CAP@Your Service – Residents Issue – Fall 2007
What an exciting year! Residents’ involvement within the College has never been bigger or better. It is very encouraging to have every state represented within the Residents Forum. I am so glad to see so many of my colleagues taking charge of their future careers and working to keep pathology the best field of medicine.
Over the past year the Residents Forum Executive Committee, along with some of you, have developed a standardized pathology fellowship application. I encourage you to suggest that the fellowship programs that you are applying to utilize this application. Your impact will lead the way to making the entire fellowship application process easier and smoother for yourself and others. Our online community, which was launched in September 2007, is an excellent way to improve communications for all residents across the nation. Take advantage of it, it is for you.
The best advice I can offer is to become involved in as much as you can within the College. Believe me, if you put in even just 10 percent, the College will do everything in its power to help you achieve your goals. There are so many ways to get involved. Spokesperson training and advocacy school are just two of the excellent ways to become involved. There are also many committees that you as a resident are not only allowed to, but encouraged to, be a part of at the CAP. You will enjoy every minute of your time dedicated to your future.
If you feel strongly about issues discussed at the Residents Forum, write a resolution and you will be amazed at the positive impact you will have on your future. All of the information for writing a resolution, utilizing the standardized fellowship application, taking advantage of the excellent online community, Spokesperson training and advocacy school are at your service by going to the Web site and clicking on CAP for Residents. I can promise you that you will always be proud of your involvement within such a fantastic organization.
So, speak with us and let us know what issues are affecting your training and how you believe we can contribute to making your goals a reality. Thank you for being the leaders in our field. I am honored to be able to call you my colleagues. Alongside our colleagues from the American Medical Association, you will and are making a huge difference in health care. Never let that voice be silenced.
Please don’t hesitate to ask any member of the Residents Forum Executive Committee questions on anything. We are here for you. Our future meetings will take place at the USCAP conference in Denver on March 1, 2008, and at the CAP annual meeting in San Diego on September 27, 2008. I look forward to seeing you there!
Continue to be the change you want to get accomplished!
Jacqueline Granese, MD
Chair of the Residents Forum