CAC Year-End Report
In addition to our usual role of serving as a conduit for communication between the Cytotechnologist Membership and the ASC President and Executive Board and advising the ASC of the concerns, problems and interests important to cytotechnologists, the CAC this year strove to support and promote the goals that were developed fro the ASC at the retreat in Sacramento, November 1999.
Toward these ends, the CAC embraced two major projects: The Standards and Practices and Human Resources Survey and the Art for Advocacy exhibit.
• Professional Standards and Human Resources Survey
The American Society of Cytopathology Cytotechnology Advisory Committee and the American society for Cytotechnology Professional Standards and Practices Committee developed and distributed a 52-questions survey to the cytotechnologist members of each organization. This survey was developed as a result of concerns, which were identified during the previous year among cytotechnologists. The survey was developed at the end of last year and distributed via mail just after the 1999 Annual ASC Scientific Meeting. Issues on the survey included staffing, workload limits, error management, continuing education and screening rates for conventional smears and liquid-based technologies. The survey results were tabulated and the data distributed to the ASC Executive Board and the ASCT Executive Council at the ASC/ASCT Joint Meeting in Las Vegas. The workload data was presented as a panel presentation at the meeting. Publication of survey results is planned for 2001. The results were also made available for review at the 2000 ASC Annual Scientific Meeting in Philadelphia.
• Art for Advocacy Exhibition
The CAC proposed and received support for a new event called Art for Advocacy to be held at the ASC’s Annual scientific Meeting. This project was developed in order to support the ASC’s goal to serve as an advocate to patients, physicians and members. It initially consisted of three pieces: an art exhibit, a media campaign and a panel discussion. The panel discussion is being overseen and implemented by Dr. Diane Davey while the media campaign was tabled for the future so that we could focus all of our attention on the art exhibit. The purpose of the art exhibit is to increase awareness of cervical cancer and promote the Pap smear. The exhibition provides an opportunity for cytopathology professional to exhibit their artist talent while at the same time raises money since 20% of the proceeds from sales will be donated to advocacy group(s) related to cervical cancer.
A call for artists was published in the June 2000 ASC Bulletin. In July, Dr. David Kaminsky and Ms. Barbara Mahoney reviewed 20 applications from artists and selected 60 pieces of art. A wide variety of art was exhibited at the 48th Annual Scientific Meeting including, sculpture, watercolor, jewelry, and collage. We were especially honored to have Olga Stamatiou, the niece of Dr. Papanicalaou, present five artworks.
The CAC would like to give special recognition to Christy Myers, ASC Meetings Manager, and Dr. Kaminsky for their work on the art exhibition. Many thanks to Christy for her poise and determination while she worked with the Hotel to find space for the exhibit. Also thanks to Dr. Kaminsky for his invaluable guidance and boundless energy and the Executive Board for their guidance and support while this project was being developed.
Preliminary Plans for 2000-2001
• Competency Assessment Workshop
The competency assessment workshop was renewed for 2001 and 2002.
In addition, the CAC is working to identify and develop a new workshop. Several approaches have been used to identify potential workshop topics. These approaches include surveying past and current CAC members, publishing a questionnaire in The ASC Bulletin soliciting ides from the membership and reviewing the ASC/ASCT joint meeting evaluation summary. Workshop topics under consideration include:
Application of motivation theories in the practice of cytology
ThinPrep gyn and non-gyn workshop
How to establish performance standards
How to conduct performance appraisals
Interesting case presentation requiring adjunct testing for diagnosis, such as flow cytometry, immunohistochemistry, image analysis, PCR
Techniques for preparing poster presentation
Advocacy – How can you help
Workplace Solutions and Workflow
Each CAC member oversees an ongoing activity. These activities support the purpose and function of the CAC
• Display Board
The purpose of the board is to promote the CAC and ASC as well as to encourage and promote membership and participation in the ASC. The display is available for regional, state society and/or other national meetings in order to target members of other organizations. It is also exhibited at ASC meetings.
In addition to information regarding the ASC and CAC, it acknowledges the accomplishments of various cytotechnologists within the Society. This year it will publicize the Art for Advocacy and the Standards and Practices and Human Resources Survey. Teal ribbons were distributed to increase cervical cancer awareness and encourage viewing the art exhibit.
In conjunction with the display board, each year a new contest is developed with prizes given. The goal of the contest is to have cytotechnologist registrants meet as many CAC members as possible, to encourage attendance at the Cytotechnologists Members Business Meeting thus increasing communication with the cytotechnologist members, and to have fun! The prizes include membership, journal subscriptions, and textbooks donated by publishers and ASC members. The contest winners are drawn and announced at the Cytotechnologists Reception and Business Meeting. Participants appear to enjoy the contest and prizes and have resulted in an increase in attendance at the Business Meeting; 110 cytotechnologists attended last year’s meeting in Sacramento (1999).
• CAC Book/Topic Review
Each CAC member is responsible for writing either a book review of a topic of choice for publication in the ASC Bulletin. This year five book reviews have been submitted and four have been published. In 1998-99 a telephone survey conducted for Membership Project, cytotechnologists requested more education-related articles. This issue will be addressed at the upcoming CAC Business Meeting.
• Speakers Bureau
The CAC is responsible for maintaining a list of cytotechnologist speakers. This list is updated annually and published in the January issue of the Bulletin. Las year, three new listings were added resulting in a total of 12 lectures and/or workshops. These were published along with a program description. A call for new cytotechnologists to joint the Speakers Bureau was also placed. To date, no responses have been received, however Speaker Bureau forms are available at the ASC meetings and the ASC Central Office.
• State and Regional Organizations (SRO)
The SRO Liaison serves to coordinate CAC/ASC activities with state and regional organizations as well as to provide the ASC with information concerning state and regional organizations. The Liaison develops and maintains an active list of all state and regional organizations; biannually mails letters to SRO contacts requesting update information and solicits suggestions, issues and concerns from their members in order to bring them back to the CAC and ASC. However, over the past several years the SRO Liaison expended considerable energy and money to communicate via these mailings and receives a meager response for update information. Consequently at the ASC Executive Board spring meeting, I reported our disappointment with low response rate for update information and recommended this activity be reviewed. After discussion by the Executive Board, it was recommended this activity be restructured.
• CAC Web Page
The CAC had hopes of using the website to enhance communication with cytotechnologists, post CAC activities and promote the visibility of the CAC. However, staff transitions in the ASC Central Office have delayed this project.
More projects and plans will be discussed and developed further at the CAC Business Meeting.
In conclusion, on be half of the members of the CAC, I thank the ASC President, Dr. Ronald Luff and the Executive Board for continued support of the CAC goals and activities. I also give special thanks to Elizabeth Jenkins and the ASC Central Office staff members for their assistance this year. Lastly, my thanks and appreciation to the CAC members which whom I had the pleasure and honor to lead. It is truly their creativity and dedication that made this year of outstanding accomplishments and a year of first! Again, thank you everyone for your assistance and support!
M. Sue Zaleski, MS, SCT(ASCP),
1999-2000 CAC, Chair