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WFSA President sends seasons greetings (in English, Español and Français)

gonzalo barreiroThe time has come around again for me to send season’s greetings to the whole WFSA network. As the WFSA continues to work tirelessly to close the gap in anaesthesia and surgery provision that has left five of the world’s seven billion people without access to safe and affordable care when needed, I would like to recognise the hard work of societies and individuals playing a role.

The scale of the crisis is so huge that it is impossible for one organisation working alone to make a difference. The WFSA is extremely grateful for our network of 150+ Member Societies, and their individual members, who contribute to our projects around the world.

As we continue to tackle the surgery and anaesthesia crisis, and ensure anaesthesiologists are represented in the highest level discussions, we must take a multidisciplinary approach. Anaesthesiologists must work with surgeons, nurses, physician and non-physician providers, decision-makers, and industry to create National Surgical, Obstetric and Anaesthetic Plans (NSOAPs) that will be the policy roadmaps for improved national anaesthesia provision and patient safety in the future.

There is no room for volunteerism without lasting solutions. Patient safety goes first and inadequate surgical treatment will have a disastrous effects on the whole health system. The WFSA intends to lead the way as the voice of global anaesthesiology and I look forward to expanding our collaborations as we enter the year ahead.

The 5 billion are waiting for us.

Best wishes for 2018!
Dr Gonzalo Barreiro

 

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Nuevamente tengo la oportunidad de enviar el mensaje de Fin de Año para toda la WFSA. Mientras la WFSA continúa trabajando incansablemente para cerrar la brecha en anestesia y cirugía, la que ha dejado 5.000 de 7.000 millones de habitantes en el mundo sin acceso a atención asequible y segura , quisiera expresar mi reconocimiento al arduo trabajo desarrollado por las sociedades y sus miembros.

La dimensión de la crisis es tan inmensa, que es imposible que una sola organización trabajando sola pueda producer una diferencia significativa.La WFSA agradece inmensamente a su red de más de 150 sociedades miembros y sus socios, los que contribuyen a nuestros proyectos en todo el mundo.

Mientras continuamos enfrentando la crisis en anestesia y cirugía, asegurando que los anestesiólogos estén representados en las discusiones del más alto niel, nosotros debemos tener una aproximación multidisciplinaria al problema. Los anestesiólogos debemos trabajar con los cirujanos, enfermería, proveedores médicos y no médicos , la industria y con aquellos que pueden tomar las decisiones necesarias para crear Planes Nacionales Anestésicos , Quirúrgicos y Obstétricos (NSOAPs), que serán las hojas de ruta para la mejora de la disponibilidad de anestesia segura para los pacientes .

No hay espacio para el voluntarismo sin soluciones duraderas. La seguridad del paciente va primero.Un inadecuado tratamiento quirúrgico tendrá un efecto desastroso para todo el sistema de salud. La WFSA lidera el camino como la voz global de la anestesiología y espero expander nuestra colaboración cuando empecemos el año entrante.

Cinco mil millones están esperando por nosotros.

Los mejores deseos para el 2018!

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Le moment est venu pour moi d'adresser les meilleurs vœux au réseau de la WFSA. Alors que la WFSA continue à travailler sans relâche pour combler le fossé en matière d'anesthésie et de chirurgie, cinq sur sept milliards de personnes dans le monde n'ont toujours pas accès à des soins sûrs et abordables quand cela est nécessaire. Je tiens à reconnaître le travail acharné des sociétés et le rôle joué par les individualités.

L'ampleur de la crise est telle qu'il est impossible pour une organisation travaillant de manière isolée de faire la différence. La WFSA est extrêmement reconnaissante envers notre réseau de plus de 150 sociétés membres, avec leurs adhérents, qui apportent leurs contributions à nos projets dans le monde entier.

En même temps que nous continuons à nous attaquer à la crise de la chirurgie et de l'anesthésie, et que les anesthésistes sont représentés dans les discussions de haut niveau, nous devons adopter une approche multidisciplinaire. Les anesthésiologistes doivent travailler avec les chirurgiens, les infirmières, les médecins et les non-médecins, les décideurs et l'industrie pour élaborer des plans nationaux de chirurgie, d'obstétrique et d'anesthésie qui seront les feuilles de route pour l'anesthésie au niveau national et pour la sécurité des patients.

