Albeta accepting bids for $3B contract to build and run new medical lab facility in Edmonton
Wed, 11 Dec 2013
Alberta Health Services announced it is accepting bids for what is expected to be a $3-billion contract to build a new state-of-the-art medical lab in Edmonton, run it for 15 years, and take on responsibility for about 2,000 staff. Edmonton Journal story.

Guidelines for Uniform Labeling of Slides and Blocks in Surgical Pathology
Fri, 22 Nov 2013
The College of American Pathologists (CAP) and the National Society for Histotechnology(NSH) have partnered to produce guidelines for Uniform Labeling of Slides and Blocks in Surgical Pathology. We invite your organization?s members to participate in the open comment period beginning November 8, 2013 through December 6, 2013 to provide feedback about the draft recommendations.

AHS delays plans to further privatize Edmonton lab services
Mon, 04 Nov 2013
Alberta Health Services has delayed plans to further privatize medical laboratory services in Edmonton. Edmonton Journal story.

Virtual autopsies using CT an MRI scans joining traditional dissection methods for post mortems
Wed, 30 Oct 2013
Some pathologists are pushing to augment, or on occasion even replace, conventional post mortems with vitrual autopsies that use CT and MRI scans to probe bloodlessly inside cadavers. National Post story.

Edmonton pathologists balk at plan to further privatize lab services
Tue, 29 Oct 2013
A group of 16 University of Alberta Hospital pathologists is blasting Alberta Health Services plans to further privatize medical laboratory services in Edmonton, AB. Edmonton Journal story.

New Appointment - Avrum I. Gotlieb
Thu, 24 Oct 2013
CAP-ACP member Dr. Avrum I. Gotlieb was re-appointed as Board Member, Canadian Society of Atherosclerosis, Thrombosis and Vascular Biology (2013-2016).

Alberta Health Services plans lab facility for processing medical tests
Wed, 18 Sep 2013
A $3-billion contract could soon be open for bids in Edmonton, where Alberta Health Services is looking for a company to construct and operate a new centralized laboratory that would be responsible for processing most of the region?s medical tests. Edmonton Journal story.

Thunder Bay patients face delays in test results
Mon, 26 Aug 2013
Pathologists shortage causes test result delays at Thunder Bay Regional Health Sciences Centre in Thunder Bay, ON. CBC News story.

Mastectomy victim 'not complete' after test result mix-up
Fri, 16 Aug 2013
The Halifax-area woman who had an unnecessary mastectomy after her test results were swapped with those of another patient says losing a breast needlessly has made her distrustful of the health-care system. CBC News story.

Halifax-area mastectomy victim speaks
Fri, 16 Aug 2013
A Halifax-area woman who received a medically unnecessary mastectomy due to an error by Capital Health spoke to Global News about her ordeal.

Victim of mastectomy mix-up speaks out
Fri, 16 Aug 2013
The Halifax woman whose right breast was removed by mistake in March after test results were mixed up at the Queen Elizabeth II Health Sciences Centre had her faith in Nova Scotia?s health-care system shaken to the core. As a result of the recent mistakes, Capital Health is implementing a bar-code system to track patient test results. It will cost about $450,000. Halifax Chronicle-Herald article.

Medical mix-up like one that led to unnecessary mastectomy unlikely here: VIHA
Fri, 16 Aug 2013
The same mix-up that led to a woman receiving an unnecessary mastectomy at a Halifax hospital earlier this year is highly unlikely to happen on Vancouver Island, says Dr. Gordon Hoag, VIHA?s medical director of laboratory medicine. Victoria Time Colonist article.

Derrick DEXTER (1923 - 2013)
Thu, 15 Aug 2013
Dr. Derrick DEXTER, former Director of Laboratories at the Grey Nuns Hospital in Regina, SK, died peacefully on 19 March 2013 after a short illness in Harrogate Hospital, Yorkshire, UK.

