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Aplicaciones abiertas: Fellowship en medicina del dolor en Botucatu, Brazil, 2017

Entrenamiento y actualización en Manejo del Dolor, conocimientos que luego podrán ser transmitidos por el becario a sus colegas tras el retorno a su país, con el resultante beneficio en la atención de los pacientes.

La beca cubre “PARCIALMENTE” los gastos de alojamiento y valor agregado para viáticos durante el periodo establecido de la pasantía. Las condiciones de la beca se ajustan a la reglamentación actualizada del programa que la Confederación tiene a disposición y que se adjunta a esta convocatoria.

Duración De La Pasantía: Ocho semanas

Requisitos Mínimos: Médico especialista en Anestesiología, residente en uno de los países de Latinoamérica, socio activo de Sociedades o Federaciones de Anestesiología afiliadas a la CLASA y en goce de sus derechos.

La fecha límite para las solicitudes es el 15 de Mayo del 2017. Más detalles de la beca aquí.

Por favor complete un formulario de solicitud en línea aqui

Informacion, Aplicación Y Reglamentos Del Programa:

www.clasa-anestesia.org

Información: barros@fmb.unesp.br 

Aplicaciones abiertas: Fellowship en medicina del dolor en Buenos Aires, Argentina, 2017

Entrenamiento y actualización en Manejo del Dolor, conocimientos que luego se podrán transmitir por el becario a sus colegas tras el retorno a su país, con el resultante beneficio en la atención de los pacientes.

La beca cubre los gastos de alojamiento y valor agregado para viáticos durante el periodo establecido de la pasantía. Las condiciones de la beca se ajustan a la reglamentación actualizada del programa que la Confederación tiene a disposición y que se adjunta a esta convocatoria.

Duración De La Pasantia: Ocho semanas

Requisitos Minimos: Médico especialista en Anestesiología, residente en uno de los países de Latinoamérica, socio activo de Sociedades o Federaciones de Anestesiología afiliadas a la CLASA y en goce de sus derechos.

La fecha límite para las solicitudes es el 15 de mayo de 2017, más detalles de la beca están aquí.

Por favor complete un formulario de solicitud en línea aqui

Informacion, Aplicación Y Reglamentos Del Programa:

www.clasa-anestesia.org

 

WFSA Announces 2017 Committee Project Funding

This week the WFSA is pleased to announce the 6 projects that have received Committee funding.

The projects include: “STOP! Post-operative Pain”, a pilot project to continue anaesthesia pain management training. The funding will also support the development of a teaching skills course in Malawi, the development of WFSA Global Anaesthesia Clinical Research, novel simulation-based training in Uganda for anaesthetic officers in low-resource settings, and a project to enhance patient safety with a new incident reporting scheme in Serbia.

Additionally, funding for Essential Pain Management (EPM) courses in Nigeria and workshops in Zambia was approved. EPM is a cost-effective, multi-disciplinary program, run in over 40 countries, and works with local health workers to improve pain knowledge, implement a simple framework for managing pain and address pain management barriers.

These projects will be implemented in the coming year as part of the initiatives of the WFSA Committees. Our Committee’s are essential to delivery and commit thousands of hours of volunteer time to the WFSA every year. For more information about them please click here.

WFSA Signs MOU with the International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics (FIGO) to solidify future collaboration and coordination

FIGO LogoFurther to enthusiastic support from their respective Boards, WFSA and FIGO Chief Executives, Julian Gore-Booth and Johan Vos, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) as part of an initiative for the two organisations to work together more closely. The WFSA will work with FIGO to highlight and encourage collaborative work between obstetricians, gynaecologists and anaesthesiologists in order to facilitate the highest standards of patient care.

The agreement will promote collaboration and coordination between the two organisations. The WFSA and FIGO will explore the possibility of collaborating on future project implementation and funding applications as well as the possibility of collaborating on future advocacy work.

