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President's Message: New Initiatives in 2020

The Future of Infection Prevention and Control

The infection prevention and control (IPC) profession only continues to grow and there is no better time than the present to be a part of molding the future generation of IPC professionals!

While the year is already more than halfway through, there is still much to come. Since my last President’s Message, CBIC exhibited at three conferences – APIC Annual, IPAC Canada & IFIC Joint Conference, and NACCHO Annual – where we continued to network and reconnect with new and old CICs alike. The CBIC Board of Directors also met for its second annual meeting in June where we made progress on many exciting things.

At June’s APIC Annual Conference, I had the pleasure of announcing before APIC colleagues and future CICs two of these new Board-approved initiatives.

Coming in 2020

  • CIC® recertification alternate pathway: Continuing education (Infection Prevention Units): This method of recertification will be available to all candidates eligible for recertification starting in 2020, as an alternate method to recertification by examination.
  • Entry-level pathway: Associate – Infection Prevention and Control (a-IPC): The a-IPC is tailored to individuals interested in a career within the profession or to those who currently do not meet eligibility criteria to sit for the CIC®.

More details to come on both pathways. As we look to the rest of this year, I encourage you to stay in touch with CBIC through social media (Facebook, LinkedIn, and Twitter) as well as the CBIC E-newsletter so that you’re the first to hear about updates and announcements related to these new initiatives!



Roy Boukidjian, MSN, PHN, CIC, NE-BC

2019 CBIC President


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Exhibiting Photo Gallery

APIC 2019

A couple of CICs at the Dessert Reception