Updated September 14, 2012
The College of American Pathologists believes that
constantly striving for the highest level of analytical performance is
vital to improving the health and well-being of patients. The outstanding
case material you provide to the PAP Education and PAP PT Programs ensures
the delivery of effective education and proficiency testing programs.
The CAP encourages all participants to submit slides, although enrollment
is not contingent upon the submission of materials.
slide submission form (PDF, 95 K)
Submitted slides undergo a rigorous review process. Each
slide is screened by CAP staff cytotechnologists and scrutinized by three
board-certified pathologists, who must concur with the reference diagnosis
for acceptance of the slide into the program. In addition, slides must
meet the following criteria:
- All LSIL, HSIL and carcinoma cases must have tissue
confirmation of the reference interpretation. Per CMS requirement, please
write the biopsy diagnosis on the submitter sheet, or send an anonymized
copy of the biopsy report.
- Cases must have only one reportable parameter (e.g.,
LSIL or trichomonas but not LSIL and trichomonas). Please do NOT submit
slides with more than one diagnosis.
- Each submitted case should be accompanied by appropriate
clinical history for the patient (e.g., age, LMP, prior hysterectomy,
- Materials submitted must be free of patient identifiers.
To maintain the PAP Education and PAP PT Program quality,
the following slides cannot be accepted in the program:
- Broken, cracked, chipped or repaired slides
- Slides with air bubbles
- Slides showing fading, drying (particularly around
the periphery) or intense orangeophilia
- Slides more than seven (7) years old
- Slides with plastic or liquid coverslips
- Cases interpreted as moderate dysplasia, ASC-US,
ASC-H, or AGC
Reimbursement for slides supports your contribution
of resources to the programs. Institutions will receive reimbursement for administrative work done for preparing slides that are accepted into the program as follows:
|Slide Preparation Type
Fee for administrative work
|SurePath, ThinPrep, and ThinPrep Imager* slides, any acceptable diagnosis
|Conventional slides, any acceptable diagnosis
Your commitment to providing the highest quality patient
care is reflected in all you do. Thank you for sharing your case materials
with your peers.
* ThinPrep Imager slides are slides that have been
stained specifically for use with the ThinPrep Imager.
Download the IRS W-9 Form (PDF, 89 K). This form should be filled out and sent in with your first submission.