President's Newsletter - Fall 2015
Tue, 03 Nov 2015

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Fall 2015
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Communication and Advocacy

Member Renewal 2016

Online Member Profile

Member Survey 2015

Member Spotlight

Upcoming Award Deadlines

Canadian Journal of Pathology

Social Media

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Education

Annual Meeting 2016

Future Annual Meetings

Resident Review Course

Case of the Month

Expert Path

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Collaboration

International Pathology Day

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Career Opportunities

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Contact Us

Welcome to the Fall 2015 Newsletter

TronThe CAP-ACP continues to advance the cause of Laboratory Medicine in Canada through communication, education, collaboration and advocacy – the CAP-ACP is alive and healthy!  In particular, I am pleased with the initiatives in support of our Resident Trainees.  We are in the final stages of developing the program for another promising Resident Review Course (now entering the 6th year) focusing on General Pathology, Anatomical Pathology and, new in 2016, a Hematopathology stream. The Hempath residents will appreciate a program specifically designed just for them, this being in response to your feedback from the evaluations and a committee eager to make it happen.  It pays off to respond to those surveys – we heard you!  As another way of offering support to our Residents, the CAP-ACP has secured an excellent corporate rate for ExpertPath, an online resource, for $65 CAD per person (retail price $350 USD).  I know that many of you have already taken advantage of this great opportunity.  This rate is only available to Resident Members of the CAP-ACP.

In reflection on my resident years, I had the privilege of doing my residency at UBC.  We had wonderful teaching and mentorship by the many pathologists in the Vancouver hospitals.  Not sure I ever adequately thanked those that I trained with, and taught me, so why not now?

We had a wonderful group of fellow residents, including the current Chair of Laboratory Medicine, Dr. Michael Allard; thanks Mike for your fellowship!  Our fearless leader, Dr. David Hardwick, a real icon in Canadian Laboratory Medicine, who supported and encouraged many of us to stretch ourselves; thank you David! We had wonderful teachers including Drs. Noel Quenville, Andrew Churg, Philip Clement, Bill Wood, David Owen, James Dimmick and Alexander Magil; thank you Noel, Andy, Philip, Bill, David, Jim and Alex!  Of course, this type of support happened, and continues to happen, across this country from sea to sea.  Thank you, to all of you that continue to educate our many Residents in Laboratory Medicine!

Speaking of UBC, the 2016 CAP-ACP annual meeting will be in Vancouver, July 9-12.  Dr. Martin Trotter, chair of the local organizing committee, promises a great conference, and also predicts no rain!  The President’s reception will be held at the UBC Museum of Anthropology - this event will give a wonderful opportunity to experience one of the world’s finest collections of Northwest Coast First People’s art in an award-winning building designed by Canadian architect Arthur Erickson. 

Looking forward to seeing some of you in Toronto in January (Resident Review Course) and ALL of you in Vancouver next July (annual meeting)!

Victor Tron @CAPACPPresident

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CAP-ACP Communication and Advocacy

Membership Renewal 2016
It is time to renew your membership in the Canadian Association of Pathologists – Association canadienne des pathologistes (CAP-ACP).  Please visit the Membership area of our website (http://cap-acp.org) and sign in using your email address and password. If you cannot remember your log in credentials, please contact the Secretariat: info@cap-acp.org. Frequently asked questions about the CAP-ACP and the benefits of membership can be found here.

The annual dues for Ordinary Members ($300), Corresponding Associates ($50), Corporate Associates ($50), Pathologist Assistant Associates ($100), and Ph.D. Associates ($100) per year remain unchanged.  Did you know that the last increase for member dues was in 2005? These membership dues form the core our organization’s financial support and are used to pay for our administration/secretariat, the annual scientific meeting, the resident review course and other educational activities, the CAP-ACP website, and the Canadian Journal of Pathology.

We do count on and appreciate your support, every year, so that the we can maintain our vision, mission and goals. Thank you for your renewed support to the CAP-ACP; the voice of pathology and laboratory medicine in Canada, advancing the interests of laboratory physicians across the country.


Online Member Profile
When you renew your member dues, please take the time to update your member profile. This information is now available online and at any time, you can update your email and select the Special Interest Groups or Sections you wish to participate. The majority of our communications are through email therefore, it is important that we have at least one valid email address to ensure you do not miss out on any newsletters, communications or notices.

This is also an opportunity to verify that you are in the correct membership category.

