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IASP’s Global Year Against Pain in the Most Vulnerable

The International Association for the Study of Pain (IASP) is running a campaign throughout 2019 to raise awareness of pain in vulnerable populations. This Global Year, a campaign which is run every year by IASP, focuses on the following vulnerable populations:

• Pain in older persons (including pain in dementia)

• Pain in infants and young children

• Pain in individuals with cognitive impairments (non dementia-related) or psychiatric disorders

• Pain in survivors of torture

The Aims and Objectives of this 2019 Global Year is to highlight the needs of people who are unable to articulate their pain in a way that health professionals can understand and/or whose pain problems are underestimated and so they are more likely to receive inadequate pain control.

This year targets vulnerable populations who are - due to (i) physical, psychological and/or verbal impairments, and/or due to (ii) social circumstances and/or due to (iii) shortcomings in healthcare -at risk to be under-assessed and undertreated for pain. Vulnerable individuals surely encompass a large variety of populations.

The IASP has released factsheets on pain management in different vulnerable populations which you can access by clicking on the relevant one below:

Pain in Individuals with an Intellectual Disability

Palliative Care for the Older Person in pain

Drug Management for Vulnerable Individuals

Pain Assessment in Dementia

Guidelines for the Management of Pain in Vulnerable Populations

Pain in Cognitive Impairment not Dementia Related Management

Chronic pain as consequence of torture assessment

Pain Management in Dementia

To find out more about the 2019 Global Year Against Pain in the Most Vulnerable, including quarterly webinars, visit the IASP website here.

Chair of the WFSA Pain Management Committee, Dr Roger Goucke, said “5.5 billion people (over 80%) of the world’s population live without access to treatments for moderate to severe pain. The more vulnerable individuals targeted by this year’s IASP Global Year deserve our attention. As Anaesthesiologists we have the skills to make a difference and to lead the world together with our Pain Medicine and Allied Health colleagues. With the WFSA representing nearly all corners of the globe, it is our responsibility to make some change here. I encourage everyone to read the IASP fact sheets and then disseminate them widely”.

Applications Open: 2020 WFSA Regional Anaesthesia Fellowship, Ganga Hospital, Coimbatore, India

Applications are invited for four fellowship training positions at Ganga Medical Centre & Hospital, Coimbatore, India.

The duration of training is 6 months. Two fellowships will start on the 1st January 2020 and two will start on the 1st July 2020.

Ganga Hospital (www.gangahospital.com) is a 475-bedded tertiary care referral centre for orthopaedic surgery, plastic and reconstructive surgery, spine and facio-maxillary surgery. It is a busy institution with 20 operating theatres.

The Department of Anaesthesiology specialises in practising and teaching regional anaesthesia. The department is equipped with peripheral nerve stimulators and twelve dedicated ultrasound machines for administering regional blocks. The trainees will have an orientation month followed by five months of clinical responsibility.

The fellowships are intended for anaesthesiologists working in low resource settings in Asia or Africa who wish to develop knowledge and skills in the field of regional anaesthesia and analgesia.

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
• Preference will be given to younger anaesthesiologists working in Asia or Africa

Fellows will receive a stipend from Ganga Hospital to cover accommodation and living expenses.

The WFSA will provide funding to cover the cost of return travel from the fellow's home country to Coimbatore, India.

The successful applicants will be required to register with the Medical Council of India and obtain medical insurance covering the duration of the fellowship.

For more information, please contact the programme head, Dr Balavenkat Subramanian (drbalavenkat@gmail.com).

How to apply:

The closing date for applications is 30th June 2019. Successful applicants will be notified by the start of July 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 photograph page of passport
• Copy of specialist anaesthetic qualification

Please complete and online application form using the link below:

https://wfsagrants.awardsplatform.com/

Applications Open: Obstetric Anaesthesia Fellowships at University of Malaya Medical Centre, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Applications are invited for two fellowship positions in 2020 at the University of Malaya Medical Centre (UMMC), Kuala Lumpur. The duration of each fellowship is 6 months, with the first fellowship expected to commence on 1st March 2020, and the second on 1st September 2020.

