PAP/NGC Programs Review
William D. Tench, MD
The year-end summary reports, or YESRs, for 2004 for nongyn and gyn cytology
programs are now on the CAP Web site. They are an integral component of the
CAP-sponsored interlaboratory peer comparison programs in gyn and nongyn cytopathology.
The information they contain sets these programs apart from proficiency-testing-only
Each report contains a summary of the laboratory responses to all of the testing
challenges throughout the year and provides useful information for establishing
benchmarking and individual laboratory performance. In addition, the nongyn
report includes an analysis of the responses for two specific organ systems,
thyroid and lung, and identifies potential problem areas in diagnoses in these
organ systems. The online report makes this information readily available to
all participants, and it mitigates the problem of paper reports becoming lost
in disorganized offices.
These reports can be accessed through the CAP Web site by (1) entering “Year
End Summary Report” into the search box at the top right corner of the
Web site and subsequently selecting the search result option “Cytopathology
Resource Committee” which includes choices for each of the individual
reports, or (2) selecting “About the College” in the tool bar at
the top of the page, then selecting “Committees/Councils” from the
options on the left of the page, followed by selecting “Cytopathology
Committee,” and scrolling midway down that page to each highlighted separate
Each report contains a significant amount of data and may require patience
to download onto your computer, even through a relatively fast connection. That
patience is rewarded by the ability to save a copy of this report into a readily
accessible folder on your own hard drive, relieving you of the need to keep
an organized and space-consuming paper file.
Dr. Tench, a member of the Cytopathology Committee, is with Palomar Medical Center, Escondido, Calif.