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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.

SAVE LIVES: Clean Your Hands - Join the global campaign!

WHO IPC Logo GIF English 310pxEach year the SAVE LIVES: Clean Your Hands campaign run by the World Health Organisation (WHO) aims to progress the goal of maintaining a global profile on the importance of hand hygiene in health care and to ‘bring people together’ in support of hand hygiene improvement globally.

As an organisation in official relations with the WHO, and a global federation of medical professionals, the WFSA hopes that our members will take part in the campaign on Thursday 5th May 2016 to help improve hand hygiene in operating rooms and hospitals around the world.

What can you do?

Download this 'Join Hands for Safe Surgical Care' poster and put it up in your hospital. 

Join ‘clean’ hands with your colleagues and take a photo with the WHO campaign board on or around 5 May.

Share this photo/your support for the #SafeSurgicalHands campaign and for #handhygiene in the operating theatre on Facebook and Twitter. Link to the WFSA's campaign by tagging @WFSAorg and @WHO.

You can also learn more about hand hygiene in hospitals by downloading 'Hand Hygiene and the Surgical Patient Journey' infographic poster and sharing it with your colleagues. 

Further reading:

Hand Hygiene: Why, How & When?

Hand Hygiene Self-Assessment Framework

Volunteering Opportunity Kabul, Afganistan

Position: Anesthetist for a obs & gyne Unit –
French Medical Institute for Children Kabul - Afghanistan opening in September 2016
Mission duration: flexible but as long as possible especially for the first mission

Goals of the maternity:
Ensure Service excellence & CARR standards.
Provide high-quality care to all patients equally; ensure that all treatments are safe, effective and well-coordinated.
Make sure that patients and their families are satisfied with the care provided; and that complaints are timely and appropriately resolved.
Monitor unit clinical indicators and incidents; and address potential issues.
Ensure compliance with JCIA & ISO standards.
Strive for multi-disciplinary teamwork, effective communication, and delivery of holistic care.

Objectives:

  • The central objective is to contribute to improving maternal and neonatal healthcare in Afghanistan by providing exemplary and evidence-based care, training and inter-hospital collaboration
  • To provide a diagnostic center that covers various perinatal specialties including obstetrics, gynecology (except for Cancer) and neonatal medicine
  • To be a leading center for the management of normal pregnancy, normal births and care based on competencies of Afghan midwives
  • To be a leading center for the treatment of obstetrical and neonatal complications in cooperation with health facilities in the region of Kabul
  • To be a leading center for the training and further education of healthcare professionals
  • To develop interdisciplinary collaboration
  • Through the education program, participate in the training of professionals from provinces
  • To develop perinatal research

Requirements:
A female anesthetist is required due to cultural habits
Good proficiency in written and spoken English


Competencies:
Experienced obs & gyne anesthetist, expert in PPH management, spinal anesthesia, epidural analgesia, anesthesia of obs& gyne procedures (coelioscopy included) and competencies in practical teaching and supervising medical and nursing staff
Clinical work: labor room and operating theatre, obs & gyne emergency, consultations, night and WE shifts
Teaching:
Local anesthetists (practical ++++)
Post graduate program in anesthesia
Midwives, nurses etc
Blood bank: clinical supervision,

To apply please send a CV and copy of diploma to Fabienne Degouy: fdegouy@chainedelespoir.org as soon as possible.

ESA coordinates simultaneous ESA On-line Assessment (OLA) in 23 countries

Last Friday, 8th April, the ESA organised biggest ever anaesthesiology online assessment.

European diploma test centreThe ESA On-line Assessment (OLA) was taken simultaneously at 14:00 in 95 centres in 23 countries worldwide. 1,335 anaesthesiologists across Europe and from many non-European countries including China, Brazil and Oman registered for the exam which is an incredible initiative to improve global access to high quality e-learning.

