CAP@Your Service – July 2008
Father’s Day was June 15. To help deliver important health messages on screening and diagnosing prostate cancer, a template letter to the editor was created and distributed to the members of the CAP Spokespersons Network on June 6. The Spokespersons were encouraged to personalize and send the letter to their local newspapers.
Members of the Spokespersons Network responded quickly and as of June 9, the following Spokespersons submitted a letter to the editor:
- Richard J. Baltaro, MD, PhD, FCAP
- Kyle L. Eskue, MD (letter was published in the Galveston County Daily News on June 15)
- J. Thomas Molina, MD, PhD, FCAP
Drs. Baltaro, Eskue, and Molina are members of the CAP Spokespersons Network, made of more than 230 CAP members who participated and graduated from the College’s two-day communications training program. Below are the recent activities of other members of the Spokespersons Network.
James R. Miller, MD, FCAP, was recently interviewed for a story on pathology laboratories scheduled to appear in the July issue of Renal & Urology News.
Both Kenneth M. Gatter, MD, FCAP, and Emily E. Volk, MD, FCAP, wrote and submitted a letter to the editor in response to the New York Times article, “With A Tiny Bit of Cancer,” which appeared on June 3, 2008. In the article, a photo was included and labeled as cancerous cells, however, no cancer actually appeared in the photo. Both doctors addressed this issue in their letter and explained the important role that pathologist play in diagnosing and treating patients with cancer.
Jerad M. Gardner, MD, spoke to sixth grade students about a career in medicine and in particular, in pathology, for Career Day at Longpoint Elementary School in Houston, Texas, on May 27, 2008. Dr. Gardner discussed the important role of the pathologist in testing and in making diagnoses such as cancer, so that patients can receive the correct treatment.
Ronald L. Weiss, MD, FCAP, wrote an op-ed piece on the passage and signing into law of the Genetic Information Nondiscrimination Act (GINA). The op-ed was accepted by the Salt Lake Tribune and published on May 28, 2008.
Matthew A. Zarka, MD, FCAP, was featured in a media release distributed by the College in response to the news announcement of Senator Edward Kennedy’s diagnosis of a malignant brain tumor. Dr. Zarka assisted with the development of key messages on malignant gliomas, which were distributed to the CAP Spokespersons Network. He also made himself available to speak with the media, if needed.