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Sharp Edged Northern Congress

A well honed "On The Northern Edge" Congress was held in Prince George on September 22-24th. It attracted about 140 participants from all parts of BC and even from Alberta. It celebrated the knowledge, skills and lifestyle of northern laboratory professionals.

Our ultra-sharp congress organizing committee arranged several keynote speakers. Dr. Bert Kelly spoke about the proposed new Medical Laboratory Training program at the University of Northern BC (UNBC). Dr. Dave Snadden reviewed the development of the UNBC Northern Medical program. Ken Winning challenged participants to think outside the box to achieve a sustainable health care system.

More than 30 workshops were held over the three day event including forensic anthropology, peripheral blood morphology, body fluids, biochemical drug interactions, lab ergonomics, personal protection, and fur trade medicine.

When the workshops finished it was time to explore, relax and let loose. A great Exhibitors’ Reception was enjoyed by participants who networked and viewed the major biotechnology companies' exhibits. A tour of Prince George’s Exploration Place was followed by a gala dinner with live entertainment. On the final night there was a grand dinner with dancing.

Planning for next year’s Congress in Cranbrook – September 21st-23rd called "Riding the Rails in the Rockies" is already under way.

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AGM Held At Pub

On September 23rd BCSLS made history. For the first time we held our AGM in a pub! The venue was the Coaches Corner Pub at the Ramada Hotel in Prince George during Congress 2005. Even though the bar was not open, the turnout was better than expected. About 65 BCSLS members enjoyed an early buffet breakfast followed by board reports, election of officers, honorary awards (see below) and open question period.

Elections were held for four vacant Board positions. These positions have been filled by:

  • Lynn Simpson - Vice President
  • Rene Maier - Director, Professional Development
  • Trent Pennell - Director, MLT
  • Barb Botelho - Director, MLA

Retired from the Board are:

  • Cheryl Dosen - Past President
  • Cheryl McCullough - Director, Prof. Development

A motion was passed to increase membership fees by $10 per member for the May 1, 2007 - April 30, 2008 membership year. It was noted that fees have not been increased for many years, while costs have risen and membership has declined. Further information about the increase will be sent to members during our spring renewal campaign.

AGM Minutes

Photo: Participants

New Board Roster

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Honorary Awards Celebrate Excellence

Double Gold Honorary Awards were presented to Cherryl and Rick Rice at this year’s AGM.

Past President Cheryl Dosen cited Cherryl Rice, MLT for a career of more than 33 years and her many contributions to the profession. Among other accomplishments she was Medical Laboratory Education Coordinator at Thompson Rivers University (formerly University College of the Cariboo) where she helped established its first MLA education program. Her volunteer work for CSMLS and BCSLS was also cited. Photo: C Rice (L); C Dosen (R)

Rick Rice, MLT was recognized for his long tenure as Medical Laboratory Technologist Instructor at Thompson Rivers University, his Animal Health and Respitory Therapy educational work and his ongoing work in developing computer laboratory instruction and simulation programs. Rick remains an active health sciences advisor and volunteer in BCSLS and CSMLS activities. Photo: R Rice (L); C Dosen (R)

Other awards were presented to:

Cheryl Dosen - Past President's Gavel Photo: C Dosen (L); P. Johnston, President (R)

Heather Sapergia - Bronze Award

Congress 2005 Committee Members - Merit Awards

Andra Kyle - Service Award

Dr. Phil Reid Fund bursary's were presented to Mark Hawkins, MLT and Karen Reay, MLA to support their continuing education.

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Joint College Survey Underway

BCSLS and the BC Association of Medical Radiation Technologists (BCAMRT) are surveying our members on regulation throughout December and part of January. The survey is one element of a joint research project supported by the Ministry of Health to determine what form diagnostic services regulation could take in the future.

The Mustel Group is conducting a telephone survey of randomly selected members of both organizations. They have set up a web-based survey too, so that others can complete the questionnaire online. All members who we have up-to-date email addresses for are being sent PIN numbers to log into this site.

