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Applications Open: WFSA Cardiac Anaesthesia Fellowship at Narayana Institute of Cardiac Sciences (NICS), Bangalore, India, 2018

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 2018 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@nhhospitals.org)

How to apply:

The deadline for applications is the 27th June 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 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 July 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 Regional Anaesthesia Clinical Attachment at KATH, Kumasi, Ghana

Applications are invited for two 3-month Regional Anaesthesia clinical attachments at Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital (KATH) in Kumasi, Ghana. The attachments are intended to provide an introduction to the basic principles, techniques, limitations and complications of commonly used US-guided Regional Anaesthesia techniques.

The planned start dates of the attachments are 1 September & 1 December 2017.

KATH is situated in the Ashanti Region and is the second-largest hospital in Ghana. It has 1000 beds and is accredited for training by the West African College of Surgeons.

The attachment is intended for an African anaesthesiologist working in a low resource setting who would like an introduction to the practice of Regional Anaesthesia. Applicants must be eligible for medical registration in Ghana. Local anaesthesiologists, possibly supplemented by visiting clinicians, will provide clinical supervision and teaching.

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

• Preference will given to applicants under 40 years of age

• Should preferably be working in a teaching hospital.

The WFSA will provide funding for travel, accommodation and subsistence living expenses.

For more information, please contact the Programme Head, Dr Akwasi Antwi-Kusi (antwikusi@yahoo.com)

How to apply:

The deadline for applications is the 12th July 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 by mid-August 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: 2018 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 January and July 2018 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 675-bedded superspecialty hospital 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 (jayashreesood@hotmail.com).


How to apply:

The closing date for applications is 15th June 2017. Successful applicants will be notified before the end of July 2017.
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 using the link below:

https://wfsagrants.awardsplatform.com/

Applications Open: WFSA Regional Anaesthesia Fellowship, Ganga Hospital, India 2018

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

The duration oftraining is 6 months. Two fellowships will start on the 1 January 2018 and two will start on the 1 July 2018.

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 six 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 June 2017 Successful applicants will be notified before the end of July 2017.

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/

Dr Alan Jay Schwartz named new Editor-in-Chief of Update in Anaesthesia (UIA)

2010 11 15 10.15.31The WFSA is delighted to announce that Dr Alan Jay Schwartz has been appointed as the new Editor-in-Chief of Update in Anaesthesia (UIA). Dr Schwartz is succeeding Dr Bruce McCormick, who has been such an outstanding champion of the journal over the past ten years.

Alan Jay Schwartz, MD, MSEd is Professor of Clinical Anesthesiology and Critical Care, University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine. He is a Senior Anesthesiologist at The Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia, providing anaesthesia care to all types of paediatric patients. His clinical practice included adult and paediatric cardiac anaesthesia, and he has provided and taught anaesthesia patient care in Guatemala, China, Israel and Mexico. He served as President of the Society of Cardiovascular Anesthesiologists.

Dr Schwartz’s editorial accomplishments include Editor-in- Chief of the American Society of Anesthesiologists’ Self Education and Evaluation Program and Refresher Course Publication, Associate Editor of ANESTHESIOLOGYand Editor-in-Chief Anesthesia and Analgesia Case Reports. Academically, Dr Schwartz is the author of >230 reviews, editorials, letters, chapters and commentary. He is also a Diplomat of the American Board of Anesthesiology with additional subspecialty certification in Pediatric Anesthesiology.

Dr Schwartz’s awards and honours include membership in Alpha Omega Alpha Honor Medical Society, the Leonard Berwick Memorial and Christian R and Mary F Lindback Awards for Distinguished Teaching and the Society of Cardiovascular Anesthesiologists Distinguished Service Award.

We would like to congratulate Dr Schwartz on his appointment and look forward to UIA advancing under his leadership.

WFSA Releases Position Statement on Anaesthesiology and Universal Health Coverage (UHC)

WCA16 0131 SThe WFSA is pleased to announce the publication of our official Position Statement on Anaesthesiology and Universal Health Coverage (UHC). The statement was approved unanimously by Extraordinary Resolution of WFSA's General Assembly.

Universal Health Coverage (UHC) is defined as access to quality essential health-care services and to safe, effective, quality and affordable essential medicines and vaccines for all, with financial risk protection. UHC is essential in closing the gap in access to healthcare, and the quality of healthcare, that exists around the world, impacting billions of people.

The Lancet Commission on Global Surgery recently found that 5 billion of the world’s 7 billion population are without access to safe and affordable surgical care and anaesthesia when needed. This crisis must be addressed in order to meet Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) #3 which aims to achieve Universal Health Coverage by 2030. The Position Statement explains that:

“There is an urgent need to address deficiencies in access to safe anaesthesia care. An additional 1.27 million surgical, obstetric and anaesthesia providers will be required by 2030 to achieve Universal Health Coverage. In many countries, particularly those with limited resources, anaesthesia is associated with unacceptably high mortality rates. Training and ongoing maintenance of standards are essential for increasing the number of providers and increasing the safety of anaesthesia for patients worldwide.”

Indeed, increasing the anaesthesia workforce is essential to achieving UHC. A lack of human resources in the health sector, and particularly a deficit in the surgery and anaesthesia workforce, means that safe adequate care cannot be provided for the neglected surgical patient. The UHC Position Statement seeks to explain and address this issue:

“In some countries, the anaesthesia need will be met by training anaesthesiologists. In other countries, especially those with limited resources, the need may, in part, be met by training non-anaesthesiologist providers.”

