President's Newsletter - Fall 2016
Wed, 05 Oct 2016

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FALL 2016
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CAPACP LOGO Communication and Advocacy
  Member Spotlight
  Member Awards
  Canadian Journal of Pathology
  Survey - Workload & Practice Patterns
  Call for Expression of Interest - Advanced Diagnostics
  Upcoming Award Deadlines
  Membership Renewal 2017
  Online Member Profile
  Social Media
  Resident Review Course
CAPACP LOGO Collaboration
  Comprehensive Objective Exam AP
  International Pathology Day 2016
  Cancer Pathology Translational Research Grants
  The Banff Pathology Course
  Tumour Screening Survey
  Events & News
CAPACP LOGO Career Opportunities


Message From the President


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. 

People question the return on investment.  The dreaded ROI, as discussed by Dr. Paul J. van Diest (a very impressive academic Pathologist from the University Medical Center in Utrecht, Netherlands), contains a long list indeed.  For hospital sites that are somewhat remote to the slide production facility, digital pathology has many advantages.  Dr. Bernard Têtu from Laval University in Québec is a well known leader in digital pathology and has led the implementation of a wonderful system in Eastern Quebec.  It should be noted that even if sites are less remote, vehicle traffic in some urban centers (e.g. Toronto) is such that timely transport of glass slides between sites can be problematic.  Although Mr. Tory has been a rather effective mayor in Toronto, congestion is still brutal at times!  Bernard Tetu

The idea of almost instantaneous consultation with colleagues is appealing.  The group at Laboratorium Pathologie Oost-Nederland (LabPon) in Hengelo finds this tool to be very useful.  The reporting portal shows which pathologist is currently signing out, allowing for a quick digital consult.  They also have a number of staff living in Amsterdam, roughly 150 km west.  At times pathologists actually sign out from home, one or two days a week.  This is particularly advantageous to those with small children.  In my opinion, we need to be sensitive to these work life balance issues. 

However, we must be careful not to turn this approach into a commodity.  Connection to clinical services and patients is key to our success as consultants.  Some of us may consider embedding ourselves into clinical units providing a specific service - breast cancer clinics come to mind.  At St. Michael’s Hospital in Toronto, the breast cancer clinic has radiologists reporting in situ, and why not think about the same arrangement for pathology services?

Importantly, many of us work in small groups supporting clinical services in more remote areas.  After all, this is a big country.  I really think we need to re-consider warehousing pathologists in large central labs away from the clinical services that really need us.  Digital pathology would be a great way for pathologists such as Dr. Kelly MacDonald, one of our passionate proponents of community pathology practice, to get immediate support on difficult cases, or even for us to consult with him.  With world leaders like Drs. Andrew Evans and Bernard Têtu, I would like to see the CAP-ACP take a further leadership position assisting those pathology groups who see the advantages of this “already here” technology.

Questions and feedback are welcome:

I look forward to seeing all of you in PEI!
Victor Tron @CAPACPPresident

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CAP-ACP Communication and Advocacy

Member Spotlight
CAP-ACP member, Dr. Kona Williams has been named Canada’s first First Nations pathologist.  Dr Williams is from the Kahnawà:ke community in Montreal.

Dr. Williams was recently appointed a forensic pathologist at one of the largest forensic science facilities in North America, the Centre of Forensic Sciences in Ontario.

It was Dr. Michael Pollanen, Ontario’s chief forensic pathologist, who first pointed out that Dr. Williams was the first indigenous person in Canada to hold this position.

Congratulations Dr. Williams!

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Member Awards
The CAP-ACP wishes to congratulate all of those who were recognized for their contributions to the CAP-ACP or who won an Association award this year.

2016 Awards


Honorable Mention Student Award - POSTER


Student Award - POSTER


The Donald W. Penner Award - PLATFORM


The Donald W. Penner Award - POSTER


Hematological Pathology Awards - POSTER


The Dr. Donald Rix Award for Resident Travel


Hugh Curry Cytopathology Award - POSTER


The Andrew Herzenberg Award - POSTER


Chairs of Pathology Award in Experimental Pathology - PLATFORM


The Medical Technologist/Technician Award for CPD


Leadership in Patient Safety and Quality Assurance


Leadership in Education Award


Local Organising Chair Appreciation Award


Distinguished Service


Annual Meetings Committee Chair Appreciation Award MONALISA SUR

President’s Award 2016



Canadian Journal of Pathology
In light of the purchase of Andrew John Publishing (our previous publisher) by Pulsus and OMICS, the Canadian Journal of Pathology has swiftly moved to an interim and exemplary Canadian publisher (Clockwork Communications).  It is our goal to maintain the integrity of the CJP and to promote excellence in education and research within all of our publications.  As we are still in negotiations with Elsevier (our preferred final publisher), we want to ensure that there is no further delay in producing the remaining CJP issues for 2016.  