BCSLS and CSMLS members without an email PIN number can call BCSLS any week-day up to December 30th between 9:00am and 5:00pm. The office will be closed on Dec. 27th and 28th. PIN numbers will be available after the new year as well. Ask the receptionist for a BCSLS Survey PIN number. You can log into the web survey anytime up to January 13th. It takes 10 minutes to complete.

Telephone: 604 714 1760 (lower mainland) or 1-800-304-0033 (elsewhere)

Web Survey Site

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Tom Wells Receives Leica Leadership in Teaching Award

Tom Wells, Microanatomy and Histology Instructor at BCIT received the National Society for Histotechnology (NSH) Leica Leadership in Teaching Award on October 18th. The award is given annually to an individual dedicated to teaching Histotechnology, who exemplifies the qualities of a dedicated teacher sharing their knowledge with others and advancing the growth of the profession of Histotechnology. Tom is the first Canadian NSH member to ever win this award.

The National Society for Histotechnology (NSH) is a non-profit organization, committed to the advancement of histotechnology, its practitioners and quality standards of practice through leadership, education and advocacy. NSH has over 4,500 members from all of North America as well as 17 countries outside North America.

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IQLM Lab Quality Survey

Laboratory medicine is “important” and “essential” in addressing patient safety, noted 95% of the respondents to a survey from the U.S based Institute for Quality in Laboratory Medicine. IQLM surveyed associations, corporations, and government agencies in the U.S. to help define quality for laboratory testing and services. Highlights of the survey results are:

  • 100 percent consider the use of laboratory services “important” or “essential” for cancer
  • More than 90 percent consider the use of laboratory services “important” or “essential” in diabetes, pregnancy/childbirth/newborn care, and kidney disease.
  • 95 percent stated the appropriateness of test ordering is “important” or “essential” for assessing the quality of laboratory services.
  • More than 90 percent considered the following topics important in assessing quality: patient misidentification; missed or misinterpreted test orders; inappropriate laboratory specimen collection and transport; and difficulty in interpreting laboratory results.
  • Top eight measures rated as “useful” or “essential” for assessing the quality of laboratory services include: specimen labeling error (86%); follow-up of abnormal results (82%); tests ordered with incomplete/inaccurate information (73%); clinician satisfaction (73%); expected laboratory test turnaround time (68%), inappropriate ordering of tests (64%); patient satisfaction (64%), and critical values reporting (59%).
  • Less than 25 percent considered diabetes monitoring and hyperlipidemia screening to be of essential value in measuring quality.

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MLA Education Day Planned

Our MLA Education Committee met recently to plan the annual MLA Education Day. This full day event will be held on May 13th at Douglas College in New Westminter. Presentations are being arranged on:

  • The Future for MLAs - employment, education, and functions
  • Blood Work for Babies - how to manage infants and their families
  • Advanced ECGs - a post-introductory review
  • Legal Liabiity Issues - what you need to know as a professional

For more information check our Live Events web page. This will be updated as planning progresses.

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Toxicology and the Natural World

On Saturday, November 19, 2005 BCSLS hosted a full day seminar on the toxicology of natural substances. It was held at the Taylor Fidler Lecture Theatre at Vancouver General Hospital. Thirty-five participants heard lectures on:

  • The Role of Ginkgo Biloba in Drug and Chemical Toxicity by Dr. Thomas K. H. Chang,Associate Professor, Faculty of Pharmaceutical Sciences, UBC.
  • Will That Be Kava-Kava or Khat? Mr. Rick Ulrich, Program Coordinator, Instructor and Toxicologist with the Forensic Science Technology Program in the School of Computing and Academic Studies at BCIT.
  • High Mercury Exposure Through Excessive Seafood Consumption: A Concern for our Asian Community? Dr. Andre Mattmam, Laboratory Physician at Children and Women’s Health Centre.
  • Forensic Botany: Past, Present and Future Dr. Rolf Mathewes, Professor of Biological Sciences at SFU.

The event was approved by CSMLS for PEP/CPS continuing education credits.

Archived Agenda

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Have A Happy Holiday Season!

To all of our members and friends the Board of Directors and Staff of the society wish you a wonderful holiday season and a happy new year!

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