UMMC is a 1000-bed general hospital with a special obstetric and paediatric wing for the management of obstetric and paediatric cases. Being a premier teaching and referral hospital in the heart of the country, approximately 6000 babies are delivered annually with a caesarean section rate of about 20-25%.

UMMC offers a 24-hour epidural service and manages high-risk patients collaboratively with other supporting departments/units. It caters to the special needs of patients and increasingly uses ultrasound to assist with the insertion of regional analgesia and anaesthesia for selected patients. UMMC also offers obstetric anaesthesia training for post-graduate students in the Malaysian Master of Anaesthesiology Training Program.

The WFSA Fellowship is intended for anaesthesiologists working in low resource settings, who wish to develop knowledge and skills in the field of obstetric anaesthesia. Successful applicants must agree to return to their home country at the completion of the fellowship.

Priority will be given to applicants aged less than 40 from Asian member countries, but older applicants and applicants from other regions will also be considered.

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

For more information, please contact the programme head, Professor YK Chan (chanyk@ummc.edu.my)

How to apply:

The closing date for applications is 23rd June 2019. The successful applicant will be notified before the end of July 2019.

Applicants must complete an online Application Form here 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 photograph page of passport
• Copy of specialist anaesthetic qualification

Applications Open: WFSA Cardiac/Neuroanaesthesia 2019 Fellowship at Cairo University Hospital, Egypt

Applications are invited for Cardiac and Neuroanaesthesia fellowship training positions at Cairo University Hospital, Egypt.

Cairo University is the oldest university in Egypt and is the largest medical centre in the Middle East. The university hospital includes 6000 beds, 120 operating rooms and 500 ICU beds.

The duration of the fellowship is 6 months. The start date is expected to be 1 November 2019. The cardiac anaesthesia programme head is Professor Aiman Dessouki and the Neuroanaesthesia is the Assistant Professor Safinaz Osman.

The fellowship is intended for fully qualified anaesthesiologists working in low resource settings who wish to develop knowledge and skills in the field of intensive care medicine. Priority will be given to applicants from African or Middle Eastern countries

Applicants should fit the following criteria:

• Must be supported in their application by their own national anaesthetic 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 be under 40 years of age
• Should preferably be working in a teaching hospital.

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

For more information, please contact Dr Yehia Khater at yhkhater@gmail.com

How to apply:

The deadline for applications is the 3rd July 2019. 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 beginning of August 2019.

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.

Applications Open: 2019 WFSA Paediatric Anaesthesia and Intensive Care Fellowship at the Mohammed VI University Hospital, Marrakesh, Morocco.

Applications are invited for the Paediatric Anaesthesia and Intensive Care Fellowship training positions at Mohammed VI University Hospital in Marrakesh, Morocco.

About the Hospital:

Mohamed VI Marrakesh University hospital includes 5 hospitals. The fellowship will be held in Mother and child hospital which includes 247 beds, 12 operating rooms (6 for obstetrics and 6 for paediatrics) and 28 ICU beds (13 for gynecology-obstetrics and 15 for paediatrics).

The duration of each fellowship is 6 months. The start dates are expected to be 1st November 2019 and 1st May 2020. The programme head is Professor Saïd Younous (Head of the Department of Paediatric Anaesthesia and Critical Care).

The purpose of the fellowship is to enable the fellow:

To acquire the necessary knowledge for the anesthetic management of a child as part of a surgical, radiological or interventional procedure.

To acquire the theoretical and practical skills necessary for the management of a child with a serious pathology (learning about emergency management, assessment and transmission and common procedures of resuscitation).

The fellowship is intended for fully qualified anaesthesiologists (at least two years) working in settings who wish to develop their knowledge and skills in the field of paediatric anaesthesia and critical care.

