College of American Pathologists

  Cancer Resource Committee


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Reports to: Council on Scientific Affairs

Charge: To advance the role of pathologists as leaders in oncology worldwide and to serve as a resource in cancer-related of patient care, education, and research.

Time Commitment Time Commitment

Number of face-to-face meetings: 3
Length of each meeting: 2 days each
Typical meeting days of the week: Friday and Saturday

Location of meetings: Winter and Summer meetings are held at various sites. The Fall meeting is typically held in Chicago.

Number of conference calls: None regularly planed but are scheduled as needed.

Hours of committee work required outside of meetings:
Member: 20-30 hours/year
Vice Chair: 30-40 hours/year
Chair: 75+ hours/year

Additional travel or time commitments:

Attendance at CSA Leadership meeting for Chair.

Activities of Committee Activities of Committee

  • Provide scientific expertise to CAP regarding the practice of surgical pathology and the reporting of cancer specimens
  • Create new and review existing reporting checklists and the supporting protocol material for reporting on cancer specimens from various anatomic sites
  • Monitor new and emerging issues/practices/technologies in surgical and anatomical pathology that may impact CAP members
  • Provide input to CAP regarding legislative and economic issues related to the practice of anatomic pathology
  • Support other CAP committees and programs in anatomic pathology as suitable
  • Contribute to CAP publications (e.g., chapters in the Quality Management in Anatomic Pathology manual, CAP Today articles, Archives in Pathology and Laboratory Medicine articles)
  • Review and recommend changes to the CAP Laboratory Accreditation Program Checklists
  • Participate in educational programs at annual CAP and other pathology organization’s meetings

Expertise or Experience Required Expertise or Experience Required

  • Candidates should possess a strong interest in promoting the practice of surgical pathology focusing on improving the reporting of cancer specimens

Benefits to membership on this committee Benefits to membership on this committee

  • Opportunity to meet and work with pathologists from a variety of practice settings
  • Opportunity to publish materials
  • Opportunity to speak at education events
  • Opportunity to participate in developing recommendations for the practice of pathology

Representation on committee beyond the CAP:

The Cancer Committee has an inbound liaison from the following organizations:

  • The American College of Radiology (ACR)
  • American Society of Clinical Oncologists (ASCO)
  • The American College of Surgeons (ACoS)
  • Canadian Association of Pathologists (CAP-ACP)
  • Cancer Care Ontario (CCO)
  • Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC)
  • The National Cancer Institute (NCI)
  • The National Cancer Registrars Association (NCRA)
  • North American Association of Central Cancer Registries (NAACR)
  • Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia (RCPA)

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