College of American Pathologists

  Forensic Pathology Resource Committee


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Reports to: Council on Scientific Affairs

Charge: To recognize and meet the needs of the pathologist and pathology with regard to forensic casework; to advance forensic pathology, medicine and science through education, provision of Survey Programs, advocacy and other means; to serve as a liaison between the CAP and the forensic community.

Time Commitment Time Commitment

Number of face-to-face meetings: 2
Length of each meeting: 1½ days each
Typical meeting days of the week: Friday and Saturday

Location of meetings: One meeting is held in Chicago in conjunction with the Autopsy Committee. All other meetings are held anywhere in the continental United States.

Number of conference calls: 0

Hours of committee work required outside of meetings:
Member: 30+ hours
Vice Chair: 45+ hours
Chair: 150+ hours

Additional travel or time commitments:

The committee chair is required to attend the CSA Leadership meetings, which take place two times a year. Committee member attendance at the CAP Annual Meeting is strongly encouraged.

Activities of Committee Activities of Committee

  • Contribute to the FR program, by submitting cases and providing peer review of other proposed cases
  • Provide expertise and guidance to the non-forensic pathologist
  • Develop educational products/venues for resident training
  • Provide information/education promoting public health/wellness
  • Actively engage as Spokespersons for the College on forensic and autopsy affairs

Expertise or Experience Required Expertise or Experience Required

  • Forensic Pathologist certified in at least AP and FP by the American Board of Pathology

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

  • Become more active in College business
  • Opportunity to interact with the wider pathology community
  • Opportunities to publish scholarly articles on forensic and autopsy pathology
  • Increase awareness of pathologists and the general public regarding forensic matters
  • Act as Spokespersons for forensic matters for the College

Representation on committee beyond the CAP:

The Forensic Pathology Committee has an outbound liaison to the following organization:

  • National Association of Medical Examiners (NAME)

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