I am excited to send our first newsletter this year with some wonderful news, even if under extraordinary circumstances. Given the current situation, I particularly hope that everybody is well and in good spirits.
- New Administrators and New Office. We are very happy to have started at the beginning of May a collaboration with Events & Management Plus Inc, as discussed at the 2019 Business Meeting. We do welcome Heather Dow & Colleen Fifield as our new administrators. The new office email address, to reach the entire CANP team, is firstname.lastname@example.org. Going forward, this will be the email for all operational requests (for example; membership, dues, website, Annual Meeting, Accreditation of activities). The Administrators report directly to the CANP Executive and are in regular contact. They execute actions approved by the CANP Executive.
- Annual Meeting. The Annual Meeting 2020 in Saskatchewan has been originally planned to feature a symposium on Neuromuscular Pathology and a pre-conference workshop on the molecular pathology of CNS neoplasms. In light of the COVID-19 Pandemic and current developments, we no longer believe that an in-person meeting will be practical this year. We are currently exploring the scope and limitations of a virtual meeting 2020, while aiming to postpone the meeting in Saskatchewan to 2021. More news to follow.
- RCPSC MOC Program Requirements waived. As you may be aware, the RCPSC has waived the Maintenance of Certification (MOC) requirements for 2020 in response the COVID-19 pandemic. Instead, one year will be added to MOC Program participants’ cycles. For details, please see the relevant RCPSC webpages.
- 2020 CANP annual dues of $200 are now due. Options for paying your 2020 dues include payment online via the CANP website, sending a cheque to our new office (CANP 4 Cataraqui Street, Suite 310, Kingston, ON), see address below, or the fax form HERE and sending it to the office at 1-866-560-3838.
I look forward to the challenges a virtual meeting in October may present. I am sure there is opportunity here for creative solutions which will hopefully be of lasting benefit, even after we return to enjoying in-person companionship at future meetings.
With best wishes,
Peter Schutz, MD, PhD
CANP Secretary Treasurer
I echo Dr. Schutz’s best wishes to you during this extraordinary time, and I hope you and your families remain well.
As we move forwards with the assistance of our new administrator, we welcome your thoughts and suggestions on the subject of a virtual meeting. We will be watching how the AANP Virtual Meeting unfolds next month and hope to follow their example.
Peter V Gould MD, FRCPC