International Pathology Day
Wed, 16 Nov 2016

Message from CAP-ACP President Victor Tron, MD, FRCPC

On behalf of the Canadian Association of Pathologists - Association canadienne des pathologistes, I encourage you to participate in International Pathology Day on Wednesday, November 16, 2016. It offers an opportunity to showcase our profession by providing national leadership and promoting excellence in pathology and laboratory medicine practice, education and research across our Nation.

The CAP-ACP is honoured to recognize the dedication and importance of all pathologists. This day offers the opportunity to acknowledge the outstanding contribution made by pathologists across Canada.

Patients rely on the skills, knowledge, and expertise of pathologists who continue a long tradition of providing high quality patient care, upholding the standards of the profession, and working to improve patient safety and quality assurance. Use this day as an opportunity to commemorate the key role that pathologists have in daily analyzing hundreds of thousands of test results and biopsy specimens, to make critical diagnoses, that determine how patients are treated. Get out from under the microscope and bring awareness to what we do and how we do it. Use this opportunity to better inform the public (your patients) on your important role in how effective medical treatment begins with the pathologist’s accurate diagnosis.

The CAP-ACP proudly recognizes the contributions made by its members in all areas of pathology. Thank you all for owning your practice – be proud of all you do!

Happy International Pathology Day!

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
  • Write a letter to the editor advocating for what pathologists do for patients!

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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- last updated November 2017 -