Specific actions have already been set out for the coming four years, such as WFSA inclusion in the Scientific Programme at the next FIGO World Congress in Rio de Janeiro in 2018. Similarly, FIGO will participate in the Scientific Programme at the next WFSA World Congress (WCA) in Prague in 2020. Additionally, both organisations will submit papers to the other’s journal publications (FIGO’s International Journal of Gynaecology and Obstetrics (IJGO) and WFSA’s Update In Anaesthesia (UIA), Anaesthesia Tutorial of the Week (ATOTW) and/or the Global Health Section of Anesthesia & Analgesia).

Julian Gore-Booth, WFSA CEO said, “Mutual sharing and collaboration between the WFSA and FIGO will be extremely beneficial to obstetricians, gynaecologists, anaesthesiologists, and their patients. Both organisations are deeply committed to improving mother and child health around the world, and with 300,000 mothers dying every year during childbirth the challenges we face and the impact we can make are significant."

As the WFSA works to advance the crucial role of anaesthesia as a component of universal health coverage around the world, it is vital to have strong partners such as FIGO to ensure a joined-up, multi-disciplinary approach to health systems strengthening.”

Aplicaciones abiertas: Fellowship en Anestesia Regional en Fortaleza, Brasil, 2017

Entrenamiento y actualización en Anestesia Regional, conocimientos que luego podrán ser transmitidos por el becario a sus colegas tras el retorno a su país, con el resultante beneficio en la atención de los pacientes.

La beca cubre los gastos de alojamiento y valor agregado para viáticos durante el periodo establecido de la pasantía. Las condiciones de la beca se ajustan a la reglamentación actualizada del programa que la Confederación tiene a disposición y que se adjunta a esta convocatoria.

Duración De La Pasantía: Ocho semanas

Requisitos Mínimos: Médico especialista en Anestesiología, residente en uno de los países de Latinoamérica, socio activo de Sociedades o Federaciones de Anestesiología afiliadas a la CLASA y en goce de sus derechos.

La fecha límite para las solicitudes es el 15 de Mayo 2017. Más detalles de la beca aquí.

Por favor complete un formulario de solicitud en línea aquí.

Información, Aplicación Y Reglamentos Del Programa: www.clasa-anestesia.org, danidumaresq@terra.com.br

WFSA officials discuss the role of anaesthesia at the Pan African Association of Surgeons (PAAS) International Conference

bisola and gonzaloWFSA President, Dr Gonzalo Barreiro, and Chair of the WFSA’s African Regional Section, Dr Bisola Onajin-Obembe, attended the Pan African Association of Surgeons (PAAS) International Conference on the “Implementation of Global Surgery in Africa” in Addis Ababa, Ethiopia. The WFSA representatives gave presentations on the crucial role of anaesthesia in African health policy as well as the WFSA’s role in health system strengthening.

Dr Barreiro spoke about the structure, mission and vision of the WFSA. He elaborated on the work done to scale-up anaesthesia practice around the world. He reiterated that safe anaesthesia is necessary for safe surgery and that it is important to find common ground between surgeons and anaesthesiologists. Finally, he expressed his concern about duplication and overlapping efforts, as well as the surgical community’s preoccupation with data that may hinder low resource countries who do not have data from taking appropriate action and moving forward.

Dr Onajin-Obembe then discussed anaesthesia as part of universal health coverage (UHC) and added that the surgical safety checklist is a vital instrument for monitoring patient safety in the operating room. She also addressed the shortage of anaesthesiologists throughout Africa, highlighting her own country of Nigeria, which has a density of 0.4 anaesthesiologists per 100,000 people. Dr Onajin-Obembe stressed the WFSA’s longstanding commitment to networking and working together. She discussed the urgent need to build the appropriate anaesthesia competencies in Africa, with an emphasis on anaesthesia as a medical practice, highlighting the importance of training and employing healthcare practitioners to combat “brain-drain” and the overrepresentation of doctors in urban centres.

