It seems to me that cp training in residency is a joke...residents either do nothing or waste time observing techs, and dont get enough experience doing "real world" cp duties. As a result, I have become increasingly frustrated with cp. I am more AP oriented in general, but am really only doing cp because it seems necessary to secure a non-academic job. For those who may have felt the same way at some point, what has your real world experience been like in terms of cp? Is it possible to land a good non academic job with minimal or no cp? If you do cp, what % of time is it compared to AP duties? Did you feel prepared based on your residency training (right now I am terrified at the thought of being 'medical director" of some laboratory). Also, is it possible to do well on boards if one only studies the compendium and compendium companion. As my interests are, I would rather spend my time in residency mastering surg path and cyto and only learn enough cp to pass boards.