The On-Line Assessment (OLA) is a computer-based online test very similar to the In-Training Assessment (ITA) and the EDAIC Part I Examination. EDAIC was established 31 years ago and over 2,500 anaesthesiologists worldwide have been awarded the diploma which is a recognition of excellence and a high level of training and knowledge.

The online assessment was launched in 2012 during the ESA annual conference in Paris to help young anaesthesiologists, and their heads of department, assess their level of knowledge and training. The examination has grown in importance and is increasingly recognised throughout the world.

The World Federation of Societies of Anaesthesiologists (WFSA) commends this initiative and is working with the ESA to support the delivery of the examination worldwide. Part 2 of the exam will be coordinated with the WFSA during the CLASA meeting in Uruguay in October 2017.

Applications Open: WFSA Regional Anaesthesia Fellowship, Ganga Hospital, India 2017

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

The duration of training is 6 months. Two fellowships will start on the 1 January 2017 and two will start on the 1 July 2017.

Ganga Hospital 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 13th May 2016. Successful applicants will be notified before the end of June 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 runs SAFE courses in East Africa following award of THET grant

SAFE Uganda 3The WFSA and the AAGBI recently ran SAFE Paediatric courses in Uganda and Zambia, as well as two SAFE Obstetric courses in Kenya, training local physicians and anaesthetic officers on how to give the safest possible anaesthetic care.

The first of these training events was held between 20th-22nd January 2016 in Masaka, Uganda and involved delegates from Uganda (12), Malawi (2), Zambia (2), Ethiopia (2) and Kenya (6).

Following this course, some of these delegates attended the ‘Training of the Trainers’ course and later joined the faculty to deliver the second three-day SAFE Paediatrics course to 52 Ugandan delegates.

The newly trained faculty from outside of Uganda have therefore had the experience of teaching and coordinating a SAFE Paediatrics course, which they found extremely beneficial in preparation for teaching at their own courses in Zambia and Kenya.

SAFEpaeds Lusaka 80 of 86The first SAFE paediatric course in Zambia was held from 9th-11th February in Lusaka at Chainama College of Health Sciences. A total of 45 Zambian anaesthesia providers were trained during the three day course. Delegates were drawn from across the country and were working at various health care levels in government/public, Mission and Defence force hospitals. Some delegates were from distant hospitals and had to make as long as a two day bus journey in order to attend the course.

Similarly, the SAFE Obstetrics courses were held in Nairobi on 23rd – 26th February and Eldoret on 14th-18th March. They focused on small group teaching to maximise interaction between faculty and the 35 Kenyan participants. The courses in Kenya were based on clinical conditions that currently cause 80% of maternal deaths. Training materials included a manual, videos, protocols, a textbook and drug dose and protocol pocketbook.

The AAGBI (Association of Anaesthetists of Great Britain & Ireland) and the WFSA (World Federation of Societies of Anaesthesiologists) were awarded two grants totalling £295,412 through the Tropical Health Education Trust (THET) and UK Department for International Development’s Health Partnership Scheme in 2015 to develop obstetric and paediatric anaesthesia in East Africa through the SAFE course. SAFE courses will also run in Malawi and Ethiopia later this year.

Teach the Teachers Ukraine held in February in Kiev

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The latest Teach the Teachers (TTT) course was held in Kiev, Ukraine from 28 Feb- 2 Mar 2016.

The four day event, organised by the WFSA and the Association of Anaesthesiologists of Ukraine, focused on teaching techniques, improving presentation skills, evaluating students and used case studies to engage the participants with the material. The aim of the course was to develop the teaching skills of young teachers and improve the quality of training given to anaesthesiology students across Ukraine.

In total there were 20 teacher participants in the course Teachers from 12 Ukrainian medical universities (predominantly from anaesthesiology and intensive care departments). Six of these were from medical universities in Kiev and another 14 were from different regions around Ukraine.

The organisers are planning a 2-day follow-up education course next year with the same group of students. Additionally each participant of the course will organize and hold Teach the Teachers courses in their own university (or department).

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