Applicants should fit the following criteria:

Should preferably be working in a francophone country and speaks French
Must be supported in their application by their own national anaesthetic society
Must be supported in their application by the chief / head of their home department
Must be returning to their home country to a recognised post
Should be under 40 years of age
Should preferably be working in a teaching hospital

The fellowship offers funding for travel to/from the fellow’s home country, tuition costs, and subsistence living expenses.

For more information, please contact:

Professor Saïd Younous at anaesthesia.marrakech@gmail.com or

Professor Youssef Mouaffak at ymouaffak@yahoo.fr

Application Instructions

The deadline for applications is the 31st May 2019. 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 by the end of June 2019.

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.

Français

Les candidatures sont sollicitées pour les postes de formation en anesthésie-réanimation pédiatrique à l'hôpital universitaire Mohammed VI de Marrakech, au Maroc.

Le centre hospitalier universitaire Mohamed VI de Marrakech comprend 5 hôpitaux. Le stage se déroule à l'hôpital mère-enfant, qui comprend 247 lits, 12 salles d'opération (6 pour l'obstétrique et 6 pour la pédiatrie) et 28 lits de réanimation (13 pour la gynécologie-obstétrique et 15 pour la pédiatrie).

La durée de chaque stage est de 6 mois. Les dates de début sont prévues pour le 1er novembre 2019 et le 1er mai 2020. Le responsable du programme est le Professeur Saïd Younous (Chef de service d'anesthésie-réanimation pédiatrique).

Le programme est destiné aux anesthésistes qualifiés (2 ans de formation minimum) qui souhaitent développer leurs connaissances et compétences dans le domaine de l'anesthésie et réanimation pédiatrique.

Les candidats doivent répondre aux critères suivants:

Doit de préférence travailler dans un pays africain francophone
Doit être soutenu dans sa candidature par sa propre société nationale savante d'anesthésie
Doit être soutenu dans sa candidature par le chef de service / département d'origine
Doit retourner dans son pays d'origine à un poste reconnu
Devrait avoir moins de 40 ans
Devrait de préférence travailler dans un hôpital universitaire.

La bourse offre un financement pour les voyages à destination / en provenance du pays d'origine du boursier, les frais de scolarité et les frais de subsistance.

Pour plus d'information veuillez contacter:

Professeur Saïd Younous à anaesthesia.marrakech@gmail.com

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Professeur Youssef Mouaffak à ymouaffak@yahoo.fr

Instructions pour les candidats:

La date limite pour les demandes est le 31 mai 2019. Pour postuler, veuillez utiliser notre système de demande en ligne ici pour remplir un formulaire de demande et télécharger les documents suivants.

• Curriculum vitae avec une photo récente et les noms de deux référents
• Lettre de recommandation de la société nationale d'anesthésiologie du demandeur
• Lettre de recommandation du chef de service ou de la direction de l'hôpital du candidat
• Copie du diplôme de médecine
• Copie de la qualification d'anesthésiologiste spécialisée
• Copie de Passeport

Les demandes seront examinées par un panel d'anesthésistes sélectionnés par la WFSA, et les candidats retenus seront informés avant le fin juin 2019.

Les candidats retenus doivent confirmer leur intention de prendre la bourse dans les 2 jours suivant la notification. Si vous ne le faites pas, la bourse sera offerte au candidat suivant.

Applications Open: 2019 WFSA Anaesthesia and Critical Care in Obstetrics and Gynaecology Fellowship at the Mohammed VI University Hospital, Marrakesh, Morocco

Applications are invited for the Anaesthesia and Critical Care in Obstetrics and Gynaecology Fellowship training positions at Mohammed VI University Hospital in Marrakesh, Morocco.

