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CAP-ACP Environment & Wellbeing National Specialty Networks Co-Hosted Symposium


April 20 2022


1:00 pm - 2:30 pm


  • Dr Andrea MacNeil
    Dr Andrea MacNeil

    Dr Andrea MacNeill is a surgical oncologist at Vancouver General Hospital and BC Cancer, and a clinical associate professor at the University of British Columbia where she specializes in sarcoma and peritoneal malignancies. She is the founder and principal investigator of the UBC Planetary Healthcare Lab, a novel interdisciplinary research collaborative dedicated to creating health systems that promote both human and planetary health. As the Regional Medical Director of Planetary Health for Vancouver Coastal Health, she is working on a transformational planetary health strategy for the health authority, to mitigate the healthcare climate footprint while creating health and social value. She is an executive member of CASCADES, a national knowledge mobilization network for accelerating the transition to low-carbon, sustainable healthcare systems.

  • Dr. Chelsea Maedler-Kron
    Dr. Chelsea Maedler-Kron

    Dr. Chelsea Maedler, MD FRCPC FCAP is a staff pathologist at the McGill University Health Center and an assistant professor at McGill University. She is the Director of McGill’s Anatomical Pathology Residency Program.

    Dr. Maedler received her medical training at McMaster University and completed her residency in anatomic pathology at Dalhousie University. She was a fellow in pediatric pathology at the Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (USC). Dr. Maedler is a fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (RCPSC) and is dual American board certified in Anatomic and Pediatric Pathology.

    Dr. Maedler is dedicated to clinical, teaching, and translational research activities in the fields of pediatric, gastrointestinal and hepatobiliary pathology. She has won numerous teaching awards including ‘Teacher of the Year 2019’ (Department of Pathology, McGill University).

    Dr. Maedler has also received numerous University based and national awards including the Brigadier-General Hebert Stanley Birkett Memorial Research Award (MGH Foundation), the Grete Roggenburg Research Award (MGH Foundation), the McLaughlin Fellowship (Dalhousie University), and the Kristin Sivertz Resident Leadership Award (RCPSC).

  • Dr. Jonathan Lai
    Dr. Jonathan Lai

    Dr. Jonathan Lai is a third year anatomical pathology resident at McGill University. Previously acquired a Bachelor’s in biochemistry, followed by a Master’s in Forensic Biology. He has a passion for medical education, medical autopsy and forensic pathology. On the side, he is an ambassador for the Maude Abbott Medical Museum at McGill University.

  • Dr. Lara Richer
    Dr. Lara Richer
  • Emma McDermott
    Emma McDermott

    Emma McDermott is a third year medical student at Dalhousie University and one of the student coordinators for the PaRx Atlantic Canada launch. She is passionate about planetary health and environmental sustainability in healthcare. She is also a co-founder of the Dal Med Green Team, an emerging leader with the Healthy Populations Institute, a student member of Canadian Association of Physicians for the Environment Nova Scotia Chapter (CAPE NS), and co-chair for the Canadian Federation of Medical Students’ Health and Environment Adaptive Response Task Force (CFMS HEART).


In 2019, the pathology department at McGill University’s Royal Victoria Hospital purchased and consumed 314,150 gloves, which produced approximately 1,220.3 kg of waste. In order to reduce the waste generated, we secured a grant from the McGill-Wide Green Labs Initiative Sustainability Project Funds to recycle non-soiled nitrile and latex gloves in various locations within the pathology department. We used quality improvement methodology to define, measure, analyze, improve and control our disposal of gloves in our pathology department.  After 11 months, we collected 79.7 kg of gloves for recycling.


  • Identify possible reusable or recyclable items in the pathology laboratory.
  • Assess the progress of a recycling project and identify areas of improvement.
  • Select sustainability projects suitable to own department.
  • Demonstrate the implementation of a novel recycling program within an academic pathology department.
  • Consider using “plan-do-study-act” (PDSA) cycles to improve recycling project campaigns.

Practicing Planetary Healthcare

This session will provide an overview of the current state of healthcare sustainability in Canada and impart a framework for planetary healthcare with instructive examples of work being done to improve healthcare sustainability in Canada.


At the end of the session, participants will be able to:

  • Articulate the three operating principles of a low-carbon healthcare system.
  • Identify opportunities to improve sustainability within pathology.

PaRx: Nature Prescribing for Personal & Planetary Health

On behalf of the Parks Prescriptions (PaRx) program, Canada's first evidence based nature prescription program, this talk will focus on the research behind the health benefits of nature and the basics of the PaRx program.


At the end of the session, participants will be able to:

  • Understand the intrinsic relationship between health and environment, including the impacts the climate crisis will have on human health.
  • Describe the various health benefits of spending time in nature.
  • Reflect on the role of nature prescriptions and how they can be implemented in clinical practice.

Target Audience

Pathologists, Residents, Medical Students, Pathologist’s Assistants/Technicians, Lab Techs

CanMEDS Roles

Medical Expert (the integrating role), Communicator, Collaborator, Leader, Health Advocate