- To define, monitor, and develop programs to promote quality assurance and performance improvement in neuropathology practice;
- To keep members informed of emerging technologies, policies, and other issues involving the field of neuropathology;
- To contribute to the continuing education of members through the design of and participation in CAP educational programs, self-assessment modules, and publications;
- To serve as the source of expertise in neuropathology and related practice, education, and research aspects to the CAP and its members;
- To foster relationships between neuropathologists and clinical colleagues in neurosurgery, neurology, neurooncology, and neuroradiology;
- To enhance patient care and management by promoting the role of neuropathologists as clinician collaborators in basic, clinical, and translational sciences;
- To promote the role of neuropathologists as educators to patients, students, trainees, and professional colleagues; and
- To maintain active liaisons with appropriate lay and professional organizations.
This committee reports to the Council on Scientific Affairs. View a list of the current committee members.
Time Commitment Requirements
|Saturday and Sunday, or Friday and Saturday
|The meeting is usually Chicago at airport/downtown hotel in January, and city/resort in summer—one meeting each year is always held in Chicago.
|1-2 between meetings
|Member 30+, Vice-Chair 45+, Chair 70+
|Attendance at the Council on Scientific Affairs Leadership meeting for the Chair; Attendance at CAP Annual Meeting.
Activities of Committee
- Act as advisors to CAP regarding issues and practice of Neuropathology, including recommendations for handling and processing specific surgical and autopsy tissue samples.
- Monitor new and emerging issues/practices/technologies in neuropathology 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 Association of Neuropathologists).
- Contribute to continuing education of members:
- Prepare new cases and discussions, and review responses for the Neuropathology (NP) Program
- Support the CAP and other CAP committees and programs by providing:
- Cases (clinical history, questions, discussion, and references) and paraffin blocks for the Performance Improvement in Surgical Pathology (PIP) Program
- Cases (including clinical history, questions, discussion, references, and images) for the Autopsy (AU) Program
- Questions/images for the Autopsy and Forensic Pathology Self-Assessment
- Contribute to CAP publications (eg, chapters in Autopsy Performance and Reporting, 2nd edition, 2003)
- Participate in educational programs at annual CAP meetings
- Review and make recommendations regarding CAP Cancer Checklists
Expertise or Experience
- Practicing neuropathologists or surgical pathologist with subspecialty interest/expertise
- Interest in promoting pathology as a specialty and neuropathology as a subspecialty
- Interest in promoting excellence in neuropathology practice
- Ability to communicate with nonsubspecialists about neuropathology
Benefits of Committee Membership
- Opportunity to publish materials
- Opportunity to speak at education events
- Opportunity to promote neuropathology
Representation on Committee Beyond the CAP
- Provide liaisons with American Board of Pathology (ABP), American Association of Neuropathologists (AANP), other professional pathology and related societies, related lay associations, and various federal agencies as appropriate