About the Hospital:

Mohamed VI Marrakesh University hospital includes 5 hospitals. The fellowship will be held in Mother and child hospital which includes 247 beds, 12 operating rooms (6 for obstetrics and 6 for paediatrics) and 28 ICU beds (13 for gynecology-obstetrics and 15 for paediatrics).

The duration of each fellowship is 6 months. The start dates are expected to be 1st November 2019 and 1st May 2020. The programme head is Professor Ahmed Rhassane El Adib (Head of the Department of Anaesthesia and Critical Care in Obstetrics and Gynaecology).

The purpose of the fellowship is to provide training in effective anaesthetic management of pregnancy related conditions. The fellow will assume the role of the perioperative physician for all pregnant patients and will complete rotations in Critical Care for Obstetrics and Gynecology, Neonatology and undergo simulation training.

The fellowship is intended for fully qualified anaesthesiologists (at least two years) working in settings who wish to develop their knowledge and skills in the field of obstetric anaesthesia and critical care.

Applicants should fit the following criteria:

• Should preferably be working in a francophone country and speaks French
• Must be supported in their application by their own national anaesthetic society
• Must be supported in their application by the chief / head of their home department
• Must be returning to their home country to a recognised post
• Should be under 40 years of age
• Should preferably be working in a teaching hospital.

The fellowship offers funding for travel to/from the fellow’s home country, tuition costs, and subsistence living expenses.

For more information, please contact:

Professor Ahmed Rhassane El Adib at ah.eladib@uca.ma
Professor Houssam Rebahi at r-houssam@hotmail.com

Application Instructions:

The deadline for applications is the 31st May 2019. 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 by the end of June 2018.

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.

Français

Les candidatures sont sollicitées pour les postes de formation en anesthésie-réanimation en obstétrique et gynécologie à l'hôpital universitaire Mohammed VI de Marrakech, au Maroc.

Le centre hospitalier universitaire Mohamed VI de Marrakech comprend 5 hôpitaux. Le stage se déroule à l'hôpital mère-enfant, qui comprend 247 lits, 12 salles d'opération (6 pour l'obstétrique et 6 pour la pédiatrie) et 28 lits de réanimation (13 pour la gynécologie-obstétrique et 15 pour la pédiatrie).

La durée de chaque stage est de 6 mois. Les dates de début sont prévues pour le 1er novembre 2019 et le 1er mai 2020. Le responsable du programme est le Professeur Ahmed Rhassane El Adib (Chef du Département d'anesthésie et de soins intensifs en obstétrique et gynécologie).

Le but du programme est de fournir une formation en gestion anesthésique efficace des conditions liées à la grossesse. Le candidat assumera le rôle de médecin péri opératoire pour toutes les patientes enceintes et effectuera des rotations en anesthésie et réanimation en obstétrique et en gynécologie, en néonatologie et suivra une formation en simulation.

Le programme est destiné à des anesthésistes qualifiés (au moins deux ans) travaillant dans des milieux à faibles ressources qui souhaitent développer leurs connaissances et compétences dans le domaine de l'anesthésie-réanimation obstétricale.

Les candidats doivent répondre aux critères suivants:

• Doit travailler de préférence dans un pays francophone
• Doit être soutenu dans leur application par leur propre société nationale d'anesthésie
• Doit être soutenu dans leur application par le chef / chef de leur département d'origine
• Doit retourner dans son pays d'origine à un poste reconnu
• Devrait avoir moins de 40 ans
• Devrait de préférence travailler dans un hôpital d'enseignement.

La bourse offre un financement pour les voyages à destination / en provenance du pays d'origine du boursier, les frais de scolarité et les frais de subsistance.

Pour plus d'information veuillez contacter:

Professeur Ahmed Rhassane El Adib at ah.eladib@uca.ma

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Professeur Houssam Rebahi at r-houssam@hotmail.com

Instructions de candidature:

La date limite pour les demandes est le 31 mai 2019. Pour postuler, veuillez utiliser notre système de demande en ligne ici pour remplir un formulaire de demande et télécharger les documents suivants.

