ABOUT THE SECTION
Chair: Heidi Pailin
Secretary: Allam Shawwa
The Section of Clinical Pathology was established in 1983, but was dissolved in 2002. Re-establishment of General Pathology as a CAP-ACP Section began with formation of a General Pathology SIG shortly after. In July 2016, it was proposed to the membership to become a Section again.
The Section of General Pathology will advance the interests of General Pathologists and General Pathology Residents in Canada.
Goals and Objectives
- Advocate for General Pathology both within the Canadian Association of Pathologists/Association Canadienne des Pathologistes (CAP-ACP) and with external organizations including the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.
- Improve laboratory medicine in Canada through the support of rural and community pathologists and by increasing educational opportunities in these centres.
- Provide opportunities for general pathology training, presentation of research, exchange of ideas, and promulgation of employment opportunities at the CAP-ACP Annual Meeting.
- Promote General Pathology as a career choice among medical students in Canada.
General Pathology is that discipline of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine which encompasses Anatomical Pathology (Surgical Pathology, Cytopathology and Autopsy Pathology), Microbiology, Hematopathology, Transfusion Medicine and Medical Biochemistry.
In addition there is a large component of Laboratory Management. Residents are trained to be competent in all aspects of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine in order that they can function as consultants in Regional/Community Hospitals that do not have the volume or complexity of work to justify subspecialists in all the various laboratory disciplines.
The Laboratory Management component in their training provides the General Pathologist with the skills needed to oversee all the medical aspects of the Laboratory. Just as these same Regional/Community Hospitals have General Internal Medicine specialists and General Surgical specialists, who are expected to be able to handle and treat most cases entrusted to their care to a certain level and if necessary refer on to a sub specialized colleague, they have (and need) General Pathologists to cover all aspects of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine to a certain level before calling upon a sub specialist colleague. Without General Pathologists the laboratories in these hospitals would have no medical input in their day to day functioning, potentially to the detriment of patient care.
The vast majority of medical laboratory issues, whether they are surgical pathology cases or blood bank problems, arising at the Regional Hospital/Community Hospital level can be handled by a General Pathologist. Obviously for more complex cases the General Pathologist may have to consult a sub specialist colleague at a tertiary care institution. This is no different from the situation facing the General Internist or General Surgeon. General Pathologists are seen as the bridge between the clinicians and the laboratory. They must be able to talk to the General Surgeons about surgical pathology cases as well as talk to the Internists about introducing new testing or to the Family Practitioners about the rational use of the laboratory. They must be able to help with appropriate test selection and test interpretation. They also need to be able to support the laboratory technologists on a day to day basis. If desired General Pathologists also have the option to pursue a Royal College accredited laboratory subspecialty.
In conclusion general Pathology is a vital specialty for the continued practice of medicine at the Regional/Community Hospital level in Canada.
- Christopher Naugler – University of Calgary
- Davinder Sidhu – University of Calgary
- Heidi Paulin – Red Deer, AB
- Ruth Sellers – Bridgewater, NS
- Allam Shawwa – Dalhousie University
- Peter Nicholson – Vernon, BC
- Tariq Aziz – McMaster University
- Rajni Chibbar – University of Saskatchewan
- Patrick Wong – Vancouver, BC
- James Wright – University of Calgary