PAAS 2017.14Dr Mustapha Kalolo, who represented the Chairperson of African Union noted that, since more than 70% of population in the world lacked access to safe surgery, many in Sub-Saharan Africa, it was imperative that a conference on implementation of global surgery, such as the PAAS International Conference, be held in Africa. Indeed, with 5 billion of the world's 7 billion people without access to safe and affordable anaesthesia and surgical care when needed, the WFSA continues to work to advance the crucial role of anaesthesia as a component of universal health coverage (UHC), and will work with African partners to ensure governments and stakeholders scale-up anaesthesia practice on the continent in the coming years.

Applications now open: WFSA-Ohio State University Research Fellowships 2017

The WFSA Scientific Affairs Committee & the Department of Anesthesiology, Ohio State University, Wexner Medical Center are partnering to provide two research fellowships. These unique positions are based at the Department of Anesthesiology, Ohio State University, and are open to anaesthesiologists from low & middle income countries (according to World Bank criteria). The aim of the fellowship programme is to foster the development of research in less affluent countries. The fellow will work on a research project for a period of 12 months, with the final goal of publishing an original paper in an indexed journal. The project could form part of an advanced diploma, or a PhD thesis. The awardees will come from different countries.

The Ohio State University’s research programme is one of the largest clinical anaesthesia research programmes in the world, dedicated to enhancing research skills and training anaesthesiologists in the conduct of research. Research fellows are mentored by the OSU Clinical and Neurological Research Group, founded by the Department of Anaesthesiology, Wexner Medical Center in 2007. The group provides research support for multiple surgical and non-surgical Wexner Medical Center departments covering orthopaedic, trauma, ICU, general surgery, transplant internal medicine and basic science studies.

The selected fellows will spend 12 months in the OSU research programme in Ohio (preferably starting in September) working on a specific research project with support from the Department of Anaesthesiology and the WFSA Scientific Affairs committee.

Criteria for applicants:

• Working in low and middle-income countries (World Bank classification).
IELTS score of 7 and above in all categories.
• Preference will be given to applicants less than 40 years old.

How to apply:

Please apply online here and provide all required supporting documents, the deadline for application is the 2nd May.

• A presentation of the objectives and the methods of your project (2-3 pages)
• A letter explaining the aim of research project
• Curriculum vitae with one recent photo and the names of two referees
• Letter of recommendation from your national anaesthesiology society
• Letter of recommendation from your current workplace (hospital/institution)
• Scanned copy of your medical degree
• Scanned copy of your specialist qualification
• Scanned copy of your passport

A selection panel comprising members of the WFSA Scientific Affairs Committee and the Department of Anesthesiology, OSU, will assess all applications. Shortlisted applicants may be required to participate in a video interview. The successful applicants will be notified before the end of May 2017.

WFSA Response to 'Global Guidelines For the Prevention of Surgical Site Infection' published in The Lancet

56128fd5 52f8 449c 873b 4b7aca94c6c5In November 2016 the WHO published Global Guidelines For the Prevention of Surgical Site Infection. The WFSA welcomes and supports this initiative to improve global surgical site infection rates, however as WFSA members voiced serious concerns relating to Recommendation #1 on Perioperative Oxygenation, we have raised concerns to the World Health Organization.

The WFSA's response to the guidelines was published in the March 2017 edition of The Lancet Infectious Diseases expressing that:

"The World Federation of Societies of Anaesthesiologists (WFSA) calls on WHO to reconsider the wording of recommendation number one to reflect the preponderance of evidence that does not support the use of high-concentration FiO2 in the prevention of surgical site infections in intraoperative and postoperative settings. In routine clinical practice, the WFSA suggests low FiO2 concentrations (30–40%) for general anaesthesia in intubated patients intraoperatively, and suggests using FiO2 to maintain a normal peripheral oxygen saturation, above 93%, postoperatively."

To read the full statement please click here.

 

Applications are now open for the 2017/18 Paediatric Anaesthesia Fellowships, Nairobi, Kenya

The University of Nairobi is offering up to three Paediatric Anaesthesia Fellowship positions starting in September 2017. The duration of the each fellowship is 12 months.

Applications are now invited for scholarships for these positions. The successful applicants will receive funding to cover tuition, accommodation and subsistence living expenses. Funding is provided by the WFSA, the Society for Pediatric Anesthesia (USA) and the Association of Paediatric Anaesthetists of Great Britain and Ireland.

