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Applications Open: Paediatric Regional Anaesthesia Fellowship, Mumbai, India, 2017

Applications are invited for two fellowship position at Children’s Anaesthesia Services, Mumbai, India.

The duration of training is 6 months and the anticipated start date is 1 February 2017.

Children’s Anaesthesia Services (CAS), Mumbai is a group practice which provides paediatric anaesthesia care for a group of hospitals in Mumbai. CAS is run by three directors: Dr Vrushali Ponde (mainly affiliated to Surya Children’s Hospital, Holy Family Hospital, Holy Spirit Hospital and Hinduja Health Care Surgical Hospital), Dr Dilip Chavan (mainly affiliated to Jupiter Hospital and Institute of Paediatric Orthopaedic Surgery) and Dr Ankit Desai (affiliated to Astha Hospital and Breach Candy Hospital). Team CAS also consist of two consultants Dr Anuya Gursale and Dr Kiran Patel. We provide paediatric anesthesia service in all tiers of health care. Please see www.casmumbai.com for more information. CAS is equipped with the latest technology in terms of anaesthesia machines and monitors. Ultrasound machines and peripheral nerve stimulators are available for training in regional anaesthesia, venous cannulation etc.

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 paediatric anaesthesia and paediatric regional 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
• Preference will be given to younger anaesthesiologists working in Asia or Africa

Fellows will receive a stipend from Children’s Anaesthesia Services 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 Mumbai, 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 Vrushali Ponde (vrushaliponde@yahoo.co.in).

How to apply:

The closing date for applications is the 28th October. The successful applicant will be notified before the end of 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 send or email the form and documents to Giselle de Castro, WFSA: admin@wfsahq.org

Applications now open: NEW Paediatric Anaesthesia Fellowship programme, Nigeria, 2017

Applications are invited for two 6-month Paediatric Anaesthesia Fellowship positions starting in January 2017 at Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH) and University College Hospital (UCH), Ibadan, Nigeria.

LUTH is a 770 bed teaching hospital with 3 paediatric wards and 1 paediatric surgical ward, a 5 bed Intensive Care Unit (ICU), 38 bed neonatal ward, a Special Care Baby Unit (SCBU), as well as a 26 bed-space children’s emergency room and 12 operating theatres. UCH is a tertiary teaching hospital with 888 beds. The 15 bed ICU consists of 8 ventilated and monitored beds. Other facilities in this hospital include a SCBU (30 beds), 4 paediatric wards and 1 paediatric surgical ward as well as a Children’s Emergency Ward. Over 2,500 children are seen and treated annually in the Children’s Emergency Ward.

The duration of the fellowship is 6 months. The start date is expected to be 2 January 2017. The programme head is Prof Ronke Desalu.

The programme is intended for fully qualified anaesthesiologists working in low resource settings who wish to develop knowledge and skills in the field of paediatric anaesthesia. Preference will be given to anaesthesiologists aged 40 years or younger who are working in African countries. Older anaesthesiologists may apply and the selection panel will consider each applicant’s place of work and other factors when making its decision.

This fellowship is open to applicants from all West African countries, but please note that is an english-speaking position.

Applicants should fit the following criteria:

Must be supported in their application by their National Society of Anaesthetists 

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

The fellowship offers funding for accommodation and a contribution towards living expenses.

For more information, please contact Prof Ronke Desalu at ronkedesalu@yahoo.com

How to apply:

The closing date for applications is the 31st October 2016. Successful applicants will be notified at the beginning of November 2016

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 send or email the form and documents to Giselle de Castro, Administrative Officer, WFSA: admin@wfsahq.org

If scan/ email facilities are not available, documents can be posted to:

Giselle de Castro, Administrative Officer

World Federation of Societies of Anaesthesiologists

21 Portland Place

London W1B 1PY

United Kingdom

IFMSA 'SCOPE Student Handbook for Anesthesiology rotations' published together with the WFSA

scope student handbookAs part of its ongoing work with the International Federation of Medical Student’s Associations (IFMSA) the WFSA is delighted to announce the release of the SCOPE Student Handbook for Anesthesiology rotations.

