Message From the President - June 2017
Tue, 20 Jun 2017

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  Pathologists’ Assistants Certification Announcement
  Member Spotlight
  Canadian Journal of Pathology
  Two New Sections!
  Social Media 101
  Banff Course
  Resident Review Course
  Case of the Month - PA Section
CAPACP LOGO Collaboration
  ILPP 2017
  Recommendation for Screening on Asymptomatic Bacteriuria in pregnancy
  International Pathology Day 2017
  OMPRN funding for CCTG New Investigator Clinical Trials Course
  Events & News
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Message From the President

This was not your father’s meeting….

The annual CAP-ACP Meeting in Charlottetown, PEI, is a wrap. Although formal evaluations have yet to be compiled and reviewed, the informal feedback has been overwhelmingly positive. Under the leadership of Dr. Marcio Gomes, and following the vision set by the Ad Hoc Annual Meeting Planning Committee, the Annual Meeting Planning Committee has revamped the format of the meeting, integrated the scientific content into distinct learning tracks, and emphasized the Canadian context of the meeting.

Canadian Practice Related Topics, General Practice and Subspecialty practice learning tracks provided something of interest for everyone. Daily plenary sessions, a debate between international presidents of pathology organizations, multiple concurrent symposia and workshops, and coordinated networking breaks were other changes implemented this year.

The overall theme of the meeting was “Developing Strategies for a Sustainable Career in Pathology” and some of the highlights included Dr. Derek Puddester (of the OMA’s Physician Health Program) speaking on “Physician Health and Wellness – A Critical Component of a Sustainable Career” and Dr. Mary Senterman (Pathologist, University of Ottawa) on “Work Life Integration in Pathology: Finding a Balance”.  For the first time, and in keeping with the deliberate emphasis on Canadian pathology practice, CMPA was invited to provide workshops (well attended!).  Concurrent sessions included those on the use of social media in pathology education and practice, and members of the Ontario Molecular Pathology Research Network on various aspects of molecular pathology in Canada.

Coordinated breaks permitted lots of networking, a “speed dating” lunch hooked up residents with prospective employers, and the weather cooperated for the well attended President’s Reception and Gala Banquet and Awards Night.  I have to say that the stereotypic introverted pathologist was no-where in evidence during this meeting! We had a perfect blend of residents, “young” pathologists in their early years of practice, and experienced “old hands”.

Phase two of the re-envisioned and re-invigorated format will continue in Quebec City next year.  Workshops will again be provided by CMPA and the OMPRN, and exciting collaboration with other organizations is being planned.  Save the dates now: July 7 – 10, 2018. The theme (as determined by a poll of those registering for the Charlottetown meeting) will be:  “The Evolving Role of Pathologists in the Era of Predictive Biomarkers and Precision Medicine”.

This is an unparalleled opportunity to participate in a scientific meeting geared to Canadian pathologists  - spread the word to your colleagues that this is a meeting worth attending. 

Questions and feedback are welcome:

I look forward to seeing all of you in Quebec City!
Rosemary Henderson, CAP-ACP President

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CAP-ACP Communication and Advocacy

Pathologists’ Assistants Certification Announcement

The Canadian Certification Council of Pathologists’ Assistants (CCCPA-CCCAP) is pleased to announce that Canadian Pathologists’ Assistants may now apply for certification via the CCCPA-CCCAP, effective immediately.

The Pathologists’ Assistant (PA) Section of the Canadian Association of Pathologists (CAP-ACP) has been working tirelessly toward defining a standard for Canadian pathologists’ assistants since 2006. To that end, the PA Section of the CAP-ACP ratified certification criteria in 2010. In 2012, the Canadian Certification Council of Pathologists’ Assistant (CCCPA-CCCAP) was created to implement those criteria. In 2014, recognizing the need for a standardization of Canadian PAs as soon as possible, the PA Section of the CAP-ACP implemented the ratified certification criteria as membership criteria to the PA Section of the CAP-ACP.  Now, as of June 12, 2017, Canadian Pathologists’ Assistants now have an ISO 17024:2012 compliant certification process in Canada via the CCCPA-CCCAP. Canadian PAs can apply for certification immediately via the CCCPA-CCCAP.

