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Call for Competence Committee Members

The College is seeking four regulated members to volunteer on the Competence Committee. The term of office is three years, beginning September 1, 2017.

This Committee is responsible to:

  • monitor that individual registered members comply with the requirements of the Continuing Competence Program
  • monitor the components of the Continuing Competence Program in order to accurately reflect current needs to enhance the provision of professional services

Member qualifications:

  • you must be a regulated member of the College
  • you must be able to travel to Edmonton for meetings held on work days up to two times a year

If you are interested in this opportunity, or have further questions, please contact:
Dacia Richmond, Director of Education

drichmond@acmdtt.com

Please respond by August 15, 2017.

 

2017 ACMDTT Awards Winners

The annual ACMDTT Awards were presented on Saturday April 8th, 2017, recognizing and celebrating excellence in their chosen profession.

The 2017 Award Winners are:

Technologist Awards

  • Professional Excellence in Leadership Award – Glenda Laser, MRT(NM)
  • Professional Excellence in Patient Care Award – Patricia Linke, MRT(T)
  • Excellence in Professional Collaboration Award – DMS Regulation Working Group: Denise McIver, Ellen Johnstone, Victoria Sarban, Kathy Hilsenteger, Pree Tyagi, Karen Rivers
  • Herbert M. Welch Memorial Award – Laurie Walline, MRT(NM)
  • Joan Graham Award – Gail Astle, MRT(R)

Student Scholastic Awards for Outstanding Academic Achievement

  • Dr. Marshall Mallett Scholastic Award in Radiological Technology – Stacey Pettipas, RTR
  • Scholastic Award for Nuclear Medicine Technology – Kaylee Gardner, RTNM
  • Scholastic Award in Nuclear Medicine – Kaylee Gardner, RTNM
  • Scholastic Award for Magnetic Resonance Technology – Su Su Liang, RTMR

Student Leadership Awards for Outstanding Achievement

  • Student Leadership Award for Radiological Technology – Anastasia Gasheva
  • Student Leadership Award for Nuclear Medicine Technology – Tommy Lieu
  • Student Leadership Award for Radiation Therapy – Kristi Ngo
  • Student Leadership Award for Magnetic Resonance Technology – Michelle Ballin
  • Student Research Award – “Unwrapping a Mummy” – Katelyn Bellerose, Mikiko Morris

Other Awards

  • Carol Van Velzer Memorial Award – Silvia Kozlik, ENP
  • ACMDTT Honorary Life Membership Award – Kathryn Hilsenteger, RTT, ACT in recognition of her outstanding service and dedication to the profession
  • ACMDTT Honorary Life Membership Award – Terrence Ell, RTNM, PhD, FCAMRT,  in recognition of his outstanding service and dedication to the profession.

Tokens of Appreciation

  • Kyla MacLachlan, MRT(R) – Council Vice President
  • Wendy Read, MRT(T) – Council Member
  • William Gene, ENP – Council Member
  • Alan Dugas – Council Public Member
  • Colleen Wilson – Council Public Member
  • John Jossa – Council Public Member
  • Jessica Cherwick, ENP – Competence Committee Chair
  • Marek Draszka, MRT(NM) – Council Member
  • Pamela Paterson, MRT(T) – Council Member

Internal Matters – March 2017

Presidents Message

Happy Spring Members!

I look forward to getting the chance to meet some of you at the annual ACMDTT Conference taking place April 7 & 8 in Calgary! I think this will be a fantastic conference with a variety of excellent speakers and opportunities to network with our peers! There will be a special session set aside to ask questions of our new CEO, Karen Stone as well as with staff and Council members, and learn a little about self-regulation.

Congratulations to all Electroneurophysiology Technologists (ENPs) as we celebrate ENP week April 17-21 2017. It is an honour to work with you in Alberta, and the College believes that public awareness of ENPs and the valuable services they provide is essential and important.   This celebratory week is our chance to shine the spotlight on our ENP professionals.

Also happening in April is the CAMRT national conference in Ottawa April 28-30, which CAMRT is holding jointly with OAMRS. What a unique opportunity to enjoy our nation’s capital for the 150th anniversary of Canada. I will be attending this conference, as well as representing Alberta at the National Network meetings. I encourage any members to email me at ksampson@acmdtt.com should you have any feedback you may wish for me to share at the table.

The College staff are also doing presentations for the Diagnostic Medical Sonographers (DMS) community throughout Alberta as we prepare and engage them for the impending inclusion of self-regulation through the College.

MRTs, ENPs and DMSs are amazing groups of individuals and I would encourage you to engage with one another, not only in the workplace, but at a provincial and national level as well. I was recently on a family vacation in Mexico, and I ran into the past CEO of the SAMRT, Chelsea Wilker. This just goes to show you how small the MRT world really is- as well as those who regulate it.

Lastly, I would like to take a moment to recognize a staff member from the ACMDTT who has served over 10 years with us and has recently left the College to pursue her own professional development, Pam Armitage. Pam has been an extraordinary gift to the ACMDTT, who although quiet, makes up for it through her work effort, passion and dedication to the ACMDTT. Pam will be truly missed by me as well as anyone who has had the privilege of working with her. I wish her only the best and am very proud of her to be stepping outside her comfort zone to pursue her dreams.

Looking forward to seeing you in April!

Kelly Sampson, MRT(T) Council President

2017 ACMDTT Annual General Conference

  • April 7-8, 2017; Deerfoot Inn and Casino, Calgary AB
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ACMDTT 2017 Annual General Meeting (AGM)

The 2017 ACMDTT AGM is held in conjunction with the 2017 ACMDTT Annual Conference in Calgary.  You do not have to register for the Conference to attend the AGM.

  • Saturday, April 8, 2017 at 8:00 a.m.
  • Deerfoot Inn & Casino, Calgary AB

The following are documents for the ACMDTT 2017 Annual General Meeting

Celebrating Alberta’s Electroneurophysiology Technologists

The Alberta College of Medical Diagnostic and Therapeutic Technologists (ACMDTT), is very pleased to announce that ENP Week 2017 will take place from April 17-21, 2017.  The College believes that public awareness of ENPs and the valuable services they provide is essential and important.  Posters and signage will be provided to our members to share at their place of work.

