Laboratory Physicians: Committed to excellence in Ontario's health care system

    TORONTO, April 21 /CNW/ - April 19th-25 is National Laboratory Medicine
Week and Ontario's laboratory physicians (Lab MDs) are raising awareness about
the critical and valuable role they play in the health care system.
    Lab MDs are the doctor's doctor working behind the scenes examining
tissue and tumours removed during surgery and interpreting the results of a
variety of blood tests to detect diseases. One of the largest misconceptions
is that Lab MDs only practice pathology and almost exclusively perform
autopsies, when in fact autopsies make up only a very small fraction of their
important work.
    "Lab MDs work for the living - for a living. As a patient, you may never
see us, but we know you better than you think," said Dr. Brendan Mullen, Chair
of the Ontario Medical Association's Section on Laboratory Medicine. "We also
work hard to ensure that the future of pathology and laboratory medicine is
very healthy in Ontario through a number of safeguards that are already in
place," added Dr. Suhas Joshi, President of the Ontario Association of
    Ontario already has well established quality programs such as the Ontario
Laboratory Accreditation (OLA) and Ontario's Quality Management Program -
Laboratory Services (QMP-LS) which are actively engaged in accrediting and
monitoring laboratory services in the province.
    In addition, the Ontario Medical Association's Section on Laboratory
Medicine and the Ontario Association of Pathologists have jointly launched a
new initiative that will further strengthen the services provided by the
province's Lab MDs. Representing the consolidated voice of the profession,
Path2Quality (P2Q) is committed to the enhancement of systems and processes
that support the work of Ontario's Lab MDs and in so doing, promote the best
practice of laboratory medicine and patient safety for Ontarians.
    "The future of pathology and laboratory medicine in Ontario is strong and
healthy", conclude Drs. Mullen and Joshi. "There is strong accountability
which translates into a reliable and safe system for patients."

For further information:

For further information: Dr. Brendan Mullen, Chair, Section on
Laboratory Medicine, Ontario Medical Association, Phone: (416) 586-4553,
Email:; Dr. Suhas Joshi, President, Ontario Association
of Pathologists, Phone: (905) 684-7271, ext. 46510, Email:

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