• Curriculum vitae avec une photo récente et les noms de deux référents
• Lettre de recommandation de la société nationale d'anesthésiologie du demandeur
• Lettre de recommandation du chef de service ou de la direction de l'hôpital du candidat
• Copie du diplôme de médecine
• Copie de la qualification d'anesthésiologiste spécialisée
• Copie de la page de photographie de Passeport

Les demandes seront examinées par un panel d'anesthésistes sélectionnés par la WFSA, et les candidats retenus seront informés avant le fin juin 2019.

Les candidats retenus doivent confirmer leur intention de prendre la bourse dans les 2 jours suivant la notification. Si vous ne le faites pas, la bourse sera offerte au candidat suivant.

Aplicaciones abiertas para optar por becas WFSA-Baxter: CLASA 2019 Congress

Congreso CLASA, Buenos Aires, Argentina, 21-24 de Septiembre 2019

Baxter Healthcare Ltd está proporcionando generosamente patrocinio para algunos anestesiólogos jóvenes de países con menos ingresos económicos para asistir al Congreso de la Regional Confederación Latinaomericana de Sociedades de Anestesiología (CLASA ) 2019 en Buenos Aires, Argentina, del 21 al 24 de Septiembre 2019

El objetivo del programa de becas es identificar y desarrollar futuros líderes en Anestesiología. Los becarios WFSA-Baxter adquirirán nuevos conocimientos y ganarán muchos contactos y amigos durante el Congreso CLASA.

Criterios de la Becas

• Los aspirantes deben vivir y trabajar en un país miembro de la CLASA-WFSA.
• Se le dará prioridad a los anestesiólogos más jóvenes.
• La aplicación debe estar acompañada por una carta de recomendación de la Sociedad Nacional de Anestesiología del aspirante y de su Jefe de Departamento / Director del Hospital.
• Se le dará prioridad a los aspirantes quienes presenten un trabajo o poster durante el congreso.
• Se le dará prioridad también a los aspirantes que hayan completado su entrenamiento dentro de los últimos 10 años y estén trabajando en hospitales docentes.

Como aplicar:

Los aspirantes deben completar y remitir por email un formato de aplicación aquí suministrado, junto con una carta de apoyo de su Sociedad Nacional de Anestesiología y del Jefe de Departamento / Director del Hospital antes del 10 de junio de 2019.

Los aspirantes ganadores serán informados a finales de junio de 2019.

English Version

CLASA Congress, Buenos Aires, Argentina, September 21st-24th.

Baxter Healthcare Ltd are generously providing sponsorship for a number of young anaesthesiologists from less affluent countries to attend the Regional Confederation of Latin American Societies of Anaesthesiologists (CLASA) Congress in Buenos Aires from the 21-24 September 2019.

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 Congress.

Scholarship criteria:

• The applicant must be living and working in a CLASA-WFSA member country.
• Preference will be given to younger anaesthesiologists.
• The application must be accompanied by a letter of recommendation from the applicant's National Anaesthesiology Society and Head of Department / Hospital Manager.
• Preference will be given to applicants who present 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:

Applicants must complete and submit an online application form here, along with a letter of support from your National Society and Head of Department / Hospital Manager by 10th June 2019.

Successful applicants will be informed by the end of June 2019.

Applications now open: WFSA-Medical Education-Simulation Fellowship 2019

The WFSA and the Department of Anesthesiology and Perioperative Care, University of California San Francisco (UCSF), are partnering to offer a Medical Education-Simulation fellowship. This is a 1-year, non-accredited program partly based at UCSF (1-3 months) and partly at the fellow’s home institution. The overall goal of the fellowship is to provide opportunities for anesthesiologists from LMICs to gain expertise in medical education, develop educational leadership and acquire foundational skills to conduct research in education. Fellows will complete scholarly work and return to their home institutions to implement mentored education projects.

