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2022 Spring Residents Forum Meeting


Mar 19, 2022
Hybrid Meeting, In-Person Location:

Sheraton Universal Hotel, Universal City, CA

So now that you are on your way to mastering your diagnostic skills, what is next on the horizon? If it’s preparing for boards, choosing a fellowship or landing your first job all while balancing a taxing schedule leaves you bewildered and confused—you are not alone.

Join us at the 2022 Residents Forum Spring Meeting where you can connect and engage with those that share your same passion.

Connect, to community and belong.

Belong, and you boldly take on challenges with confidence.

Grow, so you can write your own story.

Awaken your full potential with those who will provide the insights and advice on issues that are keeping you up at night. Connect, belong, and grow with pathology leaders and like-minded residents from across the country.

2022 Residents Forum Spring Meeting
March 18-19, 2022, Los Angeles, CA and Online

To accommodate busy schedules, this meeting is available in a hybrid format, join in person or from the comfort of your home.

The 2022 spring program will focus on leadership and adaptability.

2022 Program Schedule

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4:00 – 5:30 PM PTRed Carpet Welcome Reception, hosted by the Residents Forum Executive Committee

7:00 – 8:15 AM PT

Networking Breakfast and Welcome Remarks

Emily Volk, MD, MBA, FCAP, CAP President
Sarah Glogowski, DO, Chair, Residents Forum Executive Committee

8:15 – 9:15 AM PT

Planning for Fellowship: What You Need to Know
Gain tips, tactics, and expert advice from premier faculty to help you evaluate fellowship training and navigate the application process and maximize your CV.

Kruti Maniar, MD, FCAP, Associate Professor
Luis Blanco Jr., MD, FCAP, Associate Professor
Both from Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine

Learning Objectives:

  • Chart timing and next steps for applying for a fellowship
  • Be prepared and confident in the interview process
  • Develop skills in preparing an informative curriculum vitae (CV)

*Presentation will be prerecorded and available on demand prior to meeting, with a live Q & A the day of the meeting.

9:15 – 10:15 AM PTHow to Be an Effective Communicator

Featuring seasoned faculty from the CAP’s Engaged Leadership Academy, this session focuses on improving presentation skills and the ability to communicate to a range of audiences, from faculty, to attendings, to clinicians and hospital administration.

Carey August, MD, FCAP, President, CAP Foundation, Pathology Chair, Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center

Learning Objectives:

  • Have the ability to deliver presentations with greater confidence
  • Sharpen how you communicate your value
  • Advance your interpersonal skills
10:15 – 10:30 AM PTBeverage Break
10:30 – 11:30 AM PTPathology Job Market: What’s New, What’s Next?
Based on CAP research, this session delivers an evidenced-based look at how job openings compare across practice settings to uncover where the opportunities are.

David Gross, PhD, Director, CAP Policy Roundtable

Learning Objectives:

  • Attendees will have insight into job trends
  • What practice settings are hiring newly trained pathologists
  • If there is evidence of a future pathologist shortage
11:30 – 12:30 PM PTPreparing for Future Roles in Laboratory Medicine – Be Ready!

Managing staff, leading a compliance team—residents transitioning into practice often take on new responsibilities for which they feel ill-prepared. Learn what to expect from laboratory medical directors and leaders.

Bobbi Pritt, MD, MSc, FCAP, DTMH, Professor of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology, Mayo Clinic

Learning Objectives:

  • New perspectives on roles, responsibilities for pathologists in laboratory management
  • Ability to identify opportunities to improve patient care by supporting and leading laboratory quality
  • Practical skills and techniques to prepare for laboratory operations roles and responsibilities
12:35 – 1:35 PM PTLearning to Lead: A Personality-Based Approach 
Featured speaker, pathologist, Clare McCormick-Baw, shares how to apply proven frameworks to develop a personal, integrated leadership style. This interactive session features short quizzes followed by analysis and discussion.

Clare McCormick-Baw, MD, PhD, FCAP
Assistant Professor, UT Southwestern

Learning Objectives

  • Determine your individual leadership style or type
  • Apply your personal leadership profile to build stronger working relationships that improve outcomes
  • Recognize different communication and leadership types to help address and strengthen team performance
This session will utilize Poll Everywhere as part of the presentation.
1:40 – 2:40 PM PTDigital Pathology and Machine Learning: How Will This Technology Affect Practice Paradigms in Pathology?
Digital sign-out for primary diagnoses became the pathologist’s pandemic reality. But what can you expect as you move beyond residency? An expert in the field shares the evolution of AI, machine learning, and digital pathology and answers your questions as he forecasts how changing technology will impact pathology practices.

