CAP@YourService – Residents Issue – Summer 2009
For this issue of CAP@YourService for Residents, I have written a list of the top ten reasons for all residents to attend the CAP Residents Forum in Washington, DC, during CAP ’09. It is shaping up to be one of the most exciting and fulfilling Forums we have designed. Drum roll, please:
10. Find out who was selected for the Resident Advocate Award.
9. Increase your political savvy during a PathPAC-sponsored lunch, together with members of the House of Delegates.
8. Hear the progress that has been made on the top-voted Action Items chosen by the attendees at both the spring 2009 and fall 2008 Residents Forums, like graduated responsibility of residents and possibilities for off-site rotations.
7. Meet and ask questions to several of the authors of the recent white paper published in the Archives of Pathology & Laboratory Medicine, “Resident Preparation for Practice.”
6. Vote for the Junior Members you believe will best represent your interests during the 2009/2010 year in the Residents Forum Executive Committee election.
5. Learn about the transformation of pathology from the CAP president and executive vice president, as well as a panel of practicing transformational pathologists in the field
4. Get the chance to ask questions to one of several leaders in the profession during the Residents Forum’s town hall panel session, from organizations such as the American Board of Pathology and the Association of Pathology Chairs, Inc., to name a couple.
3. Air your thoughts, concerns, and frustrations with residents from other programs during two different small group breakout sessions.
2. Discover the surprising survey results, which shed light on the recent concern regarding scarcity of pathology jobs.
1. Meet and greet your resident colleagues and Fellows of the College, while enjoying FREE APPETIZERS AND DRINKS at the day’s end Networking Event.
(The last item was chosen as number one for the invaluable networking opportunities, of course—not the free food.) Please make every effort to join us at the Residents Forum on October 10. If you cannot make it, be sure to ask your friends about their experiences, and check the Residents Online Community for the meeting minutes and for any new threads that get sparked by the Forum.
As this will be my last message as chair of the Residents Forum Executive Committee, I want to thank all CAP Junior Members for the opportunity to represent your voices over the past year. I am humbled by the vitality and can-do attitude of this group, and I believe that together we are building the framework of a successful future for our profession. I challenge us all to not let ourselves become complacent with any progress we have made or reticent with any ideas we may develop, as we transform the specialty for ourselves and, most importantly, for our patients.
Want to have the Residents Forum take action? Contact me and we’ll figure out how to get it accomplished. Together we will build a successful future for our profession.
Amanda Brehm Wehler, DO
Chair of the Residents Forum