Get a Strong Start in Your Pathology Career
Diagnosing and Signing Out Cases
We know how much pressure you feel when making a diagnosis—but your training has given you a solid foundation of skills and processes in which you can have confidence. The tools, references, and resources provided by the CAP can further strengthen your assurance in the accuracy of your diagnoses.
It’s easy to get too busy to build a personal network but there’s a whole pathology community out there that you can engage with and learn from. The personal connections you develop will contribute not only to the quality of care you provide but also to your personal success. The CAP community—our members, sponsored events, and volunteer opportunities—will expose you to new opportunities for learning and career growth.
Transitioning into Work
Starting a new job is never easy. Starting a new job where critical health care decisions rely on the outcome of your day-to-day work? That’s another level entirely. The good news is that you don’t have to go it alone. Access resources and articles to help with the transition.
Grow into a Leader
Managing Your Practice
From contracting, negotiating, and revenue cycle management to current trends and evolving performance measures, our practice management resources are designed to give you the skills and insights you need for success.
Essentials of Laboratory Management
This program provides essential content curated especially for early-career pathologists. These self-paced on-demand courses can be personalized to your learning needs and will cover multiple aspects of laboratory operations management.
Laboratory Medical Direction (LMD)
The role of laboratory medical director is likely in your future. The LMD program includes online courses and a live workshop. Participants learn how to lead effective and efficient laboratory operations while managing regulatory compliance and communicating productively across the health care organization.
Development Webinars and Roundtables
Our webinars and roundtables are presented by subject matter experts and established pathologists and feature a wealth of information on a wide variety of topics pertinent to every stage of your career.
Engaged Leadership Academy
The Engaged Leadership Academy (ELA) is a multi-day strategic communications and leadership course. ELA graduates possess the skills, tools, and confidence to be front-and-center in their health care settings and to influence their clinical colleagues, administrators, government agencies, and advocacy groups for the benefit of patients and pathology. Registration for 2023 will open this spring, usually held late November.
CAP members can update their member profiles in MyCAP to indicate they are "Open to Connecting," meaning they are open to taking questions and providing professional guidance to other CAP members like you, on an informal basis.
Keep Abreast of Innovations
Clinical Informatics Resources
The ability to integrate new technology, data, and staff into your laboratory's operations is a must for any pathologist. Stay current in your knowledge with the CAP's educational resources and online tools, including webinar recordings, online courses, published articles and books, and more.
Pathologists prepare to succeed through continuous lifelong learning. Tap into a treasure trove of educational resources covering a wide range of topics, including AP, CP, molecular pathology, and laboratory management. Programs are provided in a variety of formats—self-paced online courses, live webinars, and in-person workshops. (Member discount)
Fit more learning into your schedule with MyCAP-exclusive FastFive Challenges and a variety of interactive Pathology Case Challenges which include whole slide images.
CAP Annual Meeting
Every year the CAP hosts The Pathologists' Meeting. Take advantage of this opportunity to connect with colleagues, learn, and share your expertise.
Test Ordering Program
Authored by leading experts in test utilization, the Test Ordering Program modules help educate CAP member pathologists in 21 commonly misapplied tests. With more added all the time, prepare yourself to lead your organization's initiatives for better value-based patient care and more effective laboratory resource stewardship.
Precision Medicine Resource Center
Stay current on the latest research and developments in precision medicine in areas such as pharmacogenetics and immune response genes. Brief articles with extensive references will help you learn more about this dynamic field.
The CAP Cancer Protocols help to ensure complete and accurate diagnostic cancer reporting and best outcomes for your patients. CAP's electronic cancer reporting tools provide a workflow-friendly interface, streamlined reporting process, and standardized quality checks.
Webinars and Roundtables
Stay current on specialized technical topics or get advice on advancing your career. Our webinars and roundtables are presented by subject matter experts and established pathologists and feature a wealth of information on a wide variety of topics.
Browse the podcast library to listen to the latest while you are commuting or relaxing at home. Available on MyCAP.
CAP Councils and Committees
With over 60 committees, project teams, and member survey panels, there are many opportunities to volunteer on a CAP Council or Committee and to impact the specialty of pathology.
Engaged Leadership Academy
The CAP’s Engaged Leadership Academy (ELA) is a multi-day strategic communications and leadership course. ELA graduates possess the skills, tools, and confidence to be front-and-center in their health care settings and to influence their clinical colleagues, administrators, government agencies, and advocacy groups for the benefit of patients and pathology. Registration for 2023 will open this spring, usually held in late November.
House of Delegates
The House of Delegates (HOD), the largest member body within the CAP, serves as your direct connection to CAP Leadership and pathologists across the country. The House is composed of over 500 elected members representing all 50 states, the Canadian provinces, and the Armed Forces, all united in the goal of ensuring that CAP initiatives meet the needs of CAP members.
CAP Peer Inspections
Our accreditation programs are built on a unique, peer-based model that benefits both the laboratories being inspected and the inspector. As a CAP inspector, you can gain fresh insight into best practices to take back to your laboratory. You’ll also be better prepared to identify gaps in your own compliance efforts, helping you prepare for your laboratory’s inspection.
Broaden Your Influence
PathPAC, the CAP Advocacy's political action committee, pursues the election and reelection of candidates for federal office who understand the value of pathology in improving patient care and who help advance the CAP's positions on key issues related to pathology. PathPAC uniquely amplifies our specialty’s voice in the election process.
PathNET connects CAP members with their elected officials at the federal and state levels. Through PathNET, the CAP's grassroots advocacy network, pathologists can build relationships with their legislators and assist the CAP in achieving our legislative goals.
Pathologists Leadership Summit
Strengthen leadership skills, make a positive impact on the profession, and earn CME credit. Brainstorm with CAP leaders and network with colleagues as you prepare to visit legislators on Capitol Hill, where you can lobby to protect the future of our specialty.
Pathologists in Training
CAP Foundation Awards
The CAP Foundation recognizes and rewards current and future leaders in pathology, acknowledging the contributions of both pathologists and trainees in advancing pathology and promoting our shared values.
CAP for Residents and the Residents Forum
As physicians, we must be leaders in the laboratory, the hospital, and our specialty. Through the Residents Forum, the CAP provides opportunities to learn, develop, and demonstrate valuable leadership skills—expertise that will benefit you in every facet of your career.
CAP for Medical Students
Medical students—the CAP has resources and benefits just for you. Join the CAP community for free as a medical student member, apply for a Medical Student Travel Award, or take advantage of the Pathology Career Center. Explore the wealth of information about the vital specialty of pathology from leaders in the specialty.