Issue No. 2
Jan 17, 2006

CONTENT

Licensure Web Survey Extended

Webcasts Provide Education Flexibility

CNC MLT Program Proposal

Health Regulators Meet Deputy Minister Ballem

Pandachuck Awarded BCSLS Scholarship


OTHER ISSUES
Issue No. 19 (Dec 12, 2008)
Issue No. 18 (Jul 25, 2008)
Issue No. 17 (Dec 21, 2007)
Issue No. 16 - Bioterrorism (Oct 25, 2007)
No. 15 - Pre-Congress Edition (Sep 6, 2007)
Issue No. 14 (May 16, 2007)
Issue No. 13 (Mar 23, 2007)
Issue No. 12 (Dec 20, 2006)
Issue No. 11 (Sep 13, 2006)
Issue No. 10 (Aug 24, 2006)
Issue No. 9 (Jul 24, 2006)
Issue No. 8 (Jun 1, 2006)
Issue No. 7 (Apr 24, 2006)
Issue No. 6 (Mar 31, 2006)
Issue No. 5 (Mar 7, 2006)
Issue No. 4 (Feb 17, 2006)
Issue No. 3 (Feb 1, 2006)
Issue No. 1 (Dec 17, 2005)
Issue No. 0 (Oct 20, 2005)

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Licensure Web Survey Extended

If you are a BCSLS or BCAMRT member you can still participate in the our joint web survey on licensing medical diagnostic and treatment professionals. The new deadline is January 27th.

You may have already received an email from Mustel Group with an invitation to participate and a PIN number to login into their survey site. If you haven't done so, please take the time now. The survey covers some highly important emerging issues for diagnostic and treatment professionals that will be taken to the BC and Federal governments.

If you deleted the Mustel email, you can still call our receptionist to get another. Phone 1-800-304-0033 or 604-714-1760 during normal business hours.

Thank you for taking the time to make a difference.

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Webcasts Provide Education Flexibility

Our TeleHealth seminars have been well received, but not everyone can attend them. We are currently offering two of these seminars as webcasts to provide for greater flexibility. You can view them when and where you choose.

We currently have two webcasts available:

ECG Review: Making ECGs Easy with Cathy Dockx, ARCT and Cardiac Resource with MDS Metro. View Trailer

Hot Topics In Hematology with Kin Cheng, ART and Regional Laboratory Scientist with the Fraser Health Authority. View Trailer

Please keep in mind that the webcasts may only function where users have broadband internet access. If you can view the trailer, you can view the webcast. We are seeking CSMLS PEP/CPS credit for these events.

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CNC MLT Program Proposal

The College of New Caledonia (CNC) in Prince George is seeking approval for a nationally-accredited Medical Laboratory Technology (MLT) diploma program, with a target start date of September 2007.

CNC has identified a clear and urgent need to train MLTs in consultation with allied health practitioners, the Northern Health Authority (NHA) and the Northern Medical Society (NMS). NHA confirmed last spring that diploma graduates are needed at this point. There may be potential for laddering to degrees or advanced credentials later.

Discussions have been held with the Canadian Society of Medical Laboratory Science (CSMLS), BC Society for Laboratory Science (BCSLS), other educational institutions (with whom CNC may make curriculum arrangements), as well as several health authorities, and northern hospitals and practitioners.

CNC reports that some organizations have expressed strong support for a program like the one offered by the Northern Alberta Institute of Technology, which involves 39 weeks of classroom study, followed by 42 weeks of clinical placement, typically at one site where students receive training in all areas of MLT. The program advisory group strongly endorses the CSMLS national standards.

A number of challenges face this program offering, including funding and access to clinical placements.

CNC Contact: Alan Buswell Learning Support Coordinator, Institute for Learning & Teaching.

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Health Regulators Meet Deputy Minister Ballem

On Friday, January 13th the Health Regulatory Organizations (HRO) of BC met with Deputy Minister of Health Dr. Penny Ballem and Assistant Deputy Minister Craig Knight. Dr. Ballem expressed appreciation for the work of many health regulators in assuring high standards of public safety. She also challenged them to be more innovative and to explore opportunties for collaboration. She suggested two areas to explore - quality assurance measures and scope of practice reviews.

Dr. Ballem acknowledged that recent changes to the Health Professions Act (HPA) were difficult and required adjustments by some organizations.

Following Dr. Ballem's remarks the HRO decided to strike two committees to look at quality assurance measures and scope of practice reviews.

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Pandachuck Awarded BCSLS Scholarship

On November 2, 2005 Dennis Pandachuck was awarded a $500 BCSLS Scholarship for Medical Laboratory Technology at BCIT. The award was presented by Ms. Kim Alves, BCSLS Board Treasurer.

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BCSLS provides two $500 scholarships annual to BCIT students. One to a student in the Medcal Laboratory Technology program and another to a graduate of the Clinical Genetics Technology program (to be awarded on February 16, 2006)

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