Thu, 18 Feb 2016
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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.
What is PA certification? To begin, I must state that the development of a PA certification process has not been undertaken lightly by the CAP-ACP Executive, and we performed due diligence with our legal advisors and insurance provider to ensure that we are working in the best interests of the Association and for Canadian PAs. Certification is not regulation; it is not licensing. Certification simply provides independent verification of a certain level of expertise in a particular area. The process is voluntary, and certification is not uncommonly developed and provided by a voluntary association, such as ours. Pathologists’ Assistant certification is defined by a minimum education requirement and/or experience as verified by a pathologist and as defined by the experience checklist in the PA Section application form and/or passing of an exam. Certification is sometimes a step preceding licensing and regulation of a profession, but certification itself is a separate process.
As you know, accreditation is a process that defines an institution or program as meeting a standard; it does not refer to an individual. Two Canadian graduate study PA programs are currently accredited by the National Accrediting Agency for Clinical Laboratory Sciences (NAACLS), and others are in the process of obtaining NAACLS accreditation. This does not mean that graduates of these programs are certified, or accredited, or licensed. Rather, at that present time, these graduates only have the option to apply for certification using the American PA certification process (American Society of Clinical Pathology – Board of Certification). As an alternative, our goal was to facilitate the development and implementation of a Canadian certification process for Pathologists’ Assistants working in Canada.
As a beginning, in 2014 the PA Section passed a motion to allow certification benchmarks to be used as criteria for membership in the PA Section of the CAP-ACP. This included a “membership” exam as a precursor to a true “certification” examination.
To formalize the PA certification process, we are now pleased to announce the formation of the Canadian Certification Council of Pathologists' Assistants (CCCPA). The CCCPA is comprised of a Board of Directors, which includes both Pathologists and Pathologists’ Assistants. The CCCPA exists within the CAP-ACP but is distinct from and outside of the PA Section, much like the relationship between the ASCP and its Board of Certification (BOC). As per CAP-ACP legal, and ISO 17024 guidelines, the CCCPA can act as a certification body, provided it does not demand association membership of its certification applicants.
Quality of patient care is paramount in our practice of pathology and laboratory medicine. Canadian Pathologists’ Assistants play a vital role in our practice, and PA certification is one important step in ensuring that quality of care for all the patients we serve.
Questions and feedback are welcome: firstname.lastname@example.org
I look forward to seeing all of you in Vancouver!
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Dr. Veinot is an Anatomical Pathologist and a Cardiovascular Pathologist, who has been working at TOH, CHEO, uOttawa and the University of Ottawa Heart Institute since 1994. He is a Full Professor in the Faculty of Medicine and a Clinical Investigator of the Ottawa Hospital Research Institute. He is an advocate for quality and patient centred care in the region. On behalf of the CAP-ACP, congratulations on this award!
Canadian Journal of Pathology
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.
Thank you all for your contributions to the Annual Meeting Needs Assessment. We had 113 respondants to the Staff survey and 82 respondants to the Trainee assessent.
These results will be valuable during the planning of future meetings; including content, general flow and programming.
Names were entered into a random name picker and the results are in! The winners have their choice of a complimentary 1-yr CAP-ACP 2017 membership, choice of Pathology text book or Annual Meeting Registration!
Please contact email@example.com to identify the prize that you wish to claim!
Proposal for the creation of a Section of General Pathology at the CAP-ACP
The proposal was reviewed and unanimously accepted. It will be voted on by the members of the CAP-ACP during the AGM held Tuesday, July 12 from 1200-1400.
The proposed Section of General Pathology mission statement, goals, and bylaws can be found here.
The proposed executive officers for the Section of General Pathology are:
Founding Members (written support obtained by e-mail)
Canadian Certification Council of Pathologists' Assistants (CCCPA)
The Bylaws will be submitted for ratification during the PA section AGM held at the Hyatt Regency Hotel, Vancouver, July 9, 2016.
Position Statement - CAP-ACP Position Statement on Pathologists’ Assistants
2016-2017 Slate of Officers
You can view the entire slate here.
