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APPLY NOW: Editor-in-chief of Update in Anaesthesia (UIA) vacancy

The WFSA is pleased to announce that we are accepting applications for the position of Editor-in-Chief of Update in Anaesthesia (UIA).

UAI LogoUpdate in Anaesthesia (UIA) is the official journal of the WFSA. First published in 1992, the aim of this journal is to provide clear, concise, and clinically-relevant overview articles for anaesthetists working with limited resources around the world. A particular emphasis has been to provide ongoing learning and support for anaesthetists practising in countries where facilities for clinical practice and educational development are scarce. UIA has very high readership figures, with tens of thousands of anaesthesiologists from around the globe reading each new issue within the first week of publication.

Over the coming 4-5 years the EIC will lead on ensuring the development, quality and regular publication of UIA such that it might become an indexed journal. The EIC will also work closely with the Chair of the WFSA's Publication's Committee to promote a mutually beneficial relationship with WFSA's other publications, specifically "Anaesthesia Tutorial of the Week (ATOTW)" and the WFSA / IARS Global Health Section in Anaesthesia & Analgesia. The position holder will make valuable connections with senior anaesthesiologists across sub-specialties, and gain valuable skills for future leadership roles.

The EIC reports to the Chair of the WFSA Publications Committee and can be based anywhere in the world. The WFSA depends on dedicated volunteers to achieve it’s mission and this is a prestigious but unpaid part-time role that will usually require a commitment of 2-3 hours per week and more at peak times (for example when approaching the publication of a new edition). All expenses will be covered by the WFSA.

Essential applicant eligibility criteria
• Some level of experience working within theatre/critical care in a low-resource setting, giving awareness of education needs of anaesthetists working in this setting
• Excellent command of English language with ability to write and edit to achieve clear concise and simple texts
• Knowledge of the ethics of editing and publishing (e.g. dual publication, self-plagiarism, confidentiality etc.)
• Strategic ability to set out 3-year forward plan for editions of Update, some being themed subspecialty issues, and to coordinate with other WFSA sponsored publications as necessary
• Ability to set up and coordinate an editorial process, ensuring regular production of ‘ready’ articles for publication in the journal in order to comply with an agreed publication schedule
• Capacity to build a team of editors, with the time and drive to provide an appropriate level of author support and mentorship for inexperienced authors. To regularly bring new members into team to replace those whose tenure has elapsed (2-5 years)
• Ability to coordinate a team of editors, via an appropriate online format (e.g. ‘Editorial Manager’)

If you are interested in applying for the vacancy, please download the full job specification and eligibility criteria, as well as the frequently asked questions (FAQ) document.
Please send a curriculum vitae (CV) and cover letter explaining how you meet the eligibility criteria, and what you will bring to the role, to the Chief Executive Officer at ceo@wfsahq.org by 28 February 2017. Eligible applications will be considered by the WFSA's Publications Committee with shortlisting and online interviews taking place during March 2017. 

The WFSA would like to thank outgoing Editor-in-Chief, Dr Bruce McCormick, for his outstanding service to Update in Anaesthesia over the past ten years.

WFSA membership dues increase approved

WCA16 0107 SAt the General Assembly, held at the World Congress of Anaesthesiologists (WCA) in Hong Kong, Member Society representatives approved a 25 cent per-annum uplift in membership dues. As of 2017 WFSA membership will therefore be $3.15 per member per year, offering extraordinary value for money.

The WFSA would like to thank the Canadian Anaesthesiologists' Society (CAS) who will pay an additional amount over and above their membership dues in order to help the WFSA continue to deliver its programmes.


For more information about paying your 2016 membership dues please click here.  If you are interested in becoming a member society of the WFSA please click here.

Season's greetings from the WFSA President

gonzalo barreiroFor the past few years I have been sending season’s greetings to Member Societies and their affiliated members as WFSA Secretary, but this year I am honoured to now express them as WFSA President.

2016 has been a huge year for the WFSA, as we held our World Congress of Anaesthesia (WCA) in Hong Kong, changes were made to the executive structure and functioning of the Federation. You can see more about this on our website in the ‘About Us’ section.

One of the most incredible parts of the WCA was the international feel of the event. The anaesthesiology profession is extremely privileged to have such a large network of engaged individuals that can be brought together under one roof. This global network, made up of all the races, colours, languages and religions that you may imagine, allows us to learn from our colleagues in different parts of the world, and shape the future of anaesthesia, surgery, and global health.

The WFSA is truly unique as it incorporates more than 150 countries over five continents and has close ties with many Subspecialty Societies, making us an expansive and significant network. In the WFSA there is always a place for those who believe as we do that we must work to close the gap in anaesthesia provision worldwide to create a fairer and safer experience for all anaesthesia providers and their patients.

So, dear colleagues across the world, I send my season’s greetings and best wishes for the year ahead.

Happy 2017!

Dr Gonzalo Barreiro, WFSA President

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Applications Open: WFSA-Baxter Scholarships, 12th SAARC-AA Congress – Colombo, Sri Lanka

Baxter Healthcare Ltd is generously providing sponsorship for a number of young anaesthesiologists from less affluent countries to attend the 12th Congress of SAARC-AA. For more information on the SAARC-AA Congress, please click here.

The WFSA-Baxter Scholarship programme has been developed to identify and develop future leaders in Anaesthesiology. Scholars will acquire new knowledge and gain many contacts and friends during the SAARC-AA Congress. The selected scholars will be invited to join WFSA-Baxter alumni network and will be encouraged to contribute to WFSA activities in the future.

Scholarship criteria:
• The applicant must be aged less than 40 years.
• The applicant should be working full time in an Asian country.
• This application is accompanied by two letters of recommendation, one from the applicant's National Anaesthesiology Society and one from their hospital or department and a copy of your passport.
• 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.

The scholarship will cover:
• Return airfares & visa’s if needed
• Transit accommodation (if required)
• Accommodation in Sri Lanka
• Conference registration & a small per diem

• All airfares and transit accommodation (if required) will be booked by WFSA travel consultants. Overland travel costs will be considered if cheaper or more convenient than airfares.
• The successful applicant is responsible for organising and paying for:
o Travel to and from the airport of departure
o Appropriate travel and health insurance
o All other costs, including income taxes or other fees

• The scholar is required to submit a report, no later than one month after the conference. The report should include an outline of conference activities, comments on how the scholar benefited from the conference, how he/she intends to share new knowledge and how this knowledge will improve the practice of anaesthesiology in his/her home country. The report should also include a photo of the scholar with his/her poster.

Application process
• The deadline for applications is the 22nd December 2016. In order to apply please use our online application system here to complete an application form and upload your two letters of reccomendation and a copy of your passport.
• Applications will be considered by a panel of anaesthesiologists selected by WFSA, and successful applicants will be informed by mid-Jan 2017.
• Successful applicants must confirm their intention to take up the scholarship within 2 days of notification. Failure to do so will result in the scholarship being offered to the next applicant.


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


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