Non-physician anaesthesia providers are recognised as an essential element in scaling up the provision of safe anaesthesia, but the WFSA is clear that all providers must be led or overseen by a physician anaesthesiologist. The statement highlights:

“Anaesthesia is complex and potentially hazardous, and optimal patient care depends on anaesthesia being provided, led or overseen by an anaesthesiologist. The WFSA recognises that effective teamwork is a vital component of patient safety.”

The WFSA, as the only organisation to unite anaesthesiologists from more than 150 countries, is committed to taking the lead in working to achieve universal access to safe anaesthesia.

If you would like to read the full statement please click here.

ICRC publishes Anaesthesia Handbook - with the support of the ICRC/WFSA Liaison Group

Thanks to the outstanding work of Peter Mahoney and his team the ICRC have published their Anaesthesia Handbook which provides invaluable guidance for anaesthesia in austere environments.

The WFSA is very proud to have been able to contribute to the handbook and acknowledges the work of the ICRC/WFSA Liaison Group in making this possible. Download your copy by clicking on the picture below.

ICRC Handbook cover

The ICRC-WFSA Liaison Group is led by Dr Eric Vreede with Dr Christina Bartulec, Dr Philip Blum, Dr Rachael Craven, Dr Antoine Kabeza, Dr Francoise Labat and Dr Jannicke Mellin-Olsen.

Aplicaciones abiertas: Fellowship en medicina del dolor en Botucatu, Brazil, 2017

Entrenamiento y actualización en Manejo del Dolor, conocimientos que luego podrán ser transmitidos 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 “PARCIALMENTE” los gastos de alojamiento y valor agregado para viáticos durante el periodo establecido de la pasantía. Las condiciones de la beca se ajustan a la reglamentación actualizada del programa que la Confederación tiene a disposición y que se adjunta a esta convocatoria.

Duración De La Pasantía: Ocho semanas

Requisitos Mínimos: 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 31 de Mayo del 2017. Más detalles de la beca aquí.

Por favor complete un formulario de solicitud en línea aqui

Informacion, Aplicación Y Reglamentos Del Programa:

www.clasa-anestesia.org

Información: barros@fmb.unesp.br 

Aplicaciones abiertas: Fellowship en medicina del dolor en Buenos Aires, Argentina, 2017

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. Las condiciones de la beca se ajustan a la reglamentación actualizada del programa que la Confederación tiene a disposición y que se adjunta a esta convocatoria.

Duración De La Pasantia: Ocho semanas

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 15 de mayo de 2017, más detalles de la beca están aquí.

Por favor complete un formulario de solicitud en línea aqui

Informacion, Aplicación Y Reglamentos Del Programa:

www.clasa-anestesia.org

 

WFSA Announces 2017 Committee Project Funding

This week the WFSA is pleased to announce the 6 projects that have received Committee funding.

The projects include: “STOP! Post-operative Pain”, a pilot project to continue anaesthesia pain management training. The funding will also support the development of a teaching skills course in Malawi, the development of WFSA Global Anaesthesia Clinical Research, novel simulation-based training in Uganda for anaesthetic officers in low-resource settings, and a project to enhance patient safety with a new incident reporting scheme in Serbia.

Additionally, funding for Essential Pain Management (EPM) courses in Nigeria and workshops in Zambia was approved. EPM is a cost-effective, multi-disciplinary program, run in over 40 countries, and works with local health workers to improve pain knowledge, implement a simple framework for managing pain and address pain management barriers.

These projects will be implemented in the coming year as part of the initiatives of the WFSA Committees. Our Committee’s are essential to delivery and commit thousands of hours of volunteer time to the WFSA every year. For more information about them please click here.

WFSA Signs MOU with the International Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics (FIGO) to solidify future collaboration and coordination

FIGO LogoFurther to enthusiastic support from their respective Boards, WFSA and FIGO Chief Executives, Julian Gore-Booth and Johan Vos, signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) as part of an initiative for the two organisations to work together more closely. The WFSA will work with FIGO to highlight and encourage collaborative work between obstetricians, gynaecologists and anaesthesiologists in order to facilitate the highest standards of patient care.

The agreement will promote collaboration and coordination between the two organisations. The WFSA and FIGO will explore the possibility of collaborating on future project implementation and funding applications as well as the possibility of collaborating on future advocacy work.

Specific actions have already been set out for the coming four years, such as WFSA inclusion in the Scientific Programme at the next FIGO World Congress in Rio de Janeiro in 2018. Similarly, FIGO will participate in the Scientific Programme at the next WFSA World Congress (WCA) in Prague in 2020. Additionally, both organisations will submit papers to the other’s journal publications (FIGO’s International Journal of Gynaecology and Obstetrics (IJGO) and WFSA’s Update In Anaesthesia (UIA), Anaesthesia Tutorial of the Week (ATOTW) and/or the Global Health Section of Anesthesia & Analgesia).

Julian Gore-Booth, WFSA CEO said, “Mutual sharing and collaboration between the WFSA and FIGO will be extremely beneficial to obstetricians, gynaecologists, anaesthesiologists, and their patients. Both organisations are deeply committed to improving mother and child health around the world, and with 300,000 mothers dying every year during childbirth the challenges we face and the impact we can make are significant."

As the WFSA works to advance the crucial role of anaesthesia as a component of universal health coverage around the world, it is vital to have strong partners such as FIGO to ensure a joined-up, multi-disciplinary approach to health systems strengthening.”

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