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Dr Kester Brown

The WFSA is extremely sad to hear of the recent passing of Dr Kester Brown. Born 9th December 1935 in Kenya, died at his home in Australia, 14th November 2018.

Dr Brown was Director of Anaesthesia, Royal Children's Hospital, Melbourne, Australia 1974-2000. He served the WFSA from 1984–2004 and was President from 2000-2004. He was a friend to so many, a leader and a giant of global anaesthesia.

A full obituary will appear in the coming days.

 

Dr Kester Brown

Application Deadline Extended: Obstetric Anaesthesia Fellowship Programme, Nigeria 2019

Applications are invited for two 6-month Obstetric Anaesthesia Fellowship positions to start on 1st April 2019 at the Ahmadu Bello University Teaching Hospital, Zaria and University of Port Harcourt Teaching Hospital, Port Harcourt, Nigeria.

Ahmadu Bello University Teaching Hospital (ABUTH)

This is a 785-bed teaching hospital with 26 Wards and 2 paediatric surgical wards, an 8-bed Intensive Care Unit (ICU), Maternity (Obstetric) and Gynaecology Wards with 35 beds each, a Delivery Suite (Labour Ward) a 25 - bed neonatal ward, a Special Care Baby Unit (SCBU) with 25 units, as well as a 35 bed-space children’s emergency room and 5 Operating theatres with 10 suites, including a 5 - suite Modular theatre and a Labour Ward operating theatre. There are 21 consultant Obstetricians, one consultant Obstetric Anaesthetist and 5 other consultant anaesthetists with related interests.

University of Port Harcourt Teaching Hospital (UPTH)

This is an 850-bed hospital with an 8-bed ICU, 48-bed maternity ward, a 30-cot special care baby unit, and an Emergency room. There are 18 Obstetricians, one Obstetric Anaesthetist (Prof. Sotonye Fyneface-Ogan) and other consultant anaesthetists with related interests. UPTH has 11 operating theatres and has 2 operating theatres for obstetrics. The hospital carries out an average of 1,500 vaginal deliveries and 1,200 - 1,500 Caesarean sections (elective and emergency) yearly.

The duration of each fellowship is 6 months. The start date is expected to be the 1st February 2019. The programme lead is Prof Elizabeth Ogboli Nwasor. The programme is intended for fully qualified anaesthesiologists working in low resource settings who wish to develop knowledge and skills in the field of obstetric anaesthesia.

Preference will be given to anaesthesiologists aged 40 years or younger who are working in African and Asian countries. Older anaesthesiologists may apply and the selection panel will consider each applicant’s place of work and other factors when making its decision. Advanced specialty training involves all aspects of obstetric anaesthesia including but not limited to anaesthesia for high risk obstetrics, pain relief in labour, recent advances in obstetric anaesthesia and analgesia, optimising foetal outcomes and perinatal care.

Applications from anaesthesiologists working in Specialist Training Centres, Teaching Hospitals and Federal Medical Centres in Africa and Asia may be given priority.

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 and hospital management
• Must be returning to their home country to train others
• The fellowship offers funding for accommodation and a contribution towards living expenses

For more information, please contact Prof Elizabeth Ogboli Nwasor at drnwasor@yahoo.com.

How to apply:

The deadline for applications is the 31st January 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 mid February. 

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.

WFSA Announces Winner of 2018 WFSA-Fresenius-Kabi Anaesthesia Innovation Awards

The World Federation of Societies of Anaesthesiologists (WFSA) is proud to announce the winner of the 2018 WFSA-Fresenius Kabi Anaesthesia Innovation Awards as RevoCap: A Revolution in Global Capnography, an innovation presented by Maziar Mohsen Nourian and Dr Michael Lipnick.

Maziar Mohsen Nourian, a medical student at the University of Utah, School of Medicine and Dr Michael Lipnick, an assistant professor at University of California, San Francisco (UCSF), Anaesthesia Division of Global Health Equity have been awarded the 2018 Innovation Award for the creation of an affordable and context-appropriate capnography device for use in low and middle income countries.

Started and led by Maziar Nourian, a medical student, and Patrick Kolbay, an engineering PhD student at the University of Utah with the counsel and support of faculty members within the department of Anaesthesiology, RevoCap is an innovation to help provide safer anaesthesia in Low and Middle Income countries. The University of Utah and UCSF are collaborating to help understand the gap in access to capnography worldwide and the potential impact of increasing access to capnography through the development of lower cost and context appropriate devices.

