CAP-ACP Annual Progress Report 2018
Tue, 25 Jun 2019

Founded in 1949, the Canadian Association of Pathologists - Association canadienne des pathologistes (CAP-ACP) is the voice of pathology and laboratory medicine in Canada, advancing the interests of laboratory physicians across the country.

In 2018 we continued with our four major areas of focus; education programs; national guideline development; collaboration and partnership; and advocacy on behalf of Canadian pathologists and the profession.


  • Our 69th Annual Meeting of the Association was from July 7-10, 2018 and held in Quebec City, QC; and held jointly with the Canadian Association of Medical Biochemists (CAMB) and the Associations des Pathologistes de Quebec (APQ). The conference featured a multi- disciplinary scientific program, renowned guest speakers, an extensive two-day trade show and a great social program. It was a unique opportunity to update skills and knowledge and to network with medical laboratory professionals from a variety of disciplines. The Annual General Meeting of the association was also held during this conference. The annual meeting was a great success with over 700 attendees. In addition to scientific symposia and meetings of special interest groups, we had specialty workshops, platform presentations, and a large poster session. Corporate support was very generous for this meeting and the tradeshow floor was sold out. The 70th Annual meeting is in Niagara Falls, ON from June 22-25, 2019.  This is a joint meeting with the Canadian College of Medical Geneticists.
  • The 2019 Annual Scientific Meeting had two concurrent (day-long) programs running alongside the workshops:
    • Essential Pathology Skills Workshop
      • A day of interactive workshops geared towards Pathologists’ Assistants and Residents that focuses on critical skills in Pathology. The morning will consist of multiple short interactive lectures/workshops. In the afternoon the group will work through grossing case studies. These case studies will be led by teams of Pathologists’ Assistants and Residents and will discuss approaches to gross challenging cases and correlate with the microscopic sections.
      •  Learning Objectives: At the end of this workshop participants will be able to:
      • Explain the principles of quality in grossing.
      • Apply principles of AJCC 8th Edition update to grossing surgical specimens.
      • Discuss and develop an approach to challenging gross cases.
    • Vision 20/20 – Pathologists as Leaders in the Evolving Complex Health Care System
      •  The Inaugural Leadership Course conducted by CAP-ACP, with a Vision to see Pathologists as Leaders in the Complex Health Care System -  Co-developed by CAP-ACP and MD Financial Management
      •  This course will be of interest to all practicing pathologists, residents and fellows interested in leadership roles and/or bringing positive change in our specialty practice..
  • CPD & SAMs. The CAP-ACP has a small selection of online CPD courses and in partnership with the College of American Pathologists and the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, provides access to over 60 self-assessment modules (SAMs).
  • Our 2019 Resident Review Course was held at the Hilton Garden Inn, Toronto Airport West in Mississauga, January. 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. Objectives of the course: At the end of the meeting participants will be able to:
    • Review and update core medical knowledge in preparation for the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada certification examinations in Anatomic Pathology, General Pathology, and Hematological Pathology.
    • Develop strategies for optimal preparation and exam performance in the written, practical, and oral components of the examination, and understand examination formats
    • Discuss and assess the significance of new findings and observations in the context of current literature
    • Demonstrate competence in the non-medical expert CanMEDS roles, in particular laboratory management and quality assurance
  • The inaugural Applied Molecular Pathology Course took place January 9-10, 2019 immediately prior to the 9th Annual CAP-ACP Resident Review Course. It addressed the application of molecular concepts and techniques in the practice of contemporary diagnostic cancer pathology, using hereditary colon cancer, lung cancer and diffuse large B-cell lymphoma as exemplars. The course will be delivered through three half-day sessions led by a pathology subspecialist and a molecular diagnostics clinical scientist.  This program will repeat on going.  There is three years of funding and the hope is that it will exist beyond the funding.  There were 50 in attendance and residents found it to be extremely valuable.  It was not well advertised therefore many missed the opportunity.
  • The Canadian Journal of Pathology completed their application for indexing with Ebscohost and Pubmed. The NLM’s decision was not to archive the CJP journal in PMC at this time. In making this decision NLM considers the suitability of the journal for the NLM collection (based on the criteria in the Collection Development Manual of the National Library of Medicine), as well as the opinions of expert consultants from outside the NLM, who conduct an independent review of journals seeking to participate in PMC.  As a result, the CAP-ACP executive have struck a Publications committee. The Publications Committee (the “Committee”) is a standing committee of the Canadian Association of Pathologists (CAP-ACP).  The purpose of the committee is to oversee and coordinate all publications of the CAP-ACP including the Canadian Journal of Pathology, newsletters and surveys, the Association website and social media accounts.  The Committee will consider value of all publications and communications to the mission of the Association and the benefits to membership and the Canadian pathology community.  With the news structure, we hope to reapply to NLM/PMC in October 2020
  • Webinars. In collaboration with the Canadian Partnership Against Cancer and Cancer Care Ontario, the CAP-ACP presented a new series of cancer checklist education sessions by webinar.
  • ExpertPath The CAP-ACP is offering its Resident and PA members a discounted license to ExpertPath.
  • Case of the Month. The Pathologists' Assistants Continuing Education Committee (PA CEC) posts "Case of the Month" presentations and invites section members to download and review the cases. 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.
  • Banff Pathology Course. The 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. The 2018 course was a great success with over 150 attendees Sept 6-8, 2018 (Pulmonary, Thoracic & Lung).  The next course is Sept 5-7, 2019 (Breast) at the Banff Centre for Arts and Creativity, Banff, Alberta.

