Stella Entcheva, MMed, MD, LTC-CIP 

Location: Winnipeg, MB, Canada

Company/Organization: Riverview Health Centre and Southwest PCH

Title: Infection Control Support Associate

First Certified: April 2023

  1. Why did you choose a career in infection prevention and control?

I have a Master’s Degree in Public Health – Medicine and a qualification of Physician. I chose the field of Infection Prevention and Control as it allows me to see Infectious diseases from a different angle, being focused on preventing disease and it’s spread. I enjoy the Epidemiology part of the work as well, seeing trends and being able to put appropriate measures into place in a timely manner.

  1. What advice would you give someone who is interested in an infection prevention and control career?

 I would like to encourage medical professionals and anyone working in healthcare to get familiar with CBIC for the benefit of their facilities and patients/clients/residents

  1. What does being LTC-CIP  mean to you?

Being LTC-CIP certified professional means I make confident evidence-based decisions and provide professional advice in Infection Prevention and Control.  

  1. What was the best studying method for you when preparing for the initial certification examination?

Preparing for the exam takes time and effort of course and is rewarding and necessary. I found APIC Text very helpful. 

  1. What advice would you give someone pursuing certification?

To someone pursuing the LTC-CIP certification I’d say they are on the right path to enhancing their skills and knowledge. 

  1. How do you stay up-to-date on infection prevention and control practices?

I stay up-to-date with IP&C practices by attending events and lectures on the subject, communicating with regional professionals, staying up-to-date with provincial and national guidelines.

       7. How has the LTC-CIP helped you grow professionally and in your career?

 The LTC-CIP has helped me bring positive contribution to my team and showcase my skills and professional excellence.