Pathology and Laboratory Medicine Leaders Convene in DC
to Address Issues Facing Their Future Workforce
Following is a summary of the recent Pathology Workforce Conference held on December 3, 2013, in Washington, DC. All of the major Pathology and Laboratory Medicine organizations, including ADASP, were represented at this unique one-day meeting convened to address this critical topic.
Workforce issues will be the focus of the morning session at the Annual ADASP meeting in San Diego at the USCAP meeting, on Saturday March 1, 2014. We look forward to seeing you there! -- Peter A. Humphrey, MD, PhD, President, Association of Directors of Anatomic and Surgical Pathology
Representatives of 24 national professional organizations, representing pathology and medical education, met this week in Washington, DC to develop a plan of action for how the pathology and laboratory medicine workforce of the future can best meet patient needs. The conference was sponsored by the College of American Pathologists (CAP), the American Society for Clinical Pathology (ASCP), the Association of Pathology Chairs (APC), and the United States & Canadian Academy of Pathology (USCAP).
The conference was designed to enable participants to develop and articulate a common understanding and set of priorities on workforce issues affecting the ability of pathology and laboratory medicine to provide optimal patient care, focusing on actions in three main areas: (1) re-assessing what every pathologist needs to know and identifying new ways to ensure that adequate numbers of pathologists acquire both general skills and sub-specialized expertise, especially in key emerging areas; (2) organizing pathology to attract and recruit highly-qualified medical and STEM (science, technology, engineering, and mathematics) students into pathology and laboratory professions; and (3) re-evaluating long-term training expectations and practice roles for all members of the laboratory workforce, in light of emerging technologies and evolving healthcare delivery models.
In addition to the sponsoring organizations, participants included: the Academy of Clinical Laboratory Physicians and Scientists; the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education –Pathology Residency Review Committee; the American Association of Neuropathologists; the American Board of Oral and Maxillofacial Pathology; the American Board of Pathology; American Society of Cytopathology; the American Medical Association; the American Pathology Foundation; the American Society for Investigative Pathology; the American Society of Dermatopathology; the Association for Molecular Pathology; the Association for Pathology Informatics; the Association of American Medical Colleges; the Association of Clinical Scientists; the Association of Directors of Anatomic and Surgical Pathology; the Association of Pathology Chairs/Program Directors Section (PRODS); the Canadian Association of Pathologists; the National Association of Medical Examiners; the Society for Hematopathology; and the Society for Pediatric Pathology.