Did you go into pathology for the laboratory management opportunities? Neither did most of your colleagues.

While it probably wasn’t the focus of your education, most pathologists like you must take on managerial duties in their professional lives. It takes a different skill set than interpretation, diagnosis, and the other skills from your years in medical school and residency, but it may be just as critical to achieving success in your career.

The CAP is here to help you successfully grow into a leader in your practice with online and in-person CME opportunities in skills you need in your current position or to grow into a new opportunity.

Essentials of Laboratory Management: Learning that Fits


The new Essentials of Laboratory Management curriculum from the CAP is designed to provide working pathologists like you with the skills and expertise you need to grow into a leader along whatever career path you choose.

  • Fit to your schedule: online courses are available 24/7 and are written in bite-sized modules, even for when you just have 15 minutes.

  • Fit to your learning style: the adaptive learning format determines your needs and presents material accordingly.

  • Fit to your career path: select from multiple modules and courses to learn the skills that matter most as a leader with discipline-specific or cross-discipline responsibilities.


Available Courses


Planning and Executing New Test Systems

Understand the elements to evaluate, plan, and execute to implement new tests and equipment in a variety of laboratory environments.

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Critical Communication Practices for Laboratory Leadership

Learn basics of interpersonal communication, including strategies and techniques to promote constructive, uplifting conversations with your team or with your clinical colleagues.

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Managing Laboratory Operations

Gain insight into managing laboratory operations by staffing qualified personnel, coordinating laboratory teams, assessing test system logistics, implementing document control, and selecting test venues and reference labs.

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Building a Quality Management System

Introduce yourself to quality management in the laboratory quality improvement, including building a quality plan, developing and analyzing metrics, and planning quality improvement projects.

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Pathology Business Fundamentals: Help your practice thrive and grow

The ever-evolving health care landscape requires pathology practices to employ specific non-clinical practice management skills. No matter your practice setting, managers must be informed, agile, and ready to respond to changing conditions.


  • Gain the skills and insights practice leaders need for success with the CAP’s practice management resources. Topics range from contracting, negotiating, and revenue cycle management to current trends and evolving performance measures.

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  • Build yourself into a leader and develop your own business skills to become more active in managing the elements that will drive a successful practice with Pathology Business Fundamentals, a new series of eight online courses developed by pathologists for pathologists and pathology practice managers. Select which topics you want to learn. 0.5 to 0.75 CME credit available per course, or 4.5 CME for the entire series.

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Laboratory Medical Direction: Grow into a Leader in Your Laboratory


Maybe you already learned how to manage your section or lead your projects – what is the next step? You’re the head, the inspirational leader for your current team. Becoming the medical director brings a new set of responsibilities and new challenges. Written by medical directors for pathologists who either are new medical directors or want to prepare to become a medical director, the Laboratory Medical Direction (LMD) program offers varying formats to meet your needs.

  • Online courses only (series of seven courses or individual courses)

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  • Online courses with in-person workshop – sign up now for April 25-26, 2024

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  • Online courses with in-person workshop, assessments, and certification of recognition – sign up now for April 25-26, 2024

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