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Mice Net : October 2009
70 mice.net Q&A In-house v outsourcing - a planner's perspective Q: How long have you been the event manager at The Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia? A: I joined the Royal College of Pathologists on January 23, 2006. The Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia (RCPA) is Australia's leading medical diagnostic body. First established in 1956, the college today comprises more than 2000 qualified pathologists (Fellows) who are located throughout Australasia -- predominantly in Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong, Singapore and Malaysia. In addition, there are some 660 medical graduates training to become pathologists through the college. The RCPA is a professional body which has as its principal objective the promotion of the study of the science of pathology, as it relates to medicine. Pathology is so integral to the myriad disciplines of medicine that in many respects, 'Medicine is Pathology'. Q: In that time how many events do you estimate you have organised? A: I am responsible for our annual scientific meeting known as Pathology Update (four in total), which is our largest event, the college education short courses up to 10 a year, the college careers days, up to 10 a year, and adhoc events as required. I have also taken over responsibility of our annual scientific meeting in New Zealand. Q: What has been the largest event you have organised? A: Pathology Update 2009 was held in conjunction with an annual scientific meeting -- the XXV World Association of Societies of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine (WASPaLM). We had 1332 delegates. Q: Some industry bodies/associations choose to leave their major events to professional conference organisers. Why do you choose not to? A: We do - me! I am the in-house professional conference organiser and then some! I am concerned that there is an industry thought that if you are in-house you are not professional. This is nonsense. I have learnt through work experience and this is one of the best ways to learn. You simply need to be organised and can multi task, and oh... a good memory helps! I am not sure who determines really what a PCO is and the success of a PCO. I imagine it to be the success of the event. However, I consider myself extremely professional and proud of the organisation that I work for. I am what is referred to as the in-house events manager so I have innate knowledge of my "clients" - the college fellowship - and what is expected from my overseeing committee and college council on the success of the event. I work with a total of 10 committees and see the annual scientific meeting as a ball with no clear angles so being in-house I know every facet of my project. You also develop very strong and vital relationships with all the key stake holders. Q: Besides the success of events you have created, has there been a long-lasting legacy from money raised from the events? A: Yes, the Royal College of Pathologists of Australasia (RCPA) is a not-for-profit medical college that trains doctors in the speciality of pathology and there are nine main disciplines that you can train in. Examples are forensic pathology, haematology and immunopathology. All members of my committees volunteer their time. The profits, if there are profits (we are in the middle of an economic crisis, it's hard to get sponsorship and exhibition income), goes back into further educational activities for the fellows and trainees of the college. Pathology Update is the only co nference of its kind in Australasia and brings together all pathology professionals from the sev en core disciplines of pathology. Pathology Update brings internationally renowned pathologists to Australia to present in the field that they are experts in. Delegates would not otherwise get the opportunity to hear these presenters, especially trainees and pathologists from the smaller disciplines. Pathology Update has several purposes. As the name suggests it is an educational update for RCPA college fellows, trainees and scientists in their respective disciplines. It also addresses professional and scientific issues for physicians, general practitioners, healthc are professionals and medical administrators. It provides an opportunity for networking, sharing of ideas and the dissemination of learning across disciplines. Event manager of the Royal College of Pathologists, Eve Propper, has a thing or two to say about in-house v outsourced professional conference organising. And that's just for starters...