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Volume 4; Issue 3
Inside this Issue
CBIC President's Message
CBIC was involved in two major North American conferences for infection preventionists this summer: The CHICA-Canada conference in Toronto, and the APIC Conference in Baltimore. We connected with hundreds of individuals who are interested in certification, and we look for many of these professionals to take their exam and earn their CIC®! There was a real excitement among the CIC® candidates we spoke to, and these were some of the most frequent questions, along with our answers:
Does certification make a difference?
How do I know if I’m qualified to take the CBIC exam?
What should I study to take the certification exam?
How will I know what questions will be on the exam?
CBIC Strategic Planning
The Board then participated in a strategic planning retreat with its stakeholders from APIC, CHICA-Canada and its testing company to analyze the information obtained and to determine the necessary actions to take. As a result of this process, CBIC identified the following goal areas:
The CBIC Board will be hard at work to create strategic initiatives associated with these goals and action plans. We’ll keep all IPs informed about the continuing progress and the future direction of CBIC activities.
If you didn’t get an opportunity to speak with us at a conference this year, we’re still available by phone (414-918-9796), by email (email@example.com), or you can reach me personally by email: firstname.lastname@example.org. We look forward to hearing from you!
Terrie B. Lee, RN, MS, MPH, CIC
CBIC is proud to announce the launching of our new website at www.cbic.org. Because we are committed to the professional growth of our certificants as well as educating the public, employers, and certification candidates; we believe that a website that's easier to navigate will help us fulfill that goal. Please visit and marvel in the changes!
Did you know that you can now update your profile in real-time right on the website? Visit the My Profile link on the My Certification page and click "Login Help" to create your unique username and password. Once you’re signed up, you’ll be able to log in at anytime to update your contact information. No more forms to send back!
Stay tuned for other upgrades coming later in the year such as e-commerce for purchasing the SARE, practice exam, and CIC merchandise.
If you ever experience problems logging in or other general issues with the website, please contact a member of the CBIC staff at email@example.com.
Display Your CIC® With Pride
CBIC is proud to announce our new products which all contain the CIC logo. Wear your credential with pride! Choose from the slick metal business card case to keep your business cards safe and easy to find; the CIC® portfolio which offers an expendable inside pocket, calculator and pad of paper; or the 16 oz stainless steel travel mug featuring a slide-open lid to keep your coffee warm and your clothes dry. Don’t forget to show off your certification with the gold lapel CIC® pin, available as well on our website's Product page.
Meet our Physician Director, Dr. Kathy Suh
Kathryn Suh, MD, FRCP, CIC is a physician in the Division of Infectious Diseases, Department of Medicine and an Associate Professor of Medicine and Pediatrics at the University of Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. She is also the Associate Director of Infection Prevention and Control at The Ottawa Hospital.
Dr. Suh obtained her medical degree from the University of Ottawa. She trained in Family Medicine at McGill University, Internal Medicine and Infectious Diseases at the University of Ottawa, and Hospital Epidemiology at the University of Rochester, Rochester NY.
Her research and academic interests include clinical aspects of infectious diseases, as well as the control of antimicrobial resistant organisms, antimicrobial utilization, and hand hygiene (particularly related to education and improving healthcare worker compliance with hand hygiene).
Dr. Suh participates in medical trainee education and is the course coordinator of an introductory graduate level course in healthcare epidemiology offered by the Department of Community Medicine at the University of Ottawa. She is a member of the Provincial (Ontario) Infectious Diseases Advisory Committee on Infection Prevention and Control, the Ontario Hospital Association Communicable Diseases Protocols Subcommittee, and the Canadian Healthcare Epidemiology Committee / Canadian Nosocomial Infections Surveillance Program of the Public Health Agency of Canada.
We asked Dr. Suh the following questions:
How did you become involved in infection prevention and control?
What motivated you to become certified?
What has being certified meant to you professionally?
What do you think the physician presence brings to the Board?
Why do you think more physicians aren’t certified?
A search of the CBIC database found few physicians who are board certified. Is your physician certified?
We feel extremely fortunate to have the opportunity to work with Dr. Suh on the CBIC board!!
To maintain certification, the Infection Preventionist must recertify within five calendar years of passing the examination. All currently certified infection preventionists are eligible for recertification. If you have not already taken the following steps, please review the following options for recertification:
Please be aware that if you do not recertify within the deadlines outlined above, your certification will lapse on December 31, 2011. If you allow your certification to lapse, you cannot use the CIC® credential after December 31, 2011. Should your certification lapse and you decide to pursue the credential again, you must apply through the same application process, criteria, and fee as a first-time applicant at the time of application.
