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.

 

In 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. Briefly, CAP 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 practices.

 

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.

 

Dr. 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.

 

“We have to advocate for ourselves. If we don't have a seat at the table, we can get gobbled up,” she said.

 

So 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.

 

As 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 her involvement.

 

This advice could be just what you need to set you on the leadership path.

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