Un volontariat sans solution durable est vain. La sécurité des patients est prioritaire. Des traitements  chirurgicaux de mauvaise qualité auront des effets désastreux sur l'ensemble du système de santé. La WFSA a l'intention de montrer la voie en tant que porte-parole de l'anesthésiologie mondiale et j'ai hâte d'élargir nos collaborations à l'aube de la nouvelle année.

Les 5 milliards nous attendent.

Meilleurs vœux pour l’année 2018!

Applications now open: WFSA/IASP 2018 Pain Management fellowship, Bangkok, Thailand

Applications are now invited for two 1 year fellowships in Pain Management at the Faculty of Medicine, Siriraj Hospital in 2018. The successful applicants will receive funding to cover tuition, accommodation, flights and subsistence living expenses provided by the WFSA & IASP. The fellowship will begin on the 1st August 2018 to 31st July 2019. The fellowship is 12 months in order to ensure the trainee has knowledge and skill in pain management and is able to perform useful procedures and techniques.

The fellowship accepts 2 doctors to undergo the fellowship in Pain Management each year. The scholarships regularly provide for Southeast Asia countries (ASEAN + Mongolia are the priority targets for this program).

The deadline for applications is the 28th February 2018, and considered by the Hospital Board Committee meeting for their consideration, all successful candidates will be informed by the end of March 2018.

The fellowship application form and further information about the fellowship and how to apply is here.

You can also contact the programmes head on Mr. Puttinant Rungsunlohakul on irsiriraj@gmail.com

Applications now open: WFSA 2018 Paediatric Anaesthesia Fellowship in Belgrade, Serbia

Applications are invited for two Paediatric Anaesthesia Fellowship positions in 2018 at University Children’s Hospital, Belgrade and the Institute for Health Protection of Mother and Child of Serbia. The intended start dates are the 1st April 2018 and the 1st July 2018 (dependent on accreditation with the Serbian Medical Council) and the duration of the fellowship is 3 months.

University Children’s Hospital, Belgrade and the Institute for Health Protection of Mother and Child of Serbia are the largest hospitals specialising in healthcare for women and children in Serbia. The Departments of Paediatric Anaesthesia in each hospital have about 18 consultant anaesthesiologists and they provide complete anaesthetic cover for all elective and emergency operations for children ranging in age from new-borns to 18 years. Around 6,000 paediatric operations are performed per year in each of the two hospitals.

The overall aim of the fellowship is to improve the quality and safety of paediatric and neonatal anaesthesia in parts of Eastern Europe, the former Soviet republics and other low resource settings. The first two months of the fellowship will cover the fundamentals of paediatric and neonatal anaesthesia. During the third month, the fellow can gain additional experience in one of three modules:

Cardiac anaesthesia
Paediatric intensive care
Regional anaesthesia and pain therapy

The fellowship is intended for a young fully qualified anaesthesiologist working in a low resource setting who wishes to improve knowledge and skills in the field of paediatric anaesthesia. Priority will be given to applicants from Eastern Europe and the former Soviet republics, but applications from further afield may be considered.

For more information, please contact the programme head, Dr Dusica Simic (drdusica@yahoo.com).

How to apply:

The closing date for applications is 18th December 2017. The successful applicants will be notified before the end of January.

Applicants must apply online here and provide all the documents listed below:

Curriculum vitae with one recent photo and the names of two referees
Letter of recommendation from the applicant’s national anaesthetic society
Letter of recommendation from the applicant’s head of department or hospital management
Copy of medical degree
Copy of specialist anaesthetic qualification
Copy of passport

Applications Open: 2018 WFSA New Delhi Thoracic Anaesthesia Fellowship

Applications are invited for two thoracic anaesthesia fellowship positions at Sir Ganga Ram Hospital, Rajinder Nagar, New Delhi, India.
The anticipated start dates of the fellowship are July 2018 and January 2019 and the duration of training will be six months. The main aim of the fellowship is to provide training in thoracic anaesthesia, but there will also be opportunities to get experience in cardiac anaesthesia and cardiothoracic intensive care.
Sir Ganga Ram Hospital is a super-specialty hospital with 675 beds situated in New Delhi, India. It has been running postgraduate training (DNB) in a range of specialties since 1988. The Department of Anaesthesia started its DNB (Anaesthesia) programme in 1991 and five students are enrolled each year. The department also provides specialised training in cardiothoracic anaesthesia, transplant anaesthesia (renal and liver) and pain management.

