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Residents Join ASCP Committees to Gain Professional Edge

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Anjali Godambe, MD, discovered ASCP members care deeply about always being excellent and increase their skills continuously.

“These pathologists are so in tune with the needs of the entire profession and how to serve that field through ASCP education and advocacy,” said Dr. Godambe, who has served as a resident member on the ASCP Non-Gynecologic Assessment Committee and Commission on Public Policy and Government Relations. “ASCP pathologists such as Dr. Stanley Eilers and Dr. Eva Wojcik anticipate a need before it exists, and ASCP is there to provide the training.”

As a resident, she wanted to learn the global perspective about quality, cost-effective health care and apply it locally. By joining the Commission on Public Policy and Government Relations two years ago, Dr. Godambe learned how to advocate for the pathology profession and participated in the ASCP Hill Day twice.

“I never realized how many discussions and how much work goes into lobbying members of Congress,” said Dr. Godambe, currently serving as a Fellow in Surgical Pathology at Loyola Medical Center, Maywood, Ill. “I understand now how many groups are vying for the attention of legislators. My involvement with the Commission made it real for how residents and pathologists have to make our needs heard to politicians and others who make decisions for our profession.”

Dr. Godambe credits ASCP Committee members with helping her figure out her goals and what kind of professional leader she wants to become. “Meeting and interacting with ASCP leaders has fostered my leadership development in an organic way,” she said.

After serving with pathologists for three years on ASCP Committees, Dr. Godambe feels like a bona fide pathologist. “I attend meetings now with pathologists who are friends,” she said. “I know about their work and personal lives, and together we are accomplishing a lot for the pathology profession.”

For Steven Salvadore, MD, his involvement with the ASCP LabQ Committee has accelerated his interest in academic medicine. Through LabQ, he has read extensively on different scientific topics, helping him brush up on microbiology, chemistry, and other relevant areas and reinforcing what he was learning in the classroom and in the laboratory to prepare for the pathology boards.

“On the LabQ Committee, I evaluated several papers per year to be sure the information is medically accurate just as the attending pathologists do,” said Dr. Salvadore, who is currently a Fellow in Renal Pathology at New York Presbyterian Hospital, New York. “I encourage residents to become involved on ASCP committees because of meeting more pathologists and reviewing different areas of pathology for the boards.”