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CAP/ACMG Cytogenetics Committee

  • To provide and continue to develop effective and timely proficiency testing in the practice of clinical cytogenetics which includes both conventional and molecular cytogenetics and cytogenomics;
  • To define and monitor state of the art and emerging technology in both conventional and molecular cytogenetics and cytogenomics;
  • To provide expertise and consultation in the practice of clinical cytogenetics to other components of the College of American Pathologists and its members and to the American College of Medical Genetics and Genomics and its members;
  • To provide continuing education via interpretive proficiency test questions, various publications, seminars, and conferences;
  • To participate in the development of consensus statements and/or guidelines involving cytogenomic testing;
  • To develop and maintain liaisons with other organizations and other committees within and outside of the CAP concerned with the practice of clinical cytogenetics and genomic testing; and
  • To advise on public policy as it applies to the practice of clinical cytogenetics.

This committee reports to the Council on Scientific Affairs. View a list of the Current Committee Members.

Cytogenetics Resources

Time Commitment Requirements
Number of face-to-face meetings 3
Length of meetings 2 days
Typical meeting days Sunday and Monday
Meeting locations This meeting is usually less than 50 miles from an airport. The October meeting is in Chicago.
Number of conference calls 3, but varies, depending on committee assignments
Hours/year of committee work required outside of meetings Members 30+, Vice Chair 40+, Chair 75+
Additional travel or time commitments Attendance at the Council on Scientific Affairs leadership meetings for the chair

Activities of Committee

  • Review and select cases for use in the CyRC-sponsored proficiency testing Surveys, which focus on conventional cytogenetics, fluorescence in situ hybridization (FISH), and chromosomal microarray
  • Submit cases for the conventional cytogenetics Surveys
  • Analyze the participant responses for the CyRC-sponsored Surveys, including grading of the responses and drafting discussions of the data

Expertise or Experience

  • Experience and expertise in genomic assays
  • Experience and expertise in conventional cytogenetics and FISH
  • Experience with laboratory inspection and accreditation
  • Experience with chromosomal microarray analysis

Benefits of Committee Membership

  • Opportunity to meet and work with pathologists and laboratory scientists from a variety of practice settings
  • Opportunity to publish materials
  • Opportunity to speak at education events
  • Opportunity to participate in developing recommendations for the practice of cytogenetics

Representation on Committee Beyond the CAP

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