College of American Pathologists

  Molecular Oncology Committee


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Reports to: Council on Scientific Affairs

Charge: To coordinate and focus scientific resources involved in molecular testing and develop appropriate guidelines for the molecular pathology laboratory; to monitor emerging and future changes in cellular and molecular pathology to include practical applications of new modalities; to support state of the art practice of molecular diagnostics; to develop, maintain and enhance proficiency testing surveys and educational programs in the field of molecular pathology; and to advise on public policy as it applies to molecular pathology.

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, one meeting annually as in DC

Number of conference calls: As required

Hours of committee work required outside of meetings:
Member: 30+ hours
Vice Chair: 45+ hours
Chair: 75+ hours

Additional travel or time commitments:

Attendance at CSA Leadership Meetings by Chair (twice yearly)

Activities of Committee Activities of Committee

  • Create and support state of the art proficiency testing programs, through sample preparation, formulating a questionnaire, data review and critique development
  • Work with highly skilled Washington, DC, staff on regulatory issues
  • Development of educational seminars and adjuncts for the CAP National Meetings
  • Work in support of CAP Laboratory Accreditation Program requirements for Molecular Pathology and Genetics (checklist, inspectors, est.)
  • Special projects (e.g., research studies, manuscript summarizing our experience with proficiency surveys or describing our practice recommendations)

Expertise or Experience Required Expertise or Experience Required

  • Working knowledge of molecular oncology practice, technology and clinical applications
  • Strong interest in promoting molecular oncology
  • Ability to provide tools for the community pathologist to guide their practice of molecular pathology

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

  • Interact with colleagues on state of the art technology and practice issues
  • Gain knowledge about regulatory and financial aspects of pathology practice
  • Learn through research and educational projects
  • Share ideas and protocols with colleagues around the country

Representation on committee beyond the CAP:

  • Two liaisons, one from AMP and one from AACC.

Related Links Related Links

Related Links Additional Resources

  • Sample Exchange Registry