These are the challenging choices facing pathologists today
Driving the College of American Pathologists to meet your needs
Threats to our future concern me just as they do you. What are those threats? They are government regulations that limit what tests we can order. They are insurance mandates that shrink our reimbursement. They are medical specialty initiatives that usurp our practice.
And they are the media that brainwashes the public into thinking that our only value is to provide post mortem evidence contrived to send people to jail. TV doctor shows such as Grey’s Anatomy, The Good Doctor, and CSI portray pathologists as sub-physicians, detached from patient care. Atul Gawande, surgeon, medical observer and writer for the New Yorker said, "...There are corners in medicine where you don’t really have to be good at communication. You can work in laboratory medicine; ...you can work in pathology, where your life is under a microscope." * He conveniently omits that a great majority of patient care comes at the direction of laboratory and pathology tests.
I am asking you to give me the opportunity to mitigate these threats and dispel these misconceptions.
As your CAP president, I will use every CAP resource to demonstrate the value that we bring to American healthcare. But to do this, I need your help. The College of American Pathologists (CAP) exists only to meet your professional needs, and those needs are as varied as the membership itself. We practice in different environments. We have different responsibilities. We are at so many different stages of life. If the CAP is to represent you, if the CAP is to meet your individual and diverse needs, then the CAP -- and most importantly its President -- needs to hear your voice.
As your candidate for President Elect of the CAP, I need to hear from YOU. Please contact me and let me know how our organization can best serve your needs.