Session Descriptions

Sept. 23, 2020, 1210-1230

OMA Lab Section Update

Speaker: Victor Tron

Session Description:

  • Update of OMA lab med section activities.

At the end of the session, participants will be able to:

  • Describe current issues being addressed by the OMA lab med section.

CanMEDS:

  • Medical Expert (the integrating role)
  • Communicator
  • Collaborator
  • Leader
  • Health Advocate

About the speaker:
Dr Tron is Section Chair of OMA lab med. He currently is Medical Lead for Dermatopathology at LifeLabs.

Declaration of Conflict of Interest: None


Sept. 23, 2020, 1230-1250

Forensic Section Update

Speaker: Michael Pollanen

Session Description:

  • Update of Forensic section activities.

At the end of the session, participants will be able to:

  • Review the pathology and autopsy precautions of COVID-19.
  • Demonstrate recent trends in autopsy practice in Ontario.
  • Review current key performance indicators for medicolegal autopsies in Ontario.

CanMEDS:

About the speaker:

Michael S. Pollanen is the Chief Forensic Pathologist for Ontario, Canada and a Professor and Vice-Chair (Innovation) of LaboratoryMedicine and Pathobiology at the University of Toronto. He graduated from the University of Toronto with an MD (1999) and PhD (1995) and completed his residency in 2003. His duties include supervising and directing the Ontario Forensic Pathology Service (7000 autopsies/year), conducting autopsy (>2500 autopsies conducted to date), testifying in court (>250 court testimonies to date), and directing academic activities in forensic pathology at the University of Toronto. Professor Pollanen’s main educational focus is training forensic pathologists and strengthening forensic capacity in the Global South. He has been involved in case work or training missions in: Algeria, Bermuda, Cambodia, East Timor, Egypt, Haiti, Iraq, Jamaica, Kazakhstan, Palestine, Thailand, and Uzbekistan. His current research interest is Nodding Syndrome in Uganda. He has published over 100 papers in peer-reviewed journals. Professor Pollanen is a member of the forensic advisory board of the International Committee of the Red Cross and is a Past President of the International Association of Forensic Science (2015-17). He is a Founder of Forensic Pathology in the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. He is also a Deputy Chief Coroner in Ontario.

Declaration of Conflict of Interest: None


Sept. 23, 2020, 1130-1245

Common benign inflammatory skin conditions for general pathologists

Speaker: Scott Bradshaw

Session Description:

Review of inflammatory dermatology, with specific emphasis on:

  • How to decide when to refer a case
  • How to handle cases with equivocal pathology

At the end of the session, participants will be able to:

  • Determine which inflammatory lesions to refer for specialist assessment
  • Describe an approach to lesions which do not fit well into one category

CanMEDS:

  • Medical Expert (the integrating role)
  • Collaborator
  • Professional

About the speaker:

Dr. Bradshaw received a Bachelor of Science degree in Physics from the university of Alberta and a Master of Science degree in electrical engineering from Queen’s university. After working for over a decade as an engineer in the field of optoelectronics, Dr. Bradshaw transitioned to Medicine, earning an M.D. from Queen’s university followed by fellowship training in Pathology at the University of Ottawa. He received subspecialty fellowship training in Dermatopathology from Harvard University, followed by a staff appointment at Harvard/Massachusetts General Hospital.  Since 2016 Dr. Bradshaw has been working at Dynacare Labs in Ottawa, Ontario, with appointments to the University of Ottawa (pathology and dermatology cross-appointment) and Queen’s University (pathology). Declaration of Conflict of Interest: None


Sept. 24, 2020, 1200-1230

Small changes, big impact – finding efficiencies in an inefficient system

Speaker: Gino Sommers

Session Description:

Laboratory medicine is undergoing a period of unprecedented change. In the era of individualized medicine, there is incessant demand for more information, from smaller biopsies, with less available resources. To meet such demand and continue to grow as a specialty, it is imperative we find efficiencies and improve our productivity. This presentation will provide some tools to help achieve this, with several illustrative case examples.