To have a better understanding of who ENPs are, we reached out to our partners in the Canadian Association of Electroneurophysiology Technologists (CAET) and the Canadian Board of Registration of Electroencephalograph Technologists, Inc. (CBRET) for an overview.

CAET is a non-profit organization whose purpose is to advance and promote the science, knowledge, technology and technical standards of electroneurophysiology in Canada.   Joanne Nikkel is the President of CAET and has served on the CAET Board for 4 years.  She has over 25 years of ENP Technologist experience in EEG, Epilepsy Monitoring and EMG/Nerve conduction studies. She has been a CSCN EEG Board Examiner (for Physicians) for approximately 10 years.

CBRET is a volunteer board made up of 10 Registered EEG Technologists (RET’s) or physicians who are diplomates of the Canadian Society of Clinical Neurophysiologists (CSCN) from all across Canada. Their mandate is to set and administer the national exam for EEG technologists entering the profession with the assistance of volunteer examiners across the country. They also establish the standards for educational programs in EEG, review the programs, and maintain a register of RET’s within Canada.  Susan McGregor is the Registrar of CBRET.

  1. What is an ENP?

CAET/Joanne:  Electro-Neuro-Physiology Technologists are a highly specialized group of trained and then certified Technologists who study the electrophysiology of brains, nerves and muscles and the pathways that connect them.

CBRET/Susan:  An ENP, or Electroneurophysiology technologist is someone who prepares the person for and then records the electrical signals of their nervous system. This can take the form of EEG- the electrical activity of the brain, both recorded from the scalp but also directly from the brain during surgery, or even in a longer term situation where we record from electrodes which have been temporarily placed in someone’s brain by a neurosurgeon.  Another area of ENP practice includes Evoked Potentials, where a stimulus is applied somewhere on the body and the response is tracked along the nerves to the brain, both in a clinic situation and operating room where it is known as Intra-Operative Monitoring (IOM).

  1. What kind of person is attracted to this profession?

CAET/Joanne:  Someone who loves people and is enthusiastic about how the nervous systems work. ENP techs are generally excited about seeing seizures on a recording or unusual waveforms in the nerve or intraoperative studies but must always keep in mind that those abnormal results belong to a real person suffering the consequences of the result.

CBRET/Susan:  It takes an empathetic person with an eye for minute detail, and the ability to respond quickly to changes in the person being examined while adapting to a variety of physical presentations and surroundings. We work with people who walk in for an hour long appointment and people who have been so severely ill or injured that they will spend months in the hospital.

  1. What are the elements of professionalism that you believe every ENP should embody?

CAET/Joanne:  Tact, compassion and patience are the first things I think of. We encounter patients and patients’ families, as well as other members of the medical teams in so many situations, some of which are scary and emotional (patients) and highly stressful (working with surgeons in OR). The ENP technologist must be able to interact with all situations no matter how urgent, emotional, or highly stressful. They must be able to perform their job tasks efficiently and competently while maintaining appropriate communication with whoever they are working with.

CBRET/Susan:  Our ENPs demonstrate teamwork, dedication, flexibility, forward thinking, empathy, and the ability to communicate with people of all ages, backgrounds, and situations

  1. How would you rate your experience in working with ACMDTT as a regulatory body for ENP’s in Alberta?

CAET/Joanne:  It has been a pleasure and an education for which I am very thankful. The opportunities to work closely with this group and gain experience about regulation of our profession has been very valuable. Working with the Tri-Party ACMDTT/CBRET/CAET group for the betterment of all provinces is something I am so happy to be a part of and I remind our Canadian Technologists to be grateful as often as I can.

CBRET/Susan:  The ACMDTT is the only regulatory body for ENP’s in Canada, and it has been tremendously supportive in ensuring that all the residents of Alberta, as well as many others who travel to Alberta for their health care, get the best qualified technologists.

  1. Anything else that you want to share with MRTs and ENPs as they celebrate ENP week?

CAET/Joanne:  Those of us not working in a regulated Province have watched and listened now for over a decade as the ENP group has become part of this regulated body. It has been a transition for which I believe most ENP techs I speak to now value compared to the initial trepidation at the beginning. I envy Alberta having this wonderful College and hope that all members of ACMDTT recognize it importance and value. I believe as this group comes together at the annual conference it should only make all members see its value and appreciate what you in your province have.

CBRET/Susan:  Our best wished for a deeply satisfying career to all the ENP’s out there, and our thanks to the ACMDTT for setting an example of teamwork, support and professionalism across Canada.

Did you know?

As a regulated member, you are accountable to ensure you are practicing in accordance with the Regulations, the College’s Standards of Practice and Code of Ethics. It is your responsibility to ensure that you have a valid practice permit and authorization (if applicable) prior to practicing it. You can view your profile by reading your practice permit, searching your registration through the online Member Register or by contacting the College.

Deciding Factor

Bill is a magnetic resonance technologist who has the venipuncture additional authorization on his practice permit. In October, Bill went online and completed his registration renewal for 2017.  He would like to claim his registration fees and so, in November, he logged into his profile to print his receipt but there is no receipt online.

Questions to be asked:

  • Why is there no receipt?

It is possible that Bill had not yet renewed his venipuncture authorization.  Without this part of the renewal being completed, the registration renewal is not complete and no receipt would yet be available.

  • What must Bill do to complete his registration?

Additional and enhanced practice authorizations (i.e., venipuncture, medication administration) must be renewed separately, in addition to the online renewal. This is because manager/supervisor validation is required.   Bill must complete the form for renewal of additional and enhanced practice authorizations (available on the ACMDTT website or through the online renewal process). He must ensure that this is signed by his manager/supervisor and submit it to the College. This should be done by the renewal deadline of December 1.

  • What Standards of Practice apply to this scenario?

