write to him at

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