Message from CCMG President – Tracy Stockley

We, as well as the world, are facing an unprecedented situation.

Coming together and supporting each other will be crucial in these challenging times.

We want to know some ways to better support our members in this fast changing crisis. If you have ideas or suggestions on how the CCMG could support and connect you, our members, at this time please share them by email to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Learning from each other and sharing what is going on across the country is likely to help our reaction time as things keep evolving by the hour

Here are a few additional tips:

  1. Stay informed: we are all in information overload, but stay connected to reliable data sources, such as canada.ca for up to date information on progression of situation, protective measures, community needs
  2. Stay home: enforce social distancing. Work with your employer to discuss ways to ensure physical distance within clinics and labs.
  3. Stay healthy: in high stress level situations as this one, it is particularly important to maintain good health habits. Apart from washing your hands regularly and avoiding touching your face, exercise regularly (there are plenty of accessible resources online for strength exercises, yoga, etc..), if possible go for a walk (maintaining the 2 m distance with others), meditate, do enjoyable activities, share a laugh

Best,

Tracy Stockley
CCMG President 

 45th Annual Scientific Meeting (1976 - 2021) | St. John, NL | June 12-16, 2021

Examination Message - COVID-19

Dear CCMG Fellows, Trainees, Program Directors and Examinations Committee members,

In light of the COVID-19 pandemic, the CCMG Examinations Committee, with approval of the Board of Directors, will postpone the spring 2020 CCMG examinations to fall 2020.  This postponement includes the General, Written Specialty and Objective Structured Laboratory Examination (OSLE) components. 

We have tentatively set the new examination dates to be September 15 and 16, 2020 for the General and Written Specialty examinations, and October 3 or 4, 2020 for the OSLEs. 

These dates are tentative and may change depending on the COVID-19 pandemic situation.  The General and Written Specialty examinations on September 15/16 will be held at the same locations as had been planned for spring 2020.  At this time, potential locations for the OSLE component are being investigated, with the intent to hold all Specialty OSLEs at one location on October 3 or 4.  

The CCMG Examinations Committee and the Board of Directors will be in regular communication throughout the next few months and will provide an update to all candidates, examiners and Program Directors by August 5, 2020.  Should a further delay of examinations be necessary, this will be decided by that time.

To answer any further questions, we are working on a frequently asked questions (FAQs) section on the CCMG website.  This will be available next week.  If you have any questions, please forward them to the CCMG Management Office and they will be answered as part of the FAQs.

Sincerely,

Stacey Hume and Kathy Chun
Co-Chairs, CCMG Examinations Committee

 

President's Message

Dear Members,

At this time the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) has an urgent request for materials and reagents to support COVID-19 testing at the National Microbiology Laboratory. 

If you have any of the items in the table that you can share with PHAC, please reply directly to PHAC staff Mette Cornelisse (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) and Rita Finley (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.). If you have materials that are similar to those listed, feel free to send this information to Mette and Rita and they will decide what can be used. Thank you for any help you can offer, and please forward to your relevant contacts as well. 

I also want to let you know that in these challenging times the CCMG Board is committed to the CCMG community and how we can best support our members. A few updates on our CCMG activities during the last week: 

  • Joint CCMG and CSCC Annual Scientific Meeting - Over the past week members of the CCMG Board have been discussing the June CCMG-CSCC meeting with the CSCC and an announcement will be sent later today
  • CCMG June 2020 Exams - Offering the 2020 CCMG Exams is the top priority for us at this point, we are in ongoing discussions of options and will send an update announcement as soon as we can. We know this is a point of particular concern for our trainees and program directors, and please email me directly if you want to discuss further. 
  • Leading Strand Webinars- In the spirit of community support, we will continue with our online CCMG Webinars, with the next one planned for Friday March 27, 2020.  Beyond Genomics: National Trial Assessing the Improvement in Diagnosis of Rare Diseases using Clinical Epigenomics in Canada (EpiSign-CAN) with Bekim Sadikovic, PhD, DABMG, FACMG. TO PARTICIPATE ONLINE: Advance registration is required following this link: 
    https://zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_EMg_tQ_oS7O-cgzwS1CZug. Remaining webinars in the series: 24-Apr-20, 29-May-20, 26-Jun-20.  

