Antibiotic Resistant Organisms Seminar

Do you know the ABCs of Antibiotic Resistant Organisms (AROs) - MRSA, VRSA, VRE, ESBL, MDRTB?

On April 27th BCSLS will host its second TeleHealth Seminar for 2006 Antibiotic Resistant Organisms by Dr. Diane Roscoe, MD, Clinical Professor, Division Head Medical Microbiology and Infection Control in the Dept of Pathology & Lab Medicine, UBC/VHHSC.

This seminar will discuss what these organisms are, how we find them in the laboratory, what we do about them, and why we care.

Time: 6pm-8pm (PST) Location: Approved TeleHealth Sites

Early Bird Rates (thru April 13th): BCSLS Members: $25/Non-Members: $50 Late Registration (from April 14th) BCSLS Members: $35/Non-Members $65

You can register online or by mail-in form.

Check out these useful internet sites for more information on Antibiotic Resistant Organisms:

Public Health Agency of Canada Communicable Disease Report and U.S Centres for Disease Control website.

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May MLA Education Day

The role and responsibilities of MLAs are changing. To respond to patient needs and laboratory reform MLAs are being asked to use new technologies and techniques, and work more closely with other laboratory staff. This one-day conference will explore your professional future, provide practical skills training and take a look at potential liability issues.

Topics and Speakers

  • The Future for MLAs by Rene Maier, MLA at MDS Metro, Camoson College and BCSLS Prof. Dev. Director.
  • Paediatric Blood Collection by Brett Maletic, MLA Children & Women's Heath Centre.
  • Advanced ECGs for MLAs by Cathie Cousins, RN BsN Certified Cardiovascular Nurse in Canada - CCN(C) and educator.
  • MLA Liability Issues & Cases by Joan Mitchell, Ed.D. MLT and Adjunct Associate Professor, University of Victoria.

Date: May 13th

Time: 10:00AM-4:00PM (Registration starts at 9:00am)

Location: Douglas College, New Westminster

Cost: Early Bird Rate - $99 (BCSLS Members)/$145 (Non-Members), ends May 1, 2006.Late Registration - $145 (BCSLS Members/$165 (Non-Members), after May 1st.

Online Registration is available or you can download the agenda & registration form to register by mail with a cheque.

Lunch will be provided and there will be door prizes. Registrants will also receive a free 30 day subscription to our webcast Making ECGs Easy by Cathy Dockx, ARCT MDS Metro. Register early in order to view the webcast in advance of the live event.

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Board Meeting Report

On March 17th and 18th the Board met in Vancouver. Among other topics the agenda included:

Strategic Plan: Progress is being made in improving communications with members, engaging with health stakeholders, regulation research, as well as expanding continuing education services. More needs to be done in collaboratation with other organizations, revitalizing our academies, and attracting new members.

Finance/Budget: Considerable progess is being made reducing costs and increasing education revenues. A research grant in 2006/07 has helped to balance our current budget, yet membership revenues have declined producing a projected deficit for 2006/07. Our membership campaign, along with increasing revenues from events, sponsorships and web site advertising will be key to reducing the deficit.

Research Project: Our reseach to date shows support from the general public and the membership for licensing MLTs and MLAs. Research on regulatory practices elsewhere has been completed as well. We are currently consulting health care stakeholders about a range of important issues before finalizing our report in June.

MLA Certification: A subcommittee is reviewing our certification requirements and processes. Our voluntary certification program stresses the approval of MLA education programs including course content, qualified faculty, and adequate clinical training. We are comparing our requirements with others to ensure that our MLAs are valued by employers in BC and nationally.

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One-Stop Pandemic Influenza Web Site Launched

OTTAWA (March 27, 2006) - Health Minister Tony Clement today launched a new web-based resource on pandemic influenza that will give Canadians access to a one-stop source of information on pandemic influenza and Canada's preparedness. The Minister also unveiled public information materials to be distributed to doctors and pharmacists across the country to assist them in answering questions from the their patients and clients on pandemic influenza.

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Dr. Phil Reid Bursary Applications

Have you completed a medical laboratory science course, workshop, or seminar since January 1st or will you complete one by July 1st? If so, why not apply for a Dr. Phil Reid Bursary of up to $650. No applications have been received as yet, so the competition is wide open.

The Board will review all applications and make their decision about who is awarded a bursary in August. The awards will be announced at our AGM on September 22nd at Congress.

The Dr. Phil Reid Bursary Fund was established to financially assist BCSLS members to advance their professional education. The fund provides for the interest earned on a $20,000 investment to be distributed to current members who have been in good standing for at least two continuous years. The projected interest is about $650. Candidates must have completed a continuing education activity related to the field of medical laboratory science. Each individual application must be accompanied by proof of successful completion and a tuition receipt (photocopies only).

Dr. Phil Reid Bursary Guidelines

Dr. Phil Reid Application Form

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Call for Board Nominations

Interested in serving on the BCSLS Board? Contact a Board member to discuss it. There are three positions vacant for 2007. They are:

  • Vice-President: A three year term rotating into the President (2nd year) and Past President (3rd year). A leadership role initially supporting the President and then taking the main responsibility for policy and planning as President. Finally, as Past President providing an advisory role to the President and Vice-President. Attends BCSLS and CSMLS Congresses and other meetings and activities.
  • Director Marketing Communications: A two year term with responsibility for public relations and promotion of the profession and society. Participates in CSMLS M&C meetings.
  • Treasurer: A two year term with responsibility for overseeing the finances of the society. Works closely with the Executive Director on financial reports, especially for the Annual General Meeting.

See Board Manual, Section III - Positions & Duties

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Shelby Giesbrecht Next CSMLS Vice-President

Shelby Giesbrecht, BCSLS Presidential Chain (2001-03), Vice-President (Interim) in 2004 and BCSLS Bronze Award winner was recently acclaimed as the next CSMLS Vice-President.

Congratulations Shelby!

Shelby is a MLT and works for the Interior Health Authority at the Castlegar and District Community Health Centre.

Photo: Shelby (2004)

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Honorary Award Applications

Every year BCSLS recognises those who have made significant contributions to the professions of medical laboratory science, to BCSLS, and to our regional Academies.

Please consider nominating a colleague for one or more of the following awards:

  • Gold: For continued outstanding contributions to the advancement and awareness of medical laboratory technology provincially or nationally.
  • Silver: For a contribution exceeding normal expectations to the society and the profession over several years.
  • Bronze: For outstanding contributions to the profession and society (also at the academy level) over several years, including the current Congress Chairperson.

There is also the Award of Merit Certificate for Congress committee members and others making significant contributions towards major professional events and the Service Award for retiring Board members.

More information and nomination forms

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