Fellows will rotate through Kenyatta National Hospital, Gertrude’s Children’s Hospital, Mater Hospital, Kijabe Hospital and CURE Kenya Orthopaedic Hospital. Teaching will be provided by local faculty and a number of visiting overseas specialists. More details on the fellowship can be found here

All applicants must be registered medical practitioners in their country of origin and eligible for registration with the Kenya Medical Practitioners and Dentists Board. Once the WFSA application process is approved, applicants will also need to apply directly to the University of Nairobi. This will be facilitated by the course coordinator.

Preference will be given to anaesthesiologists aged 40 years or younger who are working in Central and East African countries. Older anaesthesiologists and those working in other African countries may apply and the selection panel will consider each applicant’s place of work and other factors when making its decision.

Applicants should fit the following criteria:

• Must be supported in their application by their own national anaesthesiology society
• Must be supported in their application by their head department or hospital management
• Must be returning to their home country to a recognized post
• Should be working in a teaching hospital

For more information, please contact the course coordinator, Dr Mark Gacii (gaciimark@gmail.com).

How to apply:

The deadline for applications is the 1st April 2017. In order to apply please use our online application system here to complete an application form and upload the following documents.
• Curriculum vitae with one recent photo and the names of two referees
• Letter of recommendation from the applicant’s national anaesthesiology society
• Letter of recommendation from the applicant’s head of department or hospital management
• Copy of medical degree
• Copy of specialist anaesthesiology qualification
• Copy of photograph page of Passport

Applications will be considered by a panel of anaesthesiologists selected by WFSA, and successful applicants will be informed before the end of March 2017.

Successful applicants must confirm their intention to take up the scholarship within 2 days of notification. Failure to do so will result in the scholarship being offered to the next applicant. The closing date for applications is 15th March 2017.

Dr Christopher Chanda, former WFSA Fellow, appointed Head of Anaesthesia at the Ministry of Health in Zambia

Dr Christopher ChandaThe WFSA is very pleased to announce that Dr Christopher Chanda, former WFSA Fellow, has been appointed Head of Anaesthesia at the Ministry of Health in Zambia.

Dr Chanda was awarded the WFSA’s Paediatric Fellowship in the University of Nairobi Hospital, Kenya in 2014/2015 and has gone on to become a faculty member in Safer Anaesthesia From Education (SAFE) Paediatric Courses in Zambia.

Dr Chanda’s new appointment at the Ministry of Health is a great step forward for the anaesthesia profession in Zambia and beyond, and the WFSA would like to congratulate him on this tremendous achievement.

Applications open: WFSA Baxter Scholarships for Euroanaesthesia, 3rd – 5th June 2017, Geneva

Baxter Healthcare Ltd is generously providing sponsorship for a number of young anaesthesiologists from less affluent countries to attend the 2017 European Anaesthesiology Congress from the 3rd - 5th June 2017. The aim of the scholarship programme is to identify and develop future leaders in anaesthesiology. More information on the congress can be found here.

baxterWFSA-Baxter Scholars will acquire new knowledge and gain many contacts and friends during the Euroanaesthesia Congress in Geneva.

Scholarship criteria:
• Preference will be given to younger anaesthesiologists working in Central and Eastern Europe.
• The application must be accompanied by a letter of recommendation from the applicant's National Anaesthesiology Society.
• Preference will be given to applicants who will be presenting a paper or poster during the conference
• Preference will also be given to applicants who have completed training within the last 10 years and are working in teaching hospitals.

How to Apply:
• The deadline for applications is the 27th February 2017. In order to apply please use our online application system here to complete an application form and upload your two letters of recommendation and a copy of your passport.
• Applications will be considered by a panel of anaesthesiologists selected by WFSA, and successful applicants will be informed before the end of March 2017.
• Successful applicants must confirm their intention to take up the scholarship within 2 days of notification. Failure to do so will result in the scholarship being offered to the next applicant.

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