Created by the IFMSA with the support of the WFSA, the Student Handbook for Anesthesiology rotations will be used by medical students participating in the SCOPE exchange programme. This is one of the largest student exchange programmes in the world with more than 1.2 million students from 98 countries participating. Students are required to actively attend at least 80% of their rotation, participate in the plan of care of patients, fill out the evaluation form in the ifmsa.org database and fill out the Student Handbook for Anesthesiology rotations in order to get their Exchange Certificate.

The content of the Handbook was reviewed and edited by Committee Chairs of the World Federation of Societies of Anaesthesiologists (WFSA). Students are encouraged to keep track of their learning skills, their learning objectives, fill out a checklist of actions performed, and have the tutor evaluate their performance at the end of the placement.

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The aim of SCOPE is to promote cultural understanding and co-operation amongst medical students and all health professionals, through the facilitation of international student exchanges. SCOPE aims to give all students the opportunity to learn about global health, and attains this partly by having its exchanges accredited by medical faculties across the world

Applications now open for WFSA Obstetric Anaesthesia Fellowship in Medellin, Colombia, 2017

Applications are invited for two fellowship training positions in 2017 in Medellin, Colombia.
The duration of each fellowship is 3 months. One will start on 1st March 2017 and the other will start on 1st August 2017.
The fellowships are intended for graduated Latin-American anaesthesiologists who are, ideally, working in a Public Hospital and involved in Obstetric anaesthesia education
Applicants from countries with higher maternal mortality rates will have priority and preference will also be given to younger anaesthesiologists. This fellowship is not available for anaesthesiologists working in Colombia.

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 Mauricio Vasco Ramirez, machuchovasco@yahoo.com

How to apply:

The closing date for applications is the 18th September 2016. Successful applicants will be notified by mid-October. 

Applicants must complete the Fellowship Application Form and provide all the documents in native language 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 send or email the form and documents to Mauricio de Vasco, machuchovasco@yahoo.com

Fellowship de Anestesia Obstétrica en la Clínica Universitaria Bolivariana de Medellín, Colombia, 2017

Se abre la convocatoria para 2 plazas de Fellowship de entrenamiento en Anestesia Obstétrica en la Clínica Universitaria Bolivariana en Medellín, Colombia, avalado por la World Federation of Societies of Anaesthesiologists (W.F.S.A), la Sociedad Colombiana de Anestesiología y Reanimación (S.C.A.R.E) y la Universidad Pontificia Bolivariana (U.P.B).
La duración de cada Fellowship es de tres meses. El primero iniciara el 1 de Marzo del 2017, el segundo iniciara el 1 de Agosto del 2017.
Los aspirantes deben ser Anestesiólogos graduados de Universidades Latinoamericanas, idealmente que trabajen en Hospitales públicos y estén involucrados en programas de educación en esta área, tendrán prioridad los anestesiólogos de países Latinoamericanos con mayores tasas de mortalidad materna, más jóvenes y de países que previamente no hayan realizado el entrenamiento. No aplica para anestesiólogos que laboren en Colombia o hayan egresado de Universidades Colombianas.

Quienes participen en esta convocatoria deben cumplir los siguientes criterios:

• Carta de afiliación y respaldo de la sociedad de anestesia del país del aspirante.
• Carta de recomendación del Jefe directo del hospital donde labora.
• Deben certificar en la carta previa que retornaran a su país a laborar en esta área de entrenamiento.
• Debe preferiblemente trabajar en un Hospital que tenga personal en entrenamiento en el área de anestesiología idealmente en anestesia obstétrica.

Se ofrece un estipendio que permitiría subsidiar gastos de mantenimiento en la ciudad de Medellín. Datos detallados del valor del estipendio y el programa a desarrollar solo serán dados después de completar el proceso completo de admisión.
Para más información favor contactar al director del Fellow. Dr. Mauricio Vasco Ramírez, machuchovasco@yahoo.com.

Como aplicar al Fellow.

La fecha de cierre para la aplicación es el 18 de Septiembre del 2016. Las aplicaciones que cumplan con los requisitos solicitados y sean admitidos al Fellow serán notificados a mediados de Octubre del 2016.