Andrew Evans, MD, PhD, FCAP, FRCPC, Chief of Pathology, Medical Director of Laboratory Medicine, Mackenzie Health

Learning Objectives:

  • Learn how to leverage the latest tech trends to increase your comfort level
  • Understand related emerging needs and opportunities
  • Identify additional resources for support and engagement across the specialty
2:40 – 2:50 PM PTAfternoon Break
2:50 – 3:55 PM PTBalancing Life, Managing Time: How do Some Physicians Seem to do it All?
A panel of pathologists with diverse backgrounds and varied experience answer your questions as they demystify work-life balance in medicine.

Emily E. Volk, MD, FCAP, CAP President, Chief Medical Officer, Baptist Health-Floyd
Nicole Riddle MD, FCAP, Senior Pathologist, Ruffolo, Hooper and Associates, Associate Professor, USF Health
Xiaoyin "Sara" Jiang, MD, FCAP, Associate Professor, Duke University Health System
Kamran Mirza, MD, PhD, FCAP, Associate Professor & Vice Chair of Education, Loyola University of Chicago Stritch School of Medicine

Learning Objectives:

  • Gain proven tips to set boundaries and manage time
  • Identify resources and support options
  • Learn how to proactively avoid performance pitfalls
3:55 – 4:15 PM PTClosing Remarks
4:15 – 5:45 PM PTResidents Forum After-Party
In person and virtually, connect with colleagues and seasoned pathologists from across the country.

Meet the Faculty

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Dr. Carey August currently serves as chairman of pathology at Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center. Having served as medical staff president of her hospital, she continues to be active on numerous hospital committees. Long dedicated to teaching, Dr. August is a clinical associate professor of pathology at Rosalind Franklin University in the Chicagoland area. As an active member of the CAP, Dr. August serves on the Professional and Community Engagement Committee, which she chaired for four years. She has served in the Engaged Leaders Network and the Council on Membership and Professional Development. To promote the “voice” of pathologists, Dr. August serves as faculty of the annual Engaged Leadership Academy, has answered numerous calls for interviews and video participation, and received the Outstanding Communicator Award at CAP16.

A native of Connecticut transplanted to Chicago, Dr. August received her BS in Biology from Yale University, followed by her MD from Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. She completed her AP/CP training at Northwestern as well, where, upon completion of her residency, she served as attending pathologist and clinical assistant professor of pathology before joining the medical staff of Advocate Illinois Masonic Medical Center. Dr. August serves on the Board of Yale Women Chicago and is a governing member of the Chicago Symphony Orchestra. Previously, Dr. August also served as a member of the Gilda’s Club Chicago associate board of directors, focusing her efforts on obtaining corporate sponsorships and donations.

Dr. Luis Zabala Blanco Jr. is an Associate Professor at the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago, IL. He will be the Pathology Residency Program director beginning January 2022, and is currently a Pathology Residency Associate Program Director, a role he has served since 2017. In addition, he is also the Associate Program Director for the Breast Pathology Fellowship, and the Director of the Medical Student Pathology Clerkship. Dr. Blanco completed his residency in Anatomic Pathology and Clinical Pathology at Rush University in Chicago, IL, followed by a fellowship in Breast Pathology at Northwestern University in Chicago, IL and a fellowship in Gynecologic Pathology at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD, prior to joining Northwestern as faculty in 2014.

The majority of Dr. Blanco’s clinical work is focused on Breast and Gynecologic Pathology. Dr. Blanco is also passionate about pathology education at all levels, seeking to continuously improve pathology education with the use of various technologies and techniques. He is an active member of the Undergraduate Medical Educators (UMEDS) and Residency Program Directors Section (PRODS) of the Association of Pathology Chairs (APC), as well as the Group for Research in Pathology Education (GRIPE), in which he has presented workshops on innovation in pathology education. Dr. Blanco also serves on the United States and Canadian Academy of Pathology (USCAP) Abstract Review Board and the American Board of Pathology (AbPath) CertLink Test Development and Advisory Committee for Anatomic Pathology.

Dr. Andrew Evans is the Medical Director of Laboratory Medicine at Mackenzie Health (MH), a large community hospital in North Toronto that has transitioned to complete reporting by digital pathology. Prior to moving to MH in 2020, he was the director of digital pathology at University Health Network (UHN) from the inception of the program in 2004. UHN successfully implemented whole slide imaging (WSI) for frozen sections, consultation and primary diagnosis at various partner sites. For the past 10 years, he has been extensively involved in the development of guidelines and best practice documents for digital pathology through his work with the College of American Pathologists (CAP) and chaired the expert panel for the recently updated CAP WSI Validation Guideline. He currently chairs the CAP Digital and Computational Pathology Committee and is a member of the newly formed CAP Artificial Intelligence Committee.

