President's Newsletter - Winter 2015
Fri, 06 Mar 2015

capacp on blue logo Bulletin Title Image
WINTER 2015
Blue Green Curve Social Media Icons, Twitter  Facebook, and LinkedIn


Member ID: {MemberID}

Member Name:
{Title} {LastName}

»»»
Communication and Advocacy

2014 Member Survey – Advocacy

Public relations campaign – MyPathologist.ca

Media/Press

Social Media

Website

Canadian Journal of Pathology

»»»
Education

Annual Meeting 2015

Resident Review Course

Continuing Professional Development

»»»
Collaboration

2014 Member Survey – Collaboration

International Liaison of Pathology Presidents

International Pathology Day 2015

Canadian Partnership Against Cancer

»»»
Guideline Development

»»»
Career Opportunities

»»»
Contact Us

Welcome to the Winter 2015 Newsletter

Membership
One of our major goals is make membership in the CAP-ACP indispensable to Canadian pathologists and to do this we have continued to focus on four main areas - communication/advocacy, education, collaboration, and guideline development - with the intent that these areas of emphasis will support Canadian pathologists in their careers and provide them with benefits they cannot receive elsewhere.  Currently we have 600 pathologist members, representing about 50% of the practicing pathologists in Canada. We clearly have a long way to go before Canadian pathologists consider the CAP-ACP "indispensable" therefore every year we survey the membership to solicit your feedback, advice, constructive criticism, and vision for CAP-ACP in the future.  Within this newsletter I will include some of the 2014 Membership Survey results/comments for your interest.

CAP-ACP Secretariat
Over the past few years our partnership with Events and Management Plus (EM+), as Pam and Heatherour CAP-ACP Secretariat, has been a huge success.  Located in Kingston, ON, EM+ has brought us consistent, high-quality administrative support and conference management.  The CAP-ACP team at EM+ consists of our Association Manager - Heather Dow, Conference Manager - Pamela Lyons, Administrative support - Luc Deptuck and a team of other EM+ staff working behind the scenes to ensure that our association continues to thrive in their capable hands. Heather was just recently granted the professional designation of Certified Association Executive (CAE) by the Canadian Society of Association Executives after completing the CSAE’s multiyear educational program.  Congratulations, Heather Dow, CAE!

Back to Top
CAP-ACP Communication and Advocacy

2014 Member Survey – Advocacy

Select Comments:
The CAP-ACP should have a PR department combing the news and publically commenting on items important to pathologists
CAP-ACP has started (a public awareness campaign), but I think more should be done
More frequent and clear communication with members regarding advocacy initiatives at the provincial and national levels.  It is sometimes unclear how the CAP-ACP is advocating for the profession.”
The CAP-ACP lacks any “teeth” to address issues or advocate for pathologists in Canada.”

These are all fair comments and exemplify the challenges we face as a voluntary professional organization and not a college or licensing body.  MyPathologist.ca is our first step; one we intend to build on and expand.  We have also benchmarked our public relations activities against three similar organizations – Royal College of Pathologists (UK), Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia, and Canadian Association of Radiologists - and have used this information to develop a draft for a comprehensive CAP-ACP communications and external relations (public relations) plan.


Public relations campaign – MyPathologist.ca
The MyPathologist.ca campaign website has now been live for six Mypathologist.camonths, and we have had very positive feedback about the layout and content.  The goal of the campaign is to identify and personalize pathologists, and to elevate our role as important members of a patient’s healthcare team.  Next steps include adding more video content to the site and beginning the awareness promotion component of the campaign consisting of targeted, awareness-building tactics, such as information pamphlets for patient groups, hospital administrators, and doctors offices.


Media/Press
The CAP-ACP does not yet have a well-structured and effective media-relations process.  We respond to media requests in a relatively ad hoc manner when we receive them, and we attempt to monitor the mainstream media feeds for any news/articles related to pathology in Canada.  Occasionally, the Executive feels that a written response is required, for example, in November a Letter to the Editor was published in the Hamilton Spectator regarding pathology diagnostic discrepancy.

From the 2014 Membership Survey:
In several crucial situations that arose concerning pathology in Canada where pathologists were ‘thrown under the bus’ and ‘painted black’ on regional/national news, both television and the media, the CAP-ACP was ‘silent’.”

