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Pathology Quality Management Program

In Ontario, pathologists practice in hospitals, community (private) laboratories and public health laboratories. They may practice in more than one of these settings.

The pathology community recognizes the need to focus on quality improvement to advance performance, and promote learning and education.

The Pathology Quality Management Program recommends standardized processes, consistently applied to all providers and facilities. It supports high-quality and consistent pathology services through:

  • quality reporting on evidence-based standards at the provincial, regional and facility levels
  • a 3-tier clinical leadership structure that includes provincial, regional and facility leads
  • resources, tools, training and opportunities to support quality improvement

The program applies to all providers of surgical pathology and all facilities that deliver surgical pathology services. It includes the analytic aspects of both cancer and non-cancer surgical pathology, and excludes forensic pathology.

Stakeholder Engagement

Our success depends on feedback from others interested in quality in pathology. This includes:

  • patients and service users
  • providers
  • facility leadership
  • professional organizations
  • health system leaders

We inform them about our implementation plans and activities and ask for their input through:

  • presentations
  • meetings
  • webinars
  • teleconferences
  • in-person and online consultations
  • letters

A Pathology Provincial Quality Committee also provides feedback and direction on the Partnership’s implementation activities. Members include:

  • Dr. Kathy Chorneyko, Provincial Lead
  • pathology regional leads
  • community lab and hospital leadership
  • patients and service users
  • pathologists’ assistant
  • pathology professional organizations