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Applications now open: WFSA/IASP 2017 Pain Management fellowship, Bangkok, Thailand

Applications are now invited for two 1 year fellowships in Pain Management at the Faculty of Medicine, Siriraj Hospital in 2017. The successful applicants will receive funding to cover tuition, accommodation, flights and subsistence living expenses provided by the WFSA & IASP. The fellowship will begin on the 1st August 2017 to 31st July 2018. The fellowship is 12 months in order to ensure the trainee has knowledge and skill in pain management and is able to perform useful procedures and techniques.

The fellowship accepts 2 doctors to undergo the fellowship in Pain Management each year. The scholarships regularly provide for Southeast Asia countries (ASEAN + Mongolia are the priority targets for this program).

The deadline for applications is the 28th February 2017, and considered by the Hospital Board Committee meeting for their consideration, all successful candidates will be informed by the end of March 2017.

The fellowship application form is here; further information about the fellowship and how to apply is here.

You can also contact the programmes head on Mr. Puttinant Rungsunlohakul on irsiriraj@gmail.com

Global guidelines on the prevention of surgical site infection released by the WHO

global guidelines whoThe first ever Global guidelines for the prevention of surgical site Infection were published this week and include a list of 29 concrete recommendations distilled by 20 of the world’s leading experts from 26 reviews of the latest evidence.

 The recommendations have also been published in The Lancet Infectious Diseases and are designed to address the increasing burden of health care-associated infections on both patients and health care systems globally.

This is a world first and will be welcomed by doctors and patients alike. To view the guidelines please click here.

** The WFSA will be providing feedback to the WHO / Lancet Infectious Diseases on the guidelines and will publish that here once it becomes available.

Applications Open: WFSA Obstetric Anaesthesia Fellowships at University of Malaya Medical Centre (UMMC), Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia

Applications are invited for two fellowship positions in 2017/2018 at UMMC, Kuala Lumpur. The duration of each fellowship is 6 months, with the first fellowship expected to commence on 1 July 2017, and the second on 1 January 2018.

UMMC is a 1000-bed general hospital with a special obstetric and paediatric wing for the management of obstetric and paediatric cases. Being a premier teaching and referral hospital in the heart of the country, approximately 6000 babies are delivered annually with a caesarean section rate of about 20-25%.

We offer a 24-hour epidural service and manage high-risk patients collaboratively with other supporting departments/units. We cater to the special needs of patients and are increasingly using ultrasound to assist with the insertion of regional analgesia and anaesthesia for selected patients. UMMC also offers obstetric anaesthesia training for post-graduate students in the Malaysian Master of Anaesthesiology Training Program.

The WFSA Fellowship is intended for anaesthesiologists working in low resource settings, who wish to develop knowledge and skills in the field of obstetric anaesthesia. Successful applicants must agree to return to their home country at the completion of the fellowship.

Priority will be given to applicants aged less than 40 from Asian member countries, but older applicants and applicants from other regions will also be considered.

The fellowship offers funding for tuition costs, accommodation and subsistence living expenses.

For more information, please contact the programme head, Professor YK Chan (chanyk@ummc.edu.my)

How to apply:
The closing date for applications is 21st November 2016. The successful applicant will be notified before 1 January 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 send or email the form and documents to Giselle de Castro, admin@wfsahq.org

Canadian Anaesthesiologists' Society showcases WFSA collaboration in recent newsletter

cas logoThe Canadian Anaesthesiologists' Society (CAS) showcased mutal colaboration and support between the the CAS and the WFSA in their October 2016 newsletter. New CAS President, Dr Douglas DuVal, highlighted Canadian participation at the WCA 2016 as one of the ways the two organisations have worked together in recent months. Additionally, the newsletter includes an article entitled "The CAS is a major player for the WFSA" by Dr Pierre Fiset, WFSA Council Member, and a short blurb on Dr Kim Turner, a CAS Anaesthesiologist recognised by the WFSA at the World Congress.

