Facing the Future of Cytopathology: Discerning the Future Needs of Our Profession


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Advancing technologies, such as testing for Human Papillomavirus (HPV) and HPV vaccination, as well as changes in market forces and practice dynamics, are driving evolutionary changes in the discipline of cytopathology. This has produced speculation about the future role of cytopathologists and cytotechnologists.

The ASC has engaged our professional community to explore the issues surrounding theses changes recognizing the valued relationship between cytotechnologists and pathologists; in order to reach knowledge based consensus recommendation for action.

This white paper discusses these issues by addressing the following strategic question: What skills will be needed to support the practice of cytopathology in the future, and what kinds of professionals will be best suited to address these needs?