College of American Pathologists

  Press Release


Published on September 27, 2010

Contact: Carolyn Barth

The College of American Pathologists Selects Massachusetts Pathologist for Excellence in Teaching Award

Northfield, IL.—Bruce A. Beckwith, MD, FCAP, laboratory director and chair of pathology at North Shore Medical Center in Salem, Mass. is the first recipient of the College of American Pathologists (CAP) Excellence in Teaching Award. Dr. Beckwith received the award at a ceremony held on September 27, in Chicago at CAP ’10 — THE Pathologists’ Meeting™.

The award, established to recognize outstanding contributions to education activities resulting in exceptional professional development opportunities for pathologists, was given to Dr. Beckwith for his high level of expertise in the areas of clinical chemistry and informatics. As a faculty for six of the College’s eight annual meetings, he consistently received high ratings from attendees for the effectiveness of his presentation and in providing practical, relevant content that they can apply in their own practices.

“Some say that teaching ‘runs in the family’ as my father and mother were both educators, and my wife is a chemistry professor”, said Dr. Beckwith. “Teaching has been a consistent focus of my career, as well. I have been fortunate to have had the opportunity to interact with students at all levels, from elementary school through residents and post graduate fellows, and am deeply humbled to receive this award from the CAP for work I enjoy so much.”

Prior to joining North Shore Medical Center, Dr. Beckwith was an instructor in pathology at Harvard Medical School in Boston, Mass. He was also an associate in pathology at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center, also in Boston.

Dr. Beckwith is an active member of the College of American Pathologists, where he serves as chair of the Standards and External Affairs workgroup of the CAP Diagnostic Intelligence and Health Information Technology (DIHIT) Committee. As part of this role, he participates in a number of initiatives related to digital imaging in pathology. He has also served as a CAP laboratory inspection team leader on numerous occasions. In addition, he is an active member of many other professional organizations, including the Massachusetts Society of Pathologists, the American Association for Clinical Chemistry, and the American Society for Clinical Pathology.

After receiving his BA degree summa cum laude from the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia. Dr. Beckwith attended the University of Medicine and Dentistry of New Jersey—Robert Wood Johnson Medical School where he completed his MD. He then completed his residency in Anatomic and Clinical Pathology at Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center in Boston, Mass.

The American Board of Pathology has certified Dr. Beckwith in anatomic and clinical pathology, and he holds licensure in Massachusetts.

The College of American Pathologists (CAP) is a medical society serving more than 17,000 physician members and the laboratory community throughout the world. It is the world’s largest association composed exclusively of board certified pathologists and is widely considered the leader in laboratory quality assurance. The College is an advocate for high-quality and cost-effective patient care.