National patient group calls for patient input after needless mastectomy
Tue, 13 Aug 2013
A patient advocacy organization is calling for more patient input into reviewing pathology laboratory mistakes made in Nova Scotia that led to a woman receiving an unnecessary mastectomy earlier this year. Victoria Times Colonist article.

Patient gets needless mastectomy after hospital mix-up
Mon, 12 Aug 2013
The Capital Health District Health Authority in Halifax, NS said it made mistakes in 2 separate instances, both involving cancer patients. One patient had an unnecessary mastectomy, and another was never scheduled for surgery at a Halifax-area hospital after their test results were switched. CBC News story.

Woman given unneeded mastectomy after test results mix-up
Mon, 12 Aug 2013
A woman recently received an unnecessary mastectomy after test results were somehow switched in two Capital Health patients? charts. The health authority announced a second, similar incident also related to pathology tests. This one led to an unnecessary diagnostic biopsy for one patient while another patient needing follow-up care at that time didn?t receive it. Halifax Chronicle-Herald story.

Doctors perform unnecessary surgeries after tissue sample mixup
Mon, 12 Aug 2013
Two patients received unnecessary surgery and two others were left untreated after a major Capital Health error. Halifax News Net story.

Halifax health authority apologizes for mix-up that led to unneeded mastectomy
Mon, 12 Aug 2013
Capital Health issued an apology Monday for errors in two cases it says affected four patients and resulted in one of them receiving an unnecessary mastectomy. Both events occurred in different stages of preparing and analyzing tissue samples and are unrelated. Global TV Halifax story.

Medical chart mistakes lead to needless mastectomy, biopsy for cancer patients
Mon, 12 Aug 2013
The head of Nova Scotia's largest health authority is apologizing after lab mistakes earlier this year led to one patient receiving an unnecessary mastectomy and another undergoing a needless biopsy. Victoria Times Colonist article.

?This man?s problems were self-inflicted?: Pathologist says man who died waiting 34 hours in ER partly responsible
Fri, 09 Aug 2013
The death of a homeless man who waited 34 hours for treatment in a Winnipeg emergency room was partly self-inflicted, says a neuropathologist who examined the man's brain. National Post story.

The Unseen Pathologist: Why You Might Want To Meet Yours
Wed, 07 Aug 2013
Pathologists are taking on new roles, and the system needs to change to reflect the value of pathology. WBUR Common Health guest column.

Medical staff in northeastern Alberta concerned about pathology cuts
Wed, 07 Aug 2013
Medical staff in a town in northeastern Alberta say they are concerned that its pathology services are being cut, as Alberta Health Services consolidates regional laboratory testing at a private corporation in Edmonton. Victoria Times Colonist article.

Docs upset as AHS eliminates regional pathologist position
Tue, 06 Aug 2013
Medical staff in Bonnyville, AB respond to a decision by Alberta Health Services to terminate pathology services at the Bonnyville Hospital. Bonnyville Nouvelle Letter to the Editor.

Doctors in pathology lab tried to stay focused on their work
Wed, 17 Jul 2013
Pathologists in an Omaha, NE lab had a job to do, even though it appeared a serial killer was targeting them and no one knew why. Omaha World Herald article.

Former pathology resident arrested in connection with 2 double homicides
Mon, 15 Jul 2013
A former Creighton University pathology resident has been arrested in connection with the two double homicides with ties to the university's department. Omaha World-Herald article.

Toronto gets new forensic testing complex
Sat, 13 Jul 2013
A look inside Toronto, ON's new Forensic Services and Coroner's Complex near Keele Street and Wilson Avenue. National Post story.

Gregory Charles CATZAVELOS (1953 - 2013)
Tue, 09 Jul 2013
Dr. G. Charles CATZAVELOS, pathologist at East Kootenay Regional Hospital in Trail, BC and formerly at Cornwall Community Hospital in Cornwall, ON, passed away in Rossland, BC, Canada on 09 July 2013. Published in Cape Argus on 11 July 2013.