Please see below for the content of the article entitled "The CAS is a major player for the WFSA" or click here to read the whole October 2016 newsletter.




"The World Congress of Anaesthesia was held in Hong Kong from August 28 to September 2, and Canada was among the top 10 countries for the number of delegates with almost 200 Canadians attending the conference. The quality of the scientific content was very high, with international experts giving conferences and workshops in all anesthesia sub-specialties. Topics like education, collaboration and levelling of anesthesia standards around the world were addressed. Delegates had unique opportunities to network and get involved in educational and humanitarian projects.

The World Federation of Societies of Anaesthesiologists (WFSA) ran its business and Council meetings, and various committees were convened for a first meeting of their four-year cycle. At the administrative level, the Canadian representation is very important and reflects the influence the CAS continues to have in our international Federation.

The WFSA Board has revealed the name of the members of the various committees, and it is my pleasure to inform you that our representatives for the next four years will be:

• Constitution Committee: Dr David McKnight

• Education Committee: Dr Dylan Bould

• Publications Committee: Dr Gregory Klar, Dr Angela Enright

• Safety and Quality of Practice: Dr Beverly Orser

• Scientific Affairs Committee: Dr Davy Cheng

• Obstetric Anesthesia Committee: Dr Ronald George

• Pediatric Anesthesia Committee: Dr David Rosen, Dr Pierre Fiset

• Pain Management Committee: Dr Jason McVicar

• WFSA Council: Dr Pierre Fiset

These people will play a very active role in their respective fields. We will keep you informed of the WFSA activities and hope that more of you will become involved at various levels of international cooperation. Please visit the WFSA website: www.wfsahq.org to get familiar with your Federation and its activities.

Meanwhile, consider the following:

• Around five billion people worldwide lack access to surgical and anesthetic care, and most of them are in lower income countries. (The Lancet Commission on Global Health 2015)

• In 2010, an estimated 16.9 million lives were lost from conditions needing surgical care. This figure well surpassed the 3.84 million deaths from HIV/AIDS, TB and malaria combined. (The Lancet Commission on Global Health 2015)

Let’s make anesthesia safe for everyone!"

Volunteers needed: Palestine Anaesthesia Teaching Mission 2017

The WFSA are pleased to announce that we are now recruiting a volunteer for the 2017 Palestine Anaesthesia Teaching Mission. We are currently recruiting for one volunteer to undergo a 2-4 week placement within Palestine in April to June 2017. 

We are particularly interested in volunteers (ST5 and above) who are accustomed to teaching trainees in an operating room setting, and in the class room. Volunteers must be fully trained anaesthesiologists with board certification, and with licensure from their state, province or country. Volunteers are expected to spend 2-4 weeks in Palestine (dependent on your individual availability). Most of the teaching activities take place in 4 training centres in Palestine. These training centres are in East Jerusalem, Hebron, Nablus and Ramallah.

All travel and housing expenses are covered as follows: economy airfare to Tel Aviv (or Amman if desired), hotel accommodation in the four cities, transportation to and from the airport and between the hospitals. There is also a small stipend for food and miscellaneous expenses.

All interested applicants are required to submit the following documents:

Completed application form 
Curriculum Vitae
Supporting letter from two referees
Scanned copy of your passport 

Please email all the required documents to Aaliya Ahmed, WFSA programmes manager at programmes@wfsahq.org with the subject line PATM 2017. The deadline for applications is the 15th February 2017, selected candidates will be informed before the end of March 2017

Download application form. 

Teleflex match funding boosts money raised for SAFE-T Campaign at WCA 2016

DS153803We are pleased to announce that the WFSA has received $5,000 USD from Teleflex to help support our programmes and advance access to safe and affordable anaesthesia worldwide.

At the WCA in Hong Kong last month we asked those who took a photograph in our SAFE-T photobooth to give a small donation, which was then generously match funded by Teleflex. Thanks to this generous donation, the total raised at the WCA as part of our SAFE-T Campaign has exceeded $10,000 USD!

