Dash Interviewed About CAP Informatics Award

Dr. Rajesh Dash, 1997 CAP Informatics Awardee

Rajesh Dash, MD FCAP was recently interviewed by the CAP Foundation about the CAP Informatics Award and its impact on young trainees.  The interview is reprinted below.

 

“The Informatics Award really opened my eyes to opportunities to become involved in organized medicine; for me, it represented a unique opportunity to meet individuals who are advancing how technology is used in our specialty.”

So says Rajesh C. Dash, MD, FCAP, an active member of the CAP, a member of the CAP’S Board of Governors, and a 1997 recipient of the CAP Foundation’s Informatics Award. Serving also as the liaison to the CAP Foundation’s board of directors, Dr. Dash recognizes the value that the CAP and the CAP Foundation provides to the specialty and to CAP members.

“The award provides the funds necessary to get an introduction for how the field is changing, and who is changing it,” Dr. Dash said.

Growing up, Dr. Dash had always had an interest in technology and working with his hands. He was fascinated with video games and computers and used those skills to start developing software to help cover the costs of college.  Through those early experiences, Dr. Dash learned that he did not want to sit at a cubicle being directed on what type of software to develop. By choosing pathology he was able to take his passion for programming and computer science and apply it to his interests in diagnostic medicine.

The Informatics Award offered Dr. Dash the opportunity to broaden his perspective on how to leverage his interest in computer science within the field of pathology. Dr. Dash is not only a supporter of the CAP Foundation’s grants and awards, but also the See, Test & Treat program. This year, the CAP Foundation hosted 15 programs and offered free cervical and breast cancer screenings to underserved women throughout the country, with the hope to provide education and support to even more women in 2020.

“The CAP Foundation has a recipe for success, and we need to leverage the technology available to us to scale up on these early successes. We have the capacity and capability to do more. And that requires greater funds,” said Dr. Dash. “It is up to us to use our technology to create resources to allow pathologists to be the champions in their own health care systems to run these programs. It can be very challenging and intimidating, but we have the pathologist leaders who can do it.”