Informatics Award

This travel award (up to $1,200) is open to College of American Pathologists (CAP) Junior Members (pathology residents) to attend informatics-based educational sessions at the CAP Annual Meeting. The field of pathology has experienced dramatic growth in the areas of informatics, clinical applications, standardized reporting and laboratory test utilization, electronic health records, workflow, and patient safety. Experts attribute the growth to external financial and health care pressures.

Attendance at CAP Annual Meetings will give you exposure to real-world, practical applications in the ever-evolving field of informatics. Awardees will have direct access to industry leaders and a choice of several courses presented by experts in the informatics field.

This conference travel award is intended to defray the cost of travel/hotel expenses and has been made possible through the generosity of the Dito Family and donors to the William R. Dito, MD, Fund for Informatics.


All CAP Junior Members may apply. All applicants will be considered regardless of age, race, gender, national origin, or religion.

Applicants should have authorization from their institution to attend the meeting. Awardees and/or their institutions should expect to cover any travel costs that exceed the amount awarded.

Recipients are expected to focus their meeting experience and learning on the field of informatics.

Awardees are required to submit, within 10 days of any meeting attendance, a report on:

  • The achievement of goals stated in your application
  • What you learned about informatics
  • Plans to apply new knowledge to the specialty of pathology (eg, present to fellow residents, incorporate ideas at your institution, pursue further training/research)

This award must be fulfilled prior to converting to CAP Fellow membership.

Funded Up ToFocusEligibilityTimeframe
$1,200Travel to attend informatics courses at CAP Annual Meetings to gain exposure and understand the impact on the specialty of pathology and patient care.CAP Junior MembersApply by April 6

To Apply

Please include the following with your completed application:

  1. An essay of up to 750 words discussing*:
    1. Applicant’s interest in applying/influencing the direction of informatics in patient care, why this experience is desired, and how it will enhance training in pathology
    2. Goals for attending the CAP Annual Meeting informatics courses (eg, I would like to achieve the following…)
    3. Why foundation financial support is necessary (NEED)
    4. Your plan to share and apply knowledge gained
  2. Letter of recommendation from your program director discussing:
    1. Why this person is deserving
    2. Applicant’s interest and potential for contributing to the field of pathology via informatics or health care informatics
  3. Curriculum Vitae

*Applicant that does not address the above items in their application essay will not be considered.

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