The certification criteria are akin to the application criteria to the PA Section of the CAP-ACP that were implemented in 2014.  These criteria phase out “grandparenting” and “on the job training (OJT) routes” to becoming a Canadian PA, such that eventually all new PAs must obtain a pathologists’ assistant master’s degree. The CCCPA-CCCAP does recognize that there are individuals that did not apply for membership to the PA Section of the CAP-ACP, although they were qualified to do so. To allow these individuals a grace period to apply, the deadline to apply for certification was extended to December 31, 2018.  However, experience deadlines remain unchanged.

The future to becoming a Canadian PA is, undoubtedly, a pathologists’ assistant master’s degree, as it is for other North American PAs. However, there are currently not enough PA master’s program graduates to meet the needs of Canadian employers. There are also many experienced Canadian PAs who do not have a pathologists’ assistant master’s degree. PAs became a profession in Canada prior to the mid-1970s, and the oldest Canadian master’s degree program graduated its first class in 2005. These experienced Canadian PAs are the pioneers of the profession in Canada; they have trained and oriented countless pathology residents, have participated in innumerable committees and groups to improve quality assurance in the pathology laboratory, and have not only trained the modern PAs but have also written and overseen Canada’s first PA master’s degree programs.

The issues facing Canadian employers were these: How do you define a pathologists’ assistant’s experience? How do you know that an individual can do the work of a PA? Specifically, how do you know an individual has appropriate experience that ensures that he or she can gross all levels of surgical specimens and perform complete autopsies? There are employees with varied job titles in Canada who perform a level of gross dissection and/or autopsy work, but many of these individuals are not working at a PA level. They may perform some aspect of a PA’s duties, but not all.

The answer is this: On June 12, 2017, the certification criteria and process has been implemented by the CCCPA-CCCAP.  These criteria do require all non-grandparented PAs to write an examination, and all grandparented and OJT PAs to provide specific documentation regarding their experience with a specific list of specimen and autopsy types, to be approved by the head pathologist at that individual’s worksite for whom they have performed these tasks. This experience is outlined in the application form, as are all certification criteria and details, are posted in the application package on the CCCPA-CCCAP website at:

To apply for certification, complete the application package found at: and Forward the completed application to:

Certification fee - $550.00 (exam included)

The exam will be available at each institution that offers a qualified Pathologists’ Assistants Master’s Program following the graduation date of the PA Master’s students.  It will also be available on a yearly basis (with limited seating) at:

The exam will be made available at the Events & Management Plus Inc (EM+) office in Kingston, Ontario for a date that is agreed upon by the applicant and EM+.

All PA Section members that became members following the 2014 AGM must re-submit their application to the CCCPA-CCCAP to obtain certification. Those Members that passed the exam are not required to re-write the exam. For more information, please see the CCCPA-CCCAP Document Library.

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Member Spotlight - Award Recipients 2017

Please join us in congratulating the following 2017 CAP-ACP Award Recipients recognized at the 66th Annual Meeting of the CAP-ACP.



The Donald W. Penner Award - ORAL

Andrew P. Brack

The Donald W. Penner Award - POSTER

Ivraym Barsoum

Hematological Pathology Awards - POSTER

Shuo (Amanda) Xu

Hugh Curry Resident Award

Kianoosh Keyhanian

Hugh Curry Cytotechnologist Award

Susan McRae

The Andrew Herzenberg Award

Kevin Yi Mi Ren

Chairs of Pathology Award in Experimental Pathology - ORAL

Zsuzsanna Lichner

The Dr. Donald Rix Award for Resident Travel

Emily Goebel

The Dr. Donald Rix Award for Resident Travel

Linton David R. Sellen

Junior Scientist Award

Daniel Winer

Distinguished Service Pathologists' Assistant Award

Sarah James

Lloyd A. Kennedy Pathologists' Assistant Award

Martin Grealish

Leadership in Patient Safety & Quality Assurance Award

Jagdish Butany

Leadership in Education Award

Marcio Gomes

Local Organising Award

Rosemary Henderson

President’s Award

Bruce Burns

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Canadian Journal of Pathology

Official Website
To stay current with the CJP, please visit the official website of the Journal. There you will find information on submitting a manuscript, past issues, editorial board members, published abstracts and more!

