Session Descriptions

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Hospital Mergers


By the end of the talk the audience will be able to

  1. List reasons why hospitals and laboratory leadership consistently pursue mergers.  Name some situations in terms of the development of hospitals and labs where mergers are often seen as a solution.
  2. What are the steps that usually are necessary to effect a hospital merger.
  3. What factors lead to a successful or unsuccessful merger
  4. Describe in general terms the record of mergers in North America over the past 50 years.
  5. What is the outlook for mergers in the future?

Session Description:

Mergers are a constant feature of Hospitals and Laboratories in Ontario. In this talk Dr. Raphael will discuss the features that will continue to impel hospital administrators and medical leaders to pursue mergers or takeovers as solutions to very real problems for Hospitals and Laboratories.  We will examine what features characterize both successful and unsuccessful mergers and some of the evidence as to whether mergers produce the solutions to the problems that make them such as constant feature in the Medical landscape.

The Pathologist’s Assistant and the Dermatopathologist: We’re a Team


By the end of the talk the audience will be able to:

  1. Describe the role of pathologist’s assistants and their interaction with pathologists in handling skin specimens;
  2. Describe the different types of skin specimens and their handling requirements;
  3. Identify the dermatologists’ expectations of the laboratory handling their tissue specimens.

Session Description:

Pathologist’s assistants have a unique and important role in the examination and ultimate diagnosis of skin biopsies and excision specimens. Most of these specimens are small and are processed in their entirety; as a result, the pathologist’s assistant may well be the last person to see the specimen in its intact state and their recorded observations are critical.

Dermatologists are experts in the morphology of skin disease and therefore are themselves sophisticated gross skin pathologists. They have specific reasons for submitting different types of skin specimen as well as specific expectations for the report content for each specimen type. This presentation highlights these different specimen types and how the pathologist’s assistant and pathologist working together can provide the submitting physician with the most informative diagnostic report.

The session will be of value to PAs, pathology residents and general and anatomic pathologists.