Dr. Glogowski is a 4th year anatomic and clinical pathology resident at Baylor University Medical Center in Dallas, TX. She will transition into a hematopathology fellowship at UT Southwestern in Dallas, TX beginning 2022. Within the CAP, she currently serves as the Chair of the Residents Forum Executive Committee, an ex-officio member of the CAP Board of Governors, a member of the Council on Membership and Professional Development, as well as a member of the Pathologist Pipeline Ad Hoc Committee. Previously she served on the RFEC as the Alternate Delegate to the House of Delegates. Outside of the CAP, she is an Ambassador for the United States and Canadian Academy of Pathology, provides cases on Twitter for the Texas Society of Pathologists, and advises multiple medical students and pathology interest groups.

David Gross, PhD, Director of the CAP’s Policy Roundtable, directs the collection of economic and demographic data to understand issues facing pathologists and pathology practices. He also oversees implementation of the CAP’s pathologist workforce strategy, which focuses on evaluating how well pathologist are being trained to meet needs in a changing healthcare system and on understanding factors affecting the supply of pathologists now and in the future. Dr. Gross has produced several reports while at the CAP, most recently CAP’s 2021 Practice Leader Survey and its COVID-19 Pathologist Impact Surveys, and has co-authored published articles on the job market for pathologists, the role of pathologists in population health, building an evidence base for developing pathologist training curricula, and roles of pathologists in Accountable Care Organizations.

Prior to joining the CAP in 2011, Dr. Gross was a Senior Policy Advisor at AARP. He has previously worked with the US General Accounting Office (now the US Government Accountability Office), The World Bank, and private consulting firms. A former faculty member at Louisiana State University, Dr. Gross holds a PhD in Economics from Syracuse University and received his BA in Economics from the University at Albany.

Dr. Xiaoyin “Sara” Jiang, MD, FCAP is an Associate Professor of Pathology at Duke University, Chief of the Head and Neck Service, and Director of the Duke Pathology Communications Group. Her areas of research and expertise are cytopathology and surgical pathology of the head and neck and endocrine systems, with particular interest in thyroid nodules, ultrasound-guided FNA, and novel applications of social media for medical professionals. She has served on committees and leadership within national pathology and medical organizations including the USCAP, ATA, CAP, ASCP, and ASC, and has been honored with local and national awards including the ASCP 2017 “40 under 40” Top Five, Duke Pathology’s Pizzo Faculty Research Mentor Award, the Pathologist Magazine’s “Power List”, the 2019 CAP Resident Advocate Award, and the 2021 CAP Pathology Advancement Award.

Dr. Maniar is an Associate Professor of Pathology at the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine, and will be moving on to a new position at NorthShore University HealthSystem in Evanston, IL in January of 2022. She completed her MD and Anatomic & Clinical Pathology Residency at Icahn School of Medicine/Mount Sinai Hospital in New York, followed by a Gynecologic Pathology fellowship at the Johns Hopkins University.

Dr. Maniar has served in several educational leadership roles, including Pathology Residency Program Director for four years, Associate Residency Program Director for two years, and Associate Program Director for Northwestern’s Gynecologic Pathology fellowship for one year. She has also been involved in numerous local and national committees and endeavors, including current service on the CAP House of Delegates and the Chicago Pathology Society Board of Directors, and previously completed terms on the ASCP Resident In-Service Exam Committee and the USCAP Abstract Review Board. Dr. Maniar’s clinical work focuses on gynecologic and perinatal pathology, and she engages in gynecologic pathology research with a concentration on HPV-related lesions. She is passionate about graduate medical education and has been gratified to be able to present collaborative educational work at local and national conferences.

Dr. McCormick-Baw is a board-certified anatomic and clinical pathologist with specialty board-certification in medical microbiology. She joined the faculty of UT Southwestern Medical Center in 2019 as an Assistant Professor and serves as one of the Medical Directors of the microbiology laboratory at Parkland Health and Hospital System in Dallas, Texas. Dr. McCormick-Baw has a strong professional interest in undergraduate and graduate medical education and is a strong proponent of diagnostic stewardship and the proper use of the laboratory.

Dr. McCormick-Baw attended Texas A&M University as an undergraduate and graduated with a Bachelor of Science in molecular and cell biology. She entered graduate school at LSU Health Sciences Center in New Orleans and obtained a master’s degree in medical microbiology. She completed her dissertation and defended her doctorate in microbiology at the University of Mississippi Medical Center. Dr. McCormick-Baw attended medical school at LSU Health Sciences Center to later enter anatomic and clinical pathology residency at Scott and White Medical Center in Temple, Texas where she graduated in 2018. She wrapped up her formal education with a fellowship in medical microbiology at UT Southwestern Medical Center.

