The CAP Foundation strongly believes in strengthening the pathologist’s position at the core of the health care team. Our grants and awards empower CAP Fellows and Junior Members to expand their skill set, spark discussions with their peers, and learn how they can improve patient care.

At CAP16, eight ambitious resident pathologists received the CAP Foundation Leadership Development Award in recognition of their commitment to advancing their practice. The award provides a stipend to cover travel expenses so each recipient can attend the CAP Residents Forum meeting or CAP Policy Meeting.

The Leadership Development Award is named because young pathologists who get involved and learn from their colleagues will be instrumental assets to the profession in the changing health care landscape. As new challenges arise, the CAP Foundation propels its awardees to face them.

“As a military pathologist, I am expected to take a position of leadership within the laboratory directly following my residency. My goal for attending the Residents Forum meeting is to learn leadership skills that are geared toward pathology, learn from other residents about the existing leadership challenges and opportunities, and share the lessons and skills that I have learned throughout my military career.”

– Benjamin Cook, MD

“Leadership goes beyond excellent diagnostic skills—it improves patient care through managing resources; it spurs planning and organizing to improve communication bridges between patients, clinicians, surgeons, and pathologists; and it supports new technologies and process improvements to advance patient diagnosis and quality management. I strongly believe that it is best for our profession to integrate these technologies, embrace them, and break the walls that separate us from our patients and our colleagues.”

– Sarmad Hassan Jassim, MD

“The entity that creates and implements policies, rules, and regulations for practicing pathology needs to include pathologists, whose profession is directed and dictated by those regulations and policies. I am interested in developing the skills and opportunities necessary for me to become involved, effectively participate, address issues specific to pathology and patient care, and effect change for pathologists and patients.”

– Rebecca C. Obeng, MD, PhD, MPH