Issues 8-2 and 8-3 are in design and will be issued end of October and end of November respectively.

We hope that you enjoy these two issues as much as we have enjoyed working with the new publisher.

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Survey to Determine Current and Accurate Canada-Wide Laboratory Human Resource, Workload and Practice Patterns
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.

feedbackWe believe that this information would be helpful for your laboratory, all Canadian laboratories and the CAP-ACP to understand resources and practice patterns in similar laboratories across Canada, and enable advocacy for resources at a local, provincial and national levels. It will also be a great resource for human resources planning locally, provincially and nationally.

We will be most obliged, if you would please respond to this survey and return to the Chair of the committee, Raymond Maung ( by November 30, 2016. Please forward to other individual(s) in your organization as you see appropriate.

The time needed to complete the survey will depend on the size and complexity of your organization. For most laboratories it should take 15-20 minutes and for large complex institutions, a combined time of about one hour of several individuals.

We will share the collated anonymized data and analyzed information with all participants. Each participant will know which anonymized result represents their laboratory and be able to compare with their relevant counterparts by type of institution, province and nationally. We will as resources permit, answer specific question(s) if requested. If there is a good response rate and results appear helpful for our profession, we will submit an anonymized summary for publication.

Thank you in advance for your help.

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REMINDER - Call for Expression of Interest - Advanced Diagnostics Section Chair
Deadline: October 21, 2016

The practice of pathology has undergone rapid changes in the use of ancillary technology in the diagnosis of disease states. Whereas the disciplines of anatomic pathology, medical biochemistry, laboratory haematology and medical microbiology remain distinct in the way training programs and clinical practice are organized, there is a convergence of technologies which are increasingly based on immunologic and molecular tools. Diagnostic platforms, translational and basic research tools in each of these disciplines are converging.

The CAP-ACP Executive extend sincere appreciation to Dr. David Berman, who haschaired the section for many years; offering excellent continuing professional development, through a line-up of engaging and informative speakers, during many annual scientific meetings.

Please email if you are interested in this position as Chair of the Advanced Diagnostics Section of the CAP-ACP. Deadline is October 21, 2016.


  • Promote interaction among the different laboratory professionals involved in both research and application of advanced diagnostics
  • Enhance the development of national guidelines for the introduction and practice of advanced diagnostics, including those related to personalized medicine (companion diagnostics)
  • Facilitate collaborative research in advanced diagnostics in Canada
  • Position the CAP-ACP as the national representative of all laboratory physicians providing expert advice to national and provincial health care systems in the implementation of new diagnostic technologies.
  • Advise the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons on the training of future generations of laboratory physicians practicing in the molecular age.
Prior Symposia

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Upcoming Award Deadlines

Leadership In Education Award - Deadline: Jan 1, 2017
This award was established in December 2012 at the joint suggestion of the Awards Committee, the Continuing Professional Development Committee and the Pathology Education Special Interest Group.

  • Purpose - To recognize a member of the CAP-ACP who has shown leadership in education in the CAP-ACP.
  • Eligibility Requirements - The recipient shall be a member of the CAP-ACP in good standing, who has made a significant contribution to the CAP-ACP's educational mission.
  • How To Apply - Send nominations to the Chair: Dr. Martin Trotter, Past-President (Vancouver, BC)

Leadership in Patient Safety and Quality Assurance Award - Deadline: Jan 1, 2017
This award was established by the Section of Patient Safety and Quality Assurance in 2013.

  • Purpose - To recognize a member of the CAP-ACP who has shown leadership in patient safety and quality assurance in the CAP-ACP.
  • Eligibility Requirements - The recipient shall be a member of the CAP-ACP in good standing, who has made a significant contribution to the CAP-ACP's patient safety and quality assurance mission.
  • How To Apply - Send nominations to the Chair: Dr. Martin Trotter, Past-President (Vancouver, BC)

Junior Scientists Award - Deadline: Feb 1, 2017
This annual award is offered by the Canadian Association of Pathologists-Association canadienne des pathologistes (CAP-ACP) to recognize meritorious scientific work, experimental or non-experimental, in the field of Pathology by a young investigator.

