CAP@Your Service – Special Residents Issue – Spring 2007
More than 100 residents attended the 2007 Spring Residents Forum meeting, making it the most well attended Spring Residents Forum meeting on record and surpassing last year’s attendance of 74 Junior Members. The meeting was held on March 24 in San Diego in conjunction with the United States and Canadian Academy of Pathology (USCAP) meeting.
The meeting drew 107 residents from around the country, representing 67 pathology programs from 38 states. In addition, attendees representing three branches of the military and one Canadian province were also present.
Elizabeth Kuhls, MD, (left) CAP Foundation Young Leader Recipient from the Naval Medical Center in San Diego, and Natasha Rekhtman, MD, PhD, Alternate Delegate to the CAP House of Delegates from Johns Hopkins Hospital, were among the resident attendees at the 2007 Spring Residents Forum meeting.
Michelle Barry, MD, FCAP (left), and Charles L. Abbott, MD, FCAP, shared advice and offered practical tips to residents about securing their first jobs as pathologists.
Two resolutions were considered during the meeting with 100 residents credentialed to vote, nearly matching the record set in the fall of 2006. The Research Credit Toward Primary Certification Resolution asked for advanced research credit of up to three months for investigative work in pathology to qualify toward primary certification, however, the assembly defeated this resolution.
In addition, the Standardized Application for Pathology Fellowships Resolution asked the Residents Forum to create a policy requiring the standardization of the fellowship application process. The Resolution requested the creation of standardized applications and deadlines, and that this new standardization be adopted by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education. The Forum referred this resolution to the Residents Forum Executive Committee.
The Residents Forum’s ever-popular breakout sessions were held during the meeting’s luncheon. The small groups in the breakout sessions allow residents to meet trainees from other programs and identify common issues for pathology residents throughout the United States and Canada.
Residents participated in 11 breakout groups to discuss topics of interest about their training, the future of pathology, public health, and their professional lives.
The most talked-about topics revolved around the need to improve the fellowship application process; the need to improve clinical pathology training—especially in advanced areas such as molecular pathology; and the concern that pathology residents are not being allowed to assume graduated responsibilities as they advance in their training.
Visit the College’s Web site to read the official minutes from the meeting. Mark your calendar for the next Residents Forum meeting, which will take place on Saturday, September 29, 2007, in Chicago, Illinois, in conjunction with CAP ’07–The Pathologists Meeting™. To learn more or register, visit the College’s Web site.