President's Newsletter - February 2016
Thu, 18 Feb 2016
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I had an opportunity to visit the 6th Annual Resident Review Course this month. It was great to see so many of our future colleagues in the audience. This course not only prepares residents for their exam, but it is also a great opportunity to connect with each other from all parts of the country. I was also heartened to see many of our colleagues give up their valuable weekend time to teach and provide their “pearls” in preparation for the exam. Dr. Brian Cummings, God's gift to accounting, is very entertaining, and really knows his stuff! Although the residents are not quite in need of tax planning/accounting advice at the moment, having Brian speak to them will give them a heads up and prepare them for their future. It was also nice to run into Dr. Aly Karsan. Aly made it all the way from Vancouver to provide some talks on Hempath. This was the first year that the Review Couse offered a concurrent Hematological Pathology program, under the direction of Dr. Allam Shawwa. This session really struck home to me, how important engagement is in our laboratory medicine world. Pathologists networking with Residents, Residents networking and learning from each other, and the CAP-ACP engaging with its membership in Canada and around the world! A great value to our mission statement: "...a voluntary professional organization, advances the interests of our profession and promotes high quality standards for patient care by providing national leadership and promoting excellence in pathology and laboratory medicine practice, education and research."
Pathology and Medicine, in general, has become a very busy, all consuming, activity. Time, in the day, is limited but it is, however, very important for us to consider the importance of engagement. In my own practice of Dermatopathology, I have always known the value of engagement with treating clinicians. However, based on some recent experience, this has been made even more clear. Working with a Dermatologist who practices Tele-dermatology, the interaction and availability of clinical images has proven invaluable. I have no doubt that diagnostic accuracy (a current hot topic) continues to improve and the literature seems to support this observation. This is particularly true with inflammatory dermatosis which, at times, can seem a little byzantine.
With engagement, I have also seen great progress made in advancing appropriateness. At St. Mikes, the Laboratory Medicine program is closely engaged with members of the Department of Medicine in this cause. This is something that I have struggled with over the years – being policeman really does not work. However, by working closely with treating clinicians, changes can be made more seamlessly, especially when sold as improving quality. At the end of the day, “getting out of our lab”, and engaging our students, our treating clinicians, our colleagues (a few blocks away) and yes, even the Government is something I (we) need to do more of.
See you all in Vancouver in July. We have some great sessions planned. I look forward to engaging with you at our Presidents Reception; at the glorious Museum of Anthropology at UBC!
Victor Tron @CAPACPPresident
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CAP-ACP Executive Director, Heather Dow, CAE, CPhT
With an excellent Executive that is firmly committed to CAP-ACP’s mission, a highly professional and dedicated staff, an array of outstanding organizations with whom we cooperate, and our affiliation with special interest groups, CAP-ACP is well-positioned to face the challenges that lie ahead.
CAP-ACP will, moving forward, retain its traditional focus but we will also seek to strengthen the Association's affiliations with Provincial and International organizations, restructure the annual meeting in order to apply Competency-based medical education (CBME) principles to Continuing Professional Development (CPD) curricular design (including practice performance assessment) and implement member recruitment and retention strategies in order to ensure a positive return on investment (ROI) for the association and its members.
I have thoroughly enjoyed my role with the CAP-ACP the past three years. As someone whose life course has been charted, to an important degree, by academic opportunities, including my certification as a Certified Association Executive (CAE), I am convinced that the empowerment of societies is measured by the strength of all its members.
I am a firm believer in team work and delegating to those who excel at specific tasks. I am, as a result, proud to re-introduce the full CAP-ACP National Office team to you: Pamela Lyons, Conference Manager (Vice President EM+), Lisa Baker, Executive Assistant (Membership, Conference Registrar, Website Administrator) Meredith Slack, Executive Assistant (Resident Review Course Coordinator, Presidential Assistant, Conference Assistant). In addition to the front-line team, there are also staff who work behind the scenes to ensure that all of the association's needs are met: Qin Fan, Irene Guo, Donna Bell and Megan Lyons. As you can see, we have a strong team to ensure that CAP-ACP reaches its goals, provides excellent membership service, and achieves the highest possible level of success.
