Updated March 13, 2014
Reports to: Transformation Program Office Steering Committee
Goal: The goal of the Center Subcommittee is to oversee activities of the Pathology and Laboratory Quality Center (the Center.) The Center develops evidence-based guidelines and consensus statements related to the practice of pathology and laboratory medicine. Through them, the CAP continually improves the quality of diagnostic medicine and patient outcomes.
Charge: To identify, refine and prioritize Center ideas relevant to the practice of pathology, current or future, that advance patient safety for either evidence-based guidelines (EBG), Provisional Practice Guidances (PPG) or triage to appropriate Council/Committee; to recommend Center EBG ideas to the Council on Scientific Affairs (CSA); to approve leaders and members of Center EBG and PPG projects, and partnerships with other organizations and stakeholders; to provide organizational leadership and to maintain observational oversight of EBG manuscript development by serving as point persons to expert panels; to review and provide feedback on draft guideline recommendations EBG and PPG during the open comment period; to review and approve final PPG documents and to review and participate in communication and metric plans for guidelines.
Number of face-to-face meetings: 2 per year
Length of each meeting: 1 day
Typical meeting pattern: Saturday or Sunday
Location of meetings: One meeting per year in Chicago; second meeting TBD
Number of conference calls: 4 per year
Hours of committee work required outside of
Member: 3 + hours per month of outside work required (on average)
Chair: 5 + hours per month (on average)
Additional travel or time commitments: Members may be assigned as a Center point person for each of the Center’s projects.
Work Groups (or Expert Panels) of the Subcommittee
- Each Center guideline is developed by a team of experts, stakeholders and Guideline topic experts and stakeholders. These individuals are invited to join Center Work Groups to research and review the evidence and write the guideline recommendations.
- Solicit, evaluate and recommend guideline topics
- Recommend experts to sit on guideline expert panels
- Review draft recommendations
- Promote dissemination of guidelines
- Committee members should possess interest or experience in guideline and consensus statement development.
- Opportunity to meet and work with pathologists from a variety of practice settings
- Opportunity to influence guideline development and promote patient safety and quality
Representation on committee beyond the CAP:
- The Center Subcommittee consists of 10 members:
- A chair who is a member of the CAP appointed by the President of CAP
- 9 CAP members with expertise in guideline development
Learn more about Center guidelines.