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Message from the President August 2018

Dear Aly,

It gives me great pleasure to write to you in my first message as President of the CCMG! I am honored to take over the president role from Dr. Judy Chernos, and would like to take this opportunity to sincerely thank Judy who so expertly guided the CCMG over the past two years. Judy’s constant thoughtfulness and consideration of on the many issues that touched the CCMG during this time are an inspiration. Thank you as well to the Board members who stepped down at the AGM in June (Lesley Turner, Jean McGowan Jordan) and to the new Board members who joined (Beth Spriggs, Liz McCready, Isabelle deBie).  The full Board slate can be found here.  I thank each member of the Board for their willingness to help me and to carry on the work of the College.

We had a very successful annual meeting in June at Harrison Hot Springs, BC in partnership with the Canadian Human Genetics and Statistical Genetics (CIHR-IG).  The venue was great as was the opportunity to spend time with our colleagues from across Canada. Sincere thanks to Dr. Margaret Nowaczyk and the Scientific Program committee for the excellen program based on the theme of ‘The Future is Now’. Thank you to our manager Heather Dow, and her EM+ colleagues Donna Dennison (conference planner) and Claire Running (conference registrar) who expertly arranged the many administrative aspects of the great venue. Thank you as well to the E2P2 and Training committees who held a pre-meeting workshop for trainees - from speaking with several trainees they found it an excellent experience. Please hold the date for the 2019 meeting which will be held at the Sheraton on the Falls, Niagara Falls, ON from June 22-26, 2019 in partnership with the Canadian Association of Pathologists.

We also had a very successful exam cycle this year, with 29 trainees passing their respective CCMG exams. I sincerely thank Dr. Kathy Chun, the members of the Examination committee, and the ad hoc examiners for their diligence and effort in developing and implementing high quality exams for our CCMG trainees.  I know from personal experience the intense work the Examination committee performs, and I hope that we can continue to find ways to improve our examinations going forward.

As discussed at the AGM in June, we are embarking on an important new project for our college with the endorsed merger of our Training Programs in Molecular Genetics and Cytogenetics (for those not able to attend the AGM, please see below for full details). 

In closing, I would like to thank the Board, committee chairs and members who dedicate their time to carrying out the work our College. I hope you all enjoy a much deserved break over the summer, and look forward to starting to work with you all in the fall.

With best wishes,
Tracy


Fellows Who Recently Passed Exams

Congratulations!

It is with great pleasure that we announce 29 current and future CCMG-CCGM members who passed their examinations held in June in Vancouver.

We look forward to having these talented people actively involved in the CCMG-CCGM and as colleagues in the Canadian genetics community. Congratulations to the candidates, and to their training sites, for the excellent work!’


Jane Green

Jane Green appointed as an Officer of the Order of Canada!

On June 29, Dr. Jane Green, an Honorary Fellow of the CCMG, was appointed as an Officer of the Order of Canada by the Governor General of Canada, the Right Honorable Julie Payette.  Jane was chosen for this prestigious award based on ‘her extensive research contributions to the field of medical genetics, notably in the areas of hereditary cancers and eye diseases’.  The Order of Canada is one of our country’s highest civilian honors and recognizes outstanding achievement, dedication to the community and service to the nation. Jane’s work in the remote communities of Newfoundland and Labrador and research discoveries leading to an increased understanding of genetic diseases over her extensive 40-year career is an inspiration to us all.  Congratulations Jane, we are proud to call you a member of the CCMG!


Laboratory Training – combined cytogenetic and molecular training

Changes to the CCMG Molecular Genetics and Cytogenetics Laboratory Training

As many of you are aware, over the past year a group of dedicated CCMG fellows have been discussing the future of CCMG molecular and cytogenetic training as a part of the Ad Hoc Training Advisory Group, chaired by Dr. Rosemary Mueller.  The Training Advisory group put forward recommendations that were endorsed by the CCMG Board of Directors and by the CCMG membership at the annual general meeting in Harrison Hot Springs on June 11, 2018. The recommendations were that the CCMG should create a merged laboratory Genetic and Genome Diagnostics training program, to incorporate the former Molecular Genetics and Cytogenetics training programs. The merged training would be designed to be completed in a minimum of 2 years of full time activity and with a single certifying exam. In addition, the group recognized the importance of providing continuing education in specialized topics beyond core training and suggested future consideration of activities to develop training in areas of focused competency.

We thank the members of the Training Advisory group for their thoughtful considerations and discussion on this critical topic.

We are pleased to announce that Terms of Reference for the new Ad Hoc Working Group for the Genetic and Genome Diagnostics Training Program have recently been approved by the CCMG Board. We hope to have an active representation from the CCMG community, and will provide continued updates to the membership on this project going forward.