CAP@Your Service – Residents Issue – Fall 2007
- The College of American Pathologists Residents Forum (RF) Chair Samuel K. Caughron, MD, called the meeting to order on Saturday, September 29, 2007, promptly at 10:00 am. Dr. Caughron called attention to the RF roster and charge. The March 24, 2007, meeting minutes were approved.
CAP President Thomas M. Sodeman, MD, FCAP, gave an address to the RF on the profession of pathology. He spoke on the four things that make up a profession, including manpower, reimbursement, technology, and education. He also touched on the fact that to sustain a profession, one must figure out how to get people into the profession. While professing that the College will be there to help, he challenged the RF to better ourselves so that we will have the skills to succeed in the future of pathology, which will be different than what we might expect. Dr. Sodeman concluded by presenting outgoing members of the RF Executive Committee with certificates of appreciation for their service.
Dr. Caughron presented the state of the RF address, emphasizing the mission of the CAP and the charge of the RF. He spoke on the organization of the CAP and how the RF fits into the infrastructure. He praised the RF for increasing attendance at recent RF meetings and went through how a typical RF meeting is structured. The recent past actions and current initiatives of the RF were reviewed. Dr. Caughron concluded by verifying credentials. There were 174 individuals in attendance, of which 158 were seated to vote, representing 95 training programs from 38 states, three provinces, and one branch of the military.
Resident Board Member to the CAP Foundation Steven Drury, MD, gave a report on the CAP Foundation. He recognized examples of residents who received Foundation grants and urged the RF, as leaders in our field, to apply for Foundation awards and to contribute to the CAP Foundation, stressing the importance of the contribution itself over the amount. Dr. Drury also acknowledged the 2007 Leadership Development Awardees and the previous awardees.
Immediate Past Chair Teresa M. Cox, MD, FCAP, gave a delegate orientation to the RF, an orientation to the CAP 2007 meeting, and reviewed parliamentary procedure.
CAP Staff member Geoffrey Jaroch then invited RF attendees to participate in the new CAP “Speed Networking,” where a group of residents would have the opportunity to spend a few minutes each with multiple different CAP Fellows.
The 2007-2008 elections for the RF Executive Committee were held, and results were:
- Chair – Jacqueline M. Granese, MD,
from University of Tennessee, Memphis, TN
- Vice Chair – Amanda E. Wehler, DO,
from Hershey Medical Center, Hershey, PA
- Secretary – Sharon K. Bihlmeyer, MD,
from University of Vermont/Fletcher Allen Health Care, Burlington, VT
- Member-at-Large – Suzanne H. Martin, MD,
from University of South Alabama Medical Center, Mobile, AL
- Alternate Delegate to CAP House of Delegates – Erin O’Sullivan, MD,
from University of Tennessee Health Sciences Center, Memphis, TN
- Alternate Delegate to the AMA Resident and Fellow Section –
Keagan H. Lee, MD, from Columbia University Medical Center,
New York, NY
Continuing members of the RF Executive Committee are Dr. Caughron as immediate past chair, RF Delegate to the CAP House John J. Cangelosi, MD, from University of Texas Medical Branch, and CAP Delegate to the American Medical Association Resident and Fellow Section (AMA RFS) Daniel C. Zedek, MD, from University of North Carolina.
Updates from the Residents Forum Executive Committee were presented. RF Vice Chair Noel A. Brownlee, MD, PhD, gave an update on the standardized pathology fellowship application. RF Member–at–Large C. Leilani Valdes, MD, gave an update on the pathology residents online community. RF Delegate to the AMA RFS Jacqueline M. Granese, MD, gave an update on the AMA RFS. RF Delegate to the CAP House of Delegates John W. Turner, MD, gave an update on the CAP House of Delegates and presented results of a clinical pathology training survey.
Dr. Leilani made a motion to acknowledge CAP staff for their promptness and dedication to launching the online community. The motion was accepted.
Lunch was shared with the CAP House of Delegates, celebrating its 50th anniversary. RF attendees had the chance to network with House members.
The Fall 2007 resolutions were discussed.
- RF-F2007-1 Residents Forum Campaign Rules
asked for a set of RF campaign guidelines to be written and was adopted by voting delegates.
- RF-F2007-2 Online Archive of Residents Forum Resolutions
asked for an online searchable archive of previously written resolutions and was adopted by voting delegates.
- RF-F2007-3 Competency and Certification Education Materials
asked for a set of maintenance of certification and competency and board preparation documents be developed and available on the internet and was referred to the RF Executive Committee for further consideration.
- RF-F2007-4 Resident Research Grant Recommendation
asked for small grants to be available from the CAP Foundation for basic projects, was amended to reflect the addition of translational research, and was adopted by voting delegates.
Breakout sessions ensued in which RF attendees discussed current issues and events in relation to pathology residency. The small groups were able to present their ideas to the rest of the RF. Summaries are to be posted on the Residents Online Community.
- A town hall panel discussion was held. Guests included Stephen N.
Bauer, MD, FCAP, CAP president elect; Betsy D. Bennett, MD, PhD, FCAP,
American Board of Pathology executive vice president; W. Stephen Black-Schaffer,
MD, FCAP, Program Directors Council vice chair; James M. Crawford, MD,
PhD, FCAP, Association of Pathology Chairs, Inc. president; Rebecca
L. Johnson, MD, FCAP, Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education
and Residency Review Committee for Pathology chair; and Michael L. Talbert,
MD, FCAP, CAP Graduate Medical Education Committee chair. RF attendees
were able to ask these physicians and leaders questions regarding current
initiatives and issues in the field of pathology.
Future Residents Forum meeting dates were announced to be held in the following locations: March 1, 2008, in Denver, Colorado, and at CAP ’08 on September 27, 2008, in San Diego, California.
Dr. Caughron adjourned the meeting at 4:35 pm.