Surgical pathology involves the study of tissues removed from patients to help determine diagnosis and treatment. Whether they examine tissues under the microscope, evaluate them with the naked eye, or use molecular diagnostics, surgical pathologists provide consultation services across multiple organ systems and medical subspecialties.

When reviewing biopsies or surgical resections, surgical pathologists need ready access to current information to keep abreast of information in multiple medical subspecialties. The CAP offers educational programs (many with CME) in surgical pathology practice and quality assurance and has multiple technical and regulatory resources to improve your laboratory’s performance. The CAP is here to ensure that you’re ready to succeed in your pathology career.

Educational Programs

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  • Interactive Surgical Pathology Cases live webinar series: a for-CME webinar program for working pathologists with a format similar to pathology unknowns in residency programs. Each session addresses cases in a particular discipline. Upcoming session covering genitourinary cases is Thursday, November 9. Learn more.
  • Molecular Genomic Oncology for the Practicing Surgical Pathologist: an online course to help pathologists learn concepts in genomic oncology testing where no guidelines exist or where the clinician wants to pursue treatment outside of guidelines. Learn more.
  • Clinical Pathology Improvement Program (CPIP/CPIP1): Available either as individual cases or annual subscription, the Clinical Pathology Improvement Program addresses multiple clinical pathology topics such as hematology, immunology, molecular testing, and others. Learn more.
  • Anatomic Education Programs in Surgical Pathology: Available as an annual subscription through your laboratory’s proficiency testing order renewal, these programs help improve diagnostic skills through practical case challenges. Programs include:
    • Online Surgical Pathology Performance Improvement Program (PIPW/PIPW1)
    • Performance Improvement Program, Surgical Pathology (PIP/PIP1)
    • Virtual Biopsy Program (VBP/VBP1)
    • Digital Slide Program – Dermatopathology (DPATH/DPATH1)
    • Hematopathology Online Education (HPATH/HPATH1)
    • Neuropathology Program (NP/NP1)
    • Touch Imprint/Crush Preparation (TICP/TICP1)
    • HistoQIP: Histology Quality Improvement Program (HQIP)
    • Central Nervous System IHC (HQNEU)
    • In Situ Hybridization (HQISH)
    • Melanoma IHC (HQMEL)
    • Whole Slide Image Quality Improvement Program (HQWSI)
    • Immunohistochemistry (HQIHC)
    • Mismatch Repair IHC (HQMMR)
    • Non-small cell lung carcinoma (HQNSC)
    • HistoQIP Biopsy Series (HQIPBX)
    • Gastrointestinal, Dermatologic, Urogenital Tract, and Gynecological Biopsy (HQBX1, HQBX2, HQBX3, HQBX4)
    • See our full offering.



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Books from CAP Publications serve as excellent reference materials and provide resources in areas outside your specialization or expertise. Several publications address topics related to surgical pathology:

For a complete list of all topics, visit our website.

Other Resources

The CAP is committed to providing pathologists with the tools they need to ensure success in surgical pathology, whether to structure reports, communicate with colleagues in other specialties, ensure the best quality work, or other needs.