  • Award Amount - The successful applicant will be invited to present their work in a 30-minute platform presentation as part of the Scientific Program of the Annual Meeting of the Association. The CAP-ACP will defray the expenses of the successful applicant, according to CAP-ACP guidelines, to attend the meeting.
  • Eligibility Requirements - Applicants should be under 40 years of age in the year the application is made and be an Ordinary, Junior or Associate member of the CAP-ACP.
  • How To Apply - The application for this award consists of:
    • The scientific work, in English or French, in the form of either:
      • a paper or papers already published or accepted for publication; or
      • a thesis accepted by a Faculty of Medicine or Graduate Studies.
    • In cases of joint authorship, letter from the Chief or Chair of the applicant’s Department confirming that the work is predominantly that of the applicant.
    • The applicant’s curriculum vitae. Applications should be sent to the CAP-ACP Secretariat:
  • Selection Process - A committee of the CAP-ACP will judge all submissions and decide on a recipient within one month of the application deadline.

Lloyd A. Kennedy Pathologists' Assistant Award - Deadline: Feb 1, 2017
All CAP-ACP members are invited to submit a nomination for the 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. 

Award entitlements:

  • $150 honorarium
  • speaking engagement (during the PA conference - includes travel, accommodations and complimentary PA conference registration)
  • certificate presented to the recipient by the Head of the Department of Pathology and Molecular Medicine, Queen’s University
  • acknowledgement during the Saturday evening PA Reception.
The nominee’s curriculum vitae should be sent with the nomination to no later than February 1, 2017.

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:

  • Instructing CPD courses in their area of expertise,
  • Development of CPD programs locally, regionally, nationally or internationally. 
  • The nominees will be voted on by the PA Section membership.

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Membership Renewal 2017
It is almost time to renew your membership in the Canadian Association of Pathologists – Association canadienne des pathologistes (CAP-ACP). Notices will be sent, later this month, with instructions on how to renew through members section of the Association website. 

The annual dues for Ordinary Members ($300), Corresponding Associates ($50), Corporate Associates ($50), Pathologist Assistant Associates ($100), and Ph.D. Associates ($100) per year remain unchanged.  Did you know that the last increase for member dues was in 2005? These membership dues form the core our organization’s financial support and are used to pay for our administration/secretariat, the annual scientific meeting, the resident review course and other educational activities, the CAP-ACP website, and the Canadian Journal of Pathology.

We do count on and appreciate your support, every year, so that 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.

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Online Member Profile
When you renew your member dues later this month, please take the time to update your member profile. This information is now available online and at any time, you can update your email and select the Special Interest Groups or Sections you wish to participate. The majority of our communications are through email therefore, it is important that we have at least one valid email address to ensure you do not miss out on any newsletters, communications or notices.

This is also an opportunity to verify that you are in the correct membership category. If you are in the wrong category, please let us know:

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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 1510 tweets and 782 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 1617 Likes on Facebook.

Follow me, Victor Tron, CAP-ACP President on my Twitter account @CAPACPPresident. (1014 Tweets with 674 Followers). Follow our Residents @CAPACPResidents for tweets on what they are doing for advocacy and awareness!

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CAP-ACP Education

Join us in Charlottetown, PEI!

CAP 2017

The Annual Meeting will be held June 10-13, 2017 at the Delta Hotel and PEI Convention Centre, 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.

The new annual meeting planning committee will soon be announced. We have received numerous applications from CAP-ACP members and the selection process is underway. Thanks everyone for supporting our effort to restructure the annual meeting and offer a state-of-the-art educational program to our members

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

For more information about the schedule of events, the conference hotel, and to purchase your ticket, please visit the “Conference” page of our website.

Future Annual Meeting - 2018 Quebec City, QC July 7-10, Hilton Quebec

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Resident Review Course

This four day practical review course for Residents; in preparation for the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada certification examinations in Anatomic Pathology, General Pathology, and Hematological Pathology.

Register Now to save $100 on the Early Bird Registration Fee!

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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:

      • Over 4,000 common and complex diagnoses
      • 50,000 searchable, high-quality annotated pathology images
      • Overviews of diagnosis groups
      • Tables with summary information for organ systems
      • Normal histology topics
      • Specimen handling protocols and best practices

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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CAP-ACP Collaboration

Format of the Comprehensive Objective Examination in Anatomical Pathology
Comprehensive objective examinations make it possible to obtain a more complete evaluation of the candidate’s strengths and weaknesses. Such examinations are considered as a “whole”. A candidate does not need to “pass” any one component. Success or failure is based on consideration of performance on ALL components of the examination. Therefore, if a candidate is unsuccessful on the whole, he/she must repeat all components of the examination within his/her period of candidate eligibility.