During their time at UCSF, fellows will complete the ‘Teach for UCSF Simulation Certificate’ program and receive training in curriculum development, evaluation tool design and effective learner feedback. The fellows will work under the supervision and guidance of faculty members and educational experts at UCSF and will receive continued remote mentorship and support while completing their scholarly project back at their home institution.

UCSF is a global leader in medical education and research, dedicated to promoting health worldwide. The Center of Research and Development in Medical Education (RaDME) and Kanbar Simulation Center at UCSF have long standing programs that aim to enrich faculty and learners to become leaders, innovators and researchers in health professions education.

Applicants are considered on a rolling basis with an application deadline of 21th June 2019. The fellowship start date October 2019.

Applicants are required to provide an outline of an educational interests and potential projects that they would like to implement or develop during the fellowship year.

Criteria for applicants:

• Anesthesia practitioner currently working in a low or middle-income countries (World Bank classification)
IELTS score of 7 and above in all categories
• Have completed formal clinical training program in anesthesia
• Eligibility for US visa
• Preference will be given to applicants less than 40 years old

How to apply:

Please complete the online application form here and provide all required supporting documents.

• An outline of your role in medical education at your institution and the aims of your proposed educational project (1-2 pages, less than 500 words)
• Curriculum vitae with one recent photo and the names of two referees
• Letter of good standing 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 passport

A selection panel comprising members of the WFSA and the Department of Anesthesiology, UCSF, will assess all applications. Shortlisted applicants may be required to participate in a video interview.

Applications now open for WFSA Fresenius Kabi Anaesthesia Innovation Awards 2019

The WFSA and Fresenius Kabi are delighted to announce that we have launched the third round of this unique innovation development awards programme which identifies and supports the development of innovations that have the potential to transform the field of anaesthesia and improve patient safety worldwide. One award has been given each year for the duration of this three-year project, and 2019 is the third and final round.

Encouraging applications from around the world, the WFSA Fresenius Kabi Anaesthesia Innovation Awards will identify innovations in the field of anaesthesia which have the potential to benefit patients worldwide. Innovations can relate to anaesthesia, critical care or pain and be:

• A new product/ device
• An IT innovation
• A new techniques or solution of a problem
• An innovation in education or training in anaesthesiology

Successful awardees will be offered:

• A grant of up to $25,000 which must be spent on activities which will develop and help take the product or technology to a stage at which it is sufficiently developed to be brought to market or be attractive to follow-on funders or investors. Activities could include but are not limited to research consultancy, development of a prototype, small scale production, user testing, and marketing/business advice and will be determined in partnership with the WFSA Innovation Mentor.
• Input and feedback on their project from a panel of WFSA and Fresenius Kabi specialists
• A WFSA Innovation Mentor and Fresenius Kabi Business Mentor
• The opportunity to have a short promotional film made about their innovation
• An invitation to attend the WCA 2020 and contribute to the scientific programme

The winner in 2018 was RevoCap: A Revolution in Global Capnography, an innovation presented by Maziar Mohsen Nourian and Dr Michael Lipnick. In 2017, the video laryngoscope SmartBlade designed by Dr Caroline Corbett and Mr Nick Nevin, won the award. For more information about the 2018 winners, please click here and scroll to the bottom of the page.

Eligibility of Applicants:

• Applications will only be accepted from individual anaesthesiologists who are nationals or residents of countries that have a national or regional society membership of the WFSA. A full list of WFSA Member Societies can be found here. An anaesthesiologist is a qualified specialist physician who has completed a nationally recognised medical training programme in anaesthesiology.
• If the application is made on behalf of a group, please choose one member of the group who would lead or represent the group.
• In submitting your application, you confirm that you are eligible to do so. The WFSA may require you to provide proof that you are eligible to apply.
• There is a limit of one application per person.
• The WFSA reserves all rights to disqualify you if you do not have the rights to the submission that you have made and the subject of such submission.
• All applicants must have read and agreed to the Terms & Conditions of the award.