Logo Teleflex PMS281Dr Sunny Goh, Regional Managing Director, Teleflex Medical Asia Pte Ltd said; “We hope our minor contribution will help WFSA make a major difference in its primary mission to improve patient care around the world”

The WCA launched the Safe Anaesthesia For Everybody – Today “SAFE-T” campaign: made up of the SAFE-T Network and Consortium, bringing individuals, organisations and industry together to advance patient safety and the International Standards for a Safe Practice of Anaesthesia.

The goal of the SAFE-T Network is to raise awareness of the need for safe anaesthesia as an essential element of safe surgery, the lack of provision, and the need to take action, by advocating together and gathering data to “map the gap” in access to safe anaesthesia.

To find out more about the SAFE-T Network and how you can join please click here.

WFSA signs WCA2020 contract with Czech Society of Anaesthesiology

P1030816Dr David Wilkinson (WFSA President, 2012 – 2016) and Professor Karel Cvachovec (President of the Czech Society of Anaesthesiology, Resuscitation and Intensive Care Medicine) got together in Hong Kong to sign the contract for Prague as the official host city of the 17th World Congress of Anaesthesiologists (WCA) 2020.

Every 4 years the WFSA and a member National Society host the World Congress of Anaesthesiologists (WCA). The 17th World Congress, which will take place in September 2020 in Prague, Czech Republic, will be an oustanding international congress for anaesthesiologists from around the world and provide an extraordinary opportunity for the promotion of science, education, training, networking and the exchange of experience across the spectrum of anaesthesiology.

headerAttracting delegates from 130+ countries the WCA is unique in terms of global reach and diversity and offers an unforgettable scientific and social experience for all who attend.

The WFSA is looking forward to working closely with the Czech Society and with Guarant International (the official PCO) over the next four years to ensure WCA2020 is a superb and truly unique event.

To find out more about the WCA2020 please click here


WFSA Receives $430,000 USD Grant from the Laerdal Foundation to strengthening obstetric anaesthesia care in low income countries

Laerdal Global HealthThe WFSA is extremely pleased to announce the award of $430,000 USD from the Laerdal Foundation. This amount will be used to fund the ‘Better Births, Safer Births, SAFE Anaesthesia’ initiative in Tanzania, Zimbabwe, Bangladesh and Nepal to train non-physician anaesthetists lifesaving interventions through the SAFE (Safer Anaesthesia From Education) Obstetrics course.

This training responds to the under-resourced anaesthesia framework in low resource settings, where only a small number of physician anaesthetists working within the country and the majority of obstetric anaesthesia being delivered by non-physician anaesthetists. These clinical officers receive minimal or no continuing professional development.

The SAFE Obstetrics course, which was developed specifically to respond to this need, has been successfully rolled out in countries around the world. Over three days the course addresses the core and extended roles of the anaesthetist in obstetric emergencies. The clinical scenarios are based on the conditions causing 80% of maternal deaths: haemorrhage, sepsis, eclampsia, obstructed labour, the complications of abortion and complications of anaesthesia and also covers early newborn care including resuscitation.

“This is such an important step forward for our co-operation and for mothers and babies”, Dr Jannicke Mellin-Olsen, WFSA President-Elect explained. “The WFSA is thrilled to be part of this, and I am looking forward to the continuation of our activities together with the Laerdal Foundation”.

DSC06094Tore Laerdal, Laedal Foundation Executive Director, announced the partnership as part of his Harold Griffith keynote lecture at the 16th World Congress of Anaesthesiologists last month. The partnership secures the Laerdal Foundation’s position as one of the first WFSA Global Impact Partners, strengthening collaboration between the WFSA and the Laerdal Foundation.

To find out more about the SAFE Courses please click here.

