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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 

Applications open: WFSA-Baxter Scholarships for 11th Pan Arab Congress of Anaesthesia, 10th – 12th Nov 2016, Dubai

The WFSA is excited to announce the opportunity for young anaesthesiologists from low and middle income countries to attend the Pan Arab congress of Anaesthesia, Intensive Care and Pain Management 10th - 12th November in Dubai, thanks to the generous support of Baxter Healthcare Ltd. More information on the Pan Arab congress can be found 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 Pan Arab 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:
• Preference will also be given to younger applicants who have completed training within the last 10 years and are working in teaching hospitals.
• Preference will be given to those working in low and middle income countries.
• The application must be accompanied by a letter of recommendation from the applicant's National Anaesthesiology Society.
• Preference will be given to applicants who present a paper or poster during the conference.

The scholarship will cover:
• Return airfares
• Transit accommodation (if required)
• Accommodation in Dubai
• Conference registration

Notes
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:

  • Travel visas or other documentation
  • Travel to and from the airport of departure
  • Appropriate travel and health insurance
  • All other costs, including income taxes or other fees

Application process

The scholarship application form is here, all applications should include a letter of recomendation from your national society. All applications must be submitted by email to Giselle de Castro at admin@wfsahq.org by the 24th October 2016. Applications will be considered by a panel of anaesthesiologists selected by WFSA, and successful applicants will be informed by the 31st of October.

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 Open: 2017 Postgraduate Diploma of Regional Anesthesia and Analgesia - Dubai, UAE

The WFSA is offering funding to allow two young anaesthesiologists from less affluent countries in the Middle East, Africa and the Asian region to complete the Postgraduate Diploma of Regional Anaesthesia and Analgesia offered by the University of Montpellier in Dubai. The Diploma is also supported by the Government of Dubai and the Dubai Health Authority. The course directors are Dr Philippe Macaire (Dubai) and Prof Xavier Capdevila (France).

This Diploma covers all fields of regional anaesthesia, analgesia and post-operative pain management. The course will be taught during five short visits (3-5 days) to Dubai during January-June 2017. It comprises theoretical teaching, hands-on workshops and a clinical attachment.

More information about the programme is available on the website www.medinfusion.org or from Dr Philippe Macaire prmacaire@dha.gov.ae

Scholarship Criteria

  • The applicant must be working full time in a country in the Middle East, Africa or the Asian region.
  • The applicant should be aged 40 or less.
  • This application must be accompanied by a letter of recommendation from the applicant's National Anaesthesiology Society.
  • The application must be accompanied by a letter of recommendation from the applicant's head of department or hospital management.
  • Preference will be given to applicants who have completed training within 10 years and are working in a teaching hospital

The scholarship will cover:

  • Return airfares to Dubai
  • Course fees
  • A contribution towards accommodation and other expenses in Dubai

For more information, the application form, and how to apply please click here

All applications must be submitted by email to Giselle de Castro admin@wfsahq.org by the 28th October 2016.

Applications Open: Paediatric Regional Anaesthesia Fellowship, Mumbai, India, 2017

Applications are invited for two fellowship position at Children’s Anaesthesia Services, Mumbai, India.

The duration of training is 6 months and the anticipated start date is 1 February 2017.

Children’s Anaesthesia Services (CAS), Mumbai is a group practice which provides paediatric anaesthesia care for a group of hospitals in Mumbai. CAS is run by three directors: Dr Vrushali Ponde (mainly affiliated to Surya Children’s Hospital, Holy Family Hospital, Holy Spirit Hospital and Hinduja Health Care Surgical Hospital), Dr Dilip Chavan (mainly affiliated to Jupiter Hospital and Institute of Paediatric Orthopaedic Surgery) and Dr Ankit Desai (affiliated to Astha Hospital and Breach Candy Hospital). Team CAS also consist of two consultants Dr Anuya Gursale and Dr Kiran Patel. We provide paediatric anesthesia service in all tiers of health care. Please see www.casmumbai.com for more information. CAS is equipped with the latest technology in terms of anaesthesia machines and monitors. Ultrasound machines and peripheral nerve stimulators are available for training in regional anaesthesia, venous cannulation etc.

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 paediatric anaesthesia and paediatric regional 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
• Preference will be given to younger anaesthesiologists working in Asia or Africa

Fellows will receive a stipend from Children’s Anaesthesia Services 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 Mumbai, 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 Vrushali Ponde (vrushaliponde@yahoo.co.in).

How to apply:

The closing date for applications is the 28th October. The successful applicant will be notified before the end of November.

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, WFSA: admin@wfsahq.org

Applications now open: NEW Paediatric Anaesthesia Fellowship programme, Nigeria, 2017

Applications are invited for two 6-month Paediatric Anaesthesia Fellowship positions starting in January 2017 at Lagos University Teaching Hospital (LUTH) and University College Hospital (UCH), Ibadan, Nigeria.

