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Many residents wonder how to "get involved" in pathology organizations, research, educational opportunities, etc. This page lists various opportunities for getting involved.



CAP Residents ForumEdit

Become a delegate and represent your pathology residency program at the College of American Pathologist's Residents Forum. This is a great way to meet other residents as well as private practice and academic pathologists.

The first step is to become a CAP Junior Member or have membership pending. Membership is free, click here to join. Then you can apply for a CAP Resident Forum (RF) delegate position if there is an opening at your residency program. Open and opening spots are found in the current delegate roster . CAP RF selection is made at each state society's discretion and generally follows the program director's recommendation. Visit the CAP RF sitefor more information. Or contact Jan Glas (jglas@cap.org) for more info.

This year is the CAP Resident's Forum's 25th anniversary.  The celebration will be held at their Fall ’13 Meeting on October 11 & 12, 2013.  You can find more information about the meeting here.

Also, keep an eye out for Leadership Grants . These are grants given by the CAP Foundation to help fund attending the CAP meetings.

CAP Residents Forum Executive CommitteeEdit

This group of 9 residents or fellows is responsible for planning and coordinating the CAP Residents Forum (RF) meetings, as well as addressing various issues raised by the resident delegates at the RF meetings. Nominations are requested in the late spring of each year; elections are held at the Fall CAP Residents Forum meeting. This is an excellent opportunity to get involved in organized pathology and to make a difference for residents around the US.

Positions are as follows:

  • Chair
  • Vice Chair
  • Secretary
  • Delegate to the CAP House of Delegates
  • Alternate Delegate to the CAP House of Delegates
  • Delegate to the AMA Residents and Fellows Section
  • Alternate Delegate to the AMA Residents and Fellows Section
  • Member at Large
  • Immediate Past Chair (default position for last year's chair)


CAP Committees - Become a Junior MemberEdit

Junior members of the CAP can be involved in over 60 CAP Committees. The volunteer efforts of CAP Members whom serve on the CAP Committees are invaluable as their knowledge, talent and resources are used to inform and affect the direction of the College. As a Junior member on CAP Committee you get to become directly involved in organized medicine and gain first hand knowledge of the issues most pertinent to that Committee's charge.

For more information and an application


CAP Residents Forum Action GroupsEdit

These groups brainstorm and discuss ideas for action via email. It is an easy way to get involved, accomplish something, and show your enthusiasm for future committee applications...all with fairly minimal time commitment. If interested, email Jan Glas (jglas@cap.org).

  • Training Program Action Group
    • Explore and improve pathology education and resident curriculum. Deal with ACGME-related and training program issues (e.g. – too much scut work, not enough preview time, etc).
  • External Rotations and Grants Action Group
    • Issues regarding external electives and program support of these. Help compile a list of available resident grants. Find ways to better inform other residents about these resources.
  • Board Exam Action Group
    • Development of Board prep resources. Discuss current ABP autopsy requirements (i.e. – should the ABP reduce the required number of autopsies? If so, why? How can we get enough autopsies? etc)
  • Graduated Responsibilities Action Group
    • Create graduated responsibility guidelines. Explore possible methods of implementing these into residency programs.
  • Wiki Action Group
    • Edit, add new content to the Pathology Resident Wiki (www.pathinfo.wikia.com). NO special computer skills are required (if you can use the internet and use Word, you can edit the wiki!).

How to Get Involved in Research ProjectsEdit

NewsPathEdit

Want to get involved in educating other physicians about the impact of pathologists? Consider writing for NewsPath.


NewsPath articles are short (~500 words in length) articles targeted towards physicians in other specialties, on topics ranging from PSA testing to transfusion guidelines. Residents are paired with a mentor who is an expert in the field, allowing the opportunity for both education and networking.

Interested? Contact the NewsPath staff or visit the website for more information.

ASCP Resident CouncilEdit

The ASCP Resident Council is composed of 12 members from programs across the nation. Members from this Council also serve as Regional Representatives for most programs in the United States and Canada through the Resident Representative network. All Pathology residency programs in the United States and Canada are invited to name an ASCP Resident Representative. (Check to see if your program has a resident representative http://www.ascp.org/ASCPLeadership/ResidentLiaisons )

The Resident Council meets in conjunction with the ASCP Annual Meeting and the USCAP Annual Meeting. E-mails are sent out in the summer to ASCP Resident members prior to the fall ASCP Annual Meeting which advertise openings and ask for applications. Terms on the Council last for the length of residency and/or fellowship to provide continuity in leadership. The Chair and Chair-elect attend the ASCP Matrix, Commission on Membership, and Board of Directors meetings.

Residents are also involved in several ASCP committees, besides the Resident Council. At the time of this writing, 16 residents are active in various positions, in addition to those on the Council. To inquire about available positions on committees, e-mail eos@ascp.org.

ASCP membership is free for residents and comes with several benefits, including free online access to the American Journal of Clinical Pathology, competitive discounts on books and ASCP educational content, and the popular Resident Handbook, a helpful career resource.

For more information about the ASCP Resident Council or other ASCP opportunities, please visit the ASCP Resident webpage at http://www.ascp.org/MainMenu/residents.aspx or e-mail betty.sanders@ascp.org

Current Resident Council members:

Jessica A. Kozel, MD Chair (jessica.a.kozel@gmail.com)

Christopher H. Cogbill, MD Chair‐Elect (chriscogbill@gmail.com)

Sara C. Acree, MD

Dana Altenburger, MD

Enid D. Boeding, MD

Evelyn T. Bruner, MD

Nilesh G. Dharajiya, MD
ASCP resident council

2010-2011 ASCP Resident Council

Lauren Gilmore, MD

Delecia R. LaFrance, MD

Amberly Nunez, MD

David Stockman, MD

Sean R. Williamson, MD

Staff: Jennifer Hampshire, MLS(ASCP)CM Senior Membership Manager, Fellow & Residents

Staff: Betty A. Sanders, MBA Program Manager, Membership Councils

PathXChange AmbassadorEdit

Interested in digital pathology? Become a PathXChange Ambassador! PathXChange is a Web 2.0 style website that combines pathology education using virtual slides with social networking (like facebook). Anyone can join for free and upload interesting unknown cases. As an Ambassador, you work to promote the PathXChange site to other residents and fellows in order to increase the number of interesting cases on the site. The PathXChange site is free and sponsored by BioImagene.


2013 CAP Political Policy Meeting RecapEdit

  • The CAP 2013 policy meeting was a unique opportunity for CAP members to get “up close and personal” with a variety of influential Washington, DC officials and legislators who are impacting health policy and the practice of medicine.
  • Get a full 2013 CAP Policy Meeting recap here.
  • There will be a 2014 CAP Policy Meeting.  Specific dates have not been announced yet.

State Pathology SocietiesEdit

Getting involved in your state society is incredibly important, both for your personal career and for the benefit of your state. For contact info for your state society, go here: CAP State Pathology Society Directory

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