The fellowship is intended for a young anaesthesiologist working in a low resource setting in Asia or Africa.

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 the chief/head of their home department
• Must be returning to their home country to a recognized post
• Should preferably be working in a teaching hospital

The fellow will receive accommodation and a modest stipend from Sir Ganga Ram Hospital. The WFSA will provide funding to cover the cost of return travel from the fellow's home country to New Delhi, India.
The successful applicant will be required to apply for temporary registration with the Medical Council of India during the training period and obtain medical insurance covering the duration of the fellowship.

For more information, please contact the programme head, Professor Jayashree Sood (jayashreesood@hotmail.com).

How to apply:
The closing date for applications is 4th December 2017. Successful applicants will be notified before the end of January 2019.

Applicants must complete the Fellowship Application Form and provide all the documents listed at the end of the form:
• 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 anaesthetic qualification
• Copy of photograph page of passport

Please complete your application online.

Applications Open: 2018 Postgraduate Diploma of Regional Anesthesia and Analgesia - Hanoi, Vietnam

The WFSA is offering funding to allow two young anaesthesiologists from less affluent countries in the Middle East, Africa and the Asian region to complete the Postgraduate Diploma of Regional Anaesthesia and Analgesia offered by the University of Montpellier in Vietnam. The course director is Dr Philippe Macaire (Vietnam). 

This Diploma covers all fields of regional anaesthesia, analgesia and post-operative pain management. The course will be taught during five short visits (3-5 days) to Vietnam during January-June 2018. It comprises theoretical teaching and hands-on workshops. 

More information about the programme is available on the website www.medinfusion.org.

Scholarship Criteria
The applicant must be working full time in a country in Asia.
Preference will be given to applicants aged 40 or less.
This application must be accompanied by a letter of recommendation from the applicant's National Anaesthesiology Society.
The application must be accompanied by a letter of recommendation from the applicant's head of department or hospital management.
Preference will be given to applicants who have completed training within 10 years and are working in a teaching hospital

The scholarship will cover return airfares to Vietnam, course fees and a contribution towards accommodation and other expenses in Vietnam.

For more information, please complete our online application form here, the deadline for applications is the 23rd November. Applicants will be informed by Mid-December.

Applications open: WFSA Intensive Care Fellowships at Christian Medical College, Vellore, India

Applications are invited for three training fellowship positions at the Christian Medical College in Vellore, India. The duration of all fellowships is 12 months with two beginning in August 2018 and the third starting in January 2019. 

The fellowships are intended for anesthesiologists working in low resource settings who wish to develop their knowledge and skills in the field of intensive care medicine. Successful applicants must agree to return to their home country upon the completion of their fellowship.
Priority will be given to applicants from SAARC member countries, but applicants from other parts of Asia or further afield will also be considered.

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 the chief/head of their home department
• Must be returning to their home country to a recognized post
• Preferably be working at a teaching hospital.

The fellowship offers funding for tuition costs, accommodation and subsistence living expenses.

For more information, please contact the program head:

Email: sicu@cmcvellore.ac.in or ksubramani9@hotmail.com

How to apply:
The closing date for applications is 25th November 2017. Successful applicants will be notified by the 5th January 2018. 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 photograph page of passport
• Copy of specialist anaesthetic qualification

Successful applicants must confirm their intention to take up the fellowship within 2 days of notification. Failure to do so will result in the fellowship being offered to the next applicant.

Obituary: Dr Gustavo Adolfo Elena

3 400x250Few anesthesiologists achieve the respect and admiration of their colleagues in their country and abroad. Of these few, very few, have reached the level achieved by Professor (Dr) Gustavo Adolfo Elena, who passed away at age of 70, on 9th September 2017.

During his remarkable career, Gustavo was the President of the Organizing Committee of the "24th Argentine Congress of Anesthesiology" held in Rosario, Argentina in the year 2000. He was also a prominent participant in many other anesthesia events in Argentina and the world.

Over the past fifteen years, he promoted the Postgraduate Course of Specialization in Anesthesiology at the Faculty of Medical Sciences of the National University of Rosario, where he was Career Director until his retirement a couple of years ago. He was also credited with the creation of the Rosario's Anesthesiology Foundation, and was Chairman of its Board of Directors from 1999 to 2017, promoting all the teaching and administrative support, research tasks, courses, conferences and lectures.

