Release of Pan-Canadian Quality Assurance Recommendations for Interpretive Pathology on International Pathology Day
Wed, 16 Nov 2016
The Pan-Canadian Quality Assurance Recommendations aim to enhance patient safety by promoting better and more consistent pathology quality assurance processes across the country. The framework is the first of its kind in Canada, and acts as an informational and decision-making resource to guide jurisdictions in incorporating recommendations into new and existing quality programs. It has been recognized by international pathology leaders.

President's Newsletter - Fall 2016
Wed, 05 Oct 2016
Digital Pathology is coming – or is it already here? I recently had the good fortune of attending the Digital Pathology Conference organized by Diagnostic Services Manitoba. This was a very well attended and first rate event. A number of national and international speakers were invited by our host, Dr. Gabor Fischer. He is obviously very influential, as the Manitoba Minister of Health popped by to deliver an introductory address! Not sure I have that much influence with Dr. Hoskins in Ontario! Digital pathology technology appears to have reached maturity. A number of laboratories have now gone totally digital, two of which are in the Netherlands – in Hengelo and Utrecht. Is this something we need to embrace, or at least seriously consider? I think the answer is yes. The evidence is clear that this technology is at least as good as the light microscope, a point made emphasized by Dr. Andrew Evans from University Health Network in Toronto. Andrew is a world leader in this arena. I have had some experience using digital pathology on a remote basis. I rather like it. The field of view is broad, and allows me to see all tissue fragments (which I seem to worry about more then ever). The image quality is excellent, but does require tweaking in the histology lab to ensure the original sections are optimal for this purpose.

The Canadian Journal of Pathology (CJP)
Wed, 28 Sep 2016
In light of the purchase of Andrew John Publishing by Pulsus and OMICS, the CJP quickly moved to an interim publisher, Clockwork Communications to publish two issues of the CJP. Their references were exemplary and we are pleased that they have agreed to be our interim publishing house.

Calls for Expression of Interest - Annual Meetings Planning Committee
Fri, 23 Sep 2016
Deadline: September 23, 2016

Survey to Determine Current and Accurate Canada-Wide Laboratory Human Resource, Workload and Practice Patterns
Thu, 08 Sep 2016
The Canadian Association of Pathologists (CAP-ACP) Workload and Workforce Committee is conducting a national survey to determine current and accurate Canada wide laboratory human resource, workload and practice patterns

Cancer Pathology Translational Research Grants Request for Applications
Sun, 21 Aug 2016
The Ontario Molecular Pathology Research Network (OMPRN) has launched two funding opportunities made available to Ontario-based pathologists through their new Cancer Pathology Translational Research Grants (CPTRG). Deadline for applications: October 31, 2016.

CPAC - Pan-Canadian Quality Assurance Recommendations for Interpretive Pathology
Wed, 27 Jul 2016
Canadian Partnership Against Cancer (CPAC) will be welcoming feedback until the end of August and will be incorporated before the official release on World Pathology Day on November 16.

67th Annual Meeting of the CAP-ACP - Vancouver BC
Sat, 16 Jul 2016
Join us in Vancouver! 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.

President's Newsletter - Summer 2016
Mon, 04 Jul 2016
In this Presidents report, I would like to focus on our Pathologists’ Assistants (PA) Section and thank our PAs across Canada for all their great work. I appreciate all they do, and value their membership in the CAP-ACP. I would like to specifically acknowledge outgoing executive member and PA Section Chair, Danielle Lee. Danielle has a been tireless advocate for Pathologists’ Assistants and her persistence and infinite patience have guided the development and implementation of a certification process for PAs. She has been a wonderful spokesperson for the profession. The Executive is looking forward to working with incoming executive member and PA Section Chair, Alan Wolff...