Follow me, Victor Tron, CAP-ACP President on my Twitter account @CAPACPPresident. (803 Tweets with 580 Followers). Follow our Residents @CAPACPResidents for tweets on what they are doing for advocacy and awareness!
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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 on Tuesday, July 12 from 1200-1400. To help us understand a little bit more about you and the reason why you registered, please complete this brief survey.
Visit our “Virtual Exhibit Hall” and check out our sponsors and exhibitors
Don’t miss the special symposia we have planned for the conference and some require and RSVP!
SUNDAY JULY 10, 1130-1230 - Concurrent Lunch Symposia
The conference App provides up-to-the-minute information about the conference including:
To access the mobile app, follow the instructions below:
It is not too late to register for this excellent event!
Future Annual Meetings
Resident Review Course
The 7th Annual Resident Review Course will be held at the Hilton Garden Inn Toronto Airport West, 1870 Matheson Blvd., Mississauga, ON L4W 0B3 January 12-15, 2017. New this year is a fourth day of learning. Thursday will be General Pathology and begin at noon. Mark your calendars!
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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The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons on Canada - It gives us great pleasure to announce:
RE: Membership – Area of Focused Competence (AFC) Committee in Cytopathology
RE: Membership – AFC Committee in Cytopathology
RE: Membership – AFC Committee in Cytopathology
RE: NSS Observer Confirmation: Specialty Committee in Anatomical Pathology
Re: Membership - Specialty Committee in General Pathology
CAP Guideline Release – Bone Marrow Synoptic Reporting
Key points of the guideline include:
Dr. Cordelia Sever led the seven-member CAP expert panel of pathologists and hematopathologists through the systematic review of more than 1,500 publications and examined evidence from more than 300 articles in determination of the final recommendations with feedback from an open comment period.
The CAP encourages pathologists and laboratory professionals to implement the new guideline recommendations to reduce variance and apply evidence-based practices in their bone marrow synoptic reporting. The guideline is a framework for synoptic reporting of bone marrow specimens and is not a template nor does it replace the related CAP Cancer Protocols, which provide guidance on additional attributes of specific hematopoietic neoplasms involving the bone marrow.
Future of Medication in Canada (FMEC) CPD Quarterly Status, March (Q1) 2016
At the deadline, 40 projects were submitted by 29 organizations that included Provincial Medical Regulatory Authorities, University CPD Offices, Specialty Societies, Provincial Chapters and Educational Colleges.
The Steering Committee completed a comprehensive review process which included:
At the end of this review process 28 projects were deemed to align with the FMEC CPD priorities.
We are please to announced that the submission by Marcio Gomes, Heather Dow and the CAP-ACP Ad Hoc Committee: "Competency-Based Restructuring of the CAP Annual Meeting" was accepted!
Pathologist Survey with Chance to Win an iPad Mini
Briefly, the study involves a 15 minute survey to assess Canadian pathologists’ typical practice environments, reasons for choosing a career in pathology, career satisfaction, and perceptions of multidisciplinary team role and pathology teaching role. Pathologist answers will be compared to those of second year medical students at Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry in an attempt to identify any areas in our teaching or representation of our specialty that need to be addressed. The survey will remain open for 1 more day.
If you would like to participate in this study please click on the link to access the letter of information and survey. At the end of the survey you will have the option to be entered into a prize draw to win an iPad mini. Please be aware that this survey is for practicing pathologists only (not residents or retired pathologists at this time). https://uwo.eu.qualtrics.com/SE/?SID=SV_dak4elyjb6Vxddj
Questions? - Contact Dr. Joanna Walsh, Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, Schulich School of Medicine and Dentistry, Western University, firstname.lastname@example.org, 519-685-8500 ext. 35022
College of American Pathologists Invited to National Cancer Moonshot Summit
The College of American Pathologists (CAP), the worldwide leader in laboratory quality assurance, will attend this week's National Cancer Moonshot Summit at Howard University. CAP President Richard C. Friedberg, MD, PhD, FCAP, will discuss the organization's experience and ability to help laboratories report real-time, compliant, and standardized data to government cancer data registries. NORTHFIELD, Ill., June 28, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/
International Pathology Day 2016 - Wed, 16 Nov 2016
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. Organize 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.
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.
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