Kamran M. Mirza, MD, PhD, FCAP is an Associate Professor of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, Medical Education, and Applied Health Sciences at Loyola University Chicago Stritch School of Medicine. He serves as the Vice-Chair of Education, Program Director of the hematopathology fellowship, Associate Program Director for the AP/CP pathology residency program, and the Director of medical student pathology education in the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine.

An award-winning educator and mentor, Dr. Mirza is passionate about the pathology pipeline and has successfully implemented several novel pedagogical methods to promote pathology education. He is the co-founder of www.pathelective.com, the virtual pathology student interest group (@PATH_SIG on Twitter), and the PathPod podcast. Dr. Mirza is an active member of the College of American Pathologists, serving on the Member Engagement and H-Path committees, and the CAP Foundation Development committee. His work in promoting medical education was recognized by the AAMC's inaugural Brownie Anderson Award for New and Emerging Educators in 2020. Dr. Mirza is also the recipient of CAP's Resident Advocate Award in 2020 and the CAP Pathology Advancement Award in 2021.

Dr. Bobbi Pritt is a Professor of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology at the Mayo Clinic in Minnesota, USA, where she serves as the Chair of the Division of Clinical Microbiology and Director of the Infectious Diseases Pathology service in Anatomic Pathology. She completed her medical training at the University of Vermont College of Medicine, followed by a residency in anatomic and clinical pathology during which she served as chief resident. She then completed a fellowship in medical microbiology at Mayo Clinic, a master's degree in Medical Parasitology from the London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine and a Diploma in Tropical Medicine and Hygiene from the Royal College of Physicians of London, England. Dr. Pritt’s main areas of interest are infectious diseases pathology, medical parasitology, and vector-borne diseases. She has published over 175 manuscripts, 4 books, and 20 book chapters on these topics, including a textbook and an atlas on the pathology of infectious diseases. She shares her passion for pathology on her internationally acclaimed parasite case blog, “Creepy Dreadful Wonderful Parasites” and on social media (@ParasiteGal).

Dr. Pritt has a long-standing history with the College of American Pathologists, having served on her first committee as a junior member in her second year of residency. She has served on CAP committees ever since and have found it to be one of the most rewarding experiences in her professional career. She currently serves as a member of the CAP Council on Scientific Affairs and was recently elected as a Governor for the College. She is the past chair of the Microbiology Committee.

Dr. Riddle is a Senior Pathologist for Ruffolo, Hooper, and Associates, providing services at Tampa General Hospital, the Academic Center for the USF Health Morsani College of Medicine, where she is also the Pathology Residency Site Director. There she does General Anatomic Pathology with a focus in Bone & Soft Tissue, Neuropathology, and Dermatopathology. She is also Associate Professor, Associate Residency Program Director, and Program Research Liaison for the USF Health Department of Pathology and Cell Biology.

Dr. Riddle is heavily involved in organized medicine. She has been active in the AMA since 2002, currently serving as Delegate for the United States and Canadian Academy of Pathology (USCAP). In addition, she serves on the board of the Florida Society of Pathology (FSP)and COLA and sits on committees for the College of American Pathologists, the Digital Pathology Association, USCAP, FSP, and her county medical society. She has a specific interest in digital pathology and informatics and high reliable medicine and creating a culture of quality and patient safety, as well as varied research endeavors. Dr. Riddle has been honored with several awards including the ASCP 2018 “40 under Forty” Top Five, the Pathologist Magazine’s “Power List”, and the 2021 CAP Resident Advocate Award.

Emily E. Volk, MD, FCAP, joined the Baptist Health Floyd Hospital team in New Albany, Indiana, as the Chief Medical Officer in April 2021. She transitioned from her role as Senior Vice President, Clinical Services for University Health System and Assistant Professor of Pathology at the University of Texas-Health where she practiced cytopathology and surgical pathology. Dr. Volk, board-certified in anatomic pathology and clinical pathology with subspecialty certification in cytopathology, received her medical degree from the University of Missouri-Kansas City in 1993. She completed her pathology residency training with a certification year in Surgical Pathology with an emphasis in Gastrointestinal Pathology at the Cleveland Clinic Foundation in Cleveland, Ohio in 1998. Dr. Volk completed her fellowship in cytopathology at William Beaumont Hospital, Royal Oak, MI. Dr. Volk serves on the Executive Board of the Texas Society of Pathologists and is past president of the Michigan Society of Pathologists. She is the President of the College of American Pathologists.

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