LUTH is a 770 bed teaching hospital with 3 paediatric wards and 1 paediatric surgical ward, a 5 bed Intensive Care Unit (ICU), 38 bed neonatal ward, a Special Care Baby Unit (SCBU), as well as a 26 bed-space children’s emergency room and 12 operating theatres. UCH is a tertiary teaching hospital with 888 beds. The 15 bed ICU consists of 8 ventilated and monitored beds. Other facilities in this hospital include a SCBU (30 beds), 4 paediatric wards and 1 paediatric surgical ward as well as a Children’s Emergency Ward. Over 2,500 children are seen and treated annually in the Children’s Emergency Ward.

The duration of the fellowship is 6 months. The start date is expected to be 2 January 2017. The programme head is Prof Ronke Desalu.

The programme is intended for fully qualified anaesthesiologists working in low resource settings who wish to develop knowledge and skills in the field of paediatric anaesthesia. Preference will be given to anaesthesiologists aged 40 years or younger who are working in African countries. Older anaesthesiologists may apply and the selection panel will consider each applicant’s place of work and other factors when making its decision.

This fellowship is open to applicants from all West African countries, but please note that is an english-speaking position.

Applicants should fit the following criteria:

Must be supported in their application by their National Society of Anaesthetists 

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

The fellowship offers funding for accommodation and a contribution towards living expenses.

For more information, please contact Prof Ronke Desalu at ronkedesalu@yahoo.com

How to apply:

The closing date for applications is the 31st October 2016. Successful applicants will be notified at the beginning of November 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

IFMSA 'SCOPE Student Handbook for Anesthesiology rotations' published together with the WFSA

scope student handbookAs part of its ongoing work with the International Federation of Medical Student’s Associations (IFMSA) the WFSA is delighted to announce the release of the SCOPE Student Handbook for Anesthesiology rotations.

Created by the IFMSA with the support of the WFSA, the Student Handbook for Anesthesiology rotations will be used by medical students participating in the SCOPE exchange programme. This is one of the largest student exchange programmes in the world with more than 1.2 million students from 98 countries participating. Students are required to actively attend at least 80% of their rotation, participate in the plan of care of patients, fill out the evaluation form in the ifmsa.org database and fill out the Student Handbook for Anesthesiology rotations in order to get their Exchange Certificate.

The content of the Handbook was reviewed and edited by Committee Chairs of the World Federation of Societies of Anaesthesiologists (WFSA). Students are encouraged to keep track of their learning skills, their learning objectives, fill out a checklist of actions performed, and have the tutor evaluate their performance at the end of the placement.

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The aim of SCOPE is to promote cultural understanding and co-operation amongst medical students and all health professionals, through the facilitation of international student exchanges. SCOPE aims to give all students the opportunity to learn about global health, and attains this partly by having its exchanges accredited by medical faculties across the world

Applications now open for WFSA Obstetric Anaesthesia Fellowship in Medellin, Colombia, 2017

Applications are invited for two fellowship training positions in 2017 in Medellin, Colombia.
The duration of each fellowship is 3 months. One will start on 1st March 2017 and the other will start on 1st August 2017.
The fellowships are intended for graduated Latin-American anaesthesiologists who are, ideally, working in a Public Hospital and involved in Obstetric anaesthesia education
Applicants from countries with higher maternal mortality rates will have priority and preference will also be given to younger anaesthesiologists. This fellowship is not available for anaesthesiologists working in Colombia.

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 fellowship offers funding for tuition costs, accommodation and subsistence living expenses.
For more information, please contact the programme head, Dr Mauricio Vasco Ramirez, machuchovasco@yahoo.com

How to apply:

The closing date for applications is the 18th September 2016. Successful applicants will be notified by mid-October. 

Applicants must complete the Fellowship Application Form and provide all the documents in native language 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 Mauricio de Vasco, machuchovasco@yahoo.com

Fellowship de Anestesia Obstétrica en la Clínica Universitaria Bolivariana de Medellín, Colombia, 2017

Se abre la convocatoria para 2 plazas de Fellowship de entrenamiento en Anestesia Obstétrica en la Clínica Universitaria Bolivariana en Medellín, Colombia, avalado por la World Federation of Societies of Anaesthesiologists (W.F.S.A), la Sociedad Colombiana de Anestesiología y Reanimación (S.C.A.R.E) y la Universidad Pontificia Bolivariana (U.P.B).
La duración de cada Fellowship es de tres meses. El primero iniciara el 1 de Marzo del 2017, el segundo iniciara el 1 de Agosto del 2017.
Los aspirantes deben ser Anestesiólogos graduados de Universidades Latinoamericanas, idealmente que trabajen en Hospitales públicos y estén involucrados en programas de educación en esta área, tendrán prioridad los anestesiólogos de países Latinoamericanos con mayores tasas de mortalidad materna, más jóvenes y de países que previamente no hayan realizado el entrenamiento. No aplica para anestesiólogos que laboren en Colombia o hayan egresado de Universidades Colombianas.

Quienes participen en esta convocatoria deben cumplir los siguientes criterios:

• Carta de afiliación y respaldo de la sociedad de anestesia del país del aspirante.
• Carta de recomendación del Jefe directo del hospital donde labora.
• Deben certificar en la carta previa que retornaran a su país a laborar en esta área de entrenamiento.
• Debe preferiblemente trabajar en un Hospital que tenga personal en entrenamiento en el área de anestesiología idealmente en anestesia obstétrica.

