College of American Pathologists

  Immunohistochemistry Committee


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(Ancillary to Surgical Pathology Committee)

Reports to: Council on Scientific Affairs

Charge: To provide Surveys and education regarding the state-of-the-art immunohistochemistry methods for diagnosis and prediction.

Time Commitment Time Commitment

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

Location of meetings: Within 50 miles from airports

Number of conference calls: As required

Hours of committee work required outside of meetings:
Member: 20 to 30 hours annually
Vice Chair: 30 to 40 hours
Chair: 75+ hours
Additional hours required if assigned as Survey lead

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 immunohistochemistry.
  • Monitor new and emerging issues/practices/technologies in immunohistochemistry that may impact CAP members
  • Provide input to CAP regarding legislative and economic issues related to the practice of anatomic pathology
  • Contribute to continuing education of members by writing case discussions, obtaining paraffin blocks for new cases, and reviewing participant responses for the following Surveys:
    • MK – General Immunohistochemistry
    • GHER2 – Gastric HER2
    • HER2 – HER2
    • MMR – Mismatch Repair
    • PM1 – CD117
    • PM2 – Estrogen Receptor (ER) and Progesterone Receptor (PgR)
    • PM3 – CD20
    • PM5 – Markers vary by year
  • Support other CAP committees and programs, such as by reviewing critiques and providing materials (paraffin blocks) for the Performance Improvement in Surgical Pathology (PIP) Program
  • Contribute to CAP publications (e.g., the Archives of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine series “Best Practices in Diagnostic Immunohistochemistry”, chapters in the Quality Management in Anatomic Pathology manual, CAP Today articles)
  • Review and recommend changes to the CAP Laboratory Accreditation Program Checklists
  • Review and recommend changes to the CAP Cancer Protocols and Checklists
  • Participate in educational programs at annual CAP meetings

Expertise or Experience Required Expertise or Experience Required

Candidates should possess an interest in promoting the practice of anatomic pathology focusing on the science and application of immunohistochemistry.

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: None


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