Digital Pathology and Artificial Intelligence Advanced Training Grant

The field of pathology has experienced unprecedented growth in the areas of digital pathology and Artificial Intelligence (AI) applications. It is essential for the future generation of pathologists to have a working knowledge and understanding of both the applications and challenges in this field. As AI and digital pathology products become an integral part of pathology practice, pathologists themselves need to be involved in the creation and development of these tools.

This grant—sponsored by PathAI—offers CAP Junior Members exposure to digital pathology and artificial intelligence via a four-week training elective at PathAI headquarters in Boston. Under the direction of Dr. Fedaa Najdawi, senior pathologist, and Dr. Eric Walk, chief medical officer, trainees will learn how machine learning-based diagnostic tools are developed from early concepts to validation and development, concentrating on the role pathologists play in this process.

Each elective is customized to the trainee’s specific interests. Based on these interests, project timing, and availability, a schedule will be created to include exposure to several of PathAI teams as well as regular scientific and research meetings and education sessions. This training will take place starting in the fourth quarter of 2022; dates to be determined based on PathAI personnel availability, project timing, and resources.

Interested parties are invited to review complete details about the Digital Pathology and Artificial Intelligence Advanced Training Grant.

Eligibility

The award is open to all CAP Junior Members who have completed their first year of either AP or AP/CP residency. Candidates with a digital pathology background and/or interest are prioritized. Applicants will be considered regardless of age, race, gender, national origin, or religion.

Award Amount

Funding up to $5,000 is available to support travel and living expenses during the four-week training period. Awardees and/or their institutions should expect to cover any travel costs that exceed the amount awarded.

We expect the recipient’s own institution to support the resident’s attendance by authorizing permission to participate. If expenses exceed the award amount, we expect the resident to use their own funds or seek department funds to cover the balance of expenses.

Selection Process

On behalf of the CAP Foundation Board of Directors, the CAP Foundation Grants Committee chooses the award recipient based on peer reviews. Factors considered include, but are not limited to, the following:

  1. Merit of application
  2. Value of educational experience to the applicant
  3. Applicant background as it relates to prior exposure/interest in digital pathology and artificial intelligence
  4. Capacity and willingness to share information and experience with colleagues
Funded Up ToFocusEligibilityTimeframe
$5,000Four-week training elective at PathAI Boston headquarters; trainees will learn how machine learning-based diagnostic tools are developedCAP Junior Members with first year of AP or AP/CP residency completedApply by July 1

To Apply

Submit the following materials with your completed application by July 1, 2022:

  1. Your residency program director’s signature (invite this individual as a collaborator on your application).
  2. A letter of recommendation and documentation from your residency program director confirming that your salary and benefits will be supported during the award period.
  3. Your responses to the following:
    • Your interest in digital pathology and artificial intelligence, why this experience is desired, and how it will enhance your training in pathology
    • Any previous experience that will help you fulfill the elective’s objectives
    • How you will use this experience to benefit society and the practice of pathology
    • Your plan for sharing your experience and the information learned with colleagues
    • Why you require CAP Foundation financial support and what other means of support are available
  4. Curriculum vitae
  5. Professional headshot for use in Foundation web and print media for award recognition, meeting the following requirements: 1+ megabyte, color, with or without lab coat, neutral background (no selfies, please)

If Selected

Upon completion of this rotation, the awardee is expected to submit the following to the CAP Foundation within 30 days of concluding the experience:

  • an overview (500–700 word summary) of your experience
  • a short evaluation form
  • a short evaluation form
  • one photo of yourself and one photo of you with the host working together during the rotation

The CAP Foundation may also communicate the bestowing of this award and content from your evaluation form for future promotional purposes with CAP members and donors via the Foundation website, social media channels, newsletter, or annual report.