Do you, as members, feel that the CAP-ACP should publically comment on all pathology-related news and events in Canada?  If you are aware of issues that are brewing locally or regionally, the Executive would certainly appreciate a “heads-up” so that we can research and prepare a statement for the media, should this be required or helpful.  Further input/views on this subject are welcome and can be sent to info@cap-acp.org.


Social Media
Don’t forget to follow the CAP-ACP on Twitter, Facebook, and Linkedin.  Our Twitter feed continues to be very active with 889 tweets and 416 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 275 Likes on Facebook.


Website
Our new website, which CAPACP Website launched in November, continues to function well and is continuously updated under the very capable supervision of Luc Deptuck at the national office.  Please spend some time exploring the website.  I think you will find that it contains abundant useful information and links.  One of our goals for the upcoming year is to add more educational content to the Members Only section, especially Self-Assessment Modules (SAMs) that will be accredited for Section 3 Maintenance of Certification.  We welcome further ideas on how to continuously improve the website.

 


Canadian Journal of Pathology
I am pleased to announce that Dr. George Yousef, St. Michael's YousefHospital, Toronto is the new Editor-in-Chief of the Canadian Journal of Pathology  Dr. Yousef is in the process of assembling his editorial board.  Heather Dow and Dr. Marie Abi Daoud are assisting Dr. Yousef in the transition.  The Executive would like to heartily thank the outgoing Editor-in-Chief, Dr. Godfrey Heathcote, for his expert stewardship of the Journal since its inception in 2009.  We are also grateful to outgoing editorial board members Dr. David Driman and Dr. Manon Auger for their hard work and commitment to a robust peer review process.  Thank you all.

2014 Membership Survey – Canadian Journal of Pathologyn CJPresponse to the question “Do you believe the Canadian Journal of Pathology is of value to pathologists in Canada?” 89% of respondents answered “Yes”.  Some comments include:
This is an excellent journal.  I find that practice guidelines are the most useful items.  I would love to get more practice guidelines.”
The CJP is on the only available forum to publish articles of national interest to Canadian pathologists…
“Provides an important venue for publication of Canadian perspectives in pathology.”
The journal needs to be indexed in PubMed.”

Back to Top
CAP-ACP Education

Annual Meeting 2015

CLMC

The 2015 Canadian Association of Pathologists (CAP-ACP) Annual Meeting, held jointly with the Association des pathologistes du Québec, will be in partnership with the Canadian Society of Clinical Chemists (CSCC-SCCC) at the Westin, Montreal at the Canadian Laboratory Medicine Congress (CLMC) June 20-24, 2015.  Mark the date in your calendars.  The abstract deadline was February 28th and we have >125 submissions.  Congress registration opens March 20, 2015 and the early registration deadline is April 30, 2015.  I would like to thank all our sponsors and exhibitors who have committed to supporting this congress, with special thanks to Platinum Sponsors: Beckman Coulter, Boerhinger Ingelheim, Novartis, and Roche.

2014 Membership Survey – Annual Meeting
“Do you regularly attend the annual meeting?"  Yes- 40%; No – 60%.
Frequently cited reasons for not attending the annual meeting included: available funding and time constraints; meeting in the summer, travel distance; not enough hematopathology sessions; content not relevant.  Members suggested several ways that the Annual Meeting might be made more “attractive” to them including: additional regional meetings, online attendance or member access to session recordings, more sessions useful to practicing community general pathologists, reduced costs to resident attendees, and my favourite, “more free booze!

Visit the CLMC Annual Conference website for all the latest details.


Resident Review Course
The 5th Annual Resident Review Course was a great success.   We had 83 registrants and 33 speakers for the three-day course.  The venue at a Toronto airport area hotel worked out extremely well and feedback from participants was very positive.

RRC

I would like to thank the course co-directors, Dr. Jagdish Butany and Dr. Julianne Klein for their enormous efforts to ensuring the success of the course.  The course’s Scientific Advisory Committee (Drs. Kapusta, Driman, Geldenhuys, Duggan, Aziz, and Shawa) has expertly guided the course content and choice of speakers.  Luc Deptuck and Heather Dow provided the conference management skills to make the meeting a success.  We are in the process of discussing possible changes for the course, including a name change, to perhaps make it a continuing education opportunity for practicing pathologists in addition to trainees.  Stay tuned.


