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Engaged Leadership Academy

2023 Application Now Available

The deadline to apply to the Engaged Leadership Academy is Tuesday, August 15.

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The Engaged Leadership Academy (ELA) held November 9-11, 2023 in Rosemont, IL, is a strategic communications and leadership course provided by the CAP to foster pathology leaders. ELA leaders possess the skills, tools, and confidence to be front and center in their health care settings and to engage their clinical colleagues, administrators, government agencies, and advocacy groups for the benefit of pathology and the patient.

In addition to enhancing the skills of the pathologists taking this course, completion of ELA training entitles the pathologist to become a member of our Engaged Leaders Network (ELN).

  • As an ELA participant you will:

    • Learn critical communication skills while earning CME credit
    • Strengthen your ability to demonstrate the value of the work you do to colleagues, legislators, and the public.
    • Enjoy your learning experience with other CAP member pathologists from around the country.
  • As an ELA graduate you will:

    • Be prepared to lobby for your practice and your profession both inside and outside your institution.
    • Receive the support of the CAP in various engagement opportunities. 
    • Become a member of the CAP Engaged Leadership Network, a unique group of CAP members who are changing the perceptions of pathology.

How to Apply

There are three ways to apply for the Engaged Leadership Academy

  1. Referral from an ELA graduate who is a participant in our Engaged Leaders Network
    1. To contact ELN members, use the Member Directory.
    2. ELN members may use this nomination form to refer a CAP member for consideration.
  2. Complete and submit the application.
  3. A limited number of Resident scholarships are available through the CAP Foundation’s Leadership Development Awards.

Expectations of ELA Participants

We look for different applicants than many other pathology leadership-oriented programs. For example, the length of your CV is not what is important. The Engaged Leadership Academy focuses on creatives, makers, innovators, advocates, entrepreneurs, and those who want to make a difference in the pathology community.

Preparation for our Engaged Leaders Network

Besides teaching communication skills, presentations at the ELA will furnish you with examples of opportunities for participation in ELN activities. Networking with the ELA instructors and participants, as well as with fellow ELN members, provides you with an abundance of ways to tailor your ELN activities to your interests, skills, and available sources.

2023 Engaged Leadership Academy Application Now Open

2022 ELA

The 2022 ELA was held November 4-6, 2022, at the Hilton DoubleTree, Rosemont, Illinois.

Members can watch internationally renowned communications coach Teri Goudie in this a 60-minute virtual session on how to excel when delivering virtual presentations, outreach, and tele-health.

@KMirza: 📣📣These incredible @Pathologists #engaged #leaders are about to graduate from #CAPELA22 and I can’t wait to see and hear their INCREDIBLE stories and advocacy on the global stage!📣📣
@FalzarsMd: A glorious finale of an intense weekend of leadership skills honing, with Sunday’s outstanding workshops and stimulating debates at 2022 College of American Pathologists Engaged Leadership Academy meeting, a most enriching and immensely fun event!!! #CAPELA22
@AJoeSaad1: #CAPELA22 ELA Duet group. Great time! #PathTwitter #CAPAdvocacy @Pathologists

Engaged Leaders Network

The ELN is a group of dynamic pathologists who participate in a wide variety of activities designed to demonstrate the value of pathologists to the community and to other professional colleagues. ELN members are expected to commit to such activities and to complete an activity tracking list on a regular basis.

The Value of Participating in the ELN

Although Professionalism and Interpersonal Communication are two of the "Six Core Competencies" outlined by the ACGME for every physician, there are very few opportunities for physicians to be educated in these areas. In particular, pathologists have an ever-increasing need for these skills in the current health care environment. With the aid of communications professionals as well as fellow pathologists, you will learn how to communicate effectively with other physicians, C-suite executives, patients and patient advocacy groups, politicians, and the public at large. In addition, as part of the ELN, you will have the opportunity to network with like-minded pathologists.

Networking Opportunities

ELN members will join the Engaged Leaders Network Community, a growing group of ELA graduates with access to videos, discussion on tips and tricks with faculty and other members, and updates and opportunities for ELN members throughout the CAP. Click here for the current list of ELN members. Lock

2023 Engaged Leadership Academy Application Now Open