Well, that's all fine and good but you may be asking yourself, “Who IS Heather Dow, the Executive Director?”
I have extensive experience in the role as Executive Director and Conference Manager in professional medical not-for-profit Associations nationally and internationally. I have been involved with Not-for-Profits and Charities for over 20 years with a large portion of that activity directed towards member recruitment and retention, by-laws and governance, policies and guidelines, advocacy, financial management and communication.
I have lived in Ottawa, Costa Rica, France, Jamaica and now reside in Kingston, ON. I am fluent in both English and French (born and raised in a French community in the Ottawa Valley and have worked in France as an interpreter) and I have functional Spanish language skills.
In my spare time I can be found hacking through the fields on my Tennessee Walking Horses (Georgie), racing the tracks for autocross or lapping at Shannonville, Mt Tremblant, or Calabogie, touring our great country on my 1100cc Honda Shadow, Highland Dancing wherever the bagpipes sound, watching the sun rise or set at our cottage on the lake in Arden, or my favorite pastime, enjoying time with my family and four teenage children. That's me in a nutshell.
I look forward to see you all in Vancouver!
Canadian Chairs of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine (CCPLM)
Annual Meeting Needs Assessments
The CAP-ACP annual meeting has recently seen the introduction of many new sections and special interest groups which reflect the varied practice and interests of its members. As a consequence, the annual meeting’s committee was debating on how its program should be restructured in order to accommodate the growing number of sessions and topics. It was decided that rather than using expert opinion, it would be preferable to use an evidence-based approach using well established curriculum design principles and create an ad hoc committee to address this issue.
We are seeking member input regarding the planning of future meetings; including content, general flow and programming.
Canadian Journal of Pathology
Reminder - Membership Renewal 2016
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
Lloyd A. Kennedy Pathologists’ Assistant Award
The Pathologists’ Assistant Award was established in 2007 and is provided by the Canadian Association of Pathologists and renamed The Lloyd A. Kennedy Pathologists’ Assistant Award and funded by the Department of Pathology and Molecular Medicine at Queen’s University and Kingston General Hospital from 2010 onwards.
This award is given to a Pathologists’ Assistant in good standing, in recognition of his/her outstanding contributions to continuing professional development in the area of medical laboratory practice.
Please remember that the nominee must be a CAP-ACP PA Section member in good standing, and shall have demonstrated significant contributions to continuing professional development of medical laboratory personnel through one of the following:
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The Annual Meeting will be held July 9-12, 2016 at the Hyatt Regency Vancouver Hotel, and will feature a multi-disciplinary scientific program, renowned guest speakers, an extensive trade show and a great social program. The Annual General Meeting for CAP-ACP will also be held during this conference.
This conference is an Accredited Group Learning Activity (Section 1) as defined by the Maintenance of Certification program of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. This activity was approved by the Canadian Association of Pathologists.
Through an agreement between the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and the American Medical Association, physicians may convert Royal College MOC credits to AMA PRA Category 1 Credits™. Information on the process to convert Royal College MOC credit to AMA credit can be found at www.ama-assn.org/go/internationalcme.
At the end of the meeting participants will be able to:
Other meetings held during the annual meeting:
Saturday July 9 Morning – 0800-1130
Saturday July 9 Afternoon – 1300-1630
Sunday July 10 Morning – 0800-1130
Call for Paper - Abstract Submission is Open!
Submit an abstract - Deadline: February 29, 2016
The meeting will include electronic poster presentations and a limited number of oral presentations.
The CAP-ACP depend on the annual meeting revenues to fund other programs throughout the year and to keep future registration fees low. Please assist CAP-ACP by making your hotel reservation in the official conference block at the Hyatt Regency Vancouver Hotel.