Michael and Maziar write:

“There have been multiple calls to action for universal access to capnography in order to improve patient safety in resource-constrained countries, yet reliable and affordable capnography monitors for these settings are still not available. We have created a prototype of a low-cost capnography device (RevoCap)...using commonly available components. The simple design is affordable and context-appropriate for LMICs.”

As award winners, Michael and Maziar will receive a grant of $25,000 to develop, test and refine the RevoCap prototype and will be able to access input, mentorship and feedback from WFSA and Fresenius Kabi specialists. Additionally, they will be offered the opportunity to have a short promotional film made about the innovation and will receive an invitation to attend the World Congress of Anaesthesia (WCA) in Prague 2020 to contribute to the scientific programme.

The WFSA would like to take this opportunity to send a huge congratulations to Maziar Mohsen Nourian and Dr Michael Lipnick. We look forward to working with them both in their development of RevoCap which has the potential to transform the field of anaesthesia and improve patient safety worldwide.

WFSA Partners with RCoA to support MTI Scheme

The WFSA and the Royal College of Anaesthetists (RCoA) have partnered to offer qualified anaesthetists/intensivists from Kenya, Zimbabwe, Ghana, Malawi and Nepal, who are in good standing with their National Society, the opportunity to enhance their skills and knowledge in the UK through the RCoA’s Medical Training Initiative (MTI) scheme.

The MTI scheme provides a route for high quality International Medical Graduates (IMGs) to undertake a training placement in a UK hospital for a maximum period of 24 months. Please note that the MTI scheme is philanthropic in nature and not a route suitable for doctors who intend to remain in the UK for longer than 24 months.

Anaesthetists who undertake training via the MTI route will benefit from excellent clinical training, and gain non-clinical skills such as medical education and leadership. These skills will be of significant benefit, not only to doctors themselves, but also to healthcare systems and patients in their home countries.

MTI sponsorship will equip International Medical Graduates with:

• GMC registration (please note that offers of sponsorship as a route to GMC registration are based upon the GMC's decision and approval and are only valid once this has been granted)
• Facilitating Tier 5 visa application
• Eligibility to sit the Fellow of the Royal College Anaesthetists (FRCA) examinations

The RCoA quality approves and assures the posts offered in the UK. The WFSA member National Society will ensure that it only puts forward candidates who will benefit from training in the UK and whose skills and knowledge will benefit their home country upon their return. The WFSA member National Societies will maintain contact with MTI Dr’s throughout their placement and together with the WFSA & RCoA will help to ensure candidates return to their home country.

The MTI scheme accepts applications on a rolling basis and therefore there is no submission deadline. For more information, please use the links on the RCoA website here.

If you meet the eligibility criteria and wish to apply, please submit your CV, English tests results and a letter from your National Society to global@rcoa.ac.uk 

If you have any enquiries regarding the requirement to obtain a letter from your national society please contact projects2@wfsahq.org, for all other enquiries regarding the MTI scheme then please contact global@rcoa.ac.uk.

World Anaesthesia Day celebrated around the world (and under the sea)

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The WFSA's campaign for World Anaesthesia Day, The Right Stuff, was a worldwide success with anaesthesia providers around the world showing their support for adequate anaesthesia equipment.Colombia Bogata 3

With over 600 The Right Stuff pictures shared on Tuesday 16th October 2018, this year's World Anaesthesia Day built on the success of previous years, and saw engagement from countries all over the world.

On 16th October 1846 at the Massachusetts General Hospital, home of the Harvard School of Medicine in the USA, there was the first successful demonstration of ether anaesthesia. This demonstration, one of the most important in the history of medicine, is marked each year by the WFSA and other organisations.

This year, alongside the World Health Organisation, the WFSA published the WHO-WFSA International Standards for a Safe Practice of Anesthesia for the first time. As well as workforce, the International Standards also highlight how important adequate facilities and equipment are to providing safe anaesthesia care. For World Anaesthesia Day 2018 we asked anaesthesia providers to highlight the vital role that equipment plays in providing safe anaesthesia by highlighting their favourite anaesthesia equipment. They were encouraged to print off The Right Stuff poster, fill it in, and take a picture of themselves and/or their team ideally with their favourite piece of anaesthesia equipment, sharing the photos with us on social media using the #TheRightStuff hashtag. 

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The Right Stuff events were also hosted around the world, with people participating in fun runs in Malaysia, parades in Bangladesh and Nigeria, and 'wefie' competitions. 

 

 

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Anaesthesia teams in Indonesia showing their Right Stuff

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Parades and competitions were held around the world

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 Cakes were baked to mark World Anaesthesia Day and World Restart a Heart Day

 

We are also delighted to see the 'Superhero' video competition in Malaysia for World Anaesthesia Day produce many excellent promotional videos for safe anaesthesia. You can watch a compilation of some of the videos here.

