Faculty and Development Team

Dr. Michael Noble

MDFRCPC, Chair, UBC Program Office for Laboratory Quality Management

Dr. Noble is a Medical Microbiologist and Internal Medicine specialist by training with more than 30 years of experience. He has been an Infectious Diseases physician, an Infection Control physician, a Laboratory Specialist, and a researcher at various times throughout his career. He is a Professor at the University of British Columbia, Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine.He has also been actively involved in medical laboratory quality management issues for almost 25 years. Dr. Noble took over the stewardship of the University of British Columbia Clinical Microbiology Proficiency Testing (CMPT) program in 1983, when it was a small regional program for the southwest corner of British Columbia, and developed into a cross-Canada program with international outreach. CMPT is the only medical laboratory proficiency testing program in North America to have been successfully registered to ISO 9001:2015 for its quality management system.In 2001, Dr. Noble developed the Program Office for Laboratory Quality Management (POLQM) to function as a companion program to CMPT to broaden the scope of both in terms of research and education opportunities. The “Program Office” has been successfully engaged in national and international research in laboratory quality management.Through these two programs, Dr. Noble activities have included working with the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (Atlanta), the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), the Standards Council of Canada, the Canadian Standards Association, the Caribbean Epidemiology Centre (CAREC), the Clinical and Laboratory Standards Institute, and the World Health Organization. Dr. Noble is currently acting as the Senior Technical Advisor for the CLSI cooperative partnership in the President’s Emergency Program for AIDS Relief (PEPFAR) in Tanzania. He is the current Chair of the Canadian Advisory Committee for ISO Technical Committee 212, and serves in the Working Group 1, the developer of the newly established international standard for medical laboratories (ISO 15189:2012 – Medical Laboratories – Requirements for Quality and Competence).

For the last 15 years, Dr. Noble has hosted and chaired the Quality Seminar for the Canadian Association for Clinical Microbiology and Infectious Diseases’ annual meeting

Kim Nicholson

MLT, BA, Strategic Lead, Medical Biochemistry, BC’s Agency for Pathology and Laboratory Medicine
Provincial Health Service Authority, British Columbia

Kim Nicholson holds a Bachelor of Arts in Leadership as well as being registered as a Medical Laboratory Technologist with the Canadian Society for Medical Laboratory Science. The focus of Kim’s MLT career has largely been Biochemistry but he has also spent significant time involved in accreditation, quality management, and informatics.

Kim started his career in Saskatoon in biochemistry and developed an interest in informatics. From there he took advantage of job opportunities being offered in the Middle East with the aim of not only broadening his career but to use the opportunity to travel the world. The highly dynamic workforce and resulting career opportunities turned what was to be a 1 year contract into 20. The Middle East not only enabled expanded possibilities and growth in biochemistry and informatics but also opened up quality management and accreditation opportunities.

With the College of American Pathologists being the predominant accreditation body operating in the Middle East at the time, Kim not only became adept at navigating the CAP standards and the quality management principles which they inculcate. It was only a small leap to becoming a CAP inspector in the region.

On his return to Canada, Kim soon joined the Diagnostic Accreditation Program within the College of Physicians and Surgeons of British Columbia. Working as an accreditation assessor with the DAP provided Kim the opportunity to travel the province and work collaboratively with the laboratory community through accreditation. As part of its mandate, the DAP began a project to incorporate ISO 15189, 15190 and 22870 standards within their own, with the eventual aim to offering ISO accreditation to interested laboratories within British Columbia. Kim was an integral part of the team tasked with revising and adapting the DAP standards to be compliant with ISO.

Kim now works with British Columbia’s new provincial lab agency responsible for strategic planning of medical biochemistry in the province with a mandate to ensure that clinical laboratory diagnostics are quality driven, achieve excellent clinical outcomes, and remain sustainable by being provided effectively and efficiently.

Dr. Diane Roscoe

Division Head, Medical Microbiology and Infection Control, Vancouver General Hospital

Diane Roscoe, MD, FRCPC Medical Microbiology, and ABIM Internal Medicine and Infectious Diseases, is Division Head, Medical Microbiology and Infection Control, Vancouver General Hospital, Discipline Lead, Medical Microbiology, Vancouver Coastal Regional Laboratory, and Clinical Professor, University of British Columbia. She is a member of the Clinical Microbiology Proficiency Testing (CMPT) Bacteriology Committee and represents AMMI Canada on the Canadian Standards Association Technical Committee (CSA TC) Z 252, the National Committee for Medical Laboratory Quality Systems. Diane is a member of Working Group 4 of ISO TC 212 on Antimicrobial Susceptibility Testing. She has served in the past as a member and Co-Chair of the Microbiology Working Group of the Diagnostic Accreditation Program (DAP), the body responsible for the accreditation of laboratories in British Columbia.

Diane led the development of the Host Defenses and Infection Block (HDI) in the UBC Medical Undergraduate curriculum, served as Chair or in advisory capacity for 10 years, and continues to coordinate and run the HDI laboratory component. She participated in the development and continues to instruct a UBC 3 credit problem-based course in Infection Control delivered by WebCT (Basics of Infection Control, Path 427). Along with other Infection Control educators, she assisted in the development of the CHICA-Canada Distance Education Program. Diane also developed and instructs “Quality Monitoring”, a module in the Laboratory Quality Management Course offered

Ms. Susan Thomas

ART, MA Clinical Laboratory Manager at Royal Columbian Hospital
Susan Thomas holds a Master of Arts in Leadership and an ART in Clinical Chemistry. A strong personal interest in patient safety and she has conducted research on patient safety culture in the context of the medical laboratory.Susan is the Clinical Laboratory Manager at Royal Columbian Hospital and has held a number of senior positions in her career including the position of Director of Quality, Provincial Health Services Authority Laboratory Services. Susan worked with the Diagnostic Accreditation Program as Leader, Pathology Division and has spent many years in senior management roles in both the private and public medical laboratory sectors.

Development Team

Instructional Design: Katherine McManus / Alan Doree
Editor: Maggie Ma
Online Production and Cover Design: Doug Cronk / Alan Doree
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