How to Apply:

Please complete your online application here. You will need to provide details of your innovation as well as the progress you have made so far and any further supporting information in regards to your innovation you would like to add.

Applicants will be assessed by a panel of judges led by the WFSA Scientific Affairs Committee, and successful applicants will be notified before the 15th of October.

The deadline for applications is the 31st August 2019.

FRES KABI WFSA

SAFE-T Summit 2019 – a day of global equity and teamwork in anaesthesia and surgical care

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Edna Adan Ismail from Somaliland gave the keynote speech

Following the success of our inaugural SAFE-T Summit in 2018, the WFSA and the Royal Society of Medicine (RSM) co-hosted the second SAFE-T Summit on 5th April 2019 with a focus on perioperative safety through equity, ethics, gender, diversity and social strategies.

Our Summit began with a keynote presentation from Somaliland’s Edna Adan Ismail, who spoke about her incredible work including building her own hospital, training over 1,000 midwives and building partnerships to bring anaesthesia equipment to the hospital. She spoke about the importance of skills, equipment, discipline, workforce and infrastructure on the provision of safe anaesthesia and safe surgery in Somaliland. 

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Edna Adan Ismail shows the standard of healthcare facilities in Somaliland which inspired her to build the Edna Adan Hospital

The Summit’s first session followed Edna’s keynote presentation, and was focused on inequity in access to perioperative and anaesthesia care and safety. In this session, President of the Royal College of Anaesthetist Professor Ravi Mahajan spoke on gender equity and patient safety culture as well as how our unconscious bias can perpetuate gender inequality. Dr Janet Martin, MEDICI Centre (a WHO Collaborating Centre), Western University, Canada, then spoke on anaesthesia-related and perioperative mortality and highlighted that 4.2 million people die worldwide within 30 days of surgery. Dr Paloma Toledo, Assistant Professor of Anesthesiology, Northwestern Memorial Hospital, then presented, drawing our attention to the statistic that worldwide one woman dies from complications of childbirth every minute, and discussed strategies to reduce healthcare disparities. The European Society of Anaesthesiology’s President, Professor Stefan de Hert, concluded the session with a talk on the climate of equity, and shared the data from the ESA survey on gender distribution and diversity. 

Panel 1

Session one finished with a panel discussion, Chaired by Immediate Past President of the WFSA, Dr Gonzalo Barreiro

Dr Jackie Rowles, President of The International Federation of Nurse Anesthetists, and Ms Tracy Coates, Group Head of Clinical Services, Theatres POA Endoscopy and Sterile Services at Spire Healthcare spoke in our second session on the role of nursing in perioperative safety. Dr Rowles spoke about how the global shortage of trained anaesthesia providers means that there are not enough nurse anaesthetists to meet the demand for services, and how there needs to be cooperation within a team, and a focus on the patients’ needs and rights. Ms Coates then spoke about the need to maintain care and compassion for patients as well as each other, and the importance of a good working environment.

Session 2 panel

 Session two’s panel discussion, chaired by WFSA Board members Dr Philippe Mavoungou and Dr Daniela Filipescu

Following lunch, the third session on gender gaps and considerations in anaesthesia and perioperative safety, got underway with presentations from Dr Carolina Haylock-Loor, Chair of the WFSA Gender Balance Committee, Dr Kathleen Ferguson (President of the Association of Anaesthetists) and WFSA President Dr Jannicke Mellin-Olsen. 

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WFSA President Dr Jannicke Mellin-Olsen spoke about her incredible professional life during our third session

Dr Haylock-Loor spoke about how, if we correct gender inequalities, society as a whole benefits. Dr Jannicke Mellin-Olsen then spoke about her career from training in Norway to her time with the UN and as Medical Director of MedAir Europe and shared with us her experiences of often being the only female in a team, and what she had learnt from them. Dr Kathleen Ferguson presented a talk on gender in the NHS and breaking the glass ceiling in professional advancement, and the following all-female panel discussed how they faced these challenges.