Survey Regarding your Subscription
One of the many benefits of membership to the CAP-ACP is receiving a subscription to the CJP. Some of you have already indicated your preference, whether you wish to receive a print copy or online flip version only.

As there is a cost to print and ship the Journal ($36,000 per year), we want to make sure that we are doing our part in being environmentally and fiscally responsible. Please take this very short survey to indicate how you wish to receive your copy of the Journal. We hope to only print and post the CJP to those who indicate that this is their preference.

We are always looking for reviewers. If you are intersted in reviewing the manuscripts for the next issue, please submit your expression of interest to

Issue 9-2 - To access the current issues9-2 online flipbook, log in to the members' area first then go to the "Journal" menu and click on "Current Issues". You must be logged in to access the current issues of the Journal.

  • Letter from the Editor-in-Chief:
    4 Molecular Pathology: for Better or for Worse
  • Research Article
    10 Exploring the Mechanisms Controlling MiRNA Expression During Prostate Cancer Progression
    Authors: Rania Ibrahim, Peter Yousef, Jyotsna Batra, Leza Youssef, Mina Farag, Maria Pasic, Adriana Krizova, George M. Yousef
  • Case Reports & Reviews
    39 Kaposiform Hemangioendothelioma: First known case in the esophagus of an adult female.
    Authors: Courtney Fulton, Cheng-Han Lee, Kenneth Stewart
    48 Case report of SMARCB1 (INI-1)-deficient sinonasal carcinoma.
    Authors: Yalda Hakemi, Kyaw Lynnhtun, Alistair Lochhead.
    57 Periampullary gangliocytic paraganglioma with lymph node metastases: a case report.
    Authors: Brian A. Schick, Luke Hartford, Ken A. Leslie, Jeremy R. Parfitt

Please send us your feedback about the new CJP -

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Congratulations - Two New Sections

By a vote of the members during the AGM in Charlottetown PE, the CAP-ACP welcomes two new Sections:

  1. Humanities and International Health - Check out this article regarding Dr. Jim Wright's presentation during the Annual Scientific Meeting in Charlottetown:
  2. Evidence Based Medicine

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Social Media 101
A few basics if you are interested in signing up for Twitter:

How to sign up for twitter:

  • Go to
  • Sign up using an email or phone number
  • Download twitter on your phone/tablet through the app store (available on all platforms)

Your first tweet:

  • After you have logged into Twitter click on the blue button on the top right that says Tweet
  • Compose your first Tweet, it doesn’t have to be anything ground breaking, my first tweet was “Rare diagnoses are rarely right. But, when you are it is awesome!
  • Click here for Dr. Marcio Gomes' Brief Twitter Guide.

There has also been an effort to standardize the hashtags(#) used in pathology in an official Pathology Tag Ontology

  • The complete list is accessible here.
  • Some examples are;
    • #dermpath = Dermatopathology
    • #PulmPath = Pulmonary & Pleural Pathology
    • #GIPath = Gastrointestinal and Liver Pathology
  • It is best to try and use the official tag as it will increase your audience.

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 1720 tweets and 923 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 Victor Tron, CAP-ACP Past-President @mypathologistmd. (1477 Tweets with 873 Followers). Follow our Residents @CAPACPResidents (353 Tweets with 242 Followers) for tweets on what they are doing for advocacy and awareness!