Guideline Development 

  • The Guidelines page on our website continues to be reviewed and updated. Guidelines can also be found on the Patient Safety and Quality Assurance and on the Cytopathology section pages. New guideline: Fit-For-Purpose PD-L1 Biomarker Testing for Patient Selection in Immuno-Oncology: Guidelines for Clinical Laboratories  from The Canadian Association of Pathologists - Association canadienne des pathologistes (CAP-ACP) Authors: Carol C. Cheung, MD, PhD, JD, Penny Barnes, MD, Gilbert Bigras, MD, PhD, Scott Boerner, MD, Jagdish Butany, MBBS, MS, Fiorella Calabrese, MD, Christian Couture, MD, PhD, Jean Deschenes MD, Hala El-Zimaity, MD, PhD, Gabor Fischer, MD, PhD, Pierre O. Fiset, MD, PhD, John Garratt, RT, Laurette Geldenhuys, MBBCH, FFPATH, MMED, FIAC, MAEd, C. Blake Gilks, MD, Marius Ilie, MD, PhD, Diana Ionescu, MD, Hyun J.  Lim, PhD, Lisa Manning, BSc., Adnan Mansoor, MD, Robert Riddell, MD, Catherine Ross, MD, Sinchita Roy-Chowdhuri, MD, PhD, Alan Spatz, MD, MSc, Paul E. Swanson, MD, Victor A. Tron, MD, Ming-Sound Tsao, MD, Hangjun Wang, MD, Zhaolin Xu, MD, and Emina E. Torlakovic, MD, PhD*  -  On behalf of the Canadian Association of Pathologists - Association canadienne des pathologistes’ National Standards Committee for High Complexity Testing (CAP-ACP NSCHCT).
  • The Canadian Certification Council of Pathologists' Assistants (CCCPA). The CCCPA executive was formally established and has certified over 150 Pathologists' Assistants (PAs) against the ISO Standards for Complete Surgical Subject Pathologists' Assistant or Certified Pathologists' Assistant.  The CCCPA will soon be recertifying as those who were first certified will be approaching their renewal cycle.  The CCCPA have formed an Appeals Committee to manage issues from the review process.  The CCCPA are working together with the CCPLM to develop a national competency profile..

Collaboration and Partnership

  • International Liaison of Pathology Presidents. The International Liaison of Pathology Presidents (ILPP) brings together Presidents, 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. The ILPP met in London, England.  Executive Director, Heather Dow will be in attendance.
  • Potential Recommended Elements of a Framework for High-Quality Molecular Cancer Biomarker Testing in Canada - Quadripartite endorsement – CAP-CAP, cIQc, CCMG and CPAC are performing a detailed review and editing of the draft stakeholder with open consultation and formal endorsement by the above organizations.

Advocacy/Public Relations

  •, our public relations website, launched on August 12, 2014. The goal of is to identify and personalize pathologists and to elevate our role as an important member of a patient's health care team. CAP-ACP committed $75,000 to over three years, but we continue to pursue support from corporate partners so that we can take this initiative to the next level.  The funds are currently used to develop promotional videos (Curt Geneau – CAP-ACP Videographer) for the Association to promote the Annual Meeting and the various specialties.
  • Social Media. CAP-ACP and the CAPACP President have active engagement on the social media platforms Linkedln, Facebook, and Twitter
  • International Pathology Day. The CAP-ACP participated, primarily through social media channels, in International Pathology Day on November 15, 2018.
  • International Pathologists Assistants Day. The CAP-ACP participated, primarily through social media channels, in International Pathologists Assistants Day on Sunday, April 14, 2019 however it was observed on Monday, April 15, 2019 (work day).
  • WHO Classification of Tumours, 5th edition: Three members were nominated for the WHO Classification of Tumours, 5th edition.  Of which Dr John R Srigley, (Laboratory Medicine and Genetics Program Trillium Health Partners Credit Valley Hospital Site) & Dr Ming Tsao, (Department of Pathology, University Health Network) were selected.  The WHO Blue Books Editorial Board will consist of up to 25 leading Pathologists, appointed by IARC drawn mainly from a pool of candidates nominated by leading Colleges and Societies of Pathology.  The CAP-ACP Executive & Chairs of Pathology have nominated Ming Tsao, John Srigley & Blake Gilks (from among a list of 20 individuals) of whom they considered to be of international standing to serve on the WHO Blue Books Editorial Board

Respectfully Submitted,
Text Box:

Heather Dow, CAE, CPhT
Executive Director,
Canadian Association of Pathologists – Association canadiennes des pathologistes


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