2011 APIC Annual Conference
CBIC participated in the 2011 APIC Annual Conference through exhibiting and sponsoring a session on certification. The exhibit booth was popular as it has been in past years. It’s an opportunity for CICs to visit with their friends and colleagues and stop by to chat with Board members and staff. It also allows potential candidates to be able to talk to CBIC staff and Board members face-to-face about the CIC examination and get their questions answered.
CBIC also sponsored a session entitled “Celebrating Excellence in Infection Prevention – Achieving Certification” during the Conference. It was standing room only as hundreds came to learn about the certification process and tips for achieving success. After the session ended, CBIC leadership spent time in the APIContacts Lounge answering additional questions.
The APIC Conference is always a wonderful opportunity for the CBIC leadership to connect with certificants and others interested in certification and we’re grateful to everyone who stopped by. We hope to see you in 2012 in San Antonio!
2011 CHICA-Canada Conference
This year CBIC once again exhibited at the CHICA-Canada 2011 National Education Conference, May 28-June 2 in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The conference exceeded attendance numbers from 2010 by several hundred attendees. CBIC President Terrie Lee, along with Board members Glenda Schuh, Kathy Suh, and Kathy McGhie, were on hand to provide information to individuals interested in CIC certification. CBIC also had posters with the names of the Canadian CICs who either certified for the first time or re-certified in the last 12 months. An email was sent to these certificants encouraging them to stop by the booth to get there picture taken next to their names. Congratulations to our Canadian CICs and thank you to CHICA-Canada for being such a gracious host, as always. We’ll see you next year in Saskatoon!
CHICA-Canada Presents CIC Chapter Achievement Award
CHICA-Canada continues to make a concerted effort to promote the Certification in Infection Control (CIC®) designation in Canada. The value of this designation has been proven to employers, colleagues and the public. It is a valid demonstration of the standardized knowledge of Infection Prevention and Control through a common testing application. In Canada, CHICA-Canada’s 22 chapters encourage and promote the achievement of the designation through study groups, reimbursement of examination fees, lapel pins, and enthusiastic congratulations to those who have achieved or renewed their CIC.
In 2009, CHICA established the CIC Chapter Achievement Award. Patterned after the former CBIC Canadian Chapter Achievement Award, the award acknowledges the CHICA-Canada chapter that achieves the highest percentage of newly certified CICs. The prize is $750 towards an educational event.
The winner of the 2010 CIC Chapter Achievement Award, showing a significant increase in newly certified chapter members, is CHICA-HANDIC (Hamilton and Neighbouring Districts in Infection Prevention and Control). The announcement and presentation was made at the Opening Ceremonies of the 2011 CHICA-Canada conference (Toronto, May 28-June 2 2011).
Risa reports CHICA-HANDIC chapter activities that support certification include the following:
Help us to inspire others, let us know what your chapter is doing to promote certification.
San Antonio Chapter Story
By Kristine Chafin, RN, MBA, CIC
Welcome to APIC Chapter 71 – San Antonio, Texas. We are 82 members strong having various educational and experience backgrounds. At our May meeting, we had 19 members receive their CIC pins (twenty two percent); over half of our board is certified. Sixty-three percent of those certified have their masters’ degrees and all have their bachelors’ degrees. Education is truly the focus of our chapter. We have a VERY short business meeting followed by a one hour CEU presentation.
This year's presentations include:
We offer yearly scholarships for the certification exam; we also have an expanded infection prevention library that includes the study guides and handbooks available to any person who requests them. We have also started a mentoring program for those new to infection prevention. We attempt to “buddy” a novice IP with an experienced IP!
How My CIC® Helped During the Tornado of Joplin, MO
By Ann Davy, RN, CIC and Lisa Linn, BS, RN, CIC*
The day and time that changed the city of Joplin, Missouri forever. An EF-5 tornado ripped through our town of approximately 50,000 residents, destroying nearly one-third of the city. For most, it will become a date similar to that of when Kennedy was shot or September 11, 2001. Where were you when….?
This is to be an article of how our certification in Infection Control and Prevention helped during a disaster. However, it is difficult to set aside the emotions that accompany this story. As of this date, 159 lives in Joplin were lost; two of whom were employees of our health system. Three hundred employee families were affected by loss of homes or severe damage. St. John’s Mercy hospital, literally across the street from us at Freeman Health System, was destroyed. As of this date, some of the city debris has been cleared, the demolition of the buildings has begun as well as the lengthy rebuilding process.