Applications now open: Asian and Australasian Regional Section Fellowship - WFSA - Xijing Training Centre

On behalf of the AARS board, we are pleased to announce that the Fellowship training program in Anaesthesiology will take place for the third consecutive year in 2017 in Xi’an, China. This will be held at the AARS-WFSA-Xijing Training Canter, which was established in March 2015 at the Xijing Hospital, the first affiliated hospital of Fourth Military Medical University in China.

Candidates will be selected from the member societies of the Asian and Australasian Regional Section (AARS) of the WFSA to attend the training courses in March and September 2017. 

The fellowship is intended for anaesthesiologists working in low resource settings from member societies of the AARS who wish to:

1. Develop and improve knowledge in anesthesia, medical and clinical management of patients
2. Reduce the incidence of anesthesia related adverse events
3. Exchange and promote the application of advanced technologies

Details of the training programs:
• There will be two courses in the year of 2017, each lasting for 1 week. (including 2 days for transportation and 5 days of training )
• Candidates from member societies will be selected to attend the two courses in March and September 2017

Course content
• Discipline construction and management
• Clinical advances and new technologies
• Updates to the latest guidelines
• Workshop simulations, demonstrations and practice for related skills
• Operating room tours will be available to all

Shenzhen Mindray Bio-Medical Electronics Co. Ltd will provide funding to cover the costs, including local accommodation, meals, registration, insurance and round trip travel expenses on economy class for the selected participants.

Selection Criteria
• Should be a member of an AARS member society
• Application must be supported by the chief/ head of the department
• Endorsement of the application by an AARS member society
• Age below 40 years (birthdate after 31st December 1977)

Application Process
Deadline for application is 1st December 2016. The selected applicant will be notified by the end of January 2017.

Applicants must complete the Fellowship Application Form

Additional Documents Needed
• Curriculum vitae with one recent photo and the names of two referees
• Reference letter from the applicant's member society
• Reference letter from the applicant's chief/head of department
• Copy of medical degree certificate
• Copy of medical license
• Priority will be given to those who have not received fellowships/grants from the AARS or WFSA before

Please email duly completed application form and the supporting documents to

Dr. Kumudini Ranatunga (ranatungakumi@gmail.com), Secretary of AARS-WFSA.

WFSA Statement on Syria Hospital Bombings

The World Federation of Societies of Anaesthesiologists (WFSA) strongly condemns the persistent bombings of medical facilities in Syria.

In recent weeks the bombing of hospitals in Aleppo has made headline news, but these are just the latest in a large number of attacks on medical facilities in the country. This is a continuous reminder that medical personal are working at great personal risk, and are often directly targeted by those involved in the conflict.

The WFSA is extremely saddened by the situation and is deeply concerned for our medical colleagues in Syria and calls for the immediate halt of these bombings. Furthermore, the WFSA calls on all involved in the Syrian conflict to ensure that they abide by the Geneva Conventions and stop these actions from continuing.

We would further like to send a message of support and admiration to staff in hospitals and emergency services dealing with the enormous number of casualties across Syria.

Applications Open for WFSA-Baxter Scholarships: 32nd SARANF Congress, Yaounde, Cameroon 30th November 2016 – 2nd December 2016

Baxter Healthcare Ltd is generously providing sponsorship for a number of young anaesthesiologists from less affluent countries to attend the 32nd SARANF Congress. The aim of the scholarship programme is to identify and develop future leaders in anaesthesiology. WFSA-Baxter Scholars will acquire new knowledge and gain many contacts and friends during the SARANF Congress.

Scholarship criteria

• Preference will be given to applicants aged less than 40 years.
• The applicant should be working full time in a French-speaking African country.
• This application is accompanied by a letter of recommendation from the applicant's National Anaesthesiology Society.
• The applicant must be able to present a poster during the conference.
• Preference will be given to applicants who have completed training within 10 years and are working in teaching hospitals.

How to Apply:

• Complete the application form and submit, along with a letter of support from your National Society, by email to admin@wfsahq.org by the 24th October 2016. Successful applicants will be informed by the 5th of November.

Download the application form in English 

Download the application form in French 

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