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Applications now open: WFSA-Ohio State University Research Fellowships 2017

The WFSA Scientific Affairs Committee & the Department of Anesthesiology, Ohio State University, Wexner Medical Center are partnering to provide two research fellowships. These unique positions are based at the Department of Anesthesiology, Ohio State University, and are open to anaesthesiologists from low & middle income countries (according to World Bank criteria). The aim of the fellowship programme is to foster the development of research in less affluent countries. The fellow will work on a research project for a period of 12 months, with the final goal of publishing an original paper in an indexed journal. The project could form part of an advanced diploma, or a PhD thesis. The awardees will come from different countries.

The Ohio State University’s research programme is one of the largest clinical anaesthesia research programmes in the world, dedicated to enhancing research skills and training anaesthesiologists in the conduct of research. Research fellows are mentored by the OSU Clinical and Neurological Research Group, founded by the Department of Anaesthesiology, Wexner Medical Center in 2007. The group provides research support for multiple surgical and non-surgical Wexner Medical Center departments covering orthopaedic, trauma, ICU, general surgery, transplant internal medicine and basic science studies.

The selected fellows will spend 12 months in the OSU research programme in Ohio (preferably starting in September) working on a specific research project with support from the Department of Anaesthesiology and the WFSA Scientific Affairs committee.

Criteria for applicants:

• Working in low and middle-income countries (World Bank classification).
IELTS score of 7 and above in all categories.
• Preference will be given to applicants less than 40 years old.

How to apply:

Please apply online here and provide all required supporting documents, the deadline for application is the 2nd May.

• A presentation of the objectives and the methods of your project (2-3 pages)
• A letter explaining the aim of research project
• Curriculum vitae with one recent photo and the names of two referees
• Letter of recommendation 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 your passport

A selection panel comprising members of the WFSA Scientific Affairs Committee and the Department of Anesthesiology, OSU, will assess all applications. Shortlisted applicants may be required to participate in a video interview. The successful applicants will be notified before the end of May 2017.

WFSA Response to 'Global Guidelines For the Prevention of Surgical Site Infection' published in The Lancet

56128fd5 52f8 449c 873b 4b7aca94c6c5In November 2016 the WHO published Global Guidelines For the Prevention of Surgical Site Infection. The WFSA welcomes and supports this initiative to improve global surgical site infection rates, however as WFSA members voiced serious concerns relating to Recommendation #1 on Perioperative Oxygenation, we have raised concerns to the World Health Organization.

The WFSA's response to the guidelines was published in the March 2017 edition of The Lancet Infectious Diseases expressing that:

"The World Federation of Societies of Anaesthesiologists (WFSA) calls on WHO to reconsider the wording of recommendation number one to reflect the preponderance of evidence that does not support the use of high-concentration FiO2 in the prevention of surgical site infections in intraoperative and postoperative settings. In routine clinical practice, the WFSA suggests low FiO2 concentrations (30–40%) for general anaesthesia in intubated patients intraoperatively, and suggests using FiO2 to maintain a normal peripheral oxygen saturation, above 93%, postoperatively."

To read the full statement please click here.

 

Applications are now open for the 2017/18 Paediatric Anaesthesia Fellowships, Nairobi, Kenya

The University of Nairobi is offering up to three Paediatric Anaesthesia Fellowship positions starting in September 2017. The duration of the each fellowship is 12 months.

Applications are now invited for scholarships for these positions. The successful applicants will receive funding to cover tuition, accommodation and subsistence living expenses. Funding is provided by the WFSA, the Society for Pediatric Anesthesia (USA) and the Association of Paediatric Anaesthetists of Great Britain and Ireland.

Fellows will rotate through Kenyatta National Hospital, Gertrude’s Children’s Hospital, Mater Hospital, Kijabe Hospital and CURE Kenya Orthopaedic Hospital. Teaching will be provided by local faculty and a number of visiting overseas specialists. More details on the fellowship can be found here

All applicants must be registered medical practitioners in their country of origin and eligible for registration with the Kenya Medical Practitioners and Dentists Board. Once the WFSA application process is approved, applicants will also need to apply directly to the University of Nairobi. This will be facilitated by the course coordinator.

Preference will be given to anaesthesiologists aged 40 years or younger who are working in Central and East African countries. Older anaesthesiologists and those working in other African countries may apply and the selection panel will consider each applicant’s place of work and other factors when making its decision.

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 their head department or hospital management
• Must be returning to their home country to a recognized post
• Should be working in a teaching hospital

For more information, please contact the course coordinator, Dr Mark Gacii (gaciimark@gmail.com).

How to apply:

The deadline for applications is the 1st April 2017. 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 end of March 2017.

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. The closing date for applications is 15th March 2017.

Dr Christopher Chanda, former WFSA Fellow, appointed Head of Anaesthesia at the Ministry of Health in Zambia

Dr Christopher ChandaThe WFSA is very pleased to announce that Dr Christopher Chanda, former WFSA Fellow, has been appointed Head of Anaesthesia at the Ministry of Health in Zambia.

