CAP@Your Service – Residents Issue – Spring 2008
The College of American Pathologists Residents Forum (RF) Chair Jacqueline Granese, MD, called the meeting to order on Saturday, March 1, 2008, promptly at 8:00 am. The immediate past chair of the RF Samuel K. Caughron, MD, FCAP, provided a delegate orientation to the RF and the United States and Canadian Academy of Pathology Annual Meeting (USCAP) schedule.
Dr. Granese called attention to the RF roster and charge.
CAP President Jared N. Schwartz, MD, PhD, FCAP, and John W. Turner, MD, FCAP, gave a presentation called “Emerging Developments and Your Future in Pathology,” which is available on-line via the CAP for Residents Web page. (Microsoft PowerPoint, 3.4 MB)
Dr. Granese verified credentials. There were 128 individuals in attendance of which 126 were seated to vote, representing 76 training programs from 38 states, including one province and two branches of the military. This is a new attendance record for the Spring RF meeting.
Dr. Granese presented the State of the RF Address, emphasizing the mission of the CAP and the charge of the RF. She spoke on the organization of CAP and how the RF fits into the infrastructure. She 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.
Updates from the Residents Forum Executive Committee were presented. RF delegate to the American Medical Association Resident and Fellow Section (AMA RFS) Daniel C. Zedek, MD, gave an update on the AMA RFS, including updates on relevant resolutions:
- reinstatement of economic hardship loan deferment,
- loss of status following maternity leave during residency training,
- monitoring at-home call implementation by residency programs,
- and securing GME funding for research and outside rotations.
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 2008 Leadership Development recipient, Christine Nelsen, MD, as well as the previous recipients.
Further updates from the RFEC were presented. RF Member-at-Large Suzanne H. Martin, MD, gave an update on the Pathology Residents Online Community. RF Delegate to the CAP House of Delegates John J. Cangelosi, MD, and Dr. Caughron gave an update on the Standardized Application for Pathology Fellowship. RF Vice Chair Amanda E. Wehler, DO, gave updates on the Anatomic and Clinical Pathology Survey and the CAP ’08 annual meeting schedule, which include the Fall RF meeting on Wednesday, September 24, 2008, in San Diego.
RF delegate from Washington University, St. Louis, Emily A. Bantle, MD, provided an overview of “Pathologists Overseas.”
Lunch was provided and RF attendees had the chance to network among themselves.
An update on the Fall 2007 resolutions was provided. RF Secretary Sharon K. Bihlmeyer, MD, provided the policy on Campaign Guidelines, (in reference to RF-F2007-1, Residents Forum Campaign Rules) as written and approved by the RFEC. The Residents Forum adopted the Guidelines. Dr. Bihlmeyer also provided an update on the RF-F2007-2 Online Archive of Residents Forum Resolutions. In addition, Dr. Wehler provided updates on RF-F2007-3 Competency and Certification Education Materials and RF-F2007-4 Resident Research Grant Recommendation.
Breakout sessions ensued in which RF attendees met in small groups to discuss current issues and events in relation to pathology residency. The small groups presented their ideas to the rest of the RF. Summaries are to be posted on the Residents Online Community.
Actions brainstorming and new business were discussed including: ideas for improving access and usage of the Residents On-Line Community, concept of having “seasoned” Junior Members mentor new Junior Members regarding the CAP and the opportunities available, ideas on how to improve and facilitate the creation of a resolution, and the possibility of administering surveys to the RF contingency at the meeting.
A town hall panel discussion was held, hosted by Dr. Schwartz, and guests included:
- Betsy D. Bennett, MD, PhD, FCAP, executive vice president of the American Board of Pathology
- James M. Crawford, MD, PhD, FCAP, president of the Association of Pathology Chairs, Inc.
- Robert D. Hoffman, MD, PhD, FCAP, chair of the APC Program Directors Section Council
- Rebecca L. Johnson, MD, FCAP, chair of the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education Residency Review Committee for Pathology
- Michael L. Talbert, MD, FCAP, chair of the CAP Graduate Medical Education Committee
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. Below is a list future RF meetings:
Dr. Granese adjourned the meeting at 5 pm.