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The WFSA releases position statement on opioids

The WFSA is pleased to announce the publication of our Position Statement on Opioids, developed by the WFSA’s Pain Management Committee and approved by the Board.

This position statement acknowledges the dilemma between providing access for medication which has proven efficacy, while also potential harms to the public. Opioids are strong pain medications which can be easily abused. The dilemma with these powerful medications is to provide access for conditions where benefit has been demonstrated while protecting the public from the potential harms. This statement states that there should be engagement with patients and clinicians working in multiple medical fields including anaesthesiology, pain medicine, palliative medicine and primary care.

The position statement also draws attention to care in low- and middle-income countries where access to pain management is very limited and the use of opioids is extremely low. Because of a combination of a lack of availability, over-stringent and restrictive laws and a lack of awareness of how to use opioids. Conversely, there is a problem of opioid over-use in high-income countries, notably in North America. This over-use is a result in part to over-zealous prescribing of opioids to treat chronic non-cancer pain. This over and under prescribing needs to be addressed effectively.

“Although a few carefully selected patients may benefit, population-based studies provide limited evidence to support the use of opioids in chronic pain and clearly demonstrate the harm they can cause”.

You can read the full statement here.

The WFSA, as a non-state actor in official relations with the World Health Organisation (WHO), has presented statements to the WHO on access to medicines such as opioids and most recently at the World Health Assembly in May 2019. Here we stated that ‘opioids are essential medicines for the management of pain, and an indispensable element of UHC’.

Applications open: WFSA Scholarships for All Africa Anaesthesia Congress, 10th-12th October 2019, Marrakesh, Morocco

WFSA Industry Donors are generously providing sponsorship for young anaesthesiologists from Africa to attend the 7th All Africa Anaesthesia congress, 10th-12th October in Marrakesh, Morocco. The aim of the scholarship programme is to identify and develop future leaders in anaesthesiology. More information on the congress can be found here.

WFSA Scholars will acquire new knowledge and gain many contacts and friends during the AAAC. 

Scholarship criteria:

• Applicants must currently be working in Africa. Preference will be given to anaesthesiologists under 40.
• The application must be accompanied by a letter of recommendation from 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 government or teaching hospitals.

How to Apply:

• The deadline for applications is the 23rd August 2019. 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 the WFSA, and successful applicants will be informed before mid-September 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.
• Applicants must be able to attend for the full duration of the congress.

Applications Open: 2020 WFSA BARTC Fellowship, Bangkok, Thailand

Applications are now being accepted for the 2020 General Anaesthesia Fellowship at the Bangkok Anaesthesia Regional Training Centre (BARTC). The fellowship is open to anaesthesiologists from Asian countries.

Trainees will study full time for 1 year in the Department of Anaesthesiology of the hospitals designated in the program. They will spend the first 6 months in a medical school hospital in Bangkok, and then 4 months in 2 provincial hospitals. The last month will be back to the medical school to prepare for and sit the final examination. The trainees will have hands-¬on training in the operating rooms, and will be allowed to take part in patient care.

This programme is taught in English, to enable the training of trainees from various countries, targeted for the Asian region. However, communication with Thai patients needs understanding of Thai language, and it is strongly encouraged that trainees try to get at least preliminary use of Thai language in their homeland, before leaving for Bangkok.

How to apply:

The trainee will have to submit documents in advance to prove that he/she has:

1. A permanent post in a government teaching hospital.
2. A degree in medicine.
3. Good spoken and written English language skills.
4. Prior experience in anaesthesia for at least 3 years in his/her own country (evidence of previous training, number of cases and techniques done in the last 3 years).

Applicants will be interviewed via telephone.

The fellowship will commence on 15 January 2020, and will last for 1 year. The closing deadline for applications is 5th September 2019.

The result of the selection will be announced on 30 September 2019 or sooner.

Download more fellowship information, as well as the application form here.

Please send completed application forms and direct any enquiries to the Programme Head:

Professor Jariya Lertakyamanee

WFSA/BARTC
Department of Anesthesiology
Faculty of Medicine Siriraj Hospital,
Mahidol University, Bangkok 10700, Thailand

Fax 662-411-3256

E-mail: jariya130753@gmail.com

Ya está abierto el período para enviar aplicaciones para becas de entrenamiento en anestesia Pediátrica en Santiago, Chile, en el 2020

Se invita a enviar aplicaciones para dos becas de entrenamiento en anestesia pediátrica en el 2020 en el Hospital Luis Calvo Mackenna, Santiago, Chile.

