Inform Diagnostics pathologists maintain an unequaled commitment to continuing education
and further professional development. The “Inform Diagnostics Certified Pathologist”
program was conceived to recognize the accomplishments of our pathologists
who, by virtue of practicing at Inform Diagnostics, continually improve and refine
their skills in diagnostic pathology. More importantly, this pursuit of
excellence benefits patient care through recognition of rare entities,
sophistication of interpretation, integration of clinical clues with pathologic
findings, and specificity in diagnostic interpretation. A Miraca pathologist
must accomplish five goals over the course of a minimum of two years at
Miraca to be recognized as “Miraca Certified.”
1) Experience and case volume. To become certified, our pathologists first must have interpreted a significant
number of biopsies. For example, our GI pathologists must read at least
20,000 GI patients at Inform Diagnostics over at least two years. In addition, the
level of diagnostic accuracy, which is monitored by the random retrospective
review of cases signed out must meet the standards of our rigorous quality
2) 200 hours of participation in the Inform Diagnostics Daily Consensus Conference. At this conference difficult cases and rare or emerging entities are presented,
and consensus is reached not only on the best diagnosis, but also on the
best way to work up each case and communicate the diagnosis to the gastroenterologist.
This conference also allows the group as a whole to learn from the experience
of GI pathologists with diverse backgrounds and enables the dissemination
of highly specialized information, thus raising the level of everyone’s
expertise. An example of this is when our Director of GI Molecular Pathology
Mark Redston educated the entire practice about Lynch Syndrome, including
the proper interpretation and reporting of MMR immunohistochemical stains
in screening for this entity.
3) 25 hours of specialty-specific CME at national conferences. This criterion underscores our goals of staying at the leading edge of
scientific knowledge and practicing at an academic caliber level.
4) Didactic lecture. Each month, a Inform Diagnostics pathologist presents to his or her entire department,
summarizing the most up-to-date knowledge regarding a particular topic.
A Inform Diagnostics Certified Pathologist will have presented at least once.
5) Primary Investigator on a research project. Each pathologist must have at least one paper published in a recognized
journal as a first author or present an abstract at a major national meeting.
This final requirement highlights Inform Diagnostics’s commitment to academic-caliber
medicine by encouraging the use of our vast database to further our understanding
of pathology and how the practice patterns of clinicians affect patient care.
In summary, these requirements for becoming a Inform Diagnostics Certified Pathologist
illustrate that at Inform Diagnostics, training does not end with fellowship or prior
academic accolades. Indeed, practicing pathology at Inform Diagnostics
has been referred to by many of our doctors as a “perpetual fellowship.”
To provide the best diagnoses for your patients, it is Inform Diagnostics’s
philosophy that we must continually improve ourselves. The above milestones
for Miraca certification demonstrate that the imperatives of diagnostic
accuracy and continuous improvement are at the forefront of everything we do.