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Dr. Bashar Alolabi — The COA's 2015 NATF Fellow
Congratulations are extended to Dr. Bashar Alolabi from Hamilton who has been selected as the Canadian 2015 NATF fellow. Dr. Alolabi will tour various centres in Canada and the US in October of this year along with four American fellows selected by the American Orthopaedic Association. Dr. Alolabi currently practices at the Hamilton General Hospital, with subspecialty interests in trauma and upper extremity. He has a strong commitment to clinical outcomes research and upper extremity biomechanics. Please join us in congratulating Dr. Alolabi!
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Dr Bashar Alolabi — Lauréat de la Bourse de voyage nord-américaine 2015 de l'ACO
Toutes nos félicitations au Dr Bashar Alolabi, de Hamilton, dont la candidature a été retenue pour la Bourse de voyage nord-américaine (VNA) 2015. Le Dr Alolabi effectuera donc une tournée de différents centres canadiens et américains en octobre, en compagnie de quatre boursiers américains choisis par l'American Orthopaedic Association. Le Dr Alolabi exerce actuellement à l'Hamilton General Hospital. Ses sous-spécialités sont la traumatologie et les membres supérieurs. Il est très engagé dans la recherche sur les résultats cliniques et la biomécanique des membres supérieurs. Veuillez vous joindre à nous pour féliciter le Dr Alolabi!
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New Trauma Fellowship Program in BC
The Royal Columbian Hospital in New Westminster, BC (20 mins east of Vancouver) is starting a new orthopaedic trauma fellowship program. This hospital is the main trauma referral centre for the Lower Mainland east of Vancouver and services approximately 1.5 million people. We are currently accepting applications for fellowships starting July 2015 and July 2016. The deadline for July 2015 is February 28, 2015 and for July 2016 is March 30, 2015. Please see this link for details:
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 Conferences of Interest / Congrès d’intérêt

Competency Based Training Program Workshop
The Competency Based Training Program workshop will be held on Friday, May 1, 2015 at the MaRS Discovery District, 101 College Street, Toronto. The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and the American Council for Graduate Medical Education have recommended that all post-graduate training programs in medicine become competency-based. This day-long workshop will help prepare for these changes. Sessions include:
• How to design a competency-based curriculum
• How to build state-of-the-art, user-friendly tools for the evaluation of competence
Lessons learned from the University of Toronto
Orthopaedics Competency-Based Curriculum pilot project

• Interactive small groups led by expert faculty implementing CBME in anaesthesia, emergency medicine, otolaryngology, orthopaedic surgery and medical oncology

Who should attend: Chairs, Program Directors, and educators of residency training programs in North America, educators involved with designing and implementing residency level curricula.
Visit for more information or contact: Telephone: 416-978-1837.

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Canada health report card ranks B.C. 1st, Nunavut last
CBC News
British Columbia is home to the healthiest Canadian population, while residents in Newfoundland and Labrador and the three territories are the least healthy, according to report card released Thursday by the Conference Board of Canada. The report compared residents' health in each province and territory, while comparing Canada as a whole to the U.S., Japan, Australia and 12 countries in Western Europe.
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Study: Alberta short more than 3,300 hospital beds
Edmonton Journal
After closing half its hospital beds in the mid-1990s, Alberta now needs to open up more than 3,300 beds to relieve the crush in emergency rooms, suggests a new study by a University of Alberta nursing professor. With doctors warning about wait-times in emergency wards this winter, the province is opening 440 more long-term care beds to free up hospital beds for acute-care patients.
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7 more hospitals in Northeast go virtual
The Sudbury Star
Seven more hospitals in northeastern Ontario have been added to the Virtual Critical Care Unit at Health Sciences North. Emergency departments at Espanola Regional Hospital and Health Centre, Manitoulin Health Centre (Little Current and Mindemoya sites), Blind River District Health Centre, Chapleau Health Services, Mattawa Hospital and Lady Dunn Health Centre in Wawa have joined HSN's unit.
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Ontario lags other provinces in updating health privacy laws
Our Windsor
Ontario lags behind most other jurisdictions when it comes to protecting patient privacy. The Star contacted every health jurisdiction in Canada and found eight have passed legislation — some as recently as last year — to force hospitals to report breaches to the relevant privacy body. But Ontario, which has the largest population in the country, has no plans for such a legislative change. A province that was once a leader in health information privacy laws is now trailing as other provinces move to stricter reporting.

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High demand for hip replacements leaves B.C. woman waiting 2 years
CBC News
Hillary Rockvam, 57, has been waiting two years to get a date for her hip replacement surgery — and she wants answers. "If I don't get my surgery soon, I could be on disability, and the government will pay for me to be on disability if I can't work," she told Daybreak Kamloops' Shelley Joyce. "It would be in their best interest to get people like me in and out and back to being productive members of society."

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Waiting time pushes Fredericton woman to Colombia for surgery
CBC News
A Fredericton woman says the province could learn a few lessons in health care from Colombia. Sharon Burke is in the South American country, recovering from k​nee surgery. She decided to get the operation in Medellin after learning it could take up to three years to get surgery in New Brunswick. Burke says her problems started about four years ago after a slight injury to her knee. Doctors treated her injury with cortisone shots and synthetic joint fluid and the pain went away.

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Les compagnies pharmaceutiques contraintes d'annoncer les pénuries de médicaments
Les fabricants ont désormais l'obligation de divulguer les pénuries de médicaments sur un site web dédié, a annoncé la ministre fédérale de la Santé, Rona Ambrose, depuis Vancouver. Le but de cette mesure est de permettre aux professionnels de santé et aux patients de mieux anticiper les problèmes de pénurie et de prévoir des traitements de substitution.
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Alberta misses long-term targets for surgery waits by a long shot
Metro News
Alberta's provincial health body is poised to miss long-term wait time targets for bum knees, ailing shoulders and throbbing gall bladders as the clock runs out on an ambitious five-year action plan. Titled "Becoming the Best," the plan was released November 2010 and set numerous targets including waits for non-emergency surgeries. The overall goal was to reduce waits to 14 weeks for all surgeries by March 2015, but specific attention was paid to knee and hip replacements, coronary artery bypasses and cataract surgery.
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Les dépenses en santé sont moins exponentielles qu'on pourrait le croire, selon une étude
Journal Métro
Il est faux de prétendre que les dépenses en santé augmentent de façon insoutenable au Québec, avance une note publiée mercredi par l'Institut de recherche et d'informations socio-économiques (IRIS). Selon Guillaume Hébert, co-auteur de l'étude, l'argument «alarmiste» de la croissance des dépenses serait souvent utilisé pour justifier des compressions budgétaires, les réformes de structures comme le projet de loi 10 et le recours au privé.
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