Advancing your career as easy as 1, 2, 3 at CAP18.

  1. Grow your network: Connect with CAP leadership and pathologists at evening receptions and lounges.
  2. Expand your skills: Explore emerging science—and its practical application—with educational courses, industry workshops, and expert faculty.
  3. Get career advice: Gain practical information on CV and professional bio-sketch preparation from pathology leaders and learn about job opportunities.

Events for you at CAP18

Fellowship Fair

Sunday, October 21, 2018, 9:30-11:30 AM

Considering a fellowship? This is one event you do not want to miss! Explore fellowship programs from across the nation all in one place at our Fellowship Fair. Meet program leaders, talk with current fellows, ask questions and gather interview advice to help you take the next step in your career.

  • Understand the types of fellowships offered
  • Build relationships with program leaders
  • Plan for the application and interview process

Residents and New-in-Practice Lounge

Sunday, October 21 through Tuesday, October 23, 2018

Relax and enjoy some downtime with fellow residents and newly practicing pathologists.

Lounge times are:

  • Sunday, October 21, 1:00-5:00 PM
  • Monday, October 22, 1:00-4:00 PM, Reopens 5:30-7:30 PM
  • Tuesday, October 23, 1:00-4:00 PM


Learn what the CAP House of Delegates is all About

Sunday, October 21, 1:00 – 2:00 PM

Meet with members of the CAP House of Delegates Steering Committee (HODSC) in a comfortable, informal setting to discuss how the HODSC plays a critical role in furthering the profession of pathology.


CAP Medical Librarian Resources

Monday, October 22, 1:00-4:00 PM & Tuesday, October 23, 1:00-4:00 PM

CAP Medical Librarian Resources: CAP medical library staff will be available to consult with you on critical topics such as CV review/improvement, manuscript development, professional bio-sketch preparation and research assistance.  Please take advantage of this opportunity to learn from the experts.

Register for a Librarian Session


Career Fair – Enhancements Added to the Event this Year!

Monday, October 22, 5:30 – 7:30 PM

Learn more about current job openings from employers who are seeking candidates at the career fair event. Speakers from Chicago’s top pathology programs and CAP leadership will share their career advice. Beer, wine, and light hors d’oeuvres will be served.

A Sample of Courses for Residents and New-in-Practice:

S1708: Problem Cases in Surgical Pathology: Slide Seminar (CME)

Faculty: Kumarasen Cooper, MBChB, FCAP; Saul Suster, MD, FCAP; Paul E. Wakely Jr.; MD Bruce M. Wenig, MD, FCAP Cosponsored by the Arkadi M. Rywlin (AMR) International Pathology Slide Seminar Club


The course will address problem areas of diagnosis in surgical pathology using a slide seminar format. Faculty will present selected cases and use them as a platform for an in-depth discussion of the topic. Discussion will center on modern criteria for diagnosis, the pitfalls associated with the lesions discussed, and the role and limitations of special techniques for diagnosis. Audience interaction will engage participants, and questions and answers will be encouraged.

You will learn to:
• Identify new entities in surgical pathology
• Recognize common pitfalls involved in the diagnosis of uncommon tumors
• Identify the role and limitations of special techniques for the diagnosis of uncommon tumors

S1739: What’s Trending? Instructive Breast Pathology Cases to Better Equip You and Your Laboratory for the Rapidly Changing Clinical and Molecular Landscape of Breast Cancer (CME/SAM credit)

Faculty: Timothy M. D’Alfonso, MD, FCAP; Sandra J. Shin, MD, FCAP; Sonal Varma, MD, FCAP

Your Laboratory for the Rapidly Changing Clinical and Molecular Landscape of Breast Cancer


As clinical practices change, it is imperative for pathologists to integrate current management guidelines into the laboratory. Through a case-based format that includes audience participation, the faculty will address recent practice trends in breast pathology. Faculty will cover standardization of processing and reporting postneoadjuvant chemotherapy-treated breast specimens. The second part of the course will focus on high-risk lesions encountered in core biopsies; it will include illustrative examples to reinforce diagnostic criteria and current molecular data in the literature. Finally, the course will review the integration of molecular prognostic assays into the daily workflow of the practicing pathologist. Upon completion of the course, practicing pathologists will be sufficiently skilled to manage recently employed changes in trends in breast pathology.

