College of American Pathologists

  Cytopathology Resource Committee


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Reports to: Council on Scientific Affairs

Charge: Be the resource for those who practice cytopathology by providing educational programs for interlaboratory comparison of non-gynecological and gynecological cytopathology; field-validated, federally-approved proficiency testing in gynecologic cytology; federally-approved proficiency testing for analytes tested on cytology specimens; a framework for quality assurance and performance improvement; educational opportunities for cytopathology practice, and information on technical advances in cytopathology.

Time Commitment Time Commitment

Number of face-to-face meetings: 4
Length of each meeting: 4 days.
Typical meeting days of the week: Thursday - Sunday
Location of meetings: Usually within 50 miles of airport; 2 meetings per year in Chicago

Number of conference calls: 5-6; 30-60 minutes each.

Hours of committee work required outside of meetings:
Member: 60+ hours
Vice Chair: 80+ hours
Chair: 100+ hours

Additional travel or time commitments:

  • Attendance at the CSA Leadership meetings for the Chair.
  • Attendance at CAP Annual Meeting.

Activities of Committee Activities of Committee

  • Act as “advisors” to CAP regarding issues and practice of Cytopathology, including
  • Monitor new and emerging issues/practices/technologies in cytopathology practice that may impact CAP members.
  • Serve as interface with appropriate professional organizations (e.g., current and former committee members are officers and hold leadership positions in the American Society of Cytopathology, Cytopathology Education and Technology Consortium (CETC) and contribute to continuing education of members, through:
    • Prepare new cases and discussions, and review responses for the Cytopathology (PAP and NGC) Online Programs.
    • Support the CAP and other CAP committees and programs by providing:
      • Slides (clinical history and biopsy results) for the PAP Program
      • Slides (including clinical history, references and images) for the NGC Program
      • Contribute to CAP publications (e.g., chapters in the Cytopathology Atlas and the Cytopathology Programs Review in CAPTODAY)
    • Participate in educational programs at annual CAP meetings.
    • Review and make recommendations regarding CAP Cytopathology Checklists

Expertise or Experience Required Expertise or Experience Required

  • Board certified in Cytopathology preferred but not required
  • Interest in promoting excellence in Cytopathology practice
  • Ability to communicate with non-subspecialists about Cytopathology

Benefits to membership on this committee Benefits to membership on this committee

  • Opportunity to publish materials
  • Opportunity to speak at education events
  • Opportunity to contribute to the advancement of Cytopathology

Representation on committee beyond the CAP:

  • 2 Consultants(Cytotechnologists)
  • 1 Liaison from ASC

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