Los aspirantes deben completar el formato de aplicación para fellowship de la WFSA y adjuntar los siguientes documentos en español: (La falsificación de los documentos de aplicación o no enviarlos todos al mismo tiempo llevan a exclusión inmediata del proceso de selección)

• Hoja de Vida completa con una foto reciente y dos recomendaciones verificables con número de celular especificando código internacional de país para realizar llamada de verificación.
• Carta de afiliación y respaldo de la sociedad de anestesia del país del aspirante.
• Carta de recomendación del Jefe directo del hospital donde labora.
• Diploma de Medico Escaneado
• Diploma de Anestesiólogo Escaneado.
• Copia de la página de identificación del pasaporte vigente con foto

Por favor enviar el formato de aplicación para el fellowship de la WFSA y los documentos que se acaban de citar a al director del Fellow. Dr. Mauricio Vasco Ramírez, machuchovasco@yahoo.com


WFSA postgraduate scholar wins gold medal for top marks

rinna2Dr Rinna Eng, WFSA Postgraduate Diploma scholar, was awarded the 2015/2016 Gold Medal for his exceptionally high grades. Dr Eng, anaesthesiologist in Cambodia, began the Diploma in Regional Anaesthesia and Analgesia in December 2015 and has found the course and the award extremely useful to his practice.

We conducted a short interview with Dr Eng to learn more about his experience and what it means to win the award.

WFSA: Tell me a bit about the post graduate scholarship. What was the overall aim? And how did you work towards this on a daily basis?

Dr Eng: The scholarship on Regional Anesthesia and Analgesia is a very interesting and essential course. The course allowed me to become more familiar with the new techniques, specifically techniques on how to control pain during and after an operation. The aim of this diploma is to create and develop new methods to provide better quality pain management and lower the risks or incidents that can occur, we call it "respect rule method".

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WFSA: What did you gain professionally from the fellowship?

Dr Eng: After completing the course, I have not just gained the knowledge and experience in regional anesthesia and analgesia, but I also feel more competent with my up to date practice. I have applied the block technique more efficiently and I am now more prepared and be able to manage possible complications during surgery and follow-up with my patients after their operations.

WFSA: Tell me about the award you received for getting the best grade, did you expect it? What does winning means to you?

Dr Eng: Being awarded as the gold medal candidate actually exceeded my expectations. Not only did I pass the exit course exam, but I also achieved the gold medal which is the greatest honor I’ve had in my life. This award is priceless as it is not just a reward for my hard work during the course, but it also reminds to keep pushing and upgrading my skills. Winning does not just represent my own achievement, it is what prepares me to make a better contribution to my hospital and my patients in Cambodia.

WFSA: How will you use and adapt what you learned during the fellowship to your current work at home and your future work?

Dr Eng: Firstly, I will use all the knowledge I gained from this diploma to strengthen my profession by applying the knowledge in my practice to provide better quality pain control for my patients. I would like to continue to work on more blocks using the techniques I have learned from the course..

This course was also very important for me to further contribute building capacity among my team in KSFH. I plan to conduct a small study as well as training on regional anesthesia for my anesthesia team and medical students so that they can learn these techniques and can also apply them to their work in the future.

Well done again Dr Eng!

 

Applications now open for WFSA-CLASA Paediatric Anaesthesia Fellowship in Santiago, Chile, 2016

Applications are invited for two paediatric anaesthesia fellowship training positions in 2017 at the Luis Calvo McKenna Hospital in Santiago, Chile.

The duration of each fellowship is 6 months. One will start on 1st April 2017 and the other will start on 1st October 2017.

The fellowships are intended for graduated Latin American anaesthesiologists who are, ideally, working in a public hospital and involved in paediatric 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 heads, Dr Silvana Cavallieri, scavallierib@gmail.com, Dr Juan Carlos Duarte, jcduarte63@gmail.com and Dr Getulio R de Oliveira, oliveirafilho.gr@gmail.com. Further information on the fellowship can be found here and here.  


How to apply:
The closing date for applications is 1st September 2016. Successful applicants will be notified by mid-October. Applicants must complete the Fellowship Application Form and provide all the documents in native language 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 send or email the form and documents to Dr Silvana Cavallieri, Administrative Officer, WFSA: scavallieri@gmail.com


King's Health Partners Anaesthesia Fellowship Opportunities

KSLP is looking to recruit a Volunteer Anaesthetic Doctor for it's in-country team as soon as possible. The person will be based in Freetown and will have a critical role in supporting staff in anaesthesia and Intensive care unit. The deadline for applications is the 12th August 2016, more information can be found here.

