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.

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 Expectation is to attend 3 of 4 meetings in person and a 5th meeting is optional
Length of meetings 3.5 days
Typical meeting days Thursday through noon Sunday
Typical meeting calendar Third week of January, April, July, October, and December (optional)
Meeting locations Meetings are usually less than 50 miles from an airport. 2 meetings per year take place in Chicago.
Hours/year of committee work required outside of meetings Members 60+, Vice Chair 80+, Chair 100+
Additional travel or time commitments
  • Chair - attendance at the Council on Scientific Affairs Leadership
  • Attendance at CAP annual meeting is encouraged

Activities of Committee

  • Act as subject matter experts to the College of American Pathologist regarding issues and practice of cytopathology
  • Monitor new and emerging issues/practices/technologies in cytopathology practice that may impact CAP members
  • Collaborate with appropriate professional organizations (eg, organizations which current and/or former committee members are officers and hold leadership positions, the Cytopathology Education and Technology Consortium (CETC), and/or the American Society of Cytopathology)
  • Contribute to continuing education of members and support the CAP programs:
    • Contribute slides (including clinical history and biopsy results) for the PAP programs
    • Contribute slides (including clinical history, references, and images) for the NGC programs
    • Prepare new cases and discussions for the cytopathology online programs (NGC, FNA, and TICP)
    • Review evaluations and responses to the glass slide and online programs
    • Contribute to CAP publications (Cytopathology In Focus feature in CAP TODAY and ARCHIVES OF PATHOLOGY AND LABORATORY MEDICINE manuscripts)
    • Participate in educational programs at annual CAP meetings
    • Review and make recommendations regarding CAP cytopathology checklists and provide other expertise as needed

Expertise or Experience

  • Board certification in cytopathology preferred but not required
  • Interest in promoting excellence in cytopathology practice
  • Ability to communicate with nonsubspecialists about cytopathology
  • Representation from various types of pathology practices (academic, community, government, etc.)

Benefits of Committee Membership

  • Opportunity to publish materials
  • Opportunity to network within cytopathology/pathology community
  • Opportunity to contribute to the advancement of cytopathology

Representation on Committee Beyond the CAP

  • 1 Liaison with American Society of Cytopathology
  • 1 with Commission on Accreditation of Allied Health Education Programs
  • 1 with Liaison from Cytopathology Education and Technology Consortium

Interested in Joining this Committee?

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