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CAP-ACP Education

Save the Date! #CAPACP2018 69th Annual Scientific Meeting: "The Evolving Role of Pathologists in the Era of Predictive Biomarkers and Precision Medicine"

The Annual Meeting will be held July 7-10 at the Hilton Quebec, 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.

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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.

Attendees may take the course either as the full three-day course or individual days. Please see the Course Information page for additional information concerning the course outline, objectives, and accreditation. Please see the course details on the Registration page for included items for either the full course or individual day registrations. All prices listed are in Canadian dollars.

Register Now!

Registration Fee  
Banff Pathology Course1 On or before June 15, 2017 After June 16, 2017
Wed., Aug. 30 – Sat., Sept. 2, 2017    
(PC) **CAP-ACP Member C$750.00 C$950.00
(PC) *ASLP Member C$750.00 C$950.00
(PC) Non-Member C$950.00 C$1050.00
(PC) CAP-ACP Resident Member C$350.00 C$400.00
(PC) ASLP Resident Member C$350.00 C$400.00
(PC) Non-Member Resident C$400.00 C$450.00
Banff Pathology Course Single Day Only2
(SD) CAP-ACP Member C$275.00 C$325.00
(SD) ASLP Member C$275.00 C$325.00
(SD) Non-Member C$325.00 C$375.00
SD) CAP-ACP Resident C$150.00 C$175.00
(SD) ASLP Resident C$150.00 C$175.00
(SD) Non-Member Resident C$175.00 C$200.00
(PC) – Full Course Registration
(SD) – Single Day Registration Only

1 Registration includes all breakfasts, refreshment breaks and lunches, access to all course sessions and presentations, Wine & Cheese Reception (Thursday), and Banquet (Friday).
2 Registration includes breakfast, refreshment breaks and lunch, access to all course sessions and presentations (either the Wine & Cheese Reception (Thursday) or the Banquet (Friday)) on the day registered. Only one day may be selected at this rate, registration on multiple single days requires full conference registration.

Future Course Dates

  • Sept 12-15, 2018
  • Sept 11-14, 2019

For more information visit the course website.

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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

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Case of the Month - PA Section

The Pathologists' Assistants Continuing Education Committee (PA CEC) has posted "Case of the Month" presentations and invites their section members to download and review the cases for your interest.

The information is available on the 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.  

Note:  You must be logged in as a member to access the Case of the Month page.  It is "Member's Only" access.

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ExpertPathThe CAP-ACP is pleased to offer its Resident and PA members a discounted license to ExpertPath. Cost is $65 CAD* - Subscriptions offered through the CAP-ACP are in limited supply. Allow a 72-hour delay to activate your subscription. Click here for more information. (You must be a CAP-ACP member, and signed in to the members' area to access the registration link)

Elsevier has announced its latest updates in ExpertPath, ImmunoQuery, and PATHPrimer.

Clinical Pathology Content Included in ExpertPath - ExpertPath now offers comprehensive decision support covering both anatomic and clinical pathology.

*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

International Liaison for Pathology Presidents - Charlottetown, PE


The CAP-ACP had the honour and pleasure of hosting the International Liaison of Pathology Presidents  (ILPP) annual meeting in Charlottetown, PEI this year, immediately preceding the annual CAP-ACP meeting,

The ILPP is a group of presidents from various English speaking pathology organizations from around the world, and this year’s attendees included presidents from Australasia (Royal College of Pathologists - Australasia, England (Royal College of Pathologists – UK), Ireland (Royal College of Pathologists – Ireland), USA (CAP and ASCP),  and Hong Kong (Hong Kong College of Pathologists).

The meeting is a forum for discussion of topics of mutual interest in the world of pathology, with an international perspective.  That we are a global village is clear: the commonality of events, challenges and opportunities is striking. This year, topics under discussion included: digital pathology, including the digital autopsy service; the Choosing Wisely campaigns in various countries; laboratory utilization;  the ASCP’s President’s Initiative in Africa; the state of the health care system in the US and the effect on pathologists.