At the end of the session, participants will be able to:

  • Describe the basic principles of the LEAN management system
  • Apply LEAN principles to laboratory medicine
  • Visualize opportunities for improvement in laboratory medicine

CanMEDS: Medical Expert (the integrating role), Leader, Professional

About the speaker:

Dr. Somers is a pediatric pathologist with over 17 years’ experience. He has been Division Head of Pathology at the Hospital for Sick Children since 2013. Over that period, he has navigated the murky waters of medical and laboratory administration and has been able to grow the division, develop cutting edge diagnostic techniques, and has found efficiencies by using LEAN management principles. His main academic area of interest is pediatric sarcoma and test development for pediatric cancer. He is a full Professor in the Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathobiology at the University of Toronto, and is currently President of the Society for Pediatric Pathology.

Declaration of Conflict of Interest: None


Sept. 24, 2020, 1230-1300

Busting COVID-19 Myths

Speaker: Prameet Sheth

Session Description:

I will be providing an up to date overview of the knowledge around COVID-19 in Canada and the world.

At the end of the session, participants will be able to:

  • Discuss the Pathophysiology of SARS-CoV-2
  • Assess the Epidemiology and Transmission Dynamics of SARS-CoV-2
  • Review the Serologic Evidence around COVID-19

CanMEDS:

  • Professional

About the speaker:

Dr. Prameet Sheth is a Clinical Microbiologist and the Director of Molecular Microbiology at Kingston Health Sciences Center. He oversees testing for COVID-19 for several hospitals in Eastern Ontario and is on the Provincial COVID-19 Technical group.  Outside of his clinical role, he has an assistant professor and runs a research laboratory that investigates host-pathogen interactions housed in the Gastrointestinal Disease Research Unit (GIDRU) at Queen’s University.

Declaration of Conflict of Interest: None


Sept. 24, 2020, 1300-1400

Hematopathology Conundrums: A toolkit for the perplexed pathologist

Speaker: Hasan Ghafar & Sasan Zandi

Session Description:

Diagnostic evaluation of hematopathology specimens often evokes anxiety for pathologists practicing in hospitals in which availability of subspecialists trained in hematopathology is limited and in settings where ancillary tools commonly employed in hematopathology (e.g. flow cytometry) are not performed routinely. In many instances, applying a multifaceted approach can alleviate anxiety and facilitate appropriate patient management.

At the end of the session, participants will be able to:

  • Apply a basic approach to the evaluation of selected hematopathology specimens
  • Utilize a myriad of tools to facilitate diagnostic interpretation
  • Utilize a myriad of tools to facilitate diagnostic interpretation
  • Understand the integral role of morphology and discuss the application of ancillary studies
  • Discuss the importance of a multifaceted approach with integration clinical features, morphology, immunophenotype, and cytogenetic/molecular characteristics

CanMEDS:

  • Medical Expert (the integrating role)
  • Collaborator
  • Scholar
  • Professional

About the speaker:

Dr. Ghaffar is an Assistant Professor in The Department of Laboratory Medicine and Pathobiology at the University of Toronto, Investigator in the Li Ka Shing Knowledge Institute and Keenan Research Centre and Medical Director of Laboratory Hematology at St. Michael’s Hospital. His main areas of interest include lymphoproliferative disorders and flow cytometry.

Dr. Zandi is a Staff hematopathologist in St. Michael’s hospital and assistant professor in the department of laboratory medicine and pathobiology at the University of Toronto.

Declaration of Conflict of Interest: None


Sept. 25, 2020, 1200-1300

Commonly Asked Questions From The Gi Consult Service

Speaker: Robert Riddell

Session Description:

Cases selected will all be those that the practicing pathologist should be aware of and be able to handle.  However as some are relatively uncommon they may be encountered relatively infrequently. Some are more common but still cause problems, while a few may have features that some may be unaware of, but which really help diagnostically.  The session is intended to be practical for those regularly handling GI biopsies.

