1. Why did you choose a career in infection prevention and control?
I was always interested in microbiology and pathobiology. The field of infection prevention and control brought both my interests together in one field. Also, every day in the field of infection prevention and control presents new scenarios and challenges which I find very exciting and stimulating.
2. What advice would you give someone who is interested in an infection prevention and control career?
There are no rules in Infection Prevention and Control. You go on a case by case basis using the best practices as applicable. Sometimes, it can be overwhelming, as infection prevention and control has it hands in pretty much everything. Don't be scared to ask for help. Become members of APIC and/or IPAC Canada and join your local chapter and use the opportunity to be mentored by some of the field experts. They are very welcoming and love to help new infection control professionals grow.
3. What does being a CIC® mean to you?
Being a CIC means a great deal to me. It not only gives me the confidence to do the work that I do every day, but also recognizes me as being knowledgeable about infection prevention and control practices.
4. What was the best studying method for you when preparing for the initial certification examination?
I used the CBIC Workbook to identify areas I needed to read or learn more about and the APIC text to read up on those chapters. Once I was done reading the chapters, I focused on the CIC questions posted by CBIC on social media platforms.
5. What advice would you give someone pursuing certification?
Try answering all the CIC questions that are posted on the social media by CBIC.
6. How do you stay up-to-date on infection prevention and control practices?
I subscribe to CBIC, APIC, IPAC Canada, CDC, and Public Health Ontario feeds to receive regular updates. I am actively involved with IPAC Canada and I attend IPAC related educational events such as webinars, journal club and conferences.
7. Are you part of an APIC or IPAC Canada chapter? If so, would you recommend it to others?
I am actively involved with IPAC Canada and am on its Endorsement Review committee along with co-chairing mental health interest groups. I also chair the Marketing committee, am a webmaster and sit on the Education committee of the IPAC-GTA chapter. I would strongly recommend others to become members as well.
8. How has the CIC® helped you grow professionally and in your career?
CIC has helped me become an infection control professional in my community hospital. I believe it gave me an edge.
9. Are there any CIC® stories that keep you up at night?
Due to COVID-19 pandemic, and as things constantly changing, it has become really challenging for infection prevention and control professionals to stay up to date with the current best practices while balancing the public health mandate and keeping our staff updated and calm.