Here are a few indicators which apply to this situation from a regulatory perspective:

  • Indicator 2.1c – perform restricted activities only as authorized according to the regulations of the College
  • Indicator 2.1g – adhere to legal obligations required by the College

New Scenario

Sally is a new ENP member with the College. She became a full ACMDTT member on February 22, 2017.  She is keen to ensure that she meets her regulatory obligations; however, is confused with what she must complete for the Continuing Competence Program.

Question to be asked:

  • What must Sally do to be compliant with the CCP?
  • What determines what these obligations are?
  • Why must Sally do this?
  • What Standards of Practice apply to this scenario?

Branch News

Peace Country Branch

Branch Chair:     Tunde Bodi, MRT(R) (PeaceCountryMRTb@outlook.com)

Next meeting:   TBA

The Branch would like to put out a call for volunteers for those interested in participating with the Branch Executive.  Member participation is essential to ensure that educational and networking opportunities are available to those in the Branch.  These volunteers can be from anywhere in the Peace Country Branch area!


Edmonton Branch

Branch Chair:     Kathy Dudycz, MRT(R) (kdudycz@hotmail.com)

Education Day:  October 21, 2017


Parkland Branch

Branch Chair:     Jeff Christenson, MRT(R) (Jeff.Christenson@albertahealthservices.ca)

Next Meeting:  TBA


Calgary Branch

Branch Chair:     Gina McRae, MRT(R) (gina.mcrae@albertahealthservices.ca)

Next Meeting:  TBA


Southern Alberta Branch

Branch Chair:     Carmen Lowry, MRT(R) (carmen.lowry@gmail.com)

Next Meeting:  TBA


ENP Branch

Branch Chair:     Angie Sarnelli, ENP (angie.sarnelli@albertahealthservices.ca)

Next Meeting:  April 4, 2017


Anatomy of CCP Notice

In 2014 the Competence Committee of the Alberta College of Medical Diagnostic and Therapeutic Technologists (ACMDTT) made the decision, within their prevue, that all full members of the ACMDTT must complete their Continuing Competence Program (CCP) record keeping online through the My CCP platform. This was effective for the CCP cycle starting September 1, 2015. Compliance with the CCP, including the online participation on the My CCP platform is a requirement for registration with the College.

Following this, during registration renewal each year, members must declare compliance with the CCP.  If a member does not declare compliance, they are contacted directly by the College to investigate this issue.  Unless indicated through a condition on their practice permit, all members currently holding full membership with the College, who underwent renewal in 2016, declared compliance with the CCP.  Compliance implies completion of the three components of the CCP (self-assessment, learning plan and the required learning activities) with full participation on the My CCP platform.

The nature of the legislation surrounding the CCP is that each member’s CCP is completely confidential and the College is not privy to the contents of a member’s CCP unless it is requested through an audit of the member’s reflective practice review. In spite of this, the College has jurisdiction to ensure that all members are utilizing the online system as they have attested to.  As such, the College, in collaboration with Skilsure, the platform vendor, developed a usage report that is specific to each CCP cycle.  In each report, it elucidates if each member logged into the system, when they logged in, and if they have provided data for each of the self-assessment, learning plan and learning activities.  It does not give an overview of content of these areas.

On March 13, 2017, the ACMDTT initiated an audit of online usage of the My CCP platform.  Via email, 997 regulated members received an email pertaining to the parameters outlined above.

Email sent because member had not accessed the My CCP platform ever 522
Email sent because member had not completed entry for the 2015-16 CCP cycle on the My CCP platform 475
TOTAL EMAILS SENT 997

 

CCP compliance is mandatory under the Health Professions Act (HPA).  Furthermore within the HPA, intentionally providing false or misleading information within the CCP process requires a referral to the Complaints Director.  If compliance is not attained after this intervention, the members who have not complied could be referred to Conduct, as this is a serious issue affecting their regulatory status.

College office closed for Conference & Easter weekend

The College office will be closed on Thursday, April 6 and Friday April 7 during the 2017 ACMDTT Conference.  The office will also be closed on Good Friday April 14 and Monday April 17.

ACMDTT 2017 Conference – Reminder: Don’t miss the Early Bird Savings! Deadline Fri Feb 24.

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Internal Matters – December 2016

President’s Message

I had the pleasure of going to Ottawa in November to attend the CAMRT National Network meeting. During the round table discussions it appeared to be a common theme that all the provinces were struggling with policy governance in one way or another. The recent change in leadership at the ACMDTT with the hiring of our new CEO, Karen Stone, sparked Council to begin making some much needed changes to the policy governance style that we were using.

Since inception, the ACMDTT operated under the Carver model of Governance. This is a wonderful model of Governance, but it is very rigid. There were many challenges that we faced with this this model, and I will list some of the specific problems we ran into:

  1. Council did not feel sufficiently informed to make decisions. Under the Carver model the Council did not have a role in approving the College budget and the model limited us to the questions we could ask about the budget.
  2. We were not involved in the formation of a strategic plan. This is seen as a staff role within the Carver model.
  3. We spent 80% of our face to face Council meetings monitoring policies, changing wording and adding punctuation. We were not engaged as a board in generative dialogue and forward thinking and planning, and as a result had many talented people leave the board because they were not utilized for their skills.

In a fairly short period of time we have made some wonderful changes within Council and are already seeing the rewards. The changes we have made thus far have been fairly minor, but have allowed for major opportunities within the board. The Carver policies we have in place are good, solid policies. So, we were not starting over from scratch. We are simply modifying the necessary policies to allow for more latitude in respect of Council involvement, while maintaining a policy governance approach. Our CEO is guided by Executive Limitations, and we as Council don’t get into the operational detail, we understand our role as governors and enable the CEO to make our strategic directions happen.

We now label ourselves as a Complimentary Governance board, meaning the Council and the CEO work together collaboratively in a complimentary fashion. We have formed two new workgroups within Council: a finance and audit workgroup – to take a closer look at the finances, to ask the necessary questions and to present back to Council, rather than us all looking at a spreadsheet with glazed over eyes. Council members with special interest or skills in finance sit on this workgroup. The second workgroup is the governance workgroup. This workgroup is responsible for reviewing and monitoring policies and bylaws and presenting suggested changes back to Council for approval.