La duración de cada beca es de seis meses. La primera iniciará el 1º de Abril de 2020 y la segunda empezará el 1º de Octubre de 2020.

Estas becas de entrenamiento están dirigidas a Anestesiólogos Latinoamericanos ya graduados (limitado a Bolivia, Brasil, Colombia, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Perú, Uruguay, Argentina y Ecuador debido a restricciones de la autoridad para reconocer el título de médico cirujano). Se dará preferencia a los anestesiólogos más jóvenes, a aquellos que trabajan en sitios de bajos recursos y a quienes estén trabajando en un hospital público y que estén involucrados en la enseñanza en anestesia.

Los aspirantes deberán cumplir los siguientes criterios:

• Su aplicación debe estar apoyada por su propia SOCIEDAD NACIONAL DE ANESTESIA
• Su aplicación debe estar apoyada por el Jefe / Director del Departamento / Servicio de Anestesia
• Debe demostrar que va a retornar a su país de origen a un cargo reconocido
• Debería estar trabajando en un Hospital Docente preferiblemente.

Las becas ofrecen fondos para costo de inscripción, alojamiento y gastos de subsistencia.

Para mas información, favor contactar a la directora del programa, Dra. Silvana Cavallieri, scavallierib@gmail.com, silvanacavallieri@gmail.com

Como aplicar:

La fecha de cierre del período de recepción de aplicaciones es el 31 de agosto de 2019. Los aspirantes que resulten seleccionados serán notificados a finales de septiembre.

Los aspirantes deben completar la aplicación en línea aquí y suministrar todos los documentos de la lista que aparece al final del formato de aplicación:

• Curriculum vitae con una foto reciente y los nombres de dos referencias personales
• Carta de recomendación de la SOCIEDAD NACIONAL DE ANESTESIA a la que pertenece el aspirante
• Carta de recomendación del Jefe de Departamento / Servicio o del Director del Hospital donde trabaja el aspirante
• Copia del título de médico
• Copia del título de especialista en Anestesia
• Copia de la página con la información y la foto del pasaporte

Los aspirantes que resulten seleccionados deben confirmar su intención de tomar la beca dentro de los dos (2) días siguientes a la notificación. El no hacerlo resultará en que la beca le será ofrecida al siguiente aspirante. Si usted tiene alguna pregunta, por favor envíe un email a la oficial de la WFSA, Dilly Hartley, projects2@wfsahq.org

Los aspirantes seleccionados deberán presentar también a las autoridades del Hospital Luis Calvo Mackenna los siguientes requisitos, los cuales son esenciales para realizar una rotación con práctica clínica en pacientes en cualquier hospital en Chile.

• El certificado de título de Médico Cirujano legalizado en el Consulado de Chile en el país de origen. Dicho documento se deberá presentar ya sea en el Ministerio de Relaciones Exteriores de la República o en el Ministerio de Educación Chile, de acuerdo al país de origen (ver listado abajo), los cuales emitirán un certificado de “reconocimiento de título", documento que valida para realizar una rotación con actividad clínica. Dicho certificado deberá ser presentado en la Unidad de Capacitación y Docencia del Hospital Luis Calvo Mackenna. Para solicitar el certificado de reconocimiento de título, el interesado debe pedir una hora de atención, a través de la página en internet, del Ministerio de Relaciones Exteriores, (www.minrel.gob.cl), y en el caso del Ministerio de Educación (www.mineduc.gob.cl) debe tramitarlo directamente en sus oficinas.
• Copia del Título de Anestesiólogo debidamente legalizado en una notaría pública y autenticado en el Consulado de Chile en su país.
• Currículum vitae.
• Certificado de vacunación contra virus hepatitis B (VHB).
• Seguro de salud con cobertura por todo el periodo de entrenamiento

Países con convenios que deben legalizar ante el MINREL:

Bolivia, Brasil, Colombia, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Perú, Uruguay.

Países con convenios que deben legalizar en el MINEDUC:

Argentina y Ecuador

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Applications now open for WFSA-CLASA Paediatric Anaesthesia Fellowship in Santiago, Chile, 2020

Applications are invited for two paediatric anaesthesia fellowship training positions in 2020 at the Luis Calvo Mackenna Hospital in Santiago, Chile.

The duration of each fellowship is 6 months. One will start on 1st April 2020 and the other will start on 1st October 2020.