  • Ordinary Members ($300) - are those persons who have graduated in medicine and who are licensed to practice in a Canadian province or territory
  • Emeritus Members ($0) - have retired from practice and have been Ordinary Members of the Association. 
  • Associates or Honorary Associates ($0) - are those persons recognized for their outstanding service in or contributions to the Association or the advancement of medicine, especially in the fields of pathology and those fields related to or complementary to pathology. 
  • Junior Associates 1st year ($0) - may include those persons who are medical students presently enrolled in their first year of studies at a medical school in Canada or graduates in medicine.
  • Junior Associates 2 to 5 year ($38) - may include those persons who are medical students presently enrolled beyond their first year;... who have been accepted into their second to fifth years in a training program in pathology.
  • Corresponding Associates ($50) - are those persons who are graduates in medicine, certified in pathology in a foreign country by an internationally recognized certifying body, or whose major practice is devoted to pathology; ...whose membership would further the aims and objectives of the Association.
  • Corporate Associates ($50) - may include those corporate entities who have interests in common with pathologists, have interests in laboratory medicine in general and have interests in the advancement of laboratory diagnostics
  • Pathologist Assistant Associates ($100) - are those persons who are identify as "Pathologist Assistants"...  For more information on becoming a PA Member CLICK HERE
  • Ph.D. Associates ($100) - are those persons who have a doctorate degree in a biomedical field or take responsibility for oversight of clinical testing in a diagnostic medical laboratory.

If you are in the wrong category, please let us know: info@cap-acp.org


Member Survey 2015
feedbackhttps://www.surveymonkey.com/s/CAPACPMembers2015

Our annual survey of the membership is important for several reasons. The survey results:

  • Provide feedback to the Executive, Committees, and Sections – How are we doing? Where can we improve?
  • Assess the effectiveness of our overall continuing professional development (CPD) program; this assessment is a CPD accreditation standard
  • Avaluate pathologist support for new initiatives
  • Collect information on the Canadian Journal of Pathology readership

Please take 10 minutes to complete this survey today. Deadline is December 31.


Member Spotlight
Congratulations Dr. Chelsea Maedler-Kron, PGY-4 McGill University, Montreal, Canada, recipient of the 2015 Kristin Sivertz Resident Leadership Award! The Kristin Sivertz Resident Leadership Award is given annually to a resident who has demonstrated leadership in Canadian specialty education and encourages the development of future leaders in medicine. To read more about Dr. Maedler and to view the full description of the award, click here.


Upcoming Award Deadlines:

Leadership In Education Award - Deadline: Jan 1, 2016
This award was established in December 2012 at the joint suggestion of the Awards Committee, the Continuing Professional Development Committee and the Pathology Education Special Interest Group.

  • Purpose - To recognize a member of the CAP-ACP who has shown leadership in education in the CAP-ACP.
  • Eligibility Requirements - The recipient shall be a member of the CAP-ACP in good standing, who has made a significant contribution to the CAP-ACP's educational mission.
  • How To Apply - Please send nominations to the Chair of the CAP-ACP Awards Committee

Junior Scientists Award - Deadline: February 1, 2016
This annual award is offered by the Canadian Association of Pathologists-Association canadienne des pathologistes (CAP-ACP) to recognize meritorious scientific work, experimental or non-experimental, in the field of Pathology by a young investigator.

  • Award Amount - The successful applicant will be invited to present their work in a 30-minute platform presentation as part of the Scientific Program of the Annual Meeting of the Association. The CAP-ACP will defray the expenses of the successful applicant, according to CAP-ACP guidelines, to attend the meeting.
  • Eligibility Requirements - Applicants should be under 40 years of age in the year the application is made and be an Ordinary, Junior or Associate member of the CAP-ACP.
  • How To Apply - The application for this award consists of:
    • The scientific work, in English or French, in the form of either:
      • a paper or papers already published or accepted for publication; or
      • a thesis accepted by a Faculty of Medicine or Graduate Studies.
    • In cases of joint authorship, letter from the Chief or Chair of the applicant’s Department confirming that the work is predominantly that of the applicant.
    • The applicant’s curriculum vitae. Applications should be sent to the CAP-ACP Secretatiat:
      • Secretariat, CAP-ACP, 4 Cataraqui Street, Suite 310. Kingston, ON  K7K 1Z7, info@cap-acp.org
  • Selection Process - A committee of the CAP-ACP will judge all submissions and decide on a recipient within one month of the application deadline.

Canadian Journal of Pathology
CJPDr. George Yousef, the Editor-in-Chief has appointed his Editorial Board and an International Advisory Board (IAB).  They are currently in the final stages of negotiating a contract with a new publisher. Once the contract is finalised, they will make the official announcement including details of what we can expect from the new publisher.

We are in the process of finalising the last issue with Andrew John Publishing. In the new year, we hope to publish 3 journals with our new publishing house.


Social Media
The CAP-ACP will be looking for more help in generating content for Twitter, Facebook, and Linkedin. Please submit interesting links, etc. to info@cap-acp.org and we will get them posted. Our Twitter feed continues to be very active with 1156 tweets and 552 followers. Even if you do not have a Twitter account, you can follow the feed displayed on our CAP-ACP website homepage. We now have over 1239 Likes on Facebook.

Follow me, Victor Tron, CAP-ACP President on my Twitter account @CAPACPPresident. (398 Tweets with 213 Followers)

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CAP-ACP Education

2016 Annual Meeting - Vancouver, BC, July 9-12, Hyatt Regency
BC

The CAP-ACP Annual meeting consists of two days of workshops (Saturday and Sunday) followed by two days of symposia.  There is a half day with proffered paper/posters and a half day of CAP-ACP specific awards lectures.  There are two evenings of special interest group and specialty network meetings.  The overall meeting is under the supervision of the Annual Meetings Committee with subcommittees including the LOC, CPD Committee, CAP-ACP Sections and the CAP-ACP Awards Committee.

