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The Role of Pathology Experts in Defining Practice Gaps in Continuing Pathology Education: What Do We Need to Know and How Can We Find Them?

Calkins, Sarah MD*; Silva, Fred MD; Tihan, Tarik MD, PhD*

Advances in Anatomic Pathology: May 2012 - Volume 19 - Issue 3 - p 187–190
doi: 10.1097/PAP.0b013e3182534649
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Two of the most important issues in continuing pathology education are the definition of a content expert and the issue of recognizing the “practice gaps.” Purposeful definition of these concepts are critical in recognizing how the expert can be utilized to maintain an effective continuing pathology education, and what really constitutes the educational needs of the practicing pathologists. In this manuscript, we review the definition and significance of these 2 key concepts and challenging issues in how experts can aid in the identification of educational needs and closing of practice gaps.

*Department of Pathology, Neuropathology Division, University of California, San Francisco, CA

Nephropath Inc., Little Rock, AR

The authors have no funding or conflicts of interest to disclose.

Reprints: Tarik Tihan, MD, PhD, Department of Pathology, Neuropathology Division, University of California, Room M551, 505 Parnassus Avenue, San Francisco, CA 94143-0102 (e-mail:

© 2012 Lippincott Williams & Wilkins, Inc.