We also put some of our international colleagues to work: Team Australia debated Team UK in the plenary session debate at the CAP-ACP Meeting. The provocative proposition posed by then-President Dr. Victor Tron (also the debate moderator):  “Given the increasing workloads in Pathology, be it resolved, non-Pathologists such as Pathologists’ Assistants and Technologists should sign out pathology cases”.

Prince Edward Island showcased this corner of Canada’s beauty and hospitality well, including treating the ILPP to a lobster feast on the beach – in a rip-roaring rainstorm complete with thunder and lightening, such as only the East Coast can produce.  This was considered an “adventure” and mercifully was complemented by a perfect summer evening at Chef Michael Smith’s restaurant at Inn at Bay Fortune on another night.  All in all, it was a very successful meeting.

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Recommendation for Screening on Asymptomatic Bacteriuria in pregnancy - Call to Action
The Canadian Task Force on Preventive Health Care (CTFPHC) develops and disseminates evidence-based clinical practice guidelines on primary and secondary preventive interventions. The aim of the guidelines (i.e. recommendations) is to improve the quality of care for patients across Canada. They are based on the latest evidence and take into account other important elements, such as patient preferences and values.

In order to improve the quality of the recommendations, the CTFPHC incorporates the views of those who may be affected by the guideline (i.e. stakeholders) by inviting them to review the guideline review and supporting documents.

The CTFPHC is currently developing a “Recommendation for Screening on Asymptomatic Bacteriuria in pregnancy” and would like to invite your organization to review the DRAFT guideline.

If your organization is interested in participating, we ask that you kindly appoint a reviewer that will participate in the process. The assigned reviewer will need to sign and return the 2 forms attached (confidentiality agreement and the disclosure of conflict of interest). Once the paperwork is signed, we will provide the reviewers with a confidential copy of the DRAFT guideline.  Reviewers will have 2 weeks to provide their comments (planned dates of review: from August 7 to August 20, 2017 approximately).  

Once all reviews have been received, comments will be considered by the CTFPHC. A written response to feedback will be prepared as a summary document and revisions to the protocol will be made as appropriate. Reviewers may expect to receive a copy of CTFPHC responses to feedback and proposed changes between October and November 2017.

We look forward to collaborating with you and your organization. If you have any questions about the process, please feel free to contact me via e-mail at:

On behalf of the Canadian Task Force on Preventive Health Care I thank you in advance for your valuable participation that undoubtedly will help improve the quality of the guidelines that are being developed.

Ernesto Delgado
Executive Assistant/Adjoint exécutif
Global Health and Guidelines Division/Division de la santé mondiale et des lignes directrices
Public Health Agency of Canada/Agence de la santé publique du Canada
5th Floor / 5e étage, 529A4,
785 Carling Avenue, AL : 6805B
Ottawa, ON  K1A 0K9
Tel / Tél : 613-941-7552 - Fax / Télécopieur : 613-941-9502
Government of Canada / Gouvernement du Canada

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International Pathology Day 2017 - Wed, 15 Nov 2017
On behalf of the Canadian Association of Pathologists - Association canadienne des pathologistes, I encourage you to participate in International Pathology Day on Wednesday, November 15, 2017. 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!

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 #IPD2017
  • 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.

Send us your photos, videos or posters so that we can share with the membership.

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OMPRN funding for CCTG New Investigator Clinical Trials Course

Ontario Molecular Pathology Research Network has partnered with the Canadian Cancer Clinical Trials Group (CCTG) to fund up to 7 places for Ontario-based pathologists and clinical laboratory scientists with hospital responsibilities for the CCTG summer New Investigators Clinical Trials Course. Funds are available to support course fees, travel and accommodation for successful applicants.
CCTG New Investigator Clinical Trials Course: August 9-11, 2017, Donald Gordon Centre, Kingston Ontario

Download the application form here. Applications should be submitted by email with a copy of your CV to Elliann Fairbairn by midnight of June 30.

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