Dr. Pansare: A secret to her success
People are healthier because of excellence in the practice of
pathology and laboratory medicine. So says the vision statement of the College
of American Pathologists. Dr. Vaishali Pansare, chief of Pathology at Corewell Health
Beaumont Troy Hospital, would agree. In fact, she knows firsthand how active
involvement in professional organizations can lead to professional excellence.
her case, it’s involvement in the College of American Pathologists (CAP), the
leading organization of board-certified pathologists that serves patients,
pathologists and the public by fostering and advocating excellence in the
practice of pathology and laboratory medicine worldwide.
While this organization is the largest group of pathologists
across the globe, Dr. Pansare has been involved in different capacities over
the years, including her current role as chair of the Michigan delegation. In
addition to this responsibility, earlier this year, Dr. Pansare was elected
secretary of the steering committee that governs all delegates in the U.S.
accredits labs and is known for its highest quality in laboratory medicine. In
this high-level role, she will serve as the liaison to the council on
accreditation that addresses issues like what to do when facing a pandemic, like
COVID, arises and prepares for future issues we may face and best laboratory
Involvement in professional organizations is not a new concept.
Many of our physicians are members in their own specialty organizations.
Drawing attention to it here, to see how a highly respected leader such as Dr.
Pansare has been involved, serves as a lesson to residents and physicians
seeking leadership roles within our ranks.
Pansare began her involvement with CAP as a resident and progressed to
advocating in Washington D.C. and speaking with senators and representatives
about pathology issues. She also served as the president of the Michigan
Society of Pathologists.
have to advocate for ourselves. If we don't have a seat at the table, we can
get gobbled up,” she said.
how do you find the right organization for you? As a resident, your program
director can recommend one. State societies, especially the Michigan State
Medical Society, can often be a good first step.
she moves forward in her career, she wants to give back by encouraging others
to consider this type of engagement. As an avid networker, Dr. Pansare urges
you to reach out to her directly or follow her on
Twitter (@VaishaliPansare), a new dimension of communication that has come from
advice could be just what you need to set you on the leadership path.