College of American Pathologists

  Neuropathology Resource Committee


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Reports to: Council on Scientific Affairs

Charge: To define, monitor, and develop programs to promote quality assurance and performance improvement in neuropathology practice; to keep members informed of emerging technologies, policies, and other issues involving the field of neuropathology; to contribute to the continuing education of members through the design of and participation in CAP educational programs, self-assessment modules, and publications; to serve as the source of expertise in neuropathology and related practice, education, and research aspects to the CAP and its members; to foster relationships between neuropathologists and clinical colleagues in neurosurgery, neurology, neuro-oncology, and neuroradiology; to enhance patient care and management by promoting the role of neuropathologists as clinician collaborators in basic, clinical and translational sciences; to promote the role of neuropathologists as educators to patients, students, trainees and professional colleagues; and to maintain active liaisons with appropriate lay and professional organizations.

Time Commitment Time Commitment

Number of face-to-face meetings: 2
Length of each meeting: 1.5 days each
Typical meeting days of the week: Saturday–Sunday or Friday–Saturday

Location of meetings: Typically, Chicago at airport/downtown hotel in January, and city/resort in summer—one meeting each year is always held in Chicago.

Number of conference calls: 1–2 between meetings.

Hours of committee work required outside of meetings:
Member: 30+ Hours - Additional hours, if presenting symposia
Vice Chair: 45+ Hours - Additional hours, if presenting symposia
Chair: 75+ Hours - Additional hours, if presenting symposia

Additional travel or time commitments:

Attendance at the CSA Leadership meeting for the Chair; Attendance at CAP Annual Meeting.

Activities of Committee Activities of Committee

  • Act as “advisors” to CAP regarding issues and practice of Neuropathology, including recommendations for handling and processing specific surgical and autopsy tissue samples
  • Monitor new and emerging issues/practices/technologies in neuropathology practice that may impact CAP members
  • Serve as interface with appropriate professional organizations (e.g., current and former committee members are officers and hold leadership positions in the American Association of Neuropathologists)
  • Contribute to continuing education of members, through:
    • Prepare new cases and discussions, and review responses for the Neuropathology (NP) Program
    • Support the CAP and other CAP committees and programs by providing:
      • Cases (clinical history, questions, discussion and references) and paraffin blocks for the Performance Improvement in Surgical Pathology (PIP) Program
        • Cases (including clinical history, questions, discussion, references and images) for the Autopsy (AU) Program
        • Questions/images for the Autopsy and Forensic Pathology Self-Assessment
        • Contribute to CAP publications (e.g., chapters in Autopsy Performance and Reporting, 2nd edition, 2003)
    • Participate in educational programs at annual CAP meetings
    • Review and make recommendations regarding CAP Cancer Checklists

Expertise or Experience Required Expertise or Experience Required

  • Practicing neuropathologists, or surgical pathologist with subspecialty interest/expertise
  • Interest in promoting pathology as a specialty, and neuropathology as a subspecialty
  • Interest in promoting excellence in neuropathology practice
  • Ability to communicate with non-subspecialists about NP

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

  • Opportunity to publish materials
  • Opportunity to speak at education events
  • Opportunity to promote neuropathology

Representation on committee beyond the CAP:

  • Provide liaisons with American Board of Pathology (ABP), American Association of Neuropathologists (AANP), other professional pathology and related societies, related lay associations, various Federal agencies as appropriate

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