Continuing Professional Development
On behalf of the CAP-ACP, Heather Dow and I attended the 6th National CPD Accreditation Conference held in Toronto September 29-30, 2014.  Our CPD Committee Chair, Dr. Mathieu Castonguay, has again supervised the development of the Annual Meeting workshop program to be held on Saturday June 20, and Sunday June 21.  As noted above, later this year we hope to add more educational content, especially Self-Assessment Modules, to the Members Only section of the website.  The 2014 Membership survey responses clearly emphasized that the majority of members look to the CAP-ACP to provide a more comprehensive and practical CPD program/resource.  Respondents also supplied a long list of potential topics for CPD activities and sessions.

Back to Top
CAP-ACP Collaboration

2014 Member Survey – Collaboration
’Laboratory Medicine’ is too broad a field to be served by one over-arching organization.  Pathologists would be well-served if separate organizations dedicated to anatomical pathology, forensic pathology, and the laboratorian disciplines were established in lieu of the CAP-ACP”.
These organizations are already well-established and functioning effectively.  The CAP-ACP does not pretend to be the only association and voice for laboratory medicine in Canada.  We primarily represent Anatomic/General Pathologists and Hematopathologists (see Sections on the CAP-ACP website).  Our collaborations with other national and international laboratory medicine specialties and organizations are listed here, and we are part of the Canadian Alliance for Laboratory Medicine and the Canadian Leadership Council for Laboratory Medicine.


International Liaison of Pathology Presidents
The International Liaison of Pathology Presidents (ILPP) brings together ILPPPresidents, Presidents‐Elect and Chief Executive Officers (or their representative) of Pathology Colleges or Associations worldwide to meet face to face annually to exchange information and discuss common issues related to pathology.  Emphasis is on professional issues such as workforce, training, professional development, quality and safety.  The next meeting of the ILPP will be held in Dublin, Ireland on June 26-27, 2015.  Dr. Victor Tron will attend on behalf of the CAP-ACP.

 


International Pathology Day 2015
Many pathology organizations worldwide have agreed to again participate in an International Pathology Day on Wednesday November 18, 2015 to promote pathology and raise public awareness of our profession.


Canadian Partnership Against Cancer
In addition to successful ongoing joint projects with the CPACCanadian Partnership Against Cancer related to synoptic reporting (ESPRI – Electronic Synoptic Pathology Reporting Initiative) and quality assurance (QIIP – Quality Initiative in Interpretative Pathology) , the Cancer Care Advisory Committee has been created as a joint CAP-ACP/Partnership committee arising from the National Pathology Standards Committee that was convened in 2012.  At a high level, the new Committee will focus on pathology-related elements within the cancer control continuum, including:

  • Supporting the adoption and advancing the implementation of electronic synoptic pathology reporting in Canada
  • Providing guidance to enhance quality and accuracy in cancer pathology
  • Supporting other areas within cancer control including prevention and screening

The terms of reference for this committee can be found here.

Back to Top
CAP-ACP Guideline Development

The 2014 edition of the Workload Measurement Guidelines is now available on the website.  Links to other relevant workload-related documents can be found on the Workload and Workforce Committee page.  Dr. Raymond Maung’s article “Hidden Dangers in Pathology” discusses the relationship between workload, quality, and patient safety.

View all CAP-ACP Guidelines here –Back to Top

 

Career Opportunities
View the Available Career Opportunities or Post your Job Listing Today Back to Top

Office of the Secretariat
Office hours: 0900-1700 EDT

4 Cataraqui Street, Suite 310
Kingston, Ontario
Canada, K7K 1Z7
Tel: (613) 507-8528
Fax: (866) 531-0626
E-Mail: info@cap-acp.org

Contact Us

Questions? Contact your CAP-ACP Support Team!

For all other General Inquiries, please contact us care of the address to the left.
You are receiving this email as a member of CAP-ACP.
Click here to Unsubscribe and be removed from the CAP-ACP mailing list.