Dr Chanda was awarded the WFSA’s Paediatric Fellowship in the University of Nairobi Hospital, Kenya in 2014/2015 and has gone on to become a faculty member in Safer Anaesthesia From Education (SAFE) Paediatric Courses in Zambia.

Dr Chanda’s new appointment at the Ministry of Health is a great step forward for the anaesthesia profession in Zambia and beyond, and the WFSA would like to congratulate him on this tremendous achievement.

Applications open: WFSA Baxter Scholarships for Euroanaesthesia, 3rd – 5th June 2017, Geneva

Baxter Healthcare Ltd is generously providing sponsorship for a number of young anaesthesiologists from less affluent countries to attend the 2017 European Anaesthesiology Congress from the 3rd - 5th June 2017. The aim of the scholarship programme is to identify and develop future leaders in anaesthesiology. More information on the congress can be found here.

baxterWFSA-Baxter Scholars will acquire new knowledge and gain many contacts and friends during the Euroanaesthesia Congress in Geneva.

Scholarship criteria:
• Preference will be given to younger anaesthesiologists working in Central and Eastern Europe.
• The application must be accompanied by a letter of recommendation from the 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 teaching hospitals.

How to Apply:
• The deadline for applications is the 27th February 2017. 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 WFSA, and successful applicants will be informed before the end of March 2017.
• 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.

APPLY NOW: Editor-in-chief of Update in Anaesthesia (UIA) vacancy

The WFSA is pleased to announce that we are accepting applications for the position of Editor-in-Chief of Update in Anaesthesia (UIA).

UAI LogoUpdate in Anaesthesia (UIA) is the official journal of the WFSA. First published in 1992, the aim of this journal is to provide clear, concise, and clinically-relevant overview articles for anaesthetists working with limited resources around the world. A particular emphasis has been to provide ongoing learning and support for anaesthetists practising in countries where facilities for clinical practice and educational development are scarce. UIA has very high readership figures, with tens of thousands of anaesthesiologists from around the globe reading each new issue within the first week of publication.

Over the coming 4-5 years the EIC will lead on ensuring the development, quality and regular publication of UIA such that it might become an indexed journal. The EIC will also work closely with the Chair of the WFSA's Publication's Committee to promote a mutually beneficial relationship with WFSA's other publications, specifically "Anaesthesia Tutorial of the Week (ATOTW)" and the WFSA / IARS Global Health Section in Anaesthesia & Analgesia. The position holder will make valuable connections with senior anaesthesiologists across sub-specialties, and gain valuable skills for future leadership roles.

The EIC reports to the Chair of the WFSA Publications Committee and can be based anywhere in the world. The WFSA depends on dedicated volunteers to achieve it’s mission and this is a prestigious but unpaid part-time role that will usually require a commitment of 2-3 hours per week and more at peak times (for example when approaching the publication of a new edition). All expenses will be covered by the WFSA.

Essential applicant eligibility criteria
• Some level of experience working within theatre/critical care in a low-resource setting, giving awareness of education needs of anaesthetists working in this setting
• Excellent command of English language with ability to write and edit to achieve clear concise and simple texts
• Knowledge of the ethics of editing and publishing (e.g. dual publication, self-plagiarism, confidentiality etc.)
• Strategic ability to set out 3-year forward plan for editions of Update, some being themed subspecialty issues, and to coordinate with other WFSA sponsored publications as necessary
• Ability to set up and coordinate an editorial process, ensuring regular production of ‘ready’ articles for publication in the journal in order to comply with an agreed publication schedule
• Capacity to build a team of editors, with the time and drive to provide an appropriate level of author support and mentorship for inexperienced authors. To regularly bring new members into team to replace those whose tenure has elapsed (2-5 years)
• Ability to coordinate a team of editors, via an appropriate online format (e.g. ‘Editorial Manager’)

If you are interested in applying for the vacancy, please download the full job specification and eligibility criteria, as well as the frequently asked questions (FAQ) document.
Please send a curriculum vitae (CV) and cover letter explaining how you meet the eligibility criteria, and what you will bring to the role, to the Chief Executive Officer at ceo@wfsahq.org by 28 February 2017. Eligible applications will be considered by the WFSA's Publications Committee with shortlisting and online interviews taking place during March 2017. 

The WFSA would like to thank outgoing Editor-in-Chief, Dr Bruce McCormick, for his outstanding service to Update in Anaesthesia over the past ten years.

WFSA membership dues increase approved

WCA16 0107 SAt the General Assembly, held at the World Congress of Anaesthesiologists (WCA) in Hong Kong, Member Society representatives approved a 25 cent per-annum uplift in membership dues. As of 2017 WFSA membership will therefore be $3.15 per member per year, offering extraordinary value for money.