At the end of the session, participants will be able to:

  • List the diagnostic criteria used and their pathological management algorithms, together with suggestions for reporting, for a variety of fascinating conditions affecting the tubular GI tract that seem to cause problems for the practicing pathologist.

CanMEDS:

  • Medical Expert (the integrating role)
  • Communicator
  • Collaborator
  • Health Advocate
  • Scholar
  • Professional

About the speaker:Robert (Bob) Riddell graduated from the University of London in the UK (St. Bartholomew’s Hospital) a long time ago, and trained in GI Pathology at St. Mark’s and St. Bartholomew’s Hospitals in London. He moved to the University of Chicago for what should have been 2 years, but stayed for 10 before moving to McMaster University in Hamilton Ontario, where problem-based learning began. He moved to Mt Sinai in 2001 and has been there since.  Bob enjoys teaching and discussing GI pathology with anyone that will listen, and has been part of GI pathology  fellowship training programs for 30+ years. He has around 300 publications and a few books which are largely in gastrointestinal pathology, primarily in inflammatory diseases, dysplasia and carcinoma, which included a tome on the Pathology of Drug-Induced diseases, the AFIP 3rd edition on Tumors of the Intestines, and the two volume book GI Pathology and its Clinical Implications, the second edition of which came out with the help of numerous colleagues. Bob directs an annual week long gastrointestinal pathology course for the ASCP, which was started with Rodger Haggitt back in ’79, its longest running course. He has numerous awards for teaching including from the OAP, University of Toronto, the Harvey Goldman award from the GI Pathology Society (GIPS), and an honorary doctorate from the University of Sardinia (an amazing island). Declaration of Conflict of Interest: None


Sept. 25, 2020, 1300-1400

The Path To Reference Interval Harmonization: Update From The Canadian Society Of Clinical Chemists Reference

Interval Harmonization Working Group

Speaker: Dana Bailey

Session Description:

My presentation on Reference Interval Harmonization will summarize the ongoing efforts of the Canadian Society of Clinical Chemists Reference Interval Harmonization Working Group (CSCC hRI WG). During this presentation, I will introduce the CSCC hRI WG and our objectives; describe the evaluation criteria used to select analytes as suitable for harmonization; compare and contrast the various methods available for reference interval determination; outline the progress and recommendations of the CSCC hRI WG; compare our findings against those of other countries and initiatives; and outline our short-term and long-term objectives.

At the end of the session, participants will be able to:

  • Recognize the importance of harmonization in laboratory medicine;
  • Identify which analytes are appropriate for reference interval harmonization;
  • Compare and contrast the methodologies available for reference interval determination;
  • Recognize the differences between the Canadian approach and other reference interval harmonization initiatives;
  • Summarize the short-term and long-term objectives of the CSCC hRI Working Group.

CanMEDS:

  • Medical Expert (the integrating role)
  • Scholar

About the speaker:

Dana Bailey, a Fellow of the Canadian Academy of Clinical Biochemistry and the American Board of Clinical Biochemistry, is a Clinical Biochemist with Dynacare where she provides scientific support and leadership for five laboratories across Canada. In addition to her work at Dynacare, Dr. Bailey is the Vice President of the Ontario Society for Clinical Chemistry, incoming Certification Chair for the CACB, and lecturer at the University of Toronto.  She is additionally Secretary for the CSCC Reference Interval Harmonization Working Group and the CSCC Special Interest Group in SARS-CoV-2 serology testing. Dr. Bailey holds an MSc in Microbiology and Immunology and a PhD in Biochemistry from McGill University and completed a postgraduate fellowship in Clinical Chemistry at the University f Toronto. Declaration of Conflict of Interest: None