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Harvard announces the Global Clinical Scholars Research Training (GCSRT) program by Harvard Medical School

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The Global Clinical Scholars Research Training (GCSRT) program (hms.harvard.edu/gcsrt) is a groundbreaking one-year program of blended learning at Harvard Medical School intended for clinicians and clinician-scientists who desire rigorous training in the methods and conduct of clinical research.

The GCSRT program is accepting applications for the 2014/15 program, which begins June 21, 2014. The program's three main goals are to build skills in clinical research, provide knowledge in biostatistics, epidemiology, and clinical trials and develop a global network. For more information about the program, go to our website.

Apply HERE or register for information session to learn more and with a presentation by program director and Harvard Medical School faculty member Dr. Ajay Singh: Secrets to Success in Clinical Research.

  • DUBAI, UAE: March 2, 2014, 10:00 - 11:00 am, Rashid Hospital, Bur Dubai
  • ABU DHABI, UAE: March 2, 2014, 2:00 - 3:00 pm, Abu Dhabi Health Services Company (SEHA)
  • KUWAIT CITY, Kuwait: March 3, 2014,11:00 - 12:00 noon, Faculty of Medicine, Jabriya
  • DOHA, Qatar: March 4, 2014, 2:00 - 3:00 pm, Sheraton Doha Hotel
  • BEIRUT, Lebanon: March 5, 2014,10:00 - 11:00 am American University in Beirut
  • BEIRUT, Lebanon: March 5, 2014, 2:00 - 3:00 pm, Lebanese American University (LAU) School of Medicine
  • ISTANBUL, Turkey: March 6, 2014, 12:00 noon - 1:00 pm, Istanbul Bilgi University

Scholarships are available from the Dubai Harvard Foundation for Medical Research (DHFMR)the Abu Dhabi Health Services Company (SEHA), and Harvard Medical School (HMS)The deadline for scholarship applications is March 15, 2014.


WFSA responds to the WHO draft action plan to end preventable deaths amongst newborns

The WFSA has highlighted the valuable role that anaesthesiology can have in preventing death and achieving positive health outcomes for both newborns and their mothers. It has also expressed its disappointment that the initial draft includes no mention of anaesthesiology despite the evidence of the of the valuable contribution that anaesthesiologists make in newborn health.

Click here to download the full response.

Condolences - Dr A.S. Lawani-Osunde

The WFSA was deeply saddened to learn of the passing of the President of the Nigerian Society of Anaesthetists, Dr. A.S. Lawani-Osunde on Saturday, 1st February, 2014.

Dr Lawani-Osunde served as the Anaesthesia Faculty Chairman of the National Postgraduate Medical College of Nigeria; She was Treasurer of the West African College of Surgeons; An examiner in the two colleges and was also on the Editorial Board of the African Journal of Anaesthesia and Intensive Care (AJAIC).

The WFSA expresses its condolences to family and friends and all our colleagues at the Nigerian Society of Anaesthetists.

Geraldine O'Sullivan - in memoriam

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Dr Sullivan lecturing at Riga, Latvia, 2013

It is with great sadness that we learned that Dr. Geraldine O´Sullivan passed away on December 2nd 2013 after a long battle with cancer. Dr. O´Sullivan was a pillar of the World Federation of Societies of Anaesthesiologists and of the European Society of Anaesthesiology, and will be hugely missed.  

Dr O'Sullivan was lead clinician for obstetric anaesthesia at St. Thomas' hospital, which is home to one of London's busiest maternity units. She made significant contributions to research and publication and, as well as serving in various WFSA and ESA roles, was President of the Obstetric Anaesthestists' Association (OAA) in the UK. She was a vibrant and inspirational lecturer who was passionately committed to the lot of the pregnant woman throughout the world, and she had an enduring impact on anaesthetic teaching and practice both in resource-rich and resource-poor / transitional countries. Through her position in the ESA, she chaired the European Regional Section of the WFSA, a role that she filled with wisdom and enthusiasm, taking the best interests of all stakeholders into account. We owe so much of the progress on joint WFSA / ESA programmes to her.

Dr. O´Sullivan was hugely respected by all who knew her. As a warm and personable individual she gave off energy and enveloped others in the glow, combining the roles of teacher, ambassador and leader with consummate ease. She will be remembered by the many whose lives she touched and it is with enormous sadness that we say goodbye.  Her death leaves the international anaesthesia community without one of its best. 

Our thoughts are with her family and friends at this very sad time. 


David Wilkinson


Essential Pain Management (EPM) Workshops in Rwanda and South Africa

In July, the WFSA helped to run a series of Essential Pain Management (EPM) workshops in Rwanda and South Africa.

by Roger Goucke, Toby Nichols, Phillip Kriel

EPM is a highly interactive, multidisciplinary educational programme aimed at doctors, nurses and other health workers. 

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