 

Thank you to all individuals and teams who took part in our campaign!

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World Anaesthesia Day was also World Restart a Heart day, which the WFSA joined to raise awareness of about the importance of bystander CPR and to also increase actual bystander CPR rates worldwide. 

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WFSA & Association of Anaesthetists mark 100th SAFE Course

The WFSA and the Association of Anaesthetists are proud to celebrate the 100th SAFE course which took place in October 2018

 

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Since the first SAFE course in Uganda in 2011, over 100 SAFE courses have now been delivered in 33 countries training at least 3,479 clinicians, mostly anaesthesia providers but also midwives, obstetricians and other physicians. Approximately 520 anaesthesia providers have been trained as SAFE trainers.

Safer Anaesthesia From Education (SAFE) is a joint project developed in 2007 by the Association of Anaesthetists and the WFSA. The training initiative aims to bring practitioners of obstetric and paediatric anaesthesia (who throughout the world may be physician anaesthesiologists but are largely non-physicians) to a level of practice whereby they can deliver vigilant, competent, and safe anaesthesia.

The underlying principle of SAFE has been to equip anaesthetists with the essential knowledge and skills so they can deliver safe care to their patients, even in very low resource settings, and to train as many anaesthesia providers as possible in each country in order to create a sustainable training model which can be embedded in the national health system.

The SAFE approach combines UK anaesthetists with local instructors, who are provided with a training of the trainers course to become the in-country faculty of the future.

SAFE courses are also run by Mercy Ships, CASIEF, national societies and by various other international teams of Doctors.

We are proud that SAFE courses have been run around the world, from Colombia to Samoa and throughout the African continent. 

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The 100th SAFE Course was a SAFE Paediatric Anaesthesia course which took place in Hyderabad, Telangana, India, from 12th to 14th October 2018 as part of the Masimo partnership. Dr Gita Nath and Dr Ravi Nagaprasad were Course Directors for this course which trained 33 anaesthesiologists: 

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A collage of pictures from previous SAFE Courses
 

 

Applications Open: WFSA 2019 Intensive Care Fellowship at Christian Medical College in 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 2019 and the third starting in January 2020.

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:

Dr Subramani Kandasamy
Surgical Intensive Care Unit
Christian Medical College Hospital
Vellore 632011
Tamil Nadu
India

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

How to apply:

The closing date for applications is 25th November 2018. Successful applicants will be notified by the 5th January 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
• Copy of the current medical registration

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.

Applications Open: WFSA 2019 Paediatric Anaesthesia Fellowship in Belgrade, Serbia

Applications are invited for two Paediatric Anaesthesia Fellowship positions in 2019 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 2019 and the 1st July 2019 (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:

You will need to apply through the WFSA online applications platform here.

The closing date for applications is 30th November 2018. The successful applicants will be notified before mid-January.

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

• 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: 2019/2020 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 2019 and January 2020 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 (drjayashreesood@gmail.com).

How to apply:

The closing date for applications is the 22nd November 2018. Successful applicants will be notified before the end of December 2018.

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 here.  

Re-opening Applications: 2019 WFSA Regional Anaesthesia Fellowship, Ganga Hospital, Coimbatore, India

Applications are invited for one remaining fellowship training position at Ganga Medical Centre & Hospital, Coimbatore, India.

The duration of training is 6 months.  The fellowship will begin on the 1st July 2019. 

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 15th October 2018. Successful applicants will be notified by mid-November. 

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 the online application form using the link below: 

https://wfsagrants.awardsplatform.com/ 

Applications Open: Paediatric Anaesthesia Fellowships at Christian Medical College, Vellore, Tamil Nadu, India, 2019

Applications are invited for two fellowship training positions in 2019 at Christian Medical College, Vellore.

Christian Medical College, Vellore (www.cmch-vellore.edu) is situated in Tamil Nadu, South India. It is a 2,400-bed, multi-specialty, tertiary care university teaching hospital, with all facilities under one roof.

The duration of each fellowship is 6 months. One will start on 1 March 2019, and the other will start on 1 September 2019.

The fellowships are intended for anaesthesiologists working in low resource settings who wish to develop knowledge and skills in the field of paediatric anaesthesia. Preference will be given to younger anaesthesiologists working in SAARC member countries but older applicants and 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
• Should preferably be working in a teaching hospital

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

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, Dr Ekta Rai: drektarai@yahoo.com

How to apply:

The closing date for applications is 8th October. Successful applicants will be notified in mid-October.

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

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