Internal Matters – December 2015

President’s Message

What does it mean to be a professional?

Being a professional is an identity. A status, a role that has high social value, high entry requirement and a degree of social responsibility.  As MRTs and ENPs it is also an occupational role with a legal status and is subject to regulation.

Regulations, created by the profession together with the Standards of Practice and Code of Ethics provide parameters for safe and ethical practice. While regulations provide a legal framework, a professional has the duty to be aware of their limitations, knowledge of skills and acts appropriately to the situation as required.  This includes permissive and constructive mistrust allowing the professional to not implement ordered procedures or treatment plans that, in their perspective, appears to be contraindicated and takes appropriate action.

From the patient’s perspective a professional is one who has been deemed qualified to perform the job. They expect that person to act with professionalism and generally base this on a broad range of behaviours distinct from technical skills; as a result, professionalism encompasses situational and contextual awareness. The professional needs to draw on a range of communication, technical and practical skills and apply them appropriately in a given scenario.  The true skill of the professional may not only be knowing what to do, but when to do it.  This is usually learned in the field and the behaviour of the professional is influenced by the leadership of the team to which they belong and peers that they work with.

I leave you to ponder a quote by Harry Cayton, an expert in the field of regulation: “Excellence is the consistent performance of good practice combined with continuous improvement” and consistently striving for improvement in practice is the hallmark of a professional.

I wish you all a wonderful holiday season and see you in the New Year!

Conference 2016

ACMDTT/AHS 2016 Annual General Conference April 8 & 9, 2016 Marriott at River Cree Resort, Edmonton AB

Conference Registration now open! To access online conference registration click here.

For more information on our conference, visit our website at: http://acmdtt.com/2016-conference/

Award Nominations 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!

Council Nominations are Open

Two Council Member Positions up for Nominations

Vacancies – each are a three year term starting July 2016 to June 2019

One MR specialty

One Any specialty (that includes ENP)

Nominations deadline is February 22, 2016. Click here for the Nomination form.

Did You Know?

  • You do not have to have someone nominate you… you can nominate yourself. Just simply fill in the nomination form and send it in. Check out the Nominations Brochure for attributes and expectations of a Council Member.
  • Currently, there are no members from Peace Country or Southern Alberta Branches on Council.
  • Transportation and lodging expenses are paid for by the College for attending Council meetings at the Edmonton office.
  • Complimentary registration to the ACMDTT Annual General Conference is provided to Council members.
  • Earn other education hours with the Board Education during Council meetings.
  • Typically there are four face-to-face meetings a year (one attached to the Annual General Conference) and one teleconference.

For more information please refer to the Nominations Brochure or email the Nominating Committee Chair, current Council member and Past President, Cindy Humphries, at chumphries@acmdtt.com.

Influenza Immunization

Influenza (flu) has begun to spread across Alberta, and, as the holiday season approaches, all Albertans, six months and older, are encouraged to get immunized soon.

It can take two weeks for people to be fully protected after receiving the flu vaccine. Albertans should get immunized soon to help ensure the flu won’t interrupt their holiday plans or winter vacations.

When people get influenza, they usually develop symptoms quickly, including fever, chills, headache, sore muscles and a cough. While it can affect Albertans of all ages including healthy adults, it is especially serious for seniors, infants, pregnant women, and those with chronic medical conditions. Every year, too many Albertans get hospitalized, end up in intensive care units, or die. Getting a vaccine is safe and the best way for Albertans to protect themselves, their families, friends and co-workers.

Albertans can be immunized at public health clinics as well as many physicians’ offices. Albertans nine years of age and older can be immunized at pharmacies. For more information, and for clinic hours and schedules, visit www.ahs.ca/influenza.

Practice Permit Knowledge

Any member of the public, including you and your employer, may look up a regulated member’s registration information by searching the last name or ACMDTT number of that person in the member register on the College website. The member register displays a member’s full name, registration number, registration status and any conditions (including enhanced practice or additional authorizations) placed on the practice permit.

As per the Health Professionals Act section 36(5), a regulated member must on request, make the regulated member’s practice permit available for inspection. This means that you must hold a current and valid permit at all times that you are practicing your profession. When the College issues you a practice permit, it is available online, you can login to your profile to view your permit under ‘Practice Permits and Receipts’. You may choose to print a hard copy of your practice permit for inspection or save a digital copy on your smart device, or provide information enabling an individual to look it up on the College website.

CCP Online Reminder

Remember – The Continuing Competence Program (CCP) is Online

Remind me…now that I have to record everything online, how do I log in?