Obituary: Dr Anis Baraka

Dr BarakaThe WFSA is extremely saddened to hear of the passing of Dr. Anis Baraka.

Dr. Baraka was one of the fathers of anaesthesiology in Lebanon and the Arab region. He was an internationally renowned anesthesiologist and an Emeritus Professor of Anesthesiology, American university of Beirut (AUB) who served the institution for more than 42 years, and shouldered an uninterrupted clinical service of the operating rooms during the very hard times of the civil strife in Lebanon.

Dr. Baraka graduated with MBBCh degree (1953) and completed his residency in Anesthesiology (1954-1957) at Cairo University. He then did one year of research fellowship (1963) at the University of Liverpool, and one year of residency (1964) at the National Health Hospital, London. He joined AUB as an Instructor in 1965, and was promoted to an Assistant Professor in 1966, to an Associate Professor in 1971,and to a full time Professor in 1976, and served as Chairperson of the Department of Anesthesiology for the period of 1976-2007. He was appointed as Professor Emeritus in 2008. He has authored more than 460 publications and 9 books.In recognition for his invaluable and long-standing services and contribution to Lebanon and the Lebanese people, he was awarded the Merit Award Decoration and the Lebanese Citizenship by the President of the Republic of Lebanon in 2000. Dr. Baraka was the Vice-President of the World Federation of Societies of Anaesthesiologists (WFSA), and was their representative at the Regional Commission of the United Nations. He was awarded the First Rank Education Award from the Ministry of Education, Lebanon in 1990, the First Prize Award of Clinical Medical Sciences, AUB (1987-1988 & 1991-1992), the Shield of the Lebanese Order of Physicians in 1998, the AUB Alumni Association Distinguished Award in 2006, the Honorary Fellowship of the Royal College of Anaesthetists and the International Commission of the Ralph Waters Prize in 1990.

He was also awarded with the WFSA Distinguished Service Award 2016 as a recognition of his exceptional service to the WFSA and the international anaesthesia community.

He was the President of the Arab Board of Anaesthesia and Intensive Care, as well as the Honorary President of the 8th Pan Arab Congress. He chaired the Committee on Education and Scientific Affairs of the WFSA and the Examination Committee of the Arab Board of Anaesthesia and Intensive Care.The following quote by Dr. Baraka to his medical students expresses an extremely admirable approach to his work: “Never do your job for money, prestige or position. Medicine has a humanitarian message, you do it with love”.

He is survived by his wife Aziza, one daughter Huda, and three sons Hesham, Tarek, and Khaled.

Applications now open: WFSA-BARTC Fellowship in Bangkok, Thailand, 2017

The WFSA is proud to announce that applications are now being accepted for the 2017 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 Departments of Anaesthesiology of designated hospitals. 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 fellows from various countries, targeted in the Asian region. However, communication with Thai patients will be necessary, and so it is strongly encouraged that trainees try to get at least preliminary use of Thai in their homeland, before leaving for Bangkok.

Previous fellowship alumni have come from Myanmar, Laos, Cambodia, Bhutan, and Mongolia.

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 2017, and will last for 1 year. The closing deadline for applications is 5th September 2016.

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

Applications now open: 2017 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 2017 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 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 8th August 2016. Successful applicants will be notified before the end of September 2016.

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 send or email the form and documents to Giselle de Castro, Administrative Officer, WFSA: admin@wfsahq.org

If scan/ email facilities are not available, documents can be posted to:

Giselle de Castro, Administrative Officer
World Federation of Societies of Anaesthesiologists
21 Portland Place
London W1B 1PY
United Kingdom

Anaesthesiologist required to join International team in Dili, Timor Leste

Dili and Atauro IslandA capable and committed Anaesthesiologist is required to join the International team based at the National Referral hospital in Dili, Timor Leste. You will mentor and teach junior doctors enrolled in the Postgraduate Diploma in Anaesthesia as well as Family Medicine Program (a two year rotational program equipping junior doctors with skills and competencies to work in community health centres in the districts), along with national and other international faculty members.

Clinical work is a critical part of the job, but is always directed towards mentoring and training the junior medical staff and trainees. This is a paid position administered by the Royal Australasian College of Surgeons with the assistance of the Australian Society of Anaesthetists.

To apply please contact Kate Groves on kate.groves@surgeons.org or by phone on +61392767436

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