The practice of medicine in general and of pathology in particular has dramatically changed over the last three decades. New discoveries, techniques and technologies broadened the scope of our practice; subspecialization ensued and the types of pathology practice in Canada are increasingly distinct. At the same time, new educational principles and tools are being implemented, which has resulted in a dramatic change in academic curricula and accreditation requirements.
The CAP-ACP annual meeting has been restructured in order to accommodate the growing number of sessions and topics. Rather than using expert opinion, the conference will use an evidence-based approach using well established curriculum design principles.
Learning Tracks: Different tracks represent a way of grouping different types of learning activities according to an overarching topic. This structure is meant to address different interests and learning styles of the audience by providing concurrent sessions with different topics and teaching formats.
Track A: Practice-related issues
Includes sessions related to the intrinsic CanMEDS roles, including management, leadership, patient safety, quality assurance, professional issues, etc.
Track B: General surgical pathology
Topics related to the general diagnostic practice. It could represent areas that affect most pathologists, such as frozen section, grossing and medical autopsies, or general aspects of a subspecialty that is practiced by most pathologists, such as gastrointestinal, gynecologic and genitourinary pathology.
Track C: Subspecialty pathology
Topics related to specialties that require additional training (e.g. neuropathology, forensic pathology) or that are usually restricted to subspecialized pathologists (e.g. medical kidney diseases, ocular pathology). It also includes in-depth subspecialty sessions beyond the scope of the generalists.
Interdisciplinary (and/or interprofessional) sessions
Sessions that include the participation of other specialties/professions as facilitators/speakers in order to provide context and improve patient-centred collaborative practice.
The CAP-ACP Annual meeting consists of two days of workshops (Saturday and Sunday) followed by two days of symposia. There is a half day with proffered paper/posters and a half day of CAP-ACP specific awards lectures. There are two evenings of special interest group and specialty network meetings. The overall meeting is under the supervision of the Annual Meetings Committee with subcommittees including the LOC, CPD Committee, CAP-ACP Sections and the CAP-ACP Awards Committee.