The comprehensive objective examination in Anatomical Pathology includes a written component, a practical component and an oral component. The examination assesses the candidate’s competence to function as a consultant anatomical pathologist across the CanMEDS domains of Medical Expert, Communicator, Collaborator, Leader, Health Advocate, Scholar and Professional.

To access the 2017 format of the Comprehensive Objective Examination in Anatomical Pathology document click here: Information by Specialty – Anatomical Pathology.

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International Pathology Day 2016 - Wed, 16 Nov 2016
Please encourage your workplace to actively celebrate International Pathology Day on Wednesday, November 16, 2016.

Get involved
If you would like to show your support for the initiative why not:

  • Run an art competition for schools
  • Organize a lab tour for politicians or the public
  • Write an article in your local newspaper, organization bulletin or e-newsletter highlighting the important role of pathology and International Pathology Day
  • Blog, share, tweet about International Pathology Day #IPD2016

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.  

The RCPA has free promotional packs with 100’s of great give-aways, just complete and return the attached form.  Check issues of Pathology Today to find out how to enter your event to win a prize.

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 for more information.

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Cancer Pathology Translational Research Grants - Request for Applications
Deadline: October 31, 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).

The OMPRN is a province-wide network of pathologists collaborating to carry out high-quality cancer research with a clear potential for clinical utility. The OMPRN Steering Committee has developed objectives under the three broad themes of (i) Awareness & Outreach, (ii) Education, and (iii) Pathology-led Research.

The CPTRG Streams address the latter objective by supporting projects in which the primary drivers are pathologists and the primary focus is on pathology cancer research. These grants will build the capacity of Ontario pathologists to undertake transdisciplinary research projects that advance the field of cancer diagnostic, prognostic or predictive testing and provide learning opportunities for pathology residents or early-career pathologists. Two grant funding streams are available to support projects that promote research excellence and transdisciplinary collaboration, and encourage membership in a pathology research community:

  • Stream 1: Small collaborative research projects that bring together a pathologist Principal Investigator (PI) with a trans-disciplinary Co-Investigator and a pathology trainee.

Funding period

1 year (ending March 31, 2018)

Total funds available


Maximum amount per grant


  • Stream 2: More ambitious, two-year research projects led by an early-career pathologist PI with a trans-disciplinary Co-Investigator.

Funding period

2 years (ending March 31, 2019)

Total funds available


Maximum amount per grant

$160,000 ($80,000 per year)

For more information and how to apply please see the Request for Applications (RFA) and supporting documents.

Deadline for applications: October 31, 2016.

Questions should be directed to David LeBrun, MD, FRCPC, Leader, Ontario Molecular Pathology Research Network.

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The Banff Pathology Course - Soft Tissue, Bone, and Dermatopathology Update
August 30 - September 2, 2017

banfflogo200The Banff Pathology Course is a collaborative effort of the Canadian Association of Pathologists (CAP-ACP), Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathology, University of Alberta and the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine, University of Calgary to provide a continuing medical education activity for practicing pathologists and residents in training.

New Venue - Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity, 107 Tunnel Mountain Dr, Banff, AB T1L 1H5.

Course Dates

  • Aug 30-Sept 2, 2017
  • Sept 12-15, 2018
  • Sept 11-14, 2019

For more information visit the course website.

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Participate in a study about Tumour Screening Programs in Canada
You are invited to take part in a research study called: Tumor screening for Lynch syndrome: Perspectives of key stakeholders regarding benefits and barriers. The study involves filling out one online survey which you can access from

You are being invited to take part in this study as a pathology healthcare professional in Canada. A team from Memorial University, St. John's, Newfoundland, would like to describe the number and types of tumor screening programs in Canada or the barriers to implementing such a program. We also want to explore opinions about the uses of screening and informed consent for tumor screening. We think that information like this will help to build acceptable tumor screening programs for patients and their families.

Filling out this survey is voluntary and you are free to leave out any question you do not wish to answer. There are no names attached to the survey so no one will know your answers. Your name will never be reported in any papers or reports prepared from the survey. The survey should take no more than 20-30 minutes. If you have any questions or concerns about the study or would like more information, please feel free to contact the study principal investigator directly. Holly can be reached at:

Holly Etchegary, PhD
Assistant Professor, Clinical Epidemiology
Public engagement lead, NL SUPPORT
Faculty of Medicine, Memorial University
Rm 4M210, St. John's, NL, A1B 3V6
Phone: 709-864-6605

We thank you for taking the time to give us your thoughts and opinions about colorectal tumor testing in Canada.

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Events & News
Check out the News and Events sections of the website to stay current with provincial, national and international activities and notices that may be of interest to you.

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