Since making these changes Council has become much more engaged and empowered. Council members feel like they are actually contributing to make the College better, which in essence is better for the membership and for the protection of the public.

Governance is constantly evolving and changing. We are not experts at it and ensure there is governance education provided at each face to face Council meeting. We have replaced the hours of time in our Council meetings once used to review policies on rich discussions and generative dialogue. I highly recommend all members consider applying for a Council position and becoming involved in the future of the College!

As we head into the holiday season and embrace a new year I would like to thank all of the members for your professionalism, your commitment and dedication to ensuring Albertans are receiving excellent care.

Kelly Sampson, MRT(T) Council President

Registrar In Session

The end of the year is quickly approaching, and for many this is a time for reflection and new beginnings. We all make some form of resolution as the New Year approaches (although if any of you are like me, the more the resolution involves exercise and fitness, the harder it is for me to commit to! Somehow if I commit to less chocolate intake, that is far more palatable).

So in the spirit of new thinking and new ways of doing things, I turn my mind to the one aspect of regulation that is most difficult for all of us – the complaints process (follow this link for more information about the ACMDTT complaints process http://acmdtt.com/about-us/complaints/). Unfortunately, since my arrival at ACMDTT, we have received a number of complaints. Unlike the processes of Registration and Continuing Competence, where the College can walk beside you in the resolution of aspects of your understanding, this is one time that we have to assume a different role, and as regulator, distance ourselves, as we explore the complaint, to determine if there are any issues of public safety that have merit and need to be addressed within the specific details of the complaint. We have to stand apart as we establish our role in the process of determining whether your complaint warrants moving to a Complaints Resolution Process, or is dismissible as it may be frivolous or vexatious, or out of mandate. This process is integral to self-regulation as you are assured that if an issue arises from any person who is delivering services to the public, that there is a fair and equitable mechanism for resolution, or addressing public safety issues. The reason that the College exists is to ensure that the public receives safe, competent and ethical diagnostic and therapeutic care by a properly regulated and constantly advancing profession.

None of us like to have anyone tell us that we have done something wrong. It is ingrained within most of us that we prefer to feel confident and secure in our performance of our work tasks, and we have to work hard to accept constructive criticism positively. But hearing how we can improve on what we do is something that we should encourage broadly. If there are ways that we can become better practitioners, then we should celebrate and embrace those ideas. Furthermore, if there are practitioners that are not meeting standards and are compromising public safety, then these issues must be addressed.

However, when you receive a letter form the College indicating that a complaint has been made, this is presumably one of the most intensively stressful times of your career. There are huge issues at stake-

As a practitioner:

  • Your right to practice
  • Your confidence in yourself
  • Implications for your employment

As a member of the public:

  • Patient safety
  • Respect
  • Your legal and ethical rights

As a practitioner, a complaint can be truly traumatic. Please make sure that you take care of yourself through this process. Speak to someone (a friend/colleague; an Employee Assistance Program counsellor; a union representative; your professional association; or your supervisor). Make sure that you remain calm. The process isn’t designed to seek out people and find fault. If you have done your job well, to the best of your ability, and you have followed the standards of practice, then you should have nothing to worry about. If you have made a mistake, owning that, and making sure that you learn from it is an important part of the process. The College needs to assure that public that we are providing a safe, competent and ethical environment of medical diagnostic and therapeutic care. Your colleagues want to know that their profession is safeguarded from unsafe practices, and poorly trained people who could bring disrepute to the profession. Stay calm, and participate towards resolving the issue that is raised.

Please remember that the College is always fair. We investigate if the complaint has merit, and we always hear both sides. We always provide an opportunity for everyone to be heard, and we try and find a way that will ensure public safety while respecting all parties involved.

The most common issue that arises in complaints is that of communication (or lack thereof) between the patient and the practitioner. Always remember that a small effort goes a long way when you spend a few moments explaining to the patient what is going to happen to them. They may be your twelfth patient of the day, but for them, you are the first practitioner of the day, and how you approach them can mean so much to how they experience the procedure. Communicate clearly and respectfully, and this will go a long way towards enhancing the patient’s satisfaction with your professionalism.

While the complaints process is stressful, it is one of the most important pillars of self-regulation. You are judged by your peers against standards designed and developed by you as members for your profession. It is a wonderful privilege, to be able to operate in an environment where your professionalism will be recognized and celebrated.

Unfortunately, some complaints are serious, and the implications are far reaching. Please understand that this is important too, because as a regulated profession we want to ensure that the public is protected in every possible way.

As the New Year approaches, we will be focusing on developing the professionalism within our membership. The Competence Committee is focused on trying to demonstrate to you the benefits of continuous and diverse learning opportunities that prepare you as diligent professionals for changes within your profession. (See their article in our current December Newsletter). The Registration Committee has been hard at work ensuring that all credentials obtained outside of Canada match yours sufficiently to warrant the issuance of an entry to practice registration with the College. You folks deliver an amazing and important part of the Health Care system. Celebrate your place in it, and protect your right to self-regulation fiercely.

Thank you for all that you do. Have a restful Holiday Season, and may 2017 bring you many happy and memorable moments!

Karen Stone
CEO/Registrar

ACMDTT/AHS 2017 Annual General Conference
April 7-8, 2017 Deerfoot Inn & Casino, Calgary AB  

  • Meet 50% of your College CCP requirement
    Claim one CCP hour per each attended session

 

  • Choose from over 35 talks on trends, technologies and best practices
  • Sonography sessions
    Let your sonography colleagues know that sonographers can attend at a single day conference rate on Saturday, April 8, 2017. Accreditation from Sonography Canada will be requested for all conference presentations.
  • Network with over 250 peers
    Fabulous breakfasts, lunches and snacks and a wine & cheese event

 

Stay tuned – Conference Registration and Website will open in early January!

Awards Nominations Open

Award Nominations are Now Open!

We have all thought about it, but this year, take some time to nominate a co-worker, educator or student for an award. Many people are deserving of professional recognition in an area in which they excel ranging from patient care to continuing education.