The WFSA would like to thank the Canadian Anaesthesiologists' Society (CAS) who will pay an additional amount over and above their membership dues in order to help the WFSA continue to deliver its programmes.

 

For more information about paying your 2016 membership dues please click here.  If you are interested in becoming a member society of the WFSA please click here.

Season's greetings from the WFSA President

gonzalo barreiroFor the past few years I have been sending season’s greetings to Member Societies and their affiliated members as WFSA Secretary, but this year I am honoured to now express them as WFSA President.

2016 has been a huge year for the WFSA, as we held our World Congress of Anaesthesia (WCA) in Hong Kong, changes were made to the executive structure and functioning of the Federation. You can see more about this on our website in the ‘About Us’ section.

One of the most incredible parts of the WCA was the international feel of the event. The anaesthesiology profession is extremely privileged to have such a large network of engaged individuals that can be brought together under one roof. This global network, made up of all the races, colours, languages and religions that you may imagine, allows us to learn from our colleagues in different parts of the world, and shape the future of anaesthesia, surgery, and global health.

The WFSA is truly unique as it incorporates more than 150 countries over five continents and has close ties with many Subspecialty Societies, making us an expansive and significant network. In the WFSA there is always a place for those who believe as we do that we must work to close the gap in anaesthesia provision worldwide to create a fairer and safer experience for all anaesthesia providers and their patients.

So, dear colleagues across the world, I send my season’s greetings and best wishes for the year ahead.

Happy 2017!

Dr Gonzalo Barreiro, WFSA President

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Applications Open: WFSA-Baxter Scholarships, 12th SAARC-AA Congress – Colombo, Sri Lanka

Baxter Healthcare Ltd is generously providing sponsorship for a number of young anaesthesiologists from less affluent countries to attend the 12th Congress of SAARC-AA. For more information on the SAARC-AA Congress, please click here.

The WFSA-Baxter Scholarship programme has been developed to identify and develop future leaders in Anaesthesiology. Scholars will acquire new knowledge and gain many contacts and friends during the SAARC-AA Congress. The selected scholars will be invited to join WFSA-Baxter alumni network and will be encouraged to contribute to WFSA activities in the future.

Scholarship criteria:
• The applicant must be aged less than 40 years.
• The applicant should be working full time in an Asian country.
• This application is accompanied by two letters of recommendation, one from the applicant's National Anaesthesiology Society and one from their hospital or department and a copy of your passport.
• The applicant must be able to present a poster during the conference.
• Preference will be given to applicants who have completed training within 10 years and are working in teaching hospitals.

The scholarship will cover:
• Return airfares & visa’s if needed
• Transit accommodation (if required)
• Accommodation in Sri Lanka
• Conference registration & a small per diem

Notes
• All airfares and transit accommodation (if required) will be booked by WFSA travel consultants. Overland travel costs will be considered if cheaper or more convenient than airfares.
• The successful applicant is responsible for organising and paying for:
o Travel to and from the airport of departure
o Appropriate travel and health insurance
o All other costs, including income taxes or other fees

• The scholar is required to submit a report, no later than one month after the conference. The report should include an outline of conference activities, comments on how the scholar benefited from the conference, how he/she intends to share new knowledge and how this knowledge will improve the practice of anaesthesiology in his/her home country. The report should also include a photo of the scholar with his/her poster.

Application process
• The deadline for applications is the 22nd December 2016. In order to apply please use our online application system here to complete an application form and upload your two letters of reccomendation and a copy of your passport.
• Applications will be considered by a panel of anaesthesiologists selected by WFSA, and successful applicants will be informed by mid-Jan 2017.
• 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 now open: WFSA/IASP 2017 Pain Management fellowship, Bangkok, Thailand

Applications are now invited for two 1 year fellowships in Pain Management at the Faculty of Medicine, Siriraj Hospital in 2017. The successful applicants will receive funding to cover tuition, accommodation, flights and subsistence living expenses provided by the WFSA & IASP. The fellowship will begin on the 1st August 2017 to 31st July 2018. The fellowship is 12 months in order to ensure the trainee has knowledge and skill in pain management and is able to perform useful procedures and techniques.

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

The deadline for applications is the 28th February 2017, and considered by the Hospital Board Committee meeting for their consideration, all successful candidates will be informed by the end of March 2017.

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

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

Global guidelines on the prevention of surgical site infection released by the WHO

global guidelines whoThe first ever Global guidelines for the prevention of surgical site Infection were published this week and include a list of 29 concrete recommendations distilled by 20 of the world’s leading experts from 26 reviews of the latest evidence.

 The recommendations have also been published in The Lancet Infectious Diseases and are designed to address the increasing burden of health care-associated infections on both patients and health care systems globally.

This is a world first and will be welcomed by doctors and patients alike. To view the guidelines please click here.

** The WFSA will be providing feedback to the WHO / Lancet Infectious Diseases on the guidelines and will publish that here once it becomes available.

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