President's Newsletter - Spring 2015
Sat, 06 Jun 2015

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Spring 2015
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Communication and Advocacy

Social Media

Canadian Journal of Pathology


Annual Meeting 2015

Resident Review Course


Canadian Leadership Council on Laboratory Medicine (CLCLM)

Career Opportunities

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Welcome to the Spring 2015 Newsletter

TrotterMy two-year term as President of the CAP-ACP comes to a close in a few weeks, and this will be my final Newsletter.  I have been part of the CAP-ACP Executive Committee for much of the past 15 years, as Member-at-Large, Newsletter Editor, Vice-President (twice!), President, and Resource Development Chair.  Apparently, as Past President I still need to chair a few committees, so I am not home free just yet!

If you are a young(er) pathologist, passionate about elevating the profile of our profession, making our specialty a fantastic career choice, and finding success and satisfaction as a physician, then I hope you will permit me to offer some (unsolicited) advice, probably relative worthless, but nevertheless maybe of relevance as your generation moves into leadership roles and takes Canadian pathology and laboratory medicine forward into the 21st century.

Get out of the laboratory
Be visible.  Does your hospital CEO know who you are?  The Chief of Surgery?  The Nursing Director?  Put a face to laboratory medicine in your hospital, and if you work in an outpatient laboratory, make a few trips to the nearby gastroenterologist’s clinic or dermatologist’s office and introduce yourself to the staff there.  Small investment of time.  Big returns.  Now when you phone for more clinical information, you will be a real person, a real doctor.  They might even give you the number of the direct line!

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Talk to patients
Not all your clinical colleagues will agree with this, but if a patient wants meet with you to talk to you about their pathology result… it!  Show patients the vital role of pathology in their diagnosis, treatment, and care.  You can also get connected with patient advocacy groups in your subspecialty area of interest; these groups love to have a pathologist speak to them or write an article for their newsletter or website.

Become efficient
Create a system for yourself.  Read “Getting Things Done”.  Learn to get the straightforward cases signed out quickly and efficiently so you can devote uninterrupted time to the complex, multi-slide, diagnostically challenging cases (and to your reading, research, and teaching – the really fun stuff).  Be ruthless with protecting your professional time.

Engage your laboratory medicine colleagues
Find out what your pathology and laboratory medicine colleagues are up to.  For example, if you are an Anatomic Pathologist and don’t really grasp the role of mass spectrometry in lab medicine – you’re not getting out enough.  The clinical laboratory disciplines are masters of quality control, quality assurance, and stewardship of resources.  Cross-pollinate.

Never stop learning
As the workload piles up, it is so easy to pay less attention to a formal learning routine.  Try with all your Keep Learningmight to keep up to date in your field, but also read broadly in publications from other areas – try Wired, Fast Company, Harvard Business Review, whatever turns your crank – have a broad, eclectic knowledge base that keeps expanding.

Embrace technology
Know our future.  Stay up-to-date with new technology that may impact pathology and your career.  Are there disruptive technologies on the horizon – digital pathology, tissue mass spectrometry, next generation sequencing, image analysis, artificial intelligence?  Better to be at the table than on the menu.

Stay general, become specialized
Do everything in your power to maintain your broad base of medical and pathology knowledge and skills, but sharpen the blade and dissect out an area of interest and specialty expertise.  Bring something to the profession that no one else can.  Become indispensable.

JokeHave an elevator pitch
If you can’t answer the question “You work on dead people, right?” with an enlightening, understandable 60 second explanation of your work and why it matters, then your have failed yourself, the profession, and the public.  “The best elevator pitch is true, stunning, brief and it leaves the listener eager (no, desperate) to hear the rest of it.” – Seth Godin

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Work/life balance
Our work, our career is an enormous part of our life, but…Family first.  Period. No exceptions.  Friends next.  Everything else after that.  But when really important things need to get done – full 100% focus, all out, no dabbling.

Do not DisturbProtect your “space”
A neurosurgeon removing a spinal cord tumour isn’t simultaneously answering the phone, checking email, or discussing quality assurance metrics.  She is focused entirely on the patient and the important clinical task at hand.  So hang the “Due Not Disturb Please – I’m Signing Out” sign, close your door, sit down at the microscope.  And focus.  Your efficiency will improve dramatically, and your pathology report will be the most valuable part of the patient record.

All the best.  Look me up at the annual meeting in Montreal and stop me for a chat, and I’ll see many of you again at the 2016 meeting in Vancouver.  Thanks for allowing me to serve as President for the past two years.

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CAP-ACP Communication and Advocacy

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 and we will get them posted.  Our Twitter feed continues to be very active with 942 tweets and 478 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 1130 Likes on Facebook.

Canadian Journal of Pathology
CJPDr. George Yousef, the Editor-in-Chief has appointed his Editorial Board and an International Advisory Board (IAB).  We are currently in the final stages of reviewing RFP submissions from two potential publishers of the Journal.  Our members survey indicated that most members still preferred to receive a print copy of the journal, and we will endeavour to maintain this despite the increased cost of publication

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CAP-ACP Education

Annual Meeting 2015


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.  My welcoming remarks to congress attendees can be found here -  The 2016 Annual Meeting will be held July 9-12 at the Hyatt Regency in Vancouver, B.C.

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

Resident Review Course
The 6th Annual Resident Review Course will be held in the Greater Toronto area, January 15-17, 2016.  Check in regularly for details at

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CAP-ACP Collaboration

Canadian Leadership Council on Laboratory Medicine (CLCLM)
The CLCLM is coordinated by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons.  The mandate of the CLCLM is to identify concerns, and develop and make recommendations in medical laboratory services to healthcare decision makers. Relevant matters include but are not limited to: quality management, workload, public relations, new technologies and education.  Membership in the Council is voluntary and individuals will be nominated from organizations involved and concerned with high quality laboratory medicine.  The CLCLM is attempting to elevate its role in ensuring high quality laboratory medicine for Canada.  The Council will meet at the upcoming Canadian Congress of Laboratory Medicine in Montreal.


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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.

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Career Opportunities
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