You will learn to:
• Examine the postneoadjuvant chemotherapy-treated breast specimen in a standardized manner
• Report the findings of the postneoadjuvant chemotherapy-treated breast specimen
• Classify high-risk lesions in core needle biopsy samples
• Recognize the clinical ramifications of the diagnoses of high-risk lesions in core needle biopsy samples
• Communicate the findings of high-risk lesions in core needle biopsy samples to clinicians
• Integrate molecular prognostic assays into the laboratory workflow
• Communicate information about molecular prognostic assays to clinicians

N1686: Launching the Young Pathologist: A Forum on the Transition From Pathology Trainee to Effective Pathology Practitioner (CME)

Faculty: W. Stephen Black-Schaffer, MD, FCAP; Barbara S. Ducatman, MD, FCAP; Gene N. Herbek, MD, FCAP; Donald S. Karcher, MD, FCAP (Moderator); Nicole D. Riddle, MD, FCAP Cosponsored by the Association of Pathology Chairs (APC)


The transition from pathology residency and/or fellowship training to junior attending status is often a source of great anxiety on the part of both new-in-practice pathologists and those who hire them. This workshop will cover the challenges of transitioning from pathology training to effective pathology practice from the perspective of pathologists in their first job and the people who hire and mentor these young pathologists. The faculty (a pathology educator, two employers of pathologists [one community based and one academic], and a new-in-practice pathologist) will discuss best practices in this key transition and will describe ongoing efforts by the pathology education community to better align pathology training and modern pathology practice. Faculty will solicit input from participants to inform these ongoing efforts. The workshop, cosponsored by the Association of Pathology Chairs, will include presentations and a panel discussion. This session should be of interest to residents, fellows, new-in-practice pathologists, heads of pathology groups, and pathology department chairs.

You will learn to:
• Describe the major challenges in the transition from pathology training to successful pathology practice
• List best practices in helping new-in-practice pathologists safely and effectively navigate the first one to three years of practice
• Detail the ongoing efforts to better align pathology training with the needs of modern pathology practice and provide input on these efforts

S1613: Diffuse Large B-Cell Lymphomas: Greatest Hits, Doubles Hits, and Various Shades of Gray-Zone Lymphomas (CME/SAM)

Faculty: Adam Bagg, MD; Daniel J. Landsburg, MD; Megan S. Lim, MD, PhD, FCAP


Diffuse large B-cell lymphomas (DLBCLs), which encompass the most commonly observed lymphoma category, are highly heterogeneous and are composed of numerous variants and clinicopathologic subtypes. Furthermore, with the rapid advances in the understanding of the genetic basis for these subtypes, practicing surgical pathologists and hematopathologists find it challenging to keep abreast of advances in ever-evolving diagnostic criteria, immunophenotypic and genetic prognostic factors, and therapeutic markers. As the course’s faculty, expert hematopathologists and a hematologist oncologist with clinical expertise in lymphoma will synthesize contemporary approaches to diagnosis and classification of DLBCLs and discuss the clinical management and therapeutic implications. Additionally, in response to the 2016 published update of the World Health Organization (WHO) Classification of Tumours of Haematopoietic and Lymphoid Tissues, this course will highlight important changes that will impact the diagnostic approach to DLBCLs. The faculty will focus on how to distinguish DLBCLs from other aggressive B-cell lymphomas, such as Burkitt lymphoma, high-grade B-cell lymphomas, including double-hit lymphomas (DHLs) and unclassifiable (intermediate or gray zone) B-cell lymphoma (BCLU).

