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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

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. 

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