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Applications open: WFSA-CLASA Regional Anaesthesia Fellowship, Fortaleza, 2016

Applications are invited for one WFSA-CLASA fellowship training position at Hospital José frotta, Fortaleza, Brazil. The duration of the fellowship is 2 months.

The fellowship announcement is here and further information on the fellowship can be found here. In order to apply for the fellowship, please complete the fellowship application form and submit completed applications to Giselle de Castro at admin@wfsahq.org. The deadline for submissions is July 11th.

Essential Pain Management releases new promotional videos

246x252 pain logo redEssential Pain Management (EPM) is a cost-effective, multi-disciplinary program that works with local health workers to:
  • Improve pain knowledge.
  • Implement a simple framework for managing pain.
  • Address pain management barriers.
The program encourages early handover to local instructors so that local solutions can be found for local problems. There are already hundreds of EPM instructors worldwide.
Two short videos on Essential Pain Managment were realeased recently, one follows the journey of a young anaesthesiologist from Papua New Guinea and the other is gives an overview of teaching Essential Pain Management. Please click here to view these videos.

Lifebox & King's Health Partners Fellowship Opportunities

Tanzania Lifebox Fellowship for Senior Anaesthetic Trainees

Lifebox Foundation is recruiting for an exceptional ST4+ anaesthesia trainee to undertake a Fellowship in Tanzania.
The Fellowship start date is August 2016 for a six-month duration (with the possibility of two three-month placements). Flexibility on the start date is candidate dependent. The Fellow will work with teaching staff at KCMC to support the integration of pulse oximetry and the Surgical Safety Checklist into the curriculum of the anaesthesia diploma course and evaluate this improvement in safe anaesthesia. The application deadline is Friday 27th May 2016. Further details, including how to apply, can be found on the Lifebox website here.

 King's Health Partners - Volunteer Anaesthetist, Sierra Leone Partnership

 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 31st May 2016 and more information can be found here

WFSA to make two statements at 69th World Health Assembly

whaThis week the WFSA is at the 69th World Health Assembly in Geneva. Dr Adrien Gelb, Chair of the WFSA’s Safety & Quality of Practice Committee, will give the following two statements on WHA Agenda Item 16.1 - Health workforce and services and 16.4 Addressing the global shortages of medicines, and the safety and accessibility of children’s medication. The WFSA hopes that this will highlight the role of anaesthesia providers on the surgical team and the importance of WHO Resolution A68/15 from an anesthesia perspective.

16.1 Health workforce and services:

“The World Federation of Societies of Anaesthesiologists (WFSA) represents hundreds of thousands of anaesthesiologists in over 140 countries around the world. Last year we gave our unequivocal support to Resolution A68/15 on strengthening the provision of safe anaesthesia and essential surgery as a component of universal health coverage.

At that time we highlighted the combined elements of workforce, medications, equipment and infrastructure that not only ensure the safe provision of anaesthesia, but contribute to strengthening health systems and improving health outcomes in a manner that is affordable, life-saving and investible. In welcoming the WHO's draft Strategy: Workforce 2030, the WFSA notes the deficit of approximately 18 million health workers worldwide, largely in lower income countries. It is in those same countries that the Lancet Commission and others have highlighted the need for some 2.3 million additional anaesthesiologists, surgeons and obstetricians by 2030. We therefore urge all concerned, especially governments, not to ignore the neglected surgical patient and the neglected surgical team.

With 30% of the Global Burden of Disease amenable to surgical intervention it is essential that any human resource strategy for health focus on relevance as well as quantity and quality. Safe anaesthesia is absolutely essential for safe surgery and anaesthesiologists are essential to the leadership and desperately needed expansion of anaesthetic services in all countries.

To give just one example, Sierra Leone with a population of 16 million has just 2 anaesthesiologists for OT and ICU. France, with 4 times the population, has 5,000 times the number of anaesthesiologists. The WFSA is ready to expand our work with WHO and all Ministries of Health everywhere. Working together with our counterpart international surgical organisations and our non-physician colleagues in anaesthesia, we can promote and strengthen patient care and access to safe anaesthesia”

 

16.4 Addressing the global shortages of medicines, and the safety and accessibility of children’s medication

"The World Federation of Societies of Anaesthesiologists (WFSA) represents hundreds of thousands of anaesthesiologists in over 140 countries around the world. Last year we gave our unequivocal support to Resolution A68/15 on strengthening the provision of safe anaesthesia and essential surgery as a component of universal health coverage.

At that time we highlighted the combined elements of workforce, medications, equipment and infrastructure that ensure the safe provision of anaesthesia. In addressing the global shortages of medicines the WFSA calls upon the World Health Assembly to highlight the anaesthetic medicines essential for safe anaesthesia and therefore safe surgery. Of particular note are ketamine and potent opioids, the availability of which can – and has - been threatened by legislation that ignores their medical value. In Low Income Countries Ketamine provides 70% of anaesthetics and is the standard for Caesarean section, a lifesaving surgery for mothers and babies. Opioids and ketamine are also essential medicines for the management of pain, an indispensable element of appropriate universal health coverage.

With millions more surgeries required to address the 30% of the Global Burden of Disease that is amenable to surgical intervention, it is essential that any plan to ensure the manufacture and supply of essential medicines includes essential anaesthetic medicines.

WFSA commends the work of the WHO Expert Committee on Drug Dependence in helping to ensure that the medical value of anaesthetic medicines translates into sensible policy and legislation. WFSA is ready to expand our work with WHO and all Ministries of Health everywhere to clearly define the essential anaesthetic medicines. WHA must continue to ensure that decision makers understand the global health arguments for essential anaesthetic and pain medicines and the often negative effects of legislation on their availability."

For more information on the WHO Resolution A68/15 and the WFSA’s advocacy work please click here.