Please take a look at the list below of some of the Awards given each year by the College and start thinking about a deserving recipient. If you have any questions regarding these awards, please contact Dacia Richmond, Director of Education at 780.487.6130 ext. 226; 1.800.282.2165 or via email drichmond@acmdtt.com.

Click on the award name for the nomination form.

Some of the Awards are…

Excellence in Professional Collaboration: in recognition of the increasing multidisciplinary nature of our professions, this award was created to honour a healthcare team consisting of at least one full member in good standing with the College.  The honoured team will embody the concept of professional collaboration, either solely within the specialties of the College or with those of other professionals within the healthcare environment. This team will have contributed to a common goal related to professional practice either technically or with humanity which has had a positive impact on the profession.

Professional Excellence in Leadership: for those who demonstrate professional excellence in leadership; provide guidance and mentorship to colleagues; lead by example demonstrating respect, integrity and professionalism; foster a positive working environment and promote effective relationships within the healthcare environment.

Professional Excellence in Patient Care: for those who demonstrate professional excellence in direct patient care; demonstrate outstanding abilities in the delivery of diagnostic and therapeutic services; foster a healthy culture of respect and integrity within healthcare; advocate for quality patient care and facilitates a safe working environment and inspire confidence and trust in patients.

George C. Hall Invitational Address: this honouree is chosen to speak at the College’s annual awards luncheon. This award, now through a nomination process, is bestowed to someone who has influenced the growth of the profession in clinical practice, education, research and/or administration.

Herbert M. Welch Memorial Award: for dedication and service and for those who have made a significant contribution to the outstanding growth of the profession.

Joan Graham Award: for those who impart shared learning in the form of continuing education and encourages continuing competence

Carol Van Velzer Memorial Award: for an electroneurophysiology technologist (ENP) who presents an exhibit or platform presentation of excellence related to the field of electroneurophysiology at an ENP Branch Meeting. Please contact Branch Chair, Angie Sarnelli, ENP (angie.sarnelli@albertahealthservices.ca) to arrange a presentation.

ACMDTT Honorary Life Membership: to honour an individual whose professional activities have promoted the profession provincially and/or nationally and whose leadership serves to motivate others to become involved in professional activities.

Student Leadership Awards: for senior year students, in each specialty, who showcase leadership skills, professionalism and involvement in the profession in the early stages of their careers. Students are required to apply for this award, so encourage them today!

CCP Audit

On October 13-14, 2016, the Competence Committee held the annual Continuing Competence Program (CCP) audit. In June, a random audit sample was computer-generated based on the input criteria that 10% of the membership would be audited in this cycle. ACMDTT can select members for audit to add to the sample, but this year, no members were selected aside from the random audit sample. The number of 10% is not an arbitrary decision, but is based on a number of statistical and logistical factors. These factors include the percentage of members over the previous three years who are non-compliant out of the sample audited and the capacity of the committee to complete the audit within the time they are in session in Edmonton. The 10% audit sample, for the September 1, 2015 – August 31, 2016 CCP cycle, equated to 231 regulated members receiving notification of CCP audit.

 

This year was the first year that members were notified of their selection by email. This is a general practice among regulators in Alberta as members are legally required to provide the College with an active email address that is accessed often. This decreases the costs that have been incurred through the increasing cost of registered mail in Canada.  All audited members contacted the Director of Education to acknowledge their receipt of the email and this constituted a trail that ensured that there was timely notification and confirmation of member receipt of this notification.

On September 1, audited members were able to submit their CCP documentation electronically through the My CCP platform. This is done simply by clicking on the “submit button” that is populated into the left banner of those members who were selected for audit.  Once submitted, the audited CCP cycle was now visible to the administration account.  All submitted documentation was reviewed by the Director of Education for completeness and to provide feedback to the member to give them the best chance of success on the audit. The College is not seeking to find fault, but to assist members in achieving the highest standards of professionalism and professional development. This CCP process is merely an indicator of that professional integrity (and of course, the ACMDTT is mandated to perform the competence assessment of its members). The feedback provided by the Director of Education aligns with:

  • Competence Committee policy
  • CCP requirements within the legislation
  • Decisions of the Competence Committee in previous audits (precedent and consistency)

We interrupt this article to bring you the opportunity to win a gift card. If you are reading this, and interested in winning free stuff, please email info@acmdtt.com with the subject line “self-regulation” and your name by January 13, 2017 to be entered into a draw for a $50 gift card (one entry per member).  Thank you for reading the newsletter and supporting the self-regulation of your profession.

Members are then given the opportunity to amend their records. It is completely the member’s decision to take the advice, or not.  If they choose to, the processes with the Director of Education is iterative and augments the member’s record so that the Competence Committee may review it efficiently. The records of those who do not take the advice are put through to audit unaltered for complete assessment by the Competence Committee.

At the conclusion of the audit, the results were:

Number drawn for audit 231
Number cancelled audits (members retired prior to August 31) 2
Number audited by Competence Committee 229
Members with satisfactory audit result 192
Members with satisfactory with exemptions audit result 21
Members with unsatisfactory audit result requiring remediation 16
Members remediated by registration renewal deadline 16
Members referred to Complaints Director for non-compliance 0

As per s. 13 of the regulations, compliance with the CCP is a requirement for registration renewal. Use of the online My CCP platform is a required component of the CCP; therefore, all members must be recording their CCP through the platform to be compliant. Non-compliance elevates the matter to the Complaints Director and the member will be investigated.

The audit is merely a process that confirms a members’ diligence in self-development and facilitates currency within their profession. We encourage members to develop as a professional in as broad a scope as possible. Attending conferences and educations sessions are valuable activities; but, we also encourage members to read resources and journals that compel professional practice and scientific advancements to new levels of delivery in service to patients. The College wants you to be the best that you can be as a practitioner within a self-regulated environment. Continuous learning, reflection and application of this learning is one way to achieve this.

If any member has any questions about the CCP or the audit process, please contact Dacia Richmond, Director of Education, at drichmond@acmdtt.com or via phone 780.487.6130 ext. 226.

