The In Vivo Microscopy (IVM) Committee serves as a focal point for IVM initiatives for the CAP and our members. IVM and its subset, Ex Vivo Microscopy (EVM), are key technologies within the broader scope of Advanced Imaging in Pathology which present new roles and opportunities for pathologists.
Time Commitment Requirements
|Number of face-to-face meetings||3 per year|
|Length of meetings||1-2 days|
|Typical meeting days||Friday, half day Saturday|
|Meeting locations||Rotates throughout continental US and Canada|
|Number of conference calls||10 calls per year plus regular calls for specific IVM projects–usually one call per month per project|
|Hours/year of committee work required outside of meetings||Members 3 to 5 hours per month, depending upon assignments, Editor 8+ per month, Chair 12+ per month|
|Additional travel or time commitments||The IVM Chair to attend two CSA Leadership meetings per year. IVM Members are strongly encouraged to attend the CAP annual meeting.|
Activities of Committee
- Promote the adoption of IVM technologies by pathologists.
- Facilitate pathologists' understanding of the potential role and opportunities for pathologists in IVM and ex vivo applications of IVM by promoting awareness and creating educational resources.
- Develop educational opportunities on IVM.
- Biennial update of the CAP In Vivo Microscopy Resource Guide.
- Provide input on IVM, upon request, to CAP Advocacy and Council on Government and Professional Affairs.
- Act as advisor to the CAP Board of Governors and other CAP Councils and Committees on issues related to in vivo microscopy.
Expertise or Experience
- Expertise or experience in IVM or ex vivo (EVM) applications is preferred.
- Interest in promoting IVM as a new opportunity for pathologists.
- Ability to communicate IVMs’ value in clinical practice to both pathologists and non-pathologist stakeholders.
Benefits of Committee Membership
- IVM and ex vivo applications of IVM will be incorporated into the practice of pathology. IVM presents a new role and opportunity for pathologists, which provides pathologists the opportunity to highlight their unique contribution to clinical decision-making and patient care. As IVM becomes integrated into mainstream clinical practice, pathologists will become key collaborators with other physicians. Members of this committee can help guide the profession’s evolution to a leadership position in IVM.
- Participation in CAP projects and pilots enabling pathologist role in IVM.
- Opportunities to publish, author educational materials, and speak at meetings on IVM.