Future Annual Meetings
Resident Review Course
The 6th Annual Resident Review Course was held at the Hilton Garden Inn Toronto Airport West, 1870 Matheson Blvd., Mississauga, ON L4W 0B3 January 15-17, 2016. New this year was a full Hematological Pathology program! Check out some of the great tweets! https://t.co/6NybgVMIeI
Thank you to all the faculty, planning committee, co-directors, Drs. Jagdish Butany, Penny Barnes and Allam Shawwa, our Executive Director, Heather Dow, and Executive Assistants, Meredith Slack and Lisa Baker, for their hard work putting together this excellent program.
If you attended the course, please remember to complete the course evaluations:
Several comments received to date including: "The facility was easily accessible with free parking (thank you!) and had excellent lighting to provide contrast on the projection screens with various microscopic images."
Note to RRC attendees: The Association has been in touch with both the hotel and the AV company regarding deficiencies in their services during the course and they offer their apologies. We advocated on your behalf and stated very clearly all issues identified during the course. The planning committee has begun the process to find a more suitable venue and more reliable AV.
Electronic Cancer Checklist Education Sessions 2016 - Advance Notice
Cancer Care Ontario (CCO), in partnership with the Canadian Partnership Against Cancer (CPAC) and the Canadian Association of Pathologists (CAP-ACP) is pleased to announce the next phase of education sessions below. In addition, one session is being sponsored by CAP-ACP, CPAC, and the Pediatric Oncology Group of Ontario (POGO).
Case of the Month - PA Section
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.
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:
Click here for more information - Note that you must be a CAP-ACP member, and signed in to the members' area to access the registration link. Cost is $65 CAD - Subscriptions offered through the CAP-ACP are in limited supply. Allow a 72-hour delay to activate your subscription.
*Note that there will be a delay as registrations will be forwarded to ExpertPath on a weekly basis. ExpertPath will then email you directly with your login credentials.
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Future of Medical Education in Canada - Continuing Professional Development Project
This description will be generated, in large measure, by encouraging stakeholders to work together on projects of interest and deliberately harvesting the learning that will result. FMEC CPD projects will foster collaboration among all CPD stakeholder organizations. One of the key strategies to address FMEC-CPD’s intended outcomes is to intentionally integrate the work of all stakeholder organizations in contributing to the outcomes or conclusions for selected priorities.
The CAP-ACP will be submitting an application, thanks to Dr. Marcio Gomes, for which the processes and intended outcomes can be reviewed to inform and shape the description of a Pan-Canadian CPD Consortium.
Consultation on the FMRAC Physician Practice Improvement System
The Vision of the "Physician Practice Improvement" is Canadians assured of the competence of physicians; Physicians supported in their continuous commitment to improve.
The shift to Physician Practice Improvement is a priority for the Board of the Federation of Medical Regulatory Authorities of Canada, one it expects to be achieved within 5 - 10 years. The FMRAC is working closely with a wide range of stakeholders to develop a Pan-Canadian strategy that will help medical regulatory authorities, physicians and stakeholder groups implement the PPI System. In addition to FMRAC and medical regulatory authorities, the working group is made up of representatives of seven organizations that will be key to successfully implementing the PPI System.
Note that Canada is not unique in adapting a new approach to assessing professional competence – the United Kingdom, New Zealand, Australia and the United States are all redesigning their revalidation programs.
More information to come!
Canadian Cancer Action Network (CCAN)
The CAP-ACP has partnered with the Canadian Cancer Action Network (CCAN). Membership in CCAN is free and it has its perks! CCAN currently includes 100 diverse member organizations from across Canada. A current membership list can be accessed here.
Funded by the Canadian Partnership Against Cancer, CCAN is a patient-centered organization dedicated to ensuring the interests of Canadian patients and caregivers are a key health priority in Canada. With 14 years of successfully uniting Canadian cancer-site organizations, population organizations, palliative care organizations, national associations, and provincial groups under one coordinated umbrella, CCAN continues to expand to engage a broader audience that reflects the diverse needs of the cancer patient community.
Benefits of Membership Include:
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