The new My CCP platform has been launched. Members may access this from the home page of the College’s website through the portal called My CCP.  If you have not yet logged in, your username is your ACMDTT registration number and your password is defaulted to your last name.  Once you are logged in, please change your password so that your CCP remains confidential.  As a reminder, the College has no access to the CCP records kept on this site.

Effective September 1, 2015, all members of the College must utilize this system for CCP records. No paper copies of CCP forms will be available. The College will make every effort to accommodate individuals unable to complete the CCP as designed.

As the transition of from one program to another involves some significant changes, questions are inevitable. Please do not hesitate to contact the College.  Dacia Richmond, Director of Education may be reached by phone 780.487.6130 ext. 226; toll free 1.800.282.2165 or via email drichmond@acmdtt.com.

Registrar in Session

Excellence in Professional Collaboration Award 2015

The current healthcare environment leans heavily on interprofessional relationships. These interprofessional teams work to efficiently and effectively provide the best care possible. In recognition of the invaluable contributions made by groups such as these which involve our members, the College bestows the Award for Excellence in Professional Collaboration to a group who has contributed to a common goal related to professional practice either technically or with humanity which has had a positive impact on the profession.

The recipients of this award are the founding members of the Oncology and Sexuality, Intimacy and Survivorship, or OASIS, Clinic from the Cross Cancer Institute in Edmonton. Consisting of a radiation therapist, radiation oncologist, occupational therapist, psychologist and nurse practitioner, this team has personified collaborative practice since its rather accidental inception in 2012 and they have worked tirelessly over the last three years focusing on the sexual health and intimacy concerns of patients with cancer. Addressing varied concerns from body image to reproductive concerns, each team member is responsible for patient assessment and response. Although there are other similar clinics scattered across the country, this is the first one to accept patients of any gender or diagnosis at any stage in their cancer journey, the first in the nation to feature such a prominent medical radiation technologist role.

Congratulations to Ashley Belbeck, MRT(T), Dr. Ericka Wiebe, Dr. Jill Turner, Amy Driga, OT and Elisha Andrews, NP!

Deciding Factor

Stephanie is a medical radiation technologist who has just moved from Manitoba to become the manager for diagnostic imaging at a site in Alberta. Stephanie will be responsible for clinic oversight, HR duties and performance reviews of floor supervisors.

Questions to be asked:

Must Stephanie hold full registration with the College?

Yes, Stephanie must register with the College as a full member.

If so, why does she need to be registered?

This law falls under the mandatory registration section (s.46) of the Health Professions Act. As Stephanie is an MRT and she will be providing supervision of regulated members who provide professional services to the public she qualifies as a mandatory registrant with the College.

What Standards of Practice apply to this scenario?

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

  • Indicator 2.1g – adhere to legal obligations required by the College (e.g., mandatory registration requirements)
  • Indicator 3.2a – support and promote the profession through mentoring and team contribution

New Scenario

Janice is a radiological technologist working in a pain management suite. Janice has been directed to draw up the medications that will be injected by the radiologist so that things are ready to go when the physician arrives.  Janice does not have an enhanced practice authorization on her practice permit.

Questions to be asked:

Should Janice draw up the medication for the doctor to inject?

What is best practice?

What Standards of Practice apply to this scenario?

Regulation 101

What is unprofessional conduct?

As a self-regulating profession, the College is responsible for ensuring there are mechanisms and structures to address public and professional concerns about unprofessional conduct by its members. So what constitutes unprofessional conduct under the Health Professions Act?

“Unprofessional conduct” means one or more of the following, whether or not it is disgraceful or dishonourable:

(i) displaying a lack of knowledge of or lack of skill or judgment in the provision of professional services;

(ii) contravention of this Act, a code of ethics or standards of practice;

(iii) contravention of another enactment that applies to the profession;

(iv) representing or holding out that a person was a regulated member and in good standing while the person’s registration or practice permit was suspended or cancelled;

(v) representing or holding out that person’s registration or practice permit is not subject to conditions when it is or misrepresenting the conditions;

(vi) failure or refusal

(A) to comply with the requirements of the continuing competence program, or

(B) to co operate with a competence committee or a person appointed under section 11                               undertaking a practice visit;

(vii) failure or refusal

(A) to comply with an agreement that is part of a ratified settlement,

(B) to comply with a request of or co operate with an investigator,

(C) to undergo an examination under section 118, or

(D) to comply with a notice to attend or a notice to produce under Part 4;

(viii) contravening an order under Part 4, conditions imposed on a practice permit or a direction                    under section 118(4);