Applications Open: WFSA Cardiac Anaesthesia Fellowship at Narayana Institute of Cardiac Sciences (NICS), Bangalore, India, 2017

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 2017 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 closing date for applications is the 27th June 2016. Successful applicants will be notified before the end of July 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

WFSA Singapore Paediatric Anaesthesia Fellowship at KKH

Unfortunately due to staffing circumstances at KKH Hospital and circumstances beyond our control, the WFSA are unable to advertise the Singapore Paediatric Fellowship at this time. We apologise to those people who have been preparing their applications. We are hoping that the staffing situation at KKH will become clearer during the next 6-12 months and it will be possible to advertise the Fellowship then. Please continue to monitor the WFSA website for further opportunities. 

Applications now open: WFSA Cardiac Anaesthesia Fellowship or Neuroanaesthesia Fellowship at Cairo University Hospital, Egypt

Applications are invited for a Cardiac Anaesthesia Fellowship or Neuroanaesthesia fellowship training position at Cairo University Hospital, Egypt.

Cairo University is the oldest university in Egypt, it is the largest medical centre in the Middle East. The university hospital includes 6000 beds, 120 operating rooms and 500 ICU beds.

The duration of the fellowship is 6 months. The start date is expected to be 1 November 2016. The cardiac anaesthesia programme head is Professor Aiman Dessouki and the Neuroanaesthesia is the Assistant Professor Safinaz Osman.

The fellowship is intended for fully qualified anaesthesiologists working in low resource settings who wish to develop knowledge and skills in the field of intensive care medicine. Priority will be given to applicants from African or Middle Eastern countries

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
Should be under 40 years of age
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 Dr Yehia Khater at yhkhater@gmail.com. Professor Hisham Khidre is the deput programme head. 

How to apply:

The closing date for applications is the 15th July 2016. Successful applicants will be notified in the first week of August 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

Applications now open: WFSA ICU Fellowship at Assiut University Hospital, Egypt, 2016

Applications are invited for an ICU fellowship training position at Assiut University Hospitals, Southern Egypt.
 
The Assiut University Hospitals complex is one of the largest educational and health institutions in Egypt, with about 3000 beds. The Anesthesia, ICU and Pain Department covers Intensive Care Units in the following areas – General, Trauma, Postoperative, Obstetrics, Hepatobiliary and Paediatric Surgery.
 
The duration of the fellowship is 6 months. The start date is expected to be 1 November 2016. The fellowship is intended for fully qualified anaesthesiologists working in low resource settings who wish to develop knowledge and skills in the field of intensive care medicine. Priority will be given to applicants from African or Middle Eastern countries.
 
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
Should be under 40 years of age
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 Dr Emad Z. Said ( emadzarief@yahoo.com
 
How to apply:
The closing date for applications is the 15th July 2016. Successful applicants will be notified in the first week of August 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
 
 

Applications open: WFSA-CLASA Pain Management Fellowship, Botucatu, 2016

Applications are invited for two WFSA-CLASA fellowship training positions at Universidad Estatal de
Sao Paulo, Botucatu, Brazil. The duration of the fellowship is 2 months.

The fellowship announcement is here and further information on the fellowship can be found here. In order to apply for the fellowship, please complete the fellowship application form and submit completed applications to Giselle de Castro at admin@wfsahq.org. The deadline for submissions is June 10th.

Applications open: WFSA-CLASA Pain Management Fellowship, Buenos Aires, 2016

Applications are invited for four WFSA-CLASA fellowship training positions at Centro de Atención Integral del Dolor, Buenos Aires, Argentina. The duration of the fellowship is 2 months; two fellowships will start on the 1st August and two will start on the 3rd October. 

The fellowship announcement is here and further information on the fellowship can be found here. In order to apply for the fellowship, please complete the fellowship application form and submit completed applications to Giselle de Castro at admin@wfsahq.org. The deadline for submissions is June 10th. 

 

Dept. of Anesthesiology at Beijing Jishuitan Hospital ran first Asia-Pacific regional anesthesia advanced training course

1st reg anaes training course BeijingFrom 21st to 24th March 2016, the first ultrasound and nerve stimulator guided regional anesthesia training course and workshop of AARS was successfully held in Beijing Jishuitan Hospital. This international training program with its special features including: live operation, live model scanning, needle insertion practice, etc, enrolled a group of overseas trainees from five different countries.

This four-day course was divided into three parts including live shows, basic knowledge lectures and operation skills practice. Five different approaches for peripheral block using ultrasound and nerve stimulator dual guided were performed by experienced anesthesiologists smoothly and accurately, which not only embodied the highly technical level, but also enabled the simultaneous teaching and learning. Several domestic and overseas experts gave excellent presentations on the hot topics as well as valuable tips for a successful block. Needle insertion practice on rubber model combined with ultrasound image scanning on real model provided a superior training experience both for hand-eye coordination and never structure identifying.

Addtionally, the individualised teaching efficiency system divided the trainees into different difficulty-level groups according their initial capacity and compared their skills before and after training. All members made a significant progress within a relatively short learning curve. Most of the trainees appreciated this impressive course and are expected to attend further education programmes or a apply for a fellowship in the near future.

1st reg anaes training course Beijing 2The leadership from CSA and AARS attached high importance to this meeting. Entrusted by Prof. Lize Xiong, President of Chinese Society of Anesthesiology (CSA) and the Chair of Asian and Australasian Regional Section (AARS) of the WFSA, Professor Yuguang Huang, the president-elect of CSA and the board of directors and vice-secretary general of AARS gave an important speech at the convention expecting for a deepen cooperation and a continuous development in future. It was agreed that Beijing Jishuitan Hospital will lead the field of regional anesthesia and make a huge contribution in promoting internationalisation of the course.

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