The Local Organizing Committee, under the direction of Chair, Dr. Martin Trotter have confirmed that the President's Reception will be held at the Museum of Anthropology, UBC (transportation is provided) and that they will be assisting with the PA program to include a wet-lab on Sunday morning at St. Paul's Hospital.

Confirmed speakers to date:

  • Dr. Mary Bronner is our invited Cam Coady Slide Seminar speaker and will be giving a talk titled: "GI Tract Mucosal Biopsy" on Tuesday, July 12, 1400-1700.
  • The Forensic Pathology section has invited Dr. C. Paul Johnson, a Forensic Pathologist from the UK (Liverpool). He has a research interest in, and will be presenting on "Traumatic Subarachnoid Haemorrhage and the Mechanisms of Vertebral Artery Trauma".
  • The Humanities/International Health Symposium speakers will be Dr. Maadh Aldouri, from the Royal College of Pathologists, UK, sharing a talk on his "Experience with Labskills Africa Project", and Dr. Phil Clement, who will be giving a talk on "The History of Endometrial Carcinoma".

Future Annual Meetings
Mark your calendars to ensure your availability for these future conferences:

  • 2016 Vancouver, BC July 9-12, Hyatt Regency
  • 2017 Charlottetown, PEI June 9-14, Delta Convention Centre
  • 2018 Quebec City, QC July 7-10, Hilton Quebec

Resident Review Course

The 6th Annual Resident Review Course will be held at the same location as 2015, Hilton Garden Inn Toronto Airport West, 1870 Matheson Blvd., Mississauga, ON  L4W 0B3 January 15-17, 2016.  Check in regularly for details at https://www.cap-acp.org/2016RRC.php

New this year is a full Hematological Pathology program!

This three day practical review course for Residents; in preparation for the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada certification examinations in Anatomic Pathology, General Pathology, and Hematological Pathology.

Registration is open and both programs for AP/GP and Hematopathology are available on the website.


Case of the monthCase of the Month - PA Section
The Pathologists' Assistants Continuing Education Committee (PA CEC) has posted "Case of the Month" presentations and invites their section members to download and review the cases for your interest.

The information is available on the PA Section Websitewww.cap-acp.org/pathologistsAssistants.php

The Education Committee is responsible to look into continuing education requirements for section members, to obtain information on existing and developing PA programs in Canada and to make the arrangements for the annual general meeting conference.  

Note:  You must be logged in as a member to access the Case of the Month page.  It is "Member's Only" access.


The CAP-ACP is pleased to offer its Resident and PA members a discounted license to ExpertPath.

ExpertPath, written by renowned pathologists in each specialty, provides
comprehensive decision support you can rely on, including:

  • Over 4,000 common and complex diagnoses
  • 50,000 searchable, high-quality annotated pathology images
  • Overviews of diagnosis groups
  • Tables with summary information for organ systems
  • Normal histology topics
  • Specimen handling protocols and best practices

To register, click this link: www.planetReg.com/E1020142041178559. Cost is $65 CAD - Subscriptions offered through the CAP-ACP are in limited supply and only available to Resident and PA Members.

*Note that there will be a delay as registrations will be forwarded to ExpertPath on a weekly bases. ExpertPath will then email you directly with your login credentials.

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CAP-ACP Collaboration

Please encourage your workplace to actively celebrate International Pathology Day on Wednesday 18 November 2015. 

What can you do for International Pathology Day?
There are a variety of ways you could bring International Pathology Day to your local audience. Take a look at some event ideas suitable for a range of audiences:

Get involved
If you would like to show your support for the initiative why not:

  • Run an art competition for schools
  • Organize a lab tour for politicians or the public
  • Write an article in your local newspaper, organisation bulletin or e-newsletter highlighting the important role of pathology and International Pathology Day
  • Blog, share, tweet about International Pathology Day #IPD2015

Create events like displays in collection centres, hospital foyers, universities or libraries; speak to special interest groups on topics like Genetic Testing, What happens to your pee, poo, pus and plasma.  Organise a laboratory visit for students with interactive sessions eg on POCT, hand washing techniques, examine Blood Film, multi header reviews.  Hold an event for staff in your workplace, give appreciation awards.  

The RCPA has free promotional packs with 100’s of great give-aways, just complete and return the attached form.  Check issues of Pathology Today to find out how to enter your event to win a prize.

Worth celebrating?  Absolutely, the testing and reporting cycle is world class and the health outcomes of each and every one of us are dependent on the quality of the results; take the opportunity to let people know. Please visit www.rcpa.edu.au for more information.


Events & News
Check out the News and Events sections of the website to stay current with provincial, national and international activities and notices that may be of interest to you.

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