Dr Elena will also be remembered for his teaching skills, transmitting knowledge to his students and colleagues at the Medical Career of the Faculty of Medical Sciences of the Rosario's National University, where he was distinguished as Honorary Professor.

Gustavo also held several positions within the Argentina Federation of Associations of Anesthesia, Analgesia and Reanimation (FAAAAR), and was President from 1990 to 1992. He was an active, and very important, member of the Organizing Committee of the “15th World Congress of Anesthesiologists”, held in the city of Buenos Aires in 2012. In addition to his participation in various parts of the Congress, he developed the poster presentation system in digital format, which was a novelty at the time. Dr Elena was also active within the World Federation Society of Anaesthesiologists (WFSA), where he was a member of the Publications Committee.

Apart from all this important professional activity, Gustavo was an excellent person and an invaluable friend, whom many will miss and remember forever.

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Pocos son los Anestesiólogos que logran, en el país y el mundo, el respeto y admiración de sus colegas. De estos pocos, muy pocos, alcanzaron el nivel logrado por el Profesor Doctor GUSTAVO ADOLFO ELENA, quien falleció a los 70 años, el pasado 9 de Setiembre.

No es un secreto que Gustavo fue el indiscutido referente de la Asociación Rosarina de Anestesiología, con una amplia repercusión a nivel nacional e internacional, tanto en lo atinente al desarrollo docente, como al perfeccionamiento científico y actualización permanente de la especialidad.

Por su notable trayectoria, presidió el “24º Congreso Argentino de Anestesiología” celebrado en Rosario en el año 2000, y su participación fue infaltable en la mayoría de los eventos de nivel, que se desarrollaron en la Argentina y el mundo.

Fue el gran impulsor de la Carrera de Posgrado de Especialización en Anestesiología que se dicta en la Facultad de Ciencias Médicas de la Universidad Nacional de Rosario desde hace quince años, que lo tuvo como indiscutido Director de la Carrera, hasta su jubilación como Docente.

Se le debe también la creación de la “Fundación Anestesiológica de Rosario”, de la que fue Presidente del Consejo de Administración desde el año 1999 hasta ahora, impulsando, desde allí, toda la tarea docente y el soporte administrativo de la Carrera de Especialización, promoviendo, además, tareas de investigación, cursos, jornadas y conferencias en beneficios de todos los Médicos Anestesiólogos.

Todo esto sin olvidar su correcta conducta gremial, que supo trasmitir a sus alumnos y discípulos desde la docencia que ejerció en la Carrera de Medicina de la Facultad de Ciencias Médicas de la UNR donde fue distinguido como “Profesor Honorario” de esa Alta Casa de Estudios.

Gustavo ocupó varios cargos en la Federación Argentina de Asociaciones de Anestesia, Analgesia y Reanimación, llegando a ser su “Presidente” en el período 1990 a 1992. Fue un activo y muy importante miembro del Comité Organizador del Congreso Mundial de Anestesiología que se realizó en la ciudad de Buenos Aires en 2012. En él, además de su gran participación en todas las áreas, desarrolló el sistema de presentación de posters en formato digital, lo que fue una novedad en estos congresos.

También fue un activo colaborador de la Federación Mundial de Asociaciones de Anestesiólogos (WFSA), y allí participó como miembro de la Comisión de Publicaciones de esta importante entidad en un par de períodos.

No se permitió, pese a sus bien ganados logros, abandonar la humildad, el culto a la amistad y el derroche de ética que volcó desde su querida Totoras a toda esta región y el mundo.

Postgraduate diploma of regional anesthesia in Hanoi, Vietnam by University of Montpellier

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This the first International diploma of Regional Anesthesia Analgesia in the world delivered by the French University of Montpellier France recognised in Europe will be run in Hanoi, Vietnam in 2018.

These programs have been created through the cooperation of an established world team of physicians passionate about Regional Anesthesia and Analgesia techniques under the direction of Professor Xavier Capdevila and his team. Students are officially registered in the records of the University of Montpellier.

