Year created: 1961

Executive committee

Chair: Dr. Fadi Brimo (McGill University, Montreal)
Vice-Chair: Dr. Cheng Wang (Dalhousie University, Halifax)
Past-chair: Dr. Harman Sekhon (University of Ottawa, Ottawa)
Treasurer: Dr. Omar Al-Nourhji (University of Saskatchewan, Saskatoon)
Secretary: Dr. Gabor Fischer (University of Manitoba, Winnipeg)
Member at large: Dr. Marc Pusztaszeri (McGill University, Montreal)
Member at large: Dr. Cady Zeman-Pocrnich (Western University, London)
Affiliate member: Ms. Susan Mcrae (London Health Science Center, London)
Resident Representative: Dr. Si Kei Lou (University of Toronto, Toronto)

Mission Statement
The Canadian Society of Cytology (CSC), a section of the Canadian Association of Pathologists (CAP-ACP), is a group of pathologists and cytotechnologists with an interest in cytopathology. The Society's purpose is to promote the health and safety of all Canadians by achieving and maintaining a high standard of practice within the discipline of cytopathology and to foster continued growth and development of cytopathology in Canada.

The goals of the CSC are:

  • Standardization: To encourage standardization of the practice of cytopathology in all provinces with emphasis on training, specimen preparation, screening, and reporting; participate in international initiatives in standardization.
  • Communication: To provide and maintain a forum for communication and exchange of knowledge in cytopathology; organize educational programs to further information and research in cytopathology.
  • Registry: To participate in development of a national registry in cytopathology including clinical pathology follow up.
  • Accreditation: To participate in accreditation of training programs for cytotechnologists and pathologists.
  • Guidelines: To develop guidelines for the practice of cytopathology and quality assurance programs in cytopathology.

Historical Records



The Canadian Society for Medical Laboratory Science’s (CSMLS) Competency Profile - Diagnostic Cytology

Conjoint Accreditation Services | Services de l’agrément & Canadian Medical Association | Association médicale canadienne are pleased to announce that the Committee on Conjoint Accreditation has accepted a revised national competency profile for use in the accreditation of cytotechnology (diagnostic cytology) programs.
The Canadian Society for Medical Laboratory Science’s (CSMLS) Competency Profile - Diagnostic Cytology – Competencies expected of an entry-level cytotechnologist (dated 2014) will be used for accreditation surveys effective April 2016. This profile will replace the previous version (dated 2008). The revised profile is available on the CSMLS website.
83% of the physicians who were consulted on proposed revisions to the profile provided feedback to CSMLS.
Revisions include:

  • A change from 8 categories to 10
  • Specific categories created for Critical Thinking and Communication & Interaction
  • Changes in the assumptions about the cytotechnologist
  • Additions, modification and some elimination of competencies

The CMA currently accredits 6 educational programs in cytotechnology.   The conjoint accreditation process supports physicians by upholding national standards for the education of health professionals whose work they rely on to provide safe and high quality care. 
Conjoint Accreditation Services | Services de l’agrément & Canadian Medical Association | Association médicale canadienne wishes to thank you for your ongoing support of this important process.

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The theme for the Monday Canadian Society of Cytopathology Session at the CAP-ACP in Charlottetown, PE on Monday June 12, 1530-1700 is going to be: Common Challenges in Salivary Gland Cytopathology

Speaker: Martin Bullock, Dalhousie University, QEII Health Sciences Centre 

Objectives: At the end of this session, participants will be able to:

  • Use demographic and clinical information to guide the formulation of a differential diagnosis for a salivary gland lesion.
  • Know key histopathological features of major salivary gland tumors that can be used by cytopathologists to differentiate between lesions with overlapping cytomorphology.
  • Develop an appropriate differential diagnosis for several common cytomorphological categories of salivary gland fine needle aspirates.

Salivary gland cytopathology is challenging due to the large number of non-neoplastic and neoplastic conditions that can affect salivary glands, and the extensive overlap between entities. This session will address several common differential diagnoses in salivary gland cytopathology, using a case-based approach. Clinical and histopathological features of the entities will be emphasized, so the participant can gain a better understanding of the expected features and subtleties on fine needle aspiration. Milan system categories will be applied as appropriate, for discussion with participants. This session will be of value to pathologists who practice cytopathology, pathology residents and cytotechnologists.

Past Symposia

2015 Symposium - Symposium: Canadian Society of Cytopathology: Urine Cytology Update: the Paris System of Reporting

2016 Symposium - Symposium and Kulcsar Lecture: Canadian Society of Cytopathology: Pancreatico-biliary Cytology


- last updated January 2019 -