Nominating Committee

BECOME AN ACMDTT COUNCIL MEMBER!

Are you passionate about your profession? Do you want to enhance the professionalism of practitioners within your profession? Do you have enthusiasm and commitment? Are you willing to contribute your thoughts and strategic thinking in the board room? If you said yes to any of these, consider joining the ACMDTT Council.

The Nominating Committee is seeking members to let their name stand for the ACMDTT Council. Benefits to you include: governance education; meeting with members from other specialties; participation in strategic generative discussion on trends affecting the profession; a complimentary registration to the ACMDTT Annual Conference; and an honorarium while being a part of the decisions that will shape our future.

Meetings typically are four times per year, held on weekends to avoid interfering with regular work hours. All expenses are covered.

If interested, please submit an application including a resume and short biography (to be published), to the Nominating Committee c/o ACMDTT office by February 10, 2017.

Wendy Read MRT(T) (Chair), Alefiyah Gulamhusein, MRT(NM), Darren Oczkowski, MRT(MR)

TO CT or not to CT?

When is it appropriate for a nuclear medicine technologist to perform CT and in what capacity?

The landscape of nuclear medicine has changed considerably over the last decade as has the entire field of medical radiation technology. As you are all aware, one of the major catalysts to this change is the introduction of hybrid scanners: SPECT/CT, PET/CT, PET/MR…where does it end?

 

What I would like to explore here is a facet of professional regulation that is often misunderstood; that is authorized practice. We are going to delve into the concepts of restricted activities, authorization and enhanced practice.  I hope that this gives you insight into the regulatory environment and the rationale behind some of the requirements of being a regulated professional in Alberta.

 

The current practice of nuclear medicine technologists in Alberta is governed by the Medical Diagnostic and Therapeutic Technologists Profession Regulation. The document was last amended by government in 2009 – a time when we were starting to hear about SPECT/CT and thinking “we’ll never get one, so why do I have to worry about it?”  Well, fast-forward seven years and you are hard-pressed to buy a gamma camera without a CT, of some sort, attached.  Working with a CT of some sort within a nuclear medicine department has become the norm in 2016 but we must step back, reflect on our practice and ask if we are authorized by the College to do this. Can I perform this restricted activity?

 

In response to these changes in practice the College addressed the question of authorization within the framework of practice by releasing a position statement CT in the Nuclear Medicine Environment.  What it says is that if a nuclear medicine technologist is performing CT with the intention of no more than attenuation correction and/or anatomical mapping, it is considered within the scope of any nuclear medicine technologist’s practice. It is important to focus on the intent of the actions and not the camera which you are operating.  Should the CT images that you are producing be used/interpreted separately from the nuclear medicine images, or if you are preparing and/or administering diagnostic imaging contrast media, it is required that you have the CT and Contrast Media enhanced practice authorization on your practice permit.

For some systems, the intent is obvious as the camera does not have the physical capability to produce diagnostic CT images; but, with some hybrid systems, this question is quite muddy. It is important for you to be aware of what the images that you are producing are being used for. Only attenuation correction (AC) or is the radiologist or resident “reading” the scan and commenting on what they see rather than  the former where the radiological images are purely augmenting the bone scan, MIBI or whatever nuclear medicine procedure you are performing?  The answer to this question will tell you whether you require the CT and Contrast Media enhanced practice authorization to perform these scans or not.

So moving back to the concept of restricted activities, some of you may not have heard the term. In Alberta’s Government Organization Act, government has published a finite list of health acts that may cause possible harm to the public.  This doesn’t suggest that these activities will cause harm, but there is the possibility for it.  Examples include application of ionizing radiation; application of non-ionizing radiation; preparation and administration of contrast media; and venipuncture.  Other examples include such health services as the prescription of contact lenses and surgical procedures.  It is a comprehensive list applicable to all regulated health professionals in Alberta.  When a College’s regulations are created, a subset of these restricted activities is incorporated by the College and government to give different groups of members’ different restricted activities and therefore different authorizations.

This is why CT and contrast media is such a big deal currently for nuclear medicine technologists. Having registration with the College does not authorize you, because the restricted activity isn’t in the nuclear medicine register list, to apply ionizing radiation in medical radiography (read CT) nor to prepare or administer contrast media.  The College wants to evolve practice and keep up with the times and we are very fortunate that some foresight was put into the regulation to allow for enhanced practice authorizations by “borrowing” restricted activities from other registers or other specialties of the College.  As a result, if it is a requirement that a nuclear medicine technologist perform CT over and above what is required for attenuation correction and anatomical mapping AND/OR is preparing and/or administering contrast media, they can complete a program of study and apply for the authorization as they must have the CT and Contrast Media enhanced practice authorization to be legally permitted to perform these additional restricted activities.

The College cannot police, nor does it want to, all registered practitioners to ensure that they are performing only those activities for which they are authorized. It therefore falls back to the regulated professional to ensure that they are performing within their authorizations in a safe and effective manner. As a regulated professional, this is your responsibility. In a worst case scenario, in any situation, something may go awry and a complaint may be brought upon a member of the College by the public.  If you are performing duties that you are authorized to perform, your professional liability insurance (PLI) policy will be valid for the occurrence as it is within your scope.  If you are performing something that you are not authorized for, something goes awry and a complaint results, your PLI will not be valid and you will be left with the personal consequences; both financial and professional.

Hopefully this explains the rationale and process for enhanced practice. Should you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact the College.  It’s imperative that we move practice forward together and communication is the best starting point.  We look forward to hearing from you.

Deciding Factor

Mark is a relatively new graduate who is working at the clinic with a temporary practice permit. Mark wrote the CAMRT exam in September but found out in October that he was not successful.

Question to be asked:

What does Mark do now?

Mark is required to contact the College to inform the Registration Assistant that he was unsuccessful. She will work with Mark to ensure that he renews his permit appropriately.

What type of practice permit does he need now and for renewal?

As he has not yet been unsuccessful on the exam, Mark must continue to practice on a Temporary Practice Permit (TPP). This means that he must continue to practice under supervision.  Mark will renew his TPP through the online registration system.

