CACB's 25th Anniversary: Memories on the Birth of CACB
Steven J. Soldin
The lack of a Fellowship in Clinical Biochemistry, available to both PhD qualified and MD qualified individuals was of serious concern to several of us, and led to frequent meetings of the "local" group in Toronto in the 80's. I had been a member of the NACB before it became affiliated with the AACC and on becoming President of the NACB was instrumental in building the bridge with Ted Peters, the then President of AACC to heal the unfortunate rift between AACC and NACB and which ultimately led to today's NACB affiliation with AACC.
Our initial efforts in Canada were directed towards attempting to convince the Royal College that they should broaden their certification program for Medical Biochemists to include suitably qualified PhD clinical chemists, analogous to the British system. This negotiation continued for several years, but Drs. Gornall and McQueen and I realized that it was going nowhere.
We then redirected our efforts to gain the support of the CSCC. This was essential as I did not want to see a similar rift occuring in Canada as had occurred in the US between the AACC and the NACB. The approach was welcomed by the CSCC and we received major support from many but especially from Drs. Desjardin, Allen, Doug Gornall, and of course from the senior Dr. Allan Gornall, who had been an avid supporter from the outset.
The rest is history. The Canadian Academy was born and has had outstanding leadership ever since. Today Canada can be proud of the quality of those who pass the Canadian board exam thereby becoming credentialed to direct clinical chemistry laboratories in this great country and simultaneously becoming members of the vibrant Canadian Academy of Clinical Biochemistry.
Thank you for asking me to share these cherished memories.