Public Review – Quality Initiative in Interpretive Pathology
Mon, 06 Jun 2016
What is being reviewed? In Canada, there are established quality programs addressing the technical aspects (e.g., how specimens are prepared for interpretation) of pathology; however, programs incorporating the interpretive aspects (the approach to how a pathologist makes their assessment) of pathology are not as established. To enhance patient safety through promoting more consistent and high-quality pathology quality assurance across the country, this is the first attempt at developing a baseline set of recommendations for interpretive pathology quality that could be implemented into existing provincial quality assurance programs across Canada. The current version of the framework can be accessed here.

Dr. Colette Guiraudon - June 15, 1933 – March 23, 2016
Wed, 23 Mar 2016
Dr. Guiraudon graduated from the Faculty of Medicine in Paris where she subsequently gained a Master’s degree for research into thyroid disease. For two decades she had a distinguished career as an orthopedic pathologist in Paris. In 1982 she moved with her husband to Canada where she built her second career in cardiovascular, renal and transplant pathology. Dr. Guiraudon retired from the university and hospital in 1998.It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine Emerita Professor, Dr. Colette M. Guiraudon, on March 23rd, 2016, at University Hospital in London, Ontario.

Dr. Jawahar Kalra Saskatoon's Citizen of the Year 2015
Mon, 21 Mar 2016
CTV News Saskatoon gives this award to a person who exemplifies excellence in community service. “In addition to his award-winning medical research, for more than 25 years, Dr. Kalra has been a passionate community builder and leader,” says David Fisher, VP and general manager of the station.

CAP-ACP Annual Progress Report
Sat, 05 Mar 2016
Founded in 1949, the Canadian Association of Pathologists - Association canadienne des pathologistes (CAP-ACP) is the voice of pathology and laboratory medicine in Canada, advancing the interests of laboratory physicians across the country. In 2015 our four major areas of focus were again continuing education programs; national guideline development; collaboration and partnership; and advocacy on behalf of Canadian pathologists and the profession.

Scrupulous Monitoring of Physician-Assisted Dying: The Case for Mandatory Reporting to Coroners and Medical Examiners of All Physician-Assisted Deaths in Canada
Tue, 01 Mar 2016
Juliet Guichon, Pauline Alakija, Christopher Doig, Ian Mitchell, and Pascal Thibeault Although the practice of physician-assisted dying (hereinafter “PAD”) will soon be lawful in Canada, opponents of PAD claim that it might result in involuntary deaths. The Supreme Court of Canada in Carter v. Canada (Attorney General) rejected such arguments holding that involuntary deaths are preventable provided that jurisdictions devise stringent limits to the practice of PAD and that these stringent limits are “scrupulously monitored and enforced”. This article examines the question of how best to engage in scrupulous monitoring of physician-assisted dying. At present, the province of Quebec has legislated, and three expert groups have proposed the creation of new administrative offices to monitor the practice of PAD (these groups are the Provincial-Territorial Expert Advisory Group on Physician-Assisted Dying, the External Panel on Options for a Legislative Response to Carter v. Canada, and the Canadian Medical Association). This article argues that scrupulous monitoring can be better achieved by requiring explicit mandatory notification of all physician-assisted deaths to coroners and medical examiners, rather than by creating new administrative offices. It is more effective, efficient and prudent to use already existing coroner and medical examiner death reporting and investigative frameworks to report physician-assisted deaths than to create new, untried, parallel and potentially more expensive administrative offices.

President's Newsletter - February 2016
Thu, 18 Feb 2016
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. 

About the Quality Initiative in Interpretive Pathology
Thu, 11 Feb 2016
The Canadian Partnership Against Cancer’s Quality Initiative in Interpretive Pathology (QIIP) aims to develop a national recommendation framework to embed interpretive pathology quality in existing pathology quality programs across Canada. The implementation of these guideline recommendations will help to better align and standardize both new and existing programs.

Winnipeg man mistakenly diagnosed with cancer
Wed, 20 Jan 2016
Policy at private lab changes shortly after patient undergoes needless surgery.