What does he do once he passes the exam (hopefully in January)?

Once Mark passes the CAMRT exam, he must notify the College and apply for a full practice permit. To apply for the full permit, he must provide to the College:

  • A completed Membership Status Change form
  • Proof of successful exam completion. This may be his certificate or a copy of his online CAMRT transcript

What Standards of Practice apply to this scenario?

Here are a few indicators which apply to this situation:

Indicator 2.1a – assume personal responsibility for the quality and effectiveness of the regulated member’s practice

Indicator 2.1c – perform restricted activities only as authorized according to the regulations of the College

Indicator 2.1g – adhere to legal obligations required by the College

Indicator 2.2b – practice within the limits of the regulated member’s competence

Indicator 2.3a – perform only those restricted activities for which he or she has the required competence and current authorization

Indicator 2.4a – adhere to the Code of Ethics of the College

New Scenario

Bill is a magnetic resonance technologist who has the venipuncture additional authorization on his practice permit. In October, Bill went online and completed his registration renewal for 2017. He would like to claim his registration fees and so, in November, he logged into his profile to print his receipt but there is no receipt online.

Questions to be asked:

  • Why is there no receipt?
  • What must Bill do to complete his registration?
  • What Standards of Practice apply to this scenario?

Regulation 101 

Declaration of CCP Compliance – a legal and binding issue

During registration renewal, all regulated members must self-declare compliance or non-compliance with the CCP for the previous cycle. This self-declaration is a legal and binding clause to which members must attest honestly.  Compliance with the CCP includes:

  • completion of a self-assessment
  • development and implementation of a learning plan
  • completion of a certain number of hours of reflective learning

This must all be done online via the mandatory My CCP platform.

The College must ensure due diligence in assessing member professionalism and honesty through this self-declaration. The College is able to access information as to whether you have accessed and updated all components of the CCP through the online platform in each CCP cycle, or not. The contents of your CCP still remain confidential.  As compliance with the CCP mandates use of the online platform, those members who have not accessed or updated their CCP records online will be contacted by the College in follow up.

It is imperative that members declare in accordance with their activities throughout the cycle. If members have any questions, or must declare CCP non-compliance, please contact the College and we will seek to assist you.

Notice of AGM

The 2017 Alberta College of Medical Diagnostic and Therapeutic Technologists’ Annual General Meeting will take place Saturday, April 8, 2017 from 8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. at the Deerfoot Inn & Casino in Calgary AB. The meeting shall include reporting of the Audited Financial Statements, the 2017-2018 budget, the President’s Report and the Chief Executive Officer’s Report. Materials including the agenda and the rules of procedure will available on the College website 21 days in advance of the meeting. Anyone is welcome to attend, but only regulated members will be entitled to vote.

Branch News

Peace Country Branch

Branch Chair:   Tunde Bodi, MRT(R) (PeaceCountryMRTb@outlook.com)

The Branch would like to put out a call for volunteers for those interested in participating with the Branch Executive. Member participation is essential to ensure that educational and networking opportunities are available to those in the Branch.  These volunteers can be from anywhere in the Peace Country Branch area!

Next meeting:           TBA

Edmonton Branch

Branch Chair:  Kathy Dudycz, MRT(R) (kdudycz@hotmail.com)

Our last meeting was the 6th Annual Education Day which was held on October 22, 2016 and was attended by 136 members (not including executive members). The next membership meeting will take place in the spring 2017; details are to be determined.

The executive members met on November 15 to plan for spring meeting as well as to discuss preliminary plans for Education Day 2017 which will take place on October 28, 2017.

On behalf of Edmonton Branch we wish all MRTs a safe, relaxed Christmas and prosperous New 2017 Year!

Next Meeting:  March 21, 2017

Parkland Branch

Branch Chair:  Jeff Christenson, MRT(R) (Jeff.Christenson@albertahealthservices.ca)

Next Meeting:   TBA

Calgary Branch

Branch Chair:  Gina McRae, MRT(R) (gina.mcrae@albertahealthservices.ca

Next Meeting:  March 22, 2017

Southern Alberta Branch

Branch Chair: Carmen Lowry, MRT(R) (carmen.lowry@gmail.com

Next Meeting:   TBA

ENP Branch

Branch Chair:  Angie Sarnelli, ENP (angie.sarnelli@albertahealthservices.ca)

Next Meeting:  April 4, 2017

Did you Know?

-The College office will be closed between December 28-30, 2016 and will re-open on January 3, 2017!

Deciding Factor – December 2016

Mark is a relatively new graduate who is working at the clinic with a temporary practice permit. Mark wrote the CAMRT exam in September but found out in October that he was not successful.

Question to be asked:

What does Mark do now?
Mark is required to contact the College to inform the Registration Assistant that he was unsuccessful. She will work with Mark to ensure that he renews his permit appropriately.

What type of practice permit does he need now and for renewal?
As he has not yet been unsuccessful on the exam, Mark must continue to practice on a Temporary Practice Permit (TPP). This means that he must continue to practice under supervision. Mark will renew his TPP through the online registration system.

  • What does he do once he passes the exam (hopefully in January)?
    Once Mark passes the CAMRT exam, he must notify the College and apply for a full practice permit. To apply for the full permit, he must provide to the College:

    • A completed Membership Status Change form
    • Proof of successful exam completion. This may be his certificate or a copy of his online CAMRT transcript

What Standards of Practice apply to this scenario?

Here are a few indicators which apply to this situation:

Indicator 2.1a – assume personal responsibility for the quality and effectiveness of the regulated member’s practice

Indicator 2.1c – perform restricted activities only as authorized according to the regulations of the College

Indicator 2.1g – adhere to legal obligations required by the College

Indicator 2.2b – practice within the limits of the regulated member’s competence

Indicator 2.3a – perform only those restricted activities for which he or she has the required competence and current authorization

Indicator 2.4a – adhere to the Code of Ethics of the College

New Scenario

Bill is a magnetic resonance technologist who has the venipuncture additional authorization on his practice permit. In October, Bill went online and completed his registration renewal for 2017. He would like to claim his registration fees and so, in November, he logged into his profile to print his receipt but there is no receipt online.

