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Monday, February 04, 2013

The increasing complexity of medical science will create new opportunities and challenges for pathologists and medical laboratory professionals today and in the future.

“[The increasing complexity of medical science] will require leadership and management skills unfamiliar to many, especially our residents and young practitioners. Gaps exist today in our approach to training, and the Pathology Milestones Initiative and the New Accreditation System of the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) will create new ones to fill.”
—Ronald L. Weiss, MD, MBA, FASCP

“This will require leadership and management skills unfamiliar to many, especially our residents and young practitioners,” says Ronald L. Weiss, MD, MBA, FASCP, Professor of Pathology with the Department of Pathology/ARUP Laboratories at the University of Utah, Salt Lake City. “Gaps exist today in our approach to training, and the Pathology Milestones Initiative and the New Accreditation System of the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education (ACGME) will create new ones to fill.”

Dr. Weiss will moderate a panel discussion titled, “Meeting the Leadership and Management Challenges Facing the Pathologist of the Future,” on March 3, from 7:30 to 9:30 p.m., during the USCAP Meeting Companion Society Program in Rooms 321–323 at the Baltimore Convention Center in Baltimore.

Co-sponsored by ASCP and the American Pathology Foundation, the panel discussion will focus on pathology leadership challenges to today and tomorrow with the ACGME Milestones in mind. The ACGME is implementing an outcomes-based evaluation system in which the doctors of tomorrow will be measured for their competency in performing the essential tasks necessary for clinical practice in the 21st century.

Challenges include a lack of sufficient training and effective strategies for training in laboratory management; variable experience in areas such as administration and management, coding, billing, legal issues, and in communication and interpersonal skills; and insufficient exposure to laboratory activity during residency training to effectively direct laboratory operations or provide consultative advice.

The educational needs related to the professional practice gaps include understanding the leadership role for pathology in the healthcare system and integrated delivery system at the center of the disease management team.

Panel discussion participants will view these challenges from the perspectives of pathology training programs, pathology practice settings, and disease management teams inherent to accountable care organizations and medical homes, according to Dr. Weiss.

ASCP’s Immediate Past President, C. Bruce Alexander, MD, FASCP, who is Professor, Vice Chair, and Residency Program Director at the University of Alabama, Birmingham, Ala., will present his perspectives on the topic, “The ACGME Milestones: Shaping the Future Pathology Workforce.” He will address the role of pathology in the “House of Medicine” and understanding the purpose of the milestones, how this evaluation system will be implemented, and its timeline. He will also discuss the profession’s evolution from doing “spot checks” to continuous evaluation of pathology residents.

Faculty members also include James M. Crawford, MD, PhD, FASCP, Senior Vice President for Laboratory Services, Professor and Chair of the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, North Shore-LIJ Health System, Lake Success, N.Y., and Robert D. Hoffman, MD, PhD, FASCP, Vice Chair for Graduate Medical Education and Director of the Pathology Residency at Vanderbilt University Medical Center, in Nashville, Tenn.

For more information on the panel discussion, please visit http://www.uscap.org/newindex.htm?102reg/index.htm


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