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PAs Navigating COVID-19: Ian Sue-Chue-Lam

Monday, April 27, 2020   (0 Comments)
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Ian Sue-Chue-Lam, PA(ASCP)CM
AAPA member since 2016

"It’s been interesting to hear everyone’s stories about how the COVID-19 pandemic has evolved across the United States.  North of the border in Ontario, Canada, we’re finding ourselves in similar circumstances.  It feels like we’ve been in this situation for eons, and yet the end is nowhere in sight.  On Friday, April 17th, Ontario reported a single-day high (at the time) for COVID-19 deaths and cases.  At work, ORs have slowed to a near-halt.  The chances of redeployment are rising in tandem with the possibility of an alternating work schedule.  Yet somehow, between the ever-increasing number of COVID-19 cases and the dwindling PPE supply, an unrelenting can-do attitude seems to be everywhere.  Through it all – the busy days, the days stuck at home, and the days with a query COVID autopsy – the pathologists’ assistant community always seems to make the most out of a bad situation.

In this spirit, my co-workers and I are organizing an online charity conference for pathologists’ assistants, residents, and anyone else who has been deprived of their usual rounds, lectures, and conferences.  The conference will be streamed live through YouTube, and registration will be pay-what-you-can (or nothing at all!) with all proceeds benefiting charities responding to the COVID-19 crisis.  We believe that the recent cancellation of the Canadian Association of Pathologists (CAP-ACP) Annual Meeting and the AAPA Spring Meeting has left our community with a need for accessible, high quality lectures.  Our conference is fully accredited by the CAP-ACP on behalf of the Royal College of Canadian Physicians and Surgeons.  Moreover, our profession has an obligation to support the broader medical community when it needs us most.  We’ve teamed up with the AAPA, CAP-ACP PA Section, CCCPA-CCCAP (the Canadian PA certifying body), and the University Health Network (Toronto General Hospital, Princess Margaret Hospital) to help us tackle these issues and make this conference as impactful as possible.  If you’re interested in participating, please find more information here.

I can’t wait for things to get back to normal again, so we can all return to this career that we love.  Until then, let’s learn something together."

We want to hear from you!  During this time of isolation, now more than ever we need to see and hear from our PA community!  How is COVID-19 affecting your work?  What tips and tricks have you found useful?  How are you using this time to promote pathologists' assistants?  Send us a summary describing your "new normal", along with one or two high-resolution photos, and your story may be featured next (read previous features here).  Or, if you have any COVID-19 resources to add to our list, please pass them along.  Remember, we are all in this together, and the AAPA will be here to support you throughout this crisis and beyond.

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