Cytopathology Committee



Be the resource for those who practice cytopathology by providing educational programs for interlaboratory comparison of nongynecological 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.

This committee reports to the Council on Scientific Affairs. View a list of the current committee members.

Cytopathology Resources

Visit the topic center to view PAP/NGC submission forms and journal archives cytopathology topic center.


Time Commitment Requirements
Number of face-to-face meetings 4
Length of meetings 4 days
Typical meeting days Thursday through Sunday
Meeting locations This meeting is usually less than 50 miles from an airport. 2 meetings per year take place in Chicago.
Number of conference calls 5-6; 30-60 minutes in length
Hours/year of committee work required outside of meetings Members 60+, Vice Chair 80+, Chair 100+
Additional travel or time commitments
  • Attendance at the Council on Scientific Affairs Leadership meetings for the chair
  • Attendance at CAP annual meeting

Activities of Committee

  • Act as "advisors" to The CAP regarding issues and practice of cytopathology.
  • Monitor new and emerging issues/practices/technologies in cytopathology practice that may impact CAP members.
  • Serve as interface with appropriate professional organizations (eg, 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:
    • Preparing new cases and discussions and reviewing 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 (eg, chapters in the Cytopathology Atlas and the Cytopathology Programs Review in CAP TODAY)
    • Participate in educational programs at annual CAP meetings.
    • Review and make recommendations regarding CAP cytopathology checklists.

Expertise or Experience

  • Board certified in cytopathology preferred but not required
  • Interest in promoting excellence in cytopathology practice
  • Ability to communicate with nonsubspecialists about cytopathology

Benefits of Committee Membership

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

Representation on Committee Beyond the CAP

  • 1 Liaison from American Society of Cytopathology

Interested in Joining this Committee?