College of American Pathologists

  Quality Practices Resource Committee


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Reports to: Council on Scientific Affairs

Charge: To develop customer-focused, scientifically validated program monitors for the documentation of quality performance and outcome measures in laboratories, health care delivery systems, and accreditation programs; and to educate pathologists and the greater health care community about laboratory quality and outcome measures.

Time Commitment Time Commitment

Number of face-to-face meetings: 4
Length of each meeting: 1.5 days for 3 meetings, December meeting is 1 day

Location of meetings: 2 meetings in Chicago, 2 meetings typically less than 50 miles from airports.

Number of conference calls: 0

Hours of committee work required outside of meetings:
Member: 50+ hours
Chair: 75+ hours

Additional travel or time commitments:

Attendance at the CSA Leadership meetings for committee chair

Activities of Committee Activities of Committee

The QPC focuses on developing scientific studies of interest, to help laboratories benchmark quality against one another. The Q-PROBES and Q-TRACKS studies are designed by committee members and then subjected to market research. Successful prospects are developed more completely and sold to subscribers who commit to measure the quality of some aspect of their laboratory operation. Aggregate data are summarized by the study authors and presented back to subscribers in the form of a data analysis and critique. The study authors usually prepare a publication for peer review (typically in Archives of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine) and short articles for CAP TODAY.

Expertise or Experience Required Expertise or Experience Required

  • The committee needs broad expertise in anatomic pathology and various clinical pathology disciplines, and in current laboratory issues related to quality.

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

  • Contribute to a culture of patient safety and laboratory quality assurance
  • Opportunity to publish manuscripts in peer reviewed journals
  • Opportunity to speak at education events

Representation on committee beyond the CAP:

  • None

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