The fellowships are intended for graduated Latin American anaesthesiologists (limited to Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Perú, Uruguay, Argentina and Ecuador due to authority restrictions on who can practice clinically in Chile) who are, ideally, working in a public hospital and involved in anaesthesia education. Preference will be given to younger anaesthesiologists and those working in low resource settings.

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

For more information, please contact the programme head, Dr Silvana Cavallieri, scavallierib@gmail.com, silvanacavallieri@gmail.com

How to apply:

The closing date for applications is 31st August 2019. Successful applicants will be notified by late-September.

Applicants must complete the 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 specialist anaesthetic qualification
• Copy of photograph page of passport

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. If you have any questions please email Projects Officer, Dilly Hartley, at WFSA: projects2@wfsahq.org

Successful applicants must also show to the Luis Calvo Mackenna's authorities the following requirements that are essential to perform a rotation with practice in patients in any hospital in Chile:

• Medical degree certification legalized at the Chilean Consulate in the country of origin. This document must be submitted either to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs or the Ministry of Education of the Republic of Chile, according to the country of origin (see the list of countries below), who will issue a certificate of title registration, which allows the realization of a clinical rotation. This certificate must be presented at the Teaching Training Unit of the Luis Calvo Mackenna Hospital. For this last process, the interested party should ask for an appointment through the website of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs (http://www.minrel.gob.cl/), and in the case of Ministry of Education (www.mineduc.gob.cl), the process for legalization will be at its offices.

• Specialist anaesthetic qualification legalized at public notary and then at the Chilean Consulate in the country of origin.
• Curriculum vitae
• Valid certificate of vaccination against hepatitis B virus
• Health insurance for the whole period of the training.

Countries with agreement that must be legalized by MINREL:
Bolivia, Brazil, Colombia, Costa Rica, El Salvador, Guatemala, Honduras, Nicaragua, Peru, Uruguay.

Countries with agreement that must be legalized by MINEDUC:
Argentina y Ecuador

The WFSA represented anaesthesia at the 72nd World Health Assembly in Geneva

A delegation from the WFSA attended the 72nd World Health Assembly (WHA) which took place in Geneva from the 20th – 28th May 2019. The WFSA delegation comprised of Dr Jannicke Mellin-Olsen (President), Professor Adrian Gelb (Secretary), Dr Wayne Morriss (Director of Programmes), Dr Mauricio Vasco (Chair, WFSA’s Obstetrics Committee), Julian Gore-Booth (Chief Executive Officer), and Annabel Higgins (Advocacy and Communications Officer). This busy week is the WFSA main advocacy opportunity every year, and an opportunity as a non-State actor in official relations with the WHO to present statements, meet with WHO officials, country representatives and NGOs to promote safe anaesthesia.

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This year's WHA opened with a speech from The Lancet Editor-in-Chief, Dr Richard Horton, who suggested 5 recommendations to the Assembly, including to “invest in safe surgery and anaesthesia” citing that 5 billion people remain without access to this. This theme was prominent throughout the Assembly, as the WFSA advocated for safe anaesthesia and surgery as a core component of Universal Health Coverage (UHC), including in the WFSA’s statements to the Assembly which we presented in our capacity as a non-State Actor in official relations with the WHO. Our statements were an opportunity to demonstrate how anaesthesia relates to many WHO areas of work, such as noncommunicable diseases (NCDs), patient safety, access to medicines and vaccines, and human resources for health.


On the first official day of the WHA, the WFSA co-hosted an event at the International Committee of the Red Cross (ICRC), along with the ICRC, the G4 Alliance, Safeguarding Health in Conflict Coalition, IntraHealth, and Lifebox. The event, ‘Surgery and Anaesthesia: conflict, poverty and development’, had 150 attendees and a wide variety of speakers, including country representatives, discussing safe anaesthesia in challenging contexts.

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The first session of the event features country and regional representatives discussing National Surgical Obstetric and Anaesthesia Plans (NSOAPs) and the provision of safe anaesthesia in their countries.   

Left to right, Dr Zainab Chaula, Tanzanian Permanent Secretary; Mr Ben Nangombe, Executive Director, Namibian Ministry of Health and Technical Chair, SADC; Tanzanian representative; Dr Chuong, Vice Director General of the Vietnamese Ministry of Health; Professor Sekelani Banda, Director of Training, Zambian Ministry of Health; Professor Emmanuel Makasa, Director, Wits Centre of Surgical Care for Primary Health & Sustainable Development. 