You will learn to:
• Classify DLBCLs using currently available tools
• Use immunohistochemical and molecular studies to identify clinically relevant subtypes of DLBCLs
• Distinguish DLBCLs from other aggressive B-cell lymphomas using contemporary laboratory tests
• Recognize the clinical management decisions and therapeutic implications associated with patients with aggressive B-cell lymphoma

S1614 Can you Hear Me Now? Giving and Receiving Feedback Effectively (CME/SAM)

Faculty: Sarah M. Bean, MD, FCAP; Xiaoyin (Sara) Jiang, MD, FCAP

In the laboratory setting, feedback (or the lack thereof) extends beyond self-improvement and ultimately impacts patient care. In this CAPcast, Duke Health pathologist Dr. Sara Jiang discusses how to give and receive feedback effectively.


Effective feedback is crucial to engaging team members. Feedback is personalized information based on direct observation that is crafted and delivered so receivers can use the information to achieve their best potential. In the laboratory setting, feedback (or the lack thereof) extends beyond self-improvement and ultimately impacts patient care. The ability to give and receive feedback is an integral component of the communication subcompetency and informs every human interaction in our professional and personal lives. This is true of everyone, including laboratory professionals, administrative assistants, residents, fellows, and pathologists; and it is true for pathologists in all practice settings and experience levels. The practice of giving good feedback is a learned communication skill. This interactive session will use case-based learning, audience response, and demonstrations of different feedback techniques and provide take-home tips on giving and receiving feedback to demonstrate four high-yield feedback techniques and to understand a range of ways feedback is commonly received. The session will give participants take-away job aids so they can immediately apply the techniques learned in their practice setting.

You will learn to:
• Describe how to provide effective feedback
• Explain how to effectively receive feedback
• Demonstrate feedback delivery methods

H1880 NEW! From Social Media to the Water Cooler: How to be a Better Communicator

Faculty: Timothy C. Allen, MD, JD, FCAP; Paul Bachner, MD, FCAP; Eric F. Glassy, MD, FCAP

Learning how to communicate effectively is a critical skill for pathologists, particularly those who are new in practice. Patients and clinicians rely on the pathologist’s ability to communicate— be it a pathology report, an email, at a tumor conference, a medical staff meeting or through the various types of social media. Indeed, a solid communication strategy will elevate your professional standing and more importantly, lead to better patient care, according to Dr. Eric Glassy.


Clear, concise communication is required in all pathology practices with many constituencies, such as colleagues, clinicians, staff, nurses, administrators, and patients. Effective communication with all of these audiences may be difficult. Conventional modalities such as meetings, conference calls, written communications, and emails may have limited effect or may be used inappropriately. Newer communication platforms, such as social media, may be unfamiliar to many pathologists. In this course, three senior pathologists with many years of communications experience will share their insights and secrets in the use of old and new communication channels. The emphasis will be on identifying better modes of communication as well as pitfalls in written, verbal, and visual interactions. The course will include opportunities for dialog between the course presenters and the participants.

You will learn to:
• Identify social media applications for your practice
• Apply better practices for meetings
• Review good and bad uses of emails
• Apply new techniques for written, verbal, and visual communication

R1804 Communication: Good and Bad

Round Table Discussion—Lunch Included


Join the experts for lunch! Exchange information and share solutions in a relaxed setting with your peers. You will learn to improve your ability to identify solutions to common problems through interactive sessions with colleagues. An additional fee applies.

CAP Pavilion Presentations

Billing and Coding Basics for the New-in-Practice Pathologist

Pathologists who are new in practice are often thrown into the world of billing, learning nothing about billing in their medical training, finding themselves responsible for the accuracy of billing on all their cases with very few resources to turn to for help.

The Billing and Coding Basics for the New in Practice Pathologist workshop is intended to provide the new in practice pathologist with the basic skills necessary to ensure accurate reporting (coding) as well as foundational skills further contributing to the development of their leadership/lab management. Participants will learn “how pathology practices get paid” with a discussion of the various methods of payment as well as where to find billing and coding resources.

Payment methods to be reviewed include:

  • Coding
  • Fee for service (FFS)
  • Technical Component (TC)
  • Professional Component (PC)
  • Global Method
  • Part A
  • Private Insurance