Questions to be asked:

  • Why is there no receipt?
  • What must Bill do to complete his registration?
  • What Standards of Practice apply to this scenario?

President’s Message – December 2016

I had the pleasure of going to Ottawa in November to attend the CAMRT National Network meeting. During the round table discussions it appeared to be a common theme that all the provinces were struggling with policy governance in one way or another. The recent change in leadership at the ACMDTT with the hiring of our new CEO, Karen Stone, sparked Council to begin making some much needed changes to the policy governance style that we were using.

Since inception, the ACMDTT operated under the Carver model of Governance. This is a wonderful model of Governance, but it is very rigid. There were many challenges that we faced with this this model, and I will list some of the specific problems we ran into:

  1. Council did not feel sufficiently informed to make decisions. Under the Carver model the Council did not have a role in approving the College budget and the model limited us to the questions we could ask about the budget.
  2. We were not involved in the formation of a strategic plan. This is seen as a staff role within the Carver model.
  3. We spent 80% of our face to face Council meetings monitoring policies, changing wording and adding punctuation. We were not engaged as a board in generative dialogue and forward thinking and planning, and as a result had many talented people leave the board because they were not utilized for their skills.

In a fairly short period of time we have made some wonderful changes within Council and are already seeing the rewards. The changes we have made thus far have been fairly minor, but have allowed for major opportunities within the board. The Carver policies we have in place are good, solid policies. So, we were not starting over from scratch. We are simply modifying the necessary policies to allow for more latitude in respect of Council involvement, while maintaining a policy governance approach. Our CEO is guided by Executive Limitations, and we as Council don’t get into the operational detail, we understand our role as governors and enable the CEO to make our strategic directions happen.

We now label ourselves as a Complimentary Governance board, meaning the Council and the CEO work together collaboratively in a complimentary fashion. We have formed two new workgroups within Council: a finance and audit workgroup – to take a closer look at the finances, to ask the necessary questions and to present back to Council, rather than us all looking at a spreadsheet with glazed over eyes. Council members with special interest or skills in finance sit on this workgroup. The second workgroup is the governance workgroup. This workgroup is responsible for reviewing and monitoring policies and bylaws and presenting suggested changes back to Council for approval.

Since making these changes Council has become much more engaged and empowered. Council members feel like they are actually contributing to make the College better, which in essence is better for the membership and for the protection of the public.

Governance is constantly evolving and changing. We are not experts at it and ensure there is governance education provided at each face to face Council meeting. We have replaced the hours of time in our Council meetings once used to review policies on rich discussions and generative dialogue. I highly recommend all members consider applying for a Council position and becoming involved in the future of the College!

As we head into the holiday season and embrace a new year I would like to thank all of the members for your professionalism, your commitment and dedication to ensuring Albertans are receiving excellent care.

Kelly Sampson, MRT(T)
Council President

 

Branch News – December 2016

Peace Country Branch

Branch Chair:    Tunde Bodi, MRT(R) (PeaceCountryMRTb@outlook.com)

The Branch would like to put out a call for volunteers for those interested in participating with the Branch Executive. Member participation is essential to ensure that educational and networking opportunities are available to those in the Branch.  These volunteers can be from anywhere in the Peace Country Branch area!

Next meeting:    TBA

Edmonton Branch

Branch Chair:    Kathy Dudycz, MRT(R) (kdudycz@hotmail.com)

Our last meeting was the 6th Annual Education Day which was held on October 22, 2016 and was attended by 136 members (not including executive members). The next membership meeting will take place in the spring 2017; details are to be determined.

The executive members met on November 15 to plan for spring meeting as well as to discuss preliminary plans for Education Day 2017 which will take place on October 28, 2017.

On behalf of Edmonton Branch we wish all MRTs a safe, relaxed Christmas and prosperous New 2017 Year!

Next Meeting:    March 21, 2017

Parkland Branch

Branch Chair:    Jeff Christenson, MRT(R) (Jeff.Christenson@albertahealthservices.ca)

Next Meeting:    TBA

Calgary Branch

Branch Chair:    Gina McRae, MRT(R) (gina.mcrae@albertahealthservices.ca)

Next Meeting:    March 22, 2017

Southern Alberta Branch

Branch Chair:    Carmen Lowry, MRT(R) (carmen.lowry@gmail.com)

Next Meeting:  TBA

ENP Branch

Branch Chair:    Angie Sarnelli, ENP (angie.sarnelli@albertahealthservices.ca)

Next Meeting:    April 4, 2017

 

Regulation 101 – December 2016

Declaration of CCP Compliance – a legal and binding issue

During registration renewal, all regulated members must self-declare compliance or non-compliance with the CCP for the previous cycle. This self-declaration is a legal and binding clause to which members must attest honestly.  Compliance with the CCP includes:

  • completion of a self-assessment
  • development and implementation of a learning plan
  • completion of a certain number of hours of reflective learning

This must all be done online via the mandatory My CCP platform.

The College must ensure due diligence in assessing member professionalism and honesty through this self-declaration. The College is able to access information as to whether you have accessed and updated all components of the CCP through the online platform in each CCP cycle, or not. The contents of your CCP still remain confidential.  As compliance with the CCP mandates use of the online platform, those members who have not accessed or updated their CCP records online will be contacted by the College in follow up.

It is imperative that members declare in accordance with their activities throughout the cycle. If members have any questions, or must declare CCP non-compliance, please contact the College and we will seek to assist you.

Notice of 2017 AGM – December 2016

The 2017 Alberta College of Medical Diagnostic and Therapeutic Technologists’ Annual General Meeting will take place Saturday, April 8, 2017 from 8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. at the Deerfoot Inn & Casino in Calgary AB. The meeting shall include reporting of the Audited Financial Statements, the 2017-2018 budget, the President’s Report and the Chief Executive Officer’s Report. Materials including the agenda and the rules of procedure will available on the College website 21 days in advance of the meeting. Anyone is welcome to attend, but only regulated members will be entitled to vote.