Obituary: Derrick DEXTER
Wed, 22 May 2013
British Medical Journal obituary of Dr. Derrick DEXTER, former director of laboratories at the Grey Nun?s Hospital in Regina, SK.

Brian F. J. RUDRICK (1959 - 2013)
Wed, 01 May 2013
Dr. Brian RUDRICK, pathologist and laboratory director at Grey Bruce Health Services and South Grey Bruce Health Centre died in Owen Sound, ON on 17 March 2013. Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada announcement.

Doctors report cause of death incorrectly too often, pathologist says
Fri, 12 Apr 2013
An estimated 20 to 50 per cent of death certificates are incorrect, a pathologist says. CBC News story.

Allan J. NOBLE (1929 - 2013)
Tue, 02 Apr 2013
Dr. Allan NOBLE, former chief pathologist at Scarborough Centenary Hospital, died in Stouffville, ON on 10 January 2013. Canadian Medical Association Journal announcement.

Ralph William SHAW (1935 - 2013)
Tue, 19 Mar 2013
Dr. Ralph SHAW, former pathologist at North York General Hospital, died in Toronto, ON on 08 January 2013. Canadian Medical Association Journal announcement.

Hospital mourns popular pathologist
Mon, 18 Mar 2013
Colleagues of pathologist Dr. Brian Rudrick remember the popular and well-liked doctor, who died of a massive stroke on 17 March 2013 at the age of 53. Owen Sound Sun Times article.

Dr. Brian RUDRICK BA MD FRCPC - Obituary and Book of Condolences
Mon, 18 Mar 2013
Obituary and Book of Condolences for the late Dr. Brian RUDRICK.

John P. BURKE (1923 - 2012)
Tue, 05 Mar 2013
Dr. John P. BURKE, former director of laboratories at Montfort Hospital, died in Ottawa, ON on 09 December 2012. Canadian Medical Association Journal announcement.

Medical laboratories in Newfoundland and Labrador achieve accreditation
Fri, 01 Mar 2013
As of January 11, 2013, all medical laboratories in Newfoundland and Labrador hold Ontario Laboratory Accreditation (OLA) accreditation certificates for the ISO 15189 standard for medical laboratories. QMP-LS Newsletter article.

Pap tests at age 25 too late say ob-gyns
Fri, 22 Feb 2013
The Society of Obstetricians and Gynecologists of Canada and two related medical organizations are taking issue with a national task force's recommendations that women wait until age 25 to start cervical cancer screening. CBC News story.

Ontario pathology service facing deadline to match autopsy organs to families
Tue, 12 Feb 2013
Nearly 4,000 human organs removed during autopsies dating back to the 1970s are sitting unclaimed in medical storage across the province ? and time is running out for families to claim them. Toronto Star story.

Low autopsy rate in B.C. alarms experts
Wed, 06 Feb 2013
British Columbia has the lowest autopsy rate in Canada, raising concern among some experts that too many deaths in the province ? and even possible homicides ? are inadequately investigated. CBC News story.

Pathology Today - The Royal College of Pathologists of Australia
Thu, 24 Jan 2013
Vol 14, Issue 2, 24 January 2013

Questions Left for Mississippi Over Pathologist?s Autopsies
Mon, 07 Jan 2013
In courthouses around Mississippi, petitions have been quietly submitted on behalf of people in prison arguing that they were wrongfully convicted on the basis of a pathologist?s testimony. New York Times story.

New cervical cancer screening guideline says start Pap tests later, screen less often
Mon, 07 Jan 2013
Doctors should stop ordering yearly Pap tests for most women, and routine screening for cervical cancer in younger women should be abandoned altogether, a federal task force is recommending in an updated guideline for cervical cancer screening released by the Canadian Task Force on Preventive Health Care. Ottawa Citizen story.

Unnecessary Pap tests given to women with hysterectomy
Fri, 04 Jan 2013
Many women who have had total hysterectomies are still getting screened for cervical cancer, a U.S. report into Pap testing finds, indicating unnecessary screening in a majority of this population. CBC News story.