On behalf of the Board of Directors thank you for your help, and take care,

Best,

Tracy Stockley
CCMG President 


MATERIALS REQUESTED BY PUBLIC HEALTH AGENCY OF CANADA ** please email PHAC staff Mette Cornelisse (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) and Rita Finley (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) 

PCR
1 ABI TaqMan Fast Virus 1-step Master Mix 1 x 10mL
2 TaqPath 1-Step Multiplex MM Thermofisher scientific (contains Mustang Purple reference dye)
3 TAqPath 1-step multi NO ROX Thermofisher scientific (contains no reference dye)
4 LC Multiplex RNA virus Master Roche
5 LightMix® Modular Wuhan CoV E-gene assay Roche
6 LightMix® Modular Wuhan CoV RdRp-gene as Roche
7 Luna® Universal Probe One-Step RT-qPCR Kit (New England Biolabs (NEB)) New England Biolabs
8 geneXpert COVID-19 RUO  
Extractions
9 ABI 5x MagMAX-96 viral isolation kit  
10   Carrier RNA /
11   MagMax Lysis/Binding Solution concentrate
12   Wash solution #1 concentrate
13   0.1nM EDTA in DEP-C Treated water
14   Wash solution #2 Concentrate
15   7.  Tip Comb KF96 F/DWMAGNET CS100 / CA83007-594 - SKU for KingFisher Flex 96 tip comb for DW magnets
16   Plate PP 96 Deep V-BTM 2mL (Deep well) / CA11388-566 - sku for  Microtiter deep well 96 plate, V-bottom
17   96 well KF 200uL PK48 / CA83007-596- sku for KingFisher 96 KF plate (200 µl)
18 MagMAX™-96 Viral RNA Isolation Kit from Thermo fisher  
19 Biosprint 96 One-For-All Vet Kit (384) from Biovet INDICAL  
20 Biomerieux Easymag and emag NUCLISENS easyMAG Lysis Buffer (pre dispensed in 2 ml tubes)
21 NUCLISENS easyMAG Wash Buffer 1
22 NUCLISENS easyMAG Wash Buffer 2
23 NUCLISENS easyMAG Wash Buffer 3
24 NUCLISENS easyMAG Silica
25 NUCLISENS easyMAG Lysis Buffer (1 liter, self dispense)
26 NUCLISENS easyMAG disposables
27 MagNA Pure Compact Nucleic Acid Isolation Kit I  
28 LightCycler® Multiplex RNA Virus Master:  
29 Magna Pure consumables REAGENT MAG NA PURE LC TOTAL ISOLATION KIT
30 REAGENT CAPILLARIES LC
31 REAGENT MAG NA PURE LC TUB LID SEAL
32 REAGENT MAG MA PURE LC TUB MEDIUM M20
33 REAGENT MAG NA PURE LC TUB LARGE
34 REAGENT MA NA PURE LC TUB LID SMALL MED
35 REAGENT MAG NA PURE LC TUB LID LARGE
36 REAGENT MAG NA PURE LC SAMPLE CART.
37 REAGENT MAG NA PURE LC PROCESS CART.
38 REAGENT MAG NA PURE LC TIP STAND
39 REAGENT MAG NA PURE LC CART. SEAL
40 REAGENT MAG NA PURE LC REACTION TIPS
41 Qiagen QiaSymphony QIAsymphony DSP Virus Pathogen mini kit (Buffer AVE, Carrier RNA),
42 Buffer ATL,
43 8-well Sample Cartridge
44 8-Rod Cover
45 Filter tip 200 ul
46 Filter tip 1500 ul
47 Invitrogen SuperScript III Platinum 500 rxn One Step Real time kit  

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