(ix) carrying on the practice of the regulated profession with a person who is contravening section 98 or an order under Part 4 or conditions imposed on a practice permit or a direction under section 118(4);

(x) carrying on the practice of the regulated profession of physicians, surgeons, osteopaths, dentists, chiropractors or optometrists on behalf of a corporation that does not meet the requirements of sections 104 to 115 or as a partner of a partnership that does not meet the requirements of section 98(3);

(xi) carrying on the practice of the regulated profession of physical therapists on behalf of a corporation that does not meet the requirements of Schedule 20;

(xii) conduct that harms the integrity of the regulated profession;

The principles of fairness, reasonableness and due process must prevail throughout the complaint and disciplinary process for the member and complainant.

Notice of AGM

The 2016 Alberta College of Medical Diagnostic and Therapeutic Technologists’ Annual General Meeting will take place Saturday, April 9, 2016 from 8:00 a.m. – 9:00 a.m. at the Marriott at River Cree Resort, Edmonton AB. The meeting shall include reporting of the Audited Financial Statements, the 2016-2017 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.

Information Management Position Statement

The College strives to maintain currency with the practice of its members and has undertaken a review and revision of the position statement “Technologists Practicing as PACS or RIS Administrators”. This process was completed in order to update this statement to reflect current practice and authorized individuals.

The College acknowledges that over time, technologists may choose career roles or practice environments that focus on a limited area of their specialty. The revisions to the position reflect the current competence requirements and practice of members of the College surrounding information systems. As such, this statement has been revised to be inclusive of all medical radiation technologists.

Furthermore, in response to employer needs, the roles of individuals working within the information and archiving systems milieus has expanded and has evolved practice from being restricted in PACS and RIS environments. It is therefore most appropriate to use the terminology of practicing within “information management” to characterize these regulated members.

In order to reflect the findings of the review, the position title was amended to “Technologists practicing in the field of information management”. These changes were approved by Council in September 2015.

Click here to review the new position statement: Technologists Practicing in the Field of Information Management.

MR Orbit Position Statement

The College strives to maintain currency with the practice of its members and recently reviewed the position statement “MRI Technologists Interpreting Orbit x-rays”. Members have inquired about the possibility of magnetic resonance (MR) technologists interpreting orbit x-rays. The College has recently undergone consultation on this matter with two large stakeholder groups representing both public and private practice.

Stakeholders report that the number of patients that are sent for orbit x-rays has dramatically declined in the last few years. As a result, it is reasonable that all applicable cases may be assessed by the radiologist and/or radiology resident. Stakeholders also noted that given the increased training that would be required for technologists to gain competence in this area, it is unwarranted in our current practice environments.

In summary, the College maintains its position on MR technologists assessing orbit x-rays and the position statement’s intent remains unchanged.

To read the position statement, follow this link: MR Technologists Interpreting Orbit X-Rays

Branch News

Peace Country Branch

Branch Co-Chairs: Nancy Babineau, MRT(R) (Grande Prairie), Tunde Bodi, MRT(R) (Fort McMurray)

PeaceCountryMRTb@outlook.com

Next Meeting:    TBA

Edmonton Branch

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

The 5th Annual Education Day was held on October 24, 2015 was very successful with 155 members attending.

Next Meeting:    April 5, 2016 (tentative), Location TBD

The meeting will contain a business portion as well as an educational lecture

Parkland Branch

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

Next Meeting:    TBA

Calgary Branch

Branch Chair:     Chantal McGeough, MRT(MR) (chantal.mcgeough@albertahealthservices.ca)

Next Meeting:    March 16, 2016

Southern Alberta Branch

Branch Chair:     Kaitlyn Svistovski, MRT(T) (kaitlyn.svistovski@albertahealthservices.ca)

Education Day:   TBA

ENP Branch

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

Next Meeting:    TBA

Did you know?

-If you have forgotten your password, you can retrieve it online. Click on ‘My Profile’ on the College website, select ‘Request Password’ (upper right corner), provide the required information and your password will be emailed to you at the email address you have provided to the College.

-College Regulations require that registrants provide assurance of the currency of their skills and knowledge to practice on the public of Alberta by completing a minimum of 800 working hours in their primary area of practice and 160 working hours in their secondary area of practice in the most recent five-year window.

-The 7th annual Canadian Winter School on Quality & Safety in Radiation Oncology is being held February 7 – 11, 2016 at the Fairmont Le Chateau Montebello Quebec.  Click on the embedded link for details on the event.