Dear Friends and Colleagues,
As the days get shorter and our Canadian winter settles in across the country (yes, even Vancouver!), it is a reminder that another year is rapidly drawing to a close.
Time flies when you are doing something you enjoy…or are very busy! Personally, it has been a bit of both. Reflecting back over the last quarter of 2016, the CCMG board and committees have accomplished a lot. Please take the time to check out the College website for minutes of the Board meetings and updates on committee activities. However, I would like mention a few highlights.
- CCMG support of Bill S-201 – An Act to Prevent Genetic Discrimination
We provided a letter (co-signed by me, past-president Gail Graham, and E2P2 chair Julie Richer) and in response, the CCMG was called to be a witness and appear before the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Justice and Human Rights. On November 24, Gail Graham testified on behalf of the CCMG as part of a panel along with the Canadian Medical Association (CMA) and transcripts of the proceedings will be available on the Committee's website
(www.parl.gc.ca/JUST-e<http://www.parl.gc.ca/JUST-e>) within the next two weeks. E2P2 was also asked to help the CMA draft their own letter in support of Bill S-201 and to assist them in preparing their own testimony to the House Committee. Thanks to Julie Richer, our ties to the CMA have been forged and we look forward to future collaborations with this strong ally.
- ABMGG-CCMG Relationship Forging
The American Board of Medical Genetics and Genomics (ABMGG) has reached out to the CCMG to learn more about our College and to look at ways we can synergize our efforts. While the two organizations share many roles, there are also significant differences in our scopes of activities. I met with the ABMGG CEO, Dr. Miriam Blitzer at the ASHG meeting in Vancouver. This was followed up with a teleconference to lay the groundwork for future meetings. On the top of our list of items to address, is to review and renew the formal agreement reciprocally recognizing the accredited training programs under each organization. It has been over 20 years since this letter of understanding was signed.
One of the challenges facing us is determining how our respective training programs and credentialing requirements can be aligned once the new ABMGG merged Laboratory Genetics and Genomics specialty (replacing stand-alone cytogenetics and molecular genetics/genomics routes) is implemented in 2018...