College of American Pathologists

  Press Release


Published on September 10, 2012

Contact: Julie Monzo
Phone: 800-323-4040 ext. 7538

Tampa Pathologist Receives College of American Pathologists Resident Advocate Award

Northfield, IL—The College of American Pathologists (CAP) awarded Betsy D. Bennett, MD, FCAP, from Tampa, Fla., the CAP Resident Advocate Award at a special ceremony held in San Diego, Calif., on September 8, 2012, at the College’s annual meeting, CAP ’12 – THE Pathologists’ Meeting™.

Dr. Bennett is recognized for her dedication to graduate medical education and her contributions to and support of pathology residents.

“Working with medical students and residents has always been the most enjoyable part of my career,” said Dr. Bennett. “It is an honor to be recognized by my peers with the CAP Resident Advocate Award.”

A renowned educator, Dr. Bennett parlayed her skills honed during many years as an academic and a pathologist to spearhead the American Board for Pathology (ABP). During the past nine years as the executive vice president of the ABP, she has reviewed and overseen the certification of nearly 600 pathologists annually in anatomic and clinical pathology, as well as subspecialty competence.

Before her tenure at ABP, Dr. Bennett moved up to progressively responsible positions, first at Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tennessee, and then at the University of South Alabama School of Medicine in Mobile, where she became vice dean for Student Affairs and Medical Education. Always a teacher as much as a pathologist, Dr. Bennett was influenced by parents, both who were educators. She takes great pride in notes from former medical students and pathology residents about the meaningful role she has played in their education.

As an active member of the CAP, Dr. Bennett has served as chair, vice chair, and member of several committees. In addition, she also chaired the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME0 Residency Review Committee.

Dr. Bennett received her bachelor’s degree in biology, graduating summa cum laude from Vanderbilt University in Nashville, Tenn., where she went on to earn a PhD in pathology and a MD. She served as the chief resident and instructor while there and also completed a fellowship with the American Cancer Society.

The College of American Pathologists (CAP), celebrating 50 years as the gold standard in laboratory accreditation, is a medical society serving more than 18,000 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.