Se ofrece un estipendio que permitiría subsidiar gastos de mantenimiento en la ciudad de Medellín. Datos detallados del valor del estipendio y el programa a desarrollar solo serán dados después de completar el proceso completo de admisión.
Para más información favor contactar al director del Fellow. Dr. Mauricio Vasco Ramírez, machuchovasco@yahoo.com.

Como aplicar al Fellow.

La fecha de cierre para la aplicación es el 18 de Septiembre del 2016. Las aplicaciones que cumplan con los requisitos solicitados y sean admitidos al Fellow serán notificados a mediados de Octubre del 2016.

Los aspirantes deben completar el formato de aplicación para fellowship de la WFSA y adjuntar los siguientes documentos en español: (La falsificación de los documentos de aplicación o no enviarlos todos al mismo tiempo llevan a exclusión inmediata del proceso de selección)

• Hoja de Vida completa con una foto reciente y dos recomendaciones verificables con número de celular especificando código internacional de país para realizar llamada de verificación.
• Carta de afiliación y respaldo de la sociedad de anestesia del país del aspirante.
• Carta de recomendación del Jefe directo del hospital donde labora.
• Diploma de Medico Escaneado
• Diploma de Anestesiólogo Escaneado.
• Copia de la página de identificación del pasaporte vigente con foto

Por favor enviar el formato de aplicación para el fellowship de la WFSA y los documentos que se acaban de citar a al director del Fellow. Dr. Mauricio Vasco Ramírez, machuchovasco@yahoo.com


WFSA postgraduate scholar wins gold medal for top marks

rinna2Dr Rinna Eng, WFSA Postgraduate Diploma scholar, was awarded the 2015/2016 Gold Medal for his exceptionally high grades. Dr Eng, anaesthesiologist in Cambodia, began the Diploma in Regional Anaesthesia and Analgesia in December 2015 and has found the course and the award extremely useful to his practice.

We conducted a short interview with Dr Eng to learn more about his experience and what it means to win the award.

WFSA: Tell me a bit about the post graduate scholarship. What was the overall aim? And how did you work towards this on a daily basis?

Dr Eng: The scholarship on Regional Anesthesia and Analgesia is a very interesting and essential course. The course allowed me to become more familiar with the new techniques, specifically techniques on how to control pain during and after an operation. The aim of this diploma is to create and develop new methods to provide better quality pain management and lower the risks or incidents that can occur, we call it "respect rule method".

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WFSA: What did you gain professionally from the fellowship?

Dr Eng: After completing the course, I have not just gained the knowledge and experience in regional anesthesia and analgesia, but I also feel more competent with my up to date practice. I have applied the block technique more efficiently and I am now more prepared and be able to manage possible complications during surgery and follow-up with my patients after their operations.

WFSA: Tell me about the award you received for getting the best grade, did you expect it? What does winning means to you?

Dr Eng: Being awarded as the gold medal candidate actually exceeded my expectations. Not only did I pass the exit course exam, but I also achieved the gold medal which is the greatest honor I’ve had in my life. This award is priceless as it is not just a reward for my hard work during the course, but it also reminds to keep pushing and upgrading my skills. Winning does not just represent my own achievement, it is what prepares me to make a better contribution to my hospital and my patients in Cambodia.

WFSA: How will you use and adapt what you learned during the fellowship to your current work at home and your future work?

Dr Eng: Firstly, I will use all the knowledge I gained from this diploma to strengthen my profession by applying the knowledge in my practice to provide better quality pain control for my patients. I would like to continue to work on more blocks using the techniques I have learned from the course..

This course was also very important for me to further contribute building capacity among my team in KSFH. I plan to conduct a small study as well as training on regional anesthesia for my anesthesia team and medical students so that they can learn these techniques and can also apply them to their work in the future.

Well done again Dr Eng!

 

Applications now open for WFSA-CLASA Paediatric Anaesthesia Fellowship in Santiago, Chile, 2016

Applications are invited for two paediatric anaesthesia fellowship training positions in 2017 at the Luis Calvo McKenna Hospital in Santiago, Chile.

The duration of each fellowship is 6 months. One will start on 1st April 2017 and the other will start on 1st October 2017.

The fellowships are intended for graduated Latin American anaesthesiologists who are, ideally, working in a public hospital and involved in paediatric anaesthesia education. Preference will be given to younger anaesthesiologists and those working in low resource settings.

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 fellowship offers funding for tuition costs, accommodation and subsistence living expenses. For more information, please contact the programme heads, Dr Silvana Cavallieri, scavallierib@gmail.com, Dr Juan Carlos Duarte, jcduarte63@gmail.com and Dr Getulio R de Oliveira, oliveirafilho.gr@gmail.com. Further information on the fellowship can be found here and here.  


How to apply:
The closing date for applications is 1st September 2016. Successful applicants will be notified by mid-October. Applicants must complete the Fellowship Application Form and provide all the documents in native language 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 Dr Silvana Cavallieri, Administrative Officer, WFSA: scavallieri@gmail.com


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.

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