For our fourth and final session, ‘Working together: Teamwork and advocacy in addressing the safety gap’, we heard about the refugee crisis in Europe from a doctor’s perspective from Dr Marily Passakiotou, Chair of the Working Group for the Refugee Crisis, CPME. Dr Andrew Hartle then presented some stark statistics that 52% of LGBT people experience depression, and that one in eight LGBT people aged between 18 and 24 have attempted to take their own life. One in eight LGBT people (13%) experience some form of unequal treatment from healthcare staff because they are LGBT, and almost one in four LBGT people witnessed discriminatory or negative remarks against LGBT people by healthcare staff. Dr Hartle also shared the statistic that one in seven LGBT people avoided treatment for fear of discrimination because they are LBGT.

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WFSA President along with members of the WFSA Council

 

Dr Sally El-Ghazali, Chair of the Association of Anaesthetists Trainee Committee, then presented on the situation among trainee doctors in the UK, and recent research conducted by the Association of Anaesthetists on the effects of fatigue on trainees in the UK which gained attention after the tragic death of an anaesthetic trainee who fell asleep at the wheel of a car following a nightshift. The WFSA’s Director of Partnerships Dr Berend Mets spoke about the need for calm communications in adverse and stressful situations, presenting and discussing research on this topic. The final presentation in our fourth session was from Dr Nicole Phillips, who joined us from the Australian and New Zealand College of Anaesthetists. Dr Phillips spoke about how professional bodies can promote gender equity, as well as the difference between gender equality and equity.

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The panel in our final session answer questions on implicit bias, quotas, and the difference between changing the law and changing attitudes

Dr Alan Merry, WFSA’s Treasurer, and Dr Berend Mets, WFSA’s Director of Partnerships, were the convenors of this SAFE-T Summit. Dr Alan Merry said “the Safe-T Summit on Equity in Global Healthcare brought together a varied group of outstanding speakers whose presentations underscored the importance of this subject, and stimulated useful discussion on ways to improve all aspects of equity for the benefit of our patients and ourselves.” Dr Berend Mets said “this Second SAFE-T Summit was a great success in bringing together poignant life-stories and pertinent fact’s informing the central message of the Summit: the promotion of Global Equity and Diversity in Healthcare.”

Without our outstanding speakers this event would not have been the success which it was, and the WFSA thanks all speakers for their time. We would also like to thank our sponsors, Diamedica, Sintetica, SmileTrain, Lifebox, the Association of Anaesthetists, and of course our headline sponsor Masimo. 

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We would also like to thank our co-hosts the RSM, who helped enormously in the run-up to the Summit and on the day.

Aplicaciones abiertas: Fellowship en medicina del dolor en Buenos Aires, Argentina, 2019

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.

Duración De La Pasantia: Ocho semanas (Septiembre- Octubre 2019)

Numero de lugares: Dos

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 18 de Abril de 2019, más detalles de la beca están aquí.

Por favor complete un formulario de solicitud en línea aqui

Adjuntar los siguientes documentos en español: (La falsificación de los documentos de aplicación o no enviarlos todos al mismo tiempo llevan a exclusión inmediata del proceso de selección)

• Hoja de Vida completa con una foto reciente y dos recomendaciones verificables con número de celular especificando código internacional de país para realizar llamada de verificación.
• Carta de afiliación y respaldo de la sociedad de anestesia del país del aspirante.
• Carta de recomendación del Jefe directo del hospital donde labora.
• Diploma de Medico Escaneado
• Diploma de Anestesiólogo Escaneado.
• Copia de la página de identificación del pasaporte vigente con foto

Informacion, Aplicación Y Reglamentos Del Programa:

www.wfsahq.org

www.clasa-anestesia.org

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