College of American Pathologists Hosts 2021 Annual Meeting: September 25-28


NORTHFIELD, Illinois – (COMMERCIAL THREAD)–The College of American Pathologists (CAP) will host its annual CAP21 meeting with timely and informative educational sessions from Saturday September 25 to Tuesday September 28 at the Hyatt Regency Chicago.

“Pathologists have demonstrated resilience as 2021 continues to be an extraordinary and remarkable year in our profession,” said CAP President Emily E. Volk, MD, FCAP. “Our member pathologists and labs continue to provide state-of-the-art care for COVID-19 testing, new variants, ongoing outbreaks, vaccines and warrants. This year’s program approaches many of our current successes and challenges with a look to the future and the vital role pathologists play in the lives of our patients.

President Volk and all presenters are available for an interview.

To view the full CAP21 schedule, visit:


Some educational courses from the annual meeting will be highlighted in a virtual conference National press briefing Tuesday, September 28 from 11:00 a.m. to 12:20 p.m. CT. To register, go to:

11h00-11h20 HC

The great unknown: what about COVID-19 tests?

Benjamin Pinsky, MD, Ph.D., FCAP

Christina M. Wojewoda, MD, FCAP

  • Get a comprehensive feel for the current status of COVID-19 testing and its progress, including the timing of antibody testing, the importance of doing the ‘home test’ correctly, and the shortage of laboratory staff to manage the test. demand.

  • Understand how COVID testing understood testing for other diseases and what impact it had on patients.

  • Understand the relationship between RNA sequencing and positive COVID-19 tests.

11:20 am-11:40 am HC

Autopsy service transformed by COVID: guidelines from the front lines

Carolyn Glass, MD, Ph.D., FCAP

Jonathan Thompson, MD, FCAP

Alex K. Williamson, MD, FCAP

  • Hear the latest news from the front lines and how COVID-19 has strained routine autopsy practices.

  • Learn first-hand how three institutions perform COVID-19 autopsies and what they learned.

11:40 a.m.-12: 00 p.m. HC

Hereditary Breast Cancers: What Do We Know Beyond BRCA?

Rania Bakkar, MD, FCAP

Anupma Nayak, MD

  • Genetic and molecular testing are now more feasible and more readily available, leading to greater accuracy and personalized options with more effective and less toxic targeted treatments.

  • Understand the role pathologists can play in identifying hereditary breast cancers and administering the right tests.

12h00-12h20 HC

The pathology of a cyberattack: how to prepare your laboratory?

Andrew Goodwin, MD, FCAP

  • Presenters will discuss the impact of a cyber attack on a lab in 2020 and how labs can be protected.

  • How can laboratories remain agile and react quickly when critical situations arise?


Presenters on each topic are available for an interview:

Reference ranges for the transgender population

  • How does the impact of gender-affirming therapies affect lab tests?

  • Learn about the challenges of gender identity in the laboratory information system and electronic medical records and how to overcome them.

Reversing the Gender Leadership Gap: Taking Action to Create Meaningful Change

  • Understand the factors that contribute to this gap, what women bring to the leadership table and to patient care.

  • What are some practical things women can do to amplify their voice in pathology and in leadership roles?

What is bugging the gut? A team approach of gastrointestinal pathology and microbiology in the diagnosis of infections of the digestive tract

  • Learn about gastrointestinal infections that pose laboratory diagnostic problems.

  • How important is the role of the clinical laboratory in intestinal diagnosis?

Ordering the Right Test at the Right Time: Lab Test Management Strategies for the Practicing Pathologist

  • Talk to pathologists about the important and collaborative role they play in choosing the right tests for patients.

  • How does test management improve costs and patient care?

Fighting the HPV-Related Head and Neck Cancer Epidemic: Why Pathologists Are Vital to Patient Care

  • What is the impact of the diagnosis of HPV head and neck cancers on modern pathology and what will HPV testing, classification and staging changes look like in the future?

  • Understand the public health aspects of HPV cancers, including the HPV vaccine and trends in HPV infections.

Pathology of lung disease associated with vaping

  • What changes occur in the lungs of patients who “vape” and in particular a patient with COVID-19 and what risks do vaping devices present with prolonged use?

  • Understand the role of the pathologist when it comes to diagnosing lung injury caused by vaping.

About College of American Pathologists (CAP)

As the world’s largest organization of board-certified pathologists with nearly 18,000 members and as a leading provider of laboratory accreditation and proficiency testing programs, CAP serves patients, pathologists and the public by encouraging and advocating excellence in the practice of pathology and laboratory medicine. worldwide. Ninety-eight percent of the top 1,000 labs in the United States are CAP accredited. Pathologists oversee and provide laboratory tests and diagnose viruses, chronic diseases, cancers, and other health problems. For more information visit to observe pathologists at work and see the stories of patients in their care. Visit


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