 

 

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 Dr Esperanza Martinez, Head of Health, ICRC, and Dr Ian Norton, Project Lead, Emergency Medical Teams, WHO, present during the second session of the event


The WFSA met with a number of country representatives from Tanzania, Mozambique, Malawi and Myanmar, as well as Fiji, Vietnam and Palau, to discuss the challenges of providing safe anaesthesia and surgery in their countries, and how we can work with them and our Member Societies to help. This was a notable change to previous years, and is possibly a sign of that safe anaesthesia and safe surgery is becoming more recognised amongst member states.

In addition to these meetings with country representatives, the WFSA met with key WHO decision-makers to discuss the availability of vaccines and medicines, patient safety, nursing, infection prevention and trauma care.

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Members of the WFSA delegation meet the WHO's Dr Teri Reynolds at the Palais des Nations to discuss NCDs. 

Alongside speakers from the WHO and former Lancet Commissioners, Professor Adrian Gelb presented on the topic of anaesthesia and the WHO-WFSA International Standards for a Safe Practice of Anesthesia at the WHO’s Technical Meeting on scaling up surgical, obstetric and anaesthesia care to strengthen health systems. The WFSA is proud to be the only NGO to be mentioned in the Progress Report from the WHO Director-General, Dr Tedros, ‘Implementation of the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development’ by virtue of the WHO-WFSA International Standards for a Safe Practice of Anesthesia


There have been many positive outcomes from the 72nd WHA, such as the establishment of an annual World Patient Safety Day, to a resolution on emergency and trauma care (WHA Resolution 72.16) which you can read here. For the WFSA, this was an opportunity to build relationships and develop new partnerships to raise the profile of safe anaesthesia within the WHO. 

 

 

Applications Open: WFSA Cardiac Anaesthesia Fellowship at Narayana Institute of Cardiac Sciences (NICS), Bangalore, India, 2020

Applications are invited for two cardiac anaesthesia fellowship training positions at Narayana Institute of Cardiac Sciences (NICS), Bangalore, India.

The fellowships will start on 1 January 2020 and the duration of training is 12 months.

Narayana Institute of Cardiac Sciences (NICS) under the 'Narayana Health' brand, is one of the largest heart hospitals in the world. NICS is committed to providing affordable quality health care to the masses. In addition to provision of clinical services, NICS is actively involved in education and research and has trained several young physicians at post-graduate and post-doctoral level.

The fellowship is intended for anaesthesiologists working in low resource settings in Asia or Africa who wish to develop knowledge and skills in the field of cardiac anaesthesia.

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

Fellows will receive a stipend from NICS 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 Bangalore, 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 Muralidhar Kanchi (muralidhar.kanchi.dr@narayanahealth.org)

How to apply:

The deadline for applications is the 27th 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 photograph page of passport
• Copy of specialist anaesthetic qualification

Applications will be considered by a panel of anaesthesiologists selected by WFSA, and successful applicants will be informed before the end 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: WFSA - Masimo Scholarships for the American Society of Anaesthesia Congress, Anaesthesiology 2019, 19th to 23rd October, Orlando

Masimo is generously providing sponsorship for four young anaesthesiologists from Telangana to attend the annual ASA congress in Orlando, USA. The aim of the scholarship programme is to identify and develop future leaders in anaesthesiology. More information on the congress can be found here. 

WFSA-Masimo Scholars will acquire new knowledge and forge new connections and friendships during the Orlando Congress. Additionally, all applicants will be supported to attend at least one workshop of their choice during the Congress. The scholarships will cover return travel to/from Telangana, visas, accommodation and a basic stipend. 

Scholarship criteria:

• Applicants must currently be working in Telangana, India. 
• The application must be accompanied by a letters of recommendation from the Indian Society of Anaesthesiologists (National) and from your current hospital/place of employment.
• Preference will also be given to applicants who have completed training within the last 10 years and are working in government, teaching or rural hospitals.
• All successful applicants will agree to participate in the WFSA-Masimo “SAFE Anaesthesia ASAP” project, which will entail acting as a WFSA Ambassador in Telangana.
• All successful applicants will attend all days of the Congress, participate in WFSA activities during the Congress and provide a report to the WFSA Secretariat on their experience.

How to Apply:

• The deadline for applications is the 10th July 2019. 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 the photo page of your passport.
• Applications will be considered by a panel of anaesthesiologists selected by the WFSA, and successful applicants will be informed before the end of July 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.

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.

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