Timetable

3 sessions of 4 days:

• Session 1 January 16th to 19th
• Session 2 March 12th to 15th
• Session 3 April 9th to 12th

Session with lectures, workshops hands on live models & clinical cases including:

• 92 lectures (visiting faculty, Visio Conference)
• 32 stations of workshops

Clinical attachment as clinical observer during 5 days in VINMEC International Hospital Hanoi - Vietnam, or any other accredited center of regional anaesthesia analgesia in the world. The final exam will be held on June 23rd 2018.

The diploma is supported by the World Federation of Societies of Anaesthesiologists (WFSA).

For more information about the course and how to register please visit: http://medinfusion.org/ 

Registration open for 1st ever SAFE-T Summit in 2018

SAFE T logoThe WFSA and the RSM are delighted to announce that the first ever SAFE-T (Safe Anaesthesia For Everybody - Today) Summit will take place on Friday 13th April 2018 at the Royal Society of Medicine (RSM), London. The event aims to advance the global patient safety agenda, and will bring together leading providers from the perioperative team to highlight the importance of working together to address the healthcare challenges identified by the Lancet Commission on Global Surgery. In partnership with related industry, governments and NGOs, this one day Summit will contribute to safer anaesthesia, surgical and obstetric care around the world.

World-renowned experts will open sessions with theme-setting presentations. Facilitated group discussions will develop recommendations and identify practical ways forward.

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Objectives:

  • Update the situation of surgical and anaesthesia safety and capacity
  • Refine and define core metrics for measuring global surgical and anaesthesia safety and capacity
  • Showcase partnership approaches with governments, NGOs, industry, and philanthropy organisations
  • Learning and recommendations from the summit will be published and disseminated internationally as part of the WFSA's SAFE-T campaign.

Key speakers include:

  • Dr Atul Gawande, Professor of Surgery, Harvard Medical School and General and Endocrine Surgeon, Brigham and Women's Hospital
  • Dr David Whitaker, Consultant in Anaesthesia and Intensive Care at the Manchester Royal Infirmary, UK
  • Dr John Meara, Professor of Surgery and Kletjian Professor of Global Surgery, Harvard Medical School

Prices:

RSM/WFSA members from £40 - £140
Non-members from £60 - £170

For more information, including the preliminary programme, and to register please click here.

Applications Open for WFSA-Baxter Scholarships: 33rd SARANF Congress, Libreville, Gabon, 11th – 13th October 2017

Baxter Healthcare Ltd is generously providing sponsorship for a number of young anaesthesiologists from less affluent countries to attend the 33rd SARANF Congress. The aim of the scholarship programme is to identify and develop future leaders in anaesthesiology. WFSA-Baxter Scholars will acquire new knowledge and gain many contacts and friends during the SARANF Congress.

Scholarship criteria

• Preference will be given to applicants aged less than 40 years.
• The applicant should be working full time in a French-speaking African country.
• This application is accompanied by a letter of recommendation from the applicant's head of department or hospital.
• Preference will be given to applicants who canpresent a poster during the conference.
• Preference will be given to applicants who have completed training within 10 years and are working in teaching hospitals.

How to Apply:

Complete the online application form here along with a letter of support from your head of department or hospital by the 29th September 2017. Successful applicants will be informed by the 3rd of October.

Please do make sure you are available for the full duration of the conference.

Applications now open: WFSA/IMET Palestine Anaesthesia Teaching Mission 2018

The WFSA are pleased to announce that we are now recruiting volunteers for the 2018 Palestine Anaesthesia Teaching Mission. We are currently recruiting volunteers to undergo a 2-4 week placement within Palestine in 2018 (timings are flexible).

We are particularly interested in volunteers (ST5 and above) who are accustomed to teaching trainees in an operating room setting, and in the class room. Volunteers must be fully trained anaesthesiologists with board certification, and with licensure from their state, province or country. Volunteers are expected to spend 2-4 weeks in Palestine (dependent on your individual availability). Most of the teaching activities take place in 4 training centres in Palestine. These training centres are in East Jerusalem, Hebron, Nablus and Ramallah.

Travel and housing expenses are covered as follows: economy airfare to Tel Aviv (or Amman if desired), hotel accommodation in the four cities, transportation to and from the airport and between the hospitals. There is also a small stipend for food and miscellaneous expenses.

All interested applicants are required to apply online here and submit the following documents:

  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Supporting letter from two referees
  • Scanned copy of your passport

The deadline for applications is the 30th November 2017, selected candidates will be informed by mid-December.

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