Leadership Development

Leadership Development Award

Among the CAP Foundation’s most enduring programs, the Leadership Development Award introduces pathology residents to the specialty’s issues and leadership opportunities at the institutional, local, state, and national levels. The award enhances each recipient’s education and experience on issues challenging the practice of pathology.

Spring Cycle

The CAP Spring Residents Forum (March 20, 2021) has been made virtual to comply with ongoing COVID-19 restrictions. At this time, the Pathologists Leadership Summit (May 1-4, 2021, Washington, DC) is set to be a hybrid in-person and virtual meeting, subject to change.

The CAP Foundation is retooling the Leadership Development Award experience for virtual meetings to include:

  • Virtual attendance at the 2021 Spring Residents Forum Meeting and/or in-person or virtual attendance at the Pathologists Leadership Summit
  • Pairing each awardee with an appropriate mentor via the virtual mentorship program. This approach continues the in-person partner/mentor matching awardees normally receive at the meeting.

Funding to cover travel expenses up to $1,200 is available for pathology residents to spend a day shadowing a mentor/CAP member leader or to attend the Pathologists Leadership Summit.

Funded Up ToFocusEligibilityTimeframe
$1,200Travel to attend the 2021 Spring Residents Forum Meeting or the Pathologists Leadership Summit to enhance education and experience on issues challenging the pathology specialtyCAP Junior MembersApply by May 5

Fall Cycle

Funding is available to cover the following:

  • Travel expenses of up to $1,200 to attend the Fall CAP Residents Forum, taking place on September 25, 2021, in Chicago
  • A registration fee of $300 for the Engaged Leadership Academy (ELA), a professional development and leadership course taking place mid-summer/early fall 2021 in Chicago (subject to change). Additional details will be posted as they become available.
    *Hotel and travel expenses are covered by the CAP for ELA registrants, as awardees are expected to attend the academy in its entirety.
Funded Up ToFocusEligibilityTimeframe
$1,200Travel to attend the 2021 Fall Residents Forum Meeting to enhance education and experience on issues challenging the pathology specialtyCAP Junior MembersApply by May 5
$300Registration fee to attend the Engaged Leadership Academy to prepare to engage on issues facing the pathology specialty CAP Junior MembersApply by May 5


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

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

The award must be fulfilled prior to the recipient converting to CAP Fellow membership.

To Apply

Please include the following with your completed application:

  1. Your residency program director’s signature (invite this individual as a collaborator on your application)
  2. An essay of up to 750 words discussing*:
    1. Your interest in leadership, professional development, and/or health policy and how this interest enhances your ability to articulate your value as a pathologist
    2. Your goals for attending the meeting
    3. Your plan to share and apply knowledge gained
    4. Why the award is essential to you, the applicant
    5. Why your require foundation financial support
  3. Curriculum Vitae
  4. Professional headshot for use in Foundation web and print media (Requirements: 1+ megabyte, color, professional dress, neutral background)
  5. Letter of recommendation from your residency program director discussing:
    1. How you would benefit from receiving this award
    2. Your demonstration of leadership skills along with your interest in/knowledge of the issues facing the field of pathology

*Applicants that do not address the above items in their application essay will not be considered.

If Selected

Awardees are required to submit a 250-word summary of their experience and a short evaluation form within 10 days of meeting attendance.

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