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.