College of American Pathologists
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Published on September 8, 2011

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CAP Unveils New Pathology Learning Center

Northfield, IL.—The College of American Pathologists (CAP) will preview its new virtual Learning Portal, including advanced pathology knowledge and skill assessment tools, at its annual scientific meeting: CAP ’11 – THE Pathologists’ Meeting,™ in Grapevine, Texas, September 11-14, 2011. The Learning Portal will improve pathologists’ ability to participate in continuing medical education (CME) and maintain certification (MOC) requirements and a competitive edge.

“The CAP continues to build the Competency Model for Pathologists based on the six American Board of Medical Specialties Maintenance of Certification (ABMS MOC) competency categories,” said Charles Roussel, CAP Chief Executive Officer. “The portal will include the model as a unique resource for pathologists to help them with key career-related activities such as career planning, MOC requirements, board recertification, and targeted performance improvement.”

The CAP is partnering with Amirsys, Inc., a leading provider of online medical expertise to healthcare professionals. After reviewing Amirsys other web-based systems for surgery, radiology and pathology learning and diagnostic decision support, the CAP selected Amirsys to design and build its custom learning portal. The portal will enable pathologists to assess their knowledge and skills against the competency model, complete a self-assessment, and develop an individual learning plan.

“Improving the quality, timeliness and accessibility of medical information for physicians to use to improve patient care is our primary goal,” said Ric Harnsberger, MD, Amirsys’ Chief Executive Officer. “The rich body of knowledge from the CAP coupled with Amirsys’ learning portal technology, will ultimately benefit and improve pathologists’ care for patients.”

The new portal will provide a more robust search capability for learning content and options. The portal will integrate all existing CAP courses and new links to external education and learning resources, including other medical specialty societies. This integration will have no impact on users currently enrolled in courses.

“We continue to refine the CAP portfolio of education products for CAP members,” said William F. Hickey, MD, FCAP, Chair, CAP Council on Education. “A newly designed series of molecular oncology courses will be launched at CAP ’11. We are also working on course redesigns, such as the Clinical Pathology Improvement Program, and will be offering monthly CME/Self-Assessment Modules cases in 2012.”

On site at CAP ’11 in the CAP’s exhibit on September 11-12, 2011, attendees will be able to experience the Learning Portal. The full launch of the Learning Portal via the CAP’s web site at is planned for October 2011.

About CAP

The College of American Pathologists (CAP), celebrating 50 years as the gold standard in laboratory accreditation, is a medical society serving more than 17,000 physician members and the global laboratory community. It is the world’s largest association composed exclusively of board-certified pathologists and is the worldwide leader in laboratory quality assurance. The College advocates accountable, high-quality, and cost-effective patient care.

About Amirsys

Amirsys, Inc. is a leading provider of innovative healthcare solutions in radiology and pathology for physician education and diagnostic decision support. Through use of its proprietary technology and image-intensive, expert-based content, Amirsys provides online problem-solving access to thousands of radiologists and pathologists worldwide. Amirsys’ team of over 300 leading radiologist and pathologist authors develop content which is tagged and stored in its patented ACRES™ authoring system. By utilizing its proprietary technology in combination with its unique content