To help define and monitor the state of the art of autopsy pathology; to improve the performance and reporting of the autopsy; to promote utilization of the autopsy for quality improvement, research, education and public health; to contribute to the continuing education of CAP members and the larger medical community through the creation of surveys, publications, and educational seminars; to provide consultative services to all areas of the College as needed for activities, regulations, and legislation related to the autopsy.
|Time Commitment Requirements|
|Number of face-to-face meetings||3|
|Length of meetings||1.5 days|
|Typical meeting days||Friday and Saturday|
|Meeting locations||Meeting is usually less than 50 miles from an airport.|
|Number of conference calls||Varies, depending on member and specific assignments|
|Hours/year of committee work required outside of meetings||Members 50+, Editor 70+, Chair 85+|
|Additional travel or time commitments||Attendance at the Council on Scientific Affairs leadership meetings for the chair|
Activities of Committee
- Supports the autopsy pathology Surveys program, which offers pathologists the opportunity to obtain 12.5 hours of continuing medical education (CME)/self-assessment module (SAM) per year. Develops the cases used in this program, and each member submits an average of 1.0 - 1.5 cases per year on the committee.
- Write chapters in CAP publications.
- Provide CAP annual meeting seminars when requested by the National Meeting Planning Committee.
- Review of the autopsy section of the CAP’s laboratory accreditation programs’ Anatomic Pathology Checklist and assist with laboratory accreditation program inquiries.
- Serve as a resource for CAP members, pathologists, and the public regarding autopsy principles and practice.
- Work with Council on Scientific Affairs, Forensic Pathology, Neuropathology, as well as other committees.
- Work with the House of Delegates and the Residents Forum on autopsy training, education and policy issues.
Expertise or Experience
- Board certified anatomic pathologist.
- Interest in advancing and promoting autopsy pathology.
- Knowledge of specific organ systems(s) (desirable).
- Experience with laboratory inspection and accreditation
Benefits of Committee Membership
- Edit, author, and produce CAP educational offerings.
- Quality assurance experience.
- Quality improvement experience.
- Participation in publications.
- Contribute content to the annual meeting.
- Educate CAP members on principles and practices of autopsy pathology.
- Improve communication skills.
- Promote the autopsy to other pathologists, the medical community, and the public.