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To the Editor:—
The College of American Pathologists has embarked on a comprehensive program to improve the standards of performance in various fields of clinical pathology, including clinical chemistry, microbiology, and hematology. It emphasizes the principle that a pathologist must be broadly trained in these newer fields, not in tissue pathology alone. In its seven regional programs, the college collaborates with state pathological societies in educational programs for its members, especially in the fields mentioned. These regional programs supplement the national educational programs conducted so effectively by the American Society of Clinical Pathologists. The college has also sponsored voluntary proficiency surveys of laboratory procedure at the local level, to detect and to help correct errors in methodology present in the laboratories of its members. In the past, these proficiency surveys have been conducted largely in the field of clinical chemistry. They have proved so beneficial that the college has decided
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