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Call for applications — 2015 NATF Fellowship Tour
Applications for the North American Travelling Fellowship (NATF) are being accepted until December 30, 2014. This dynamic fellowship is open to surgeons who have completed their residency training in Canada up to three years ago. The tour of Canadian and American centres will begin in the Fall of 2015. We encourage all eligible members to apply. Complete criteria and a downloadable application form can be found at click on Medical Education in the top menu bar, then click on Travelling Fellowships. Click here to download the application form now!
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Bourse de voyage nord-américaine (VNA) 2015 — Appel de candidatures
L'ACO accepte les demandes pour la Bourse VNA jusqu'au 30 décembre 2014. Cette bourse stimulante est offerte aux orthopédistes qui ont terminé leur résidence au Canada au cours des trois dernières années. La tournée des centres canadiens et américains participants commencera à l'automne 2015. Nous invitons tous les membres admissibles à faire une demande. Vous trouverez tous les détails et un formulaire à Cliquez sur « Formation médicale », dans la barre de menu, puis sur « Bourse de voyage ». Cliquez ici pour télécharger le formulaire de demande dès maintenant.
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Resident Affiliation in the Royal College supports your path to Fellowship
Developing a relationship early on with the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada will enrich your career in specialty medicine with valuable resources and opportunities. Resident Affiliate status will allow you to
• earn and transfer up to 75 Maintenance of Certification (MOC) Program credits into your first MOC cycle as a Fellow
• receive timely information en route to certification
• get listed in the Royal College Directory as a Resident Affiliate
• access resident-focused awards and grants
• receive discounted rates on CanMEDS publications and learning tools, among other benefits.

Residents in Royal College accredited postgraduate specialty programs are welcome to join. To sign up or get more information, visit

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Surgical residents, enhance your training even further
Surgical residents, did you know that the Royal College and the American College of Surgeons (ACS) share a close, collaborative relationship? Surgical residents enrolled in a Royal College-accredited postgraduate specialty program in Canada are also eligible for ACS resident membership and all the benefits it has to offer. These include
• networking and the ability to interact with role models and meet international leaders in the field of surgery
• publication opportunities, such as essay contests leading to publication in ACS communications, and resident research paper competitions
• free admission to the ACS Clinical Congress
• free subscription to the Journal of the American College of Surgeons and discounted access to programs and curricula
• career planning resources, such as job postings.

Visit the American College of Surgeons' website for more information.

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Canada's health spending increase in 2014 smallest in 17 years
CTV News
The cost of health care in Canada will go up this year, but the increase is expected to be the smallest in the past 17 years, a new report suggests. The report on health-care spending in Canada estimates that total health expenditures will rise by only 2.1 per cent, or $61 more per person compared to last year's health costs. Spending on drugs has flattened out. And concerns about the cost of a greying population on the health system aren't currently driving costs up in a significant way, according to the report from the Canadian Institute for Health Information.
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Radical surgery creates knee joint using a foot
The Telegraph
A woman has undergone ground breaking surgery after being told she had bone cancer. Jordon Moody, 22, now has a new knee joint created from her left foot, which has been twisted so her toes are pointing backwards and her heel is at the front. She underwent the rotationplasty after surgeons amputated her left thigh above the knee and then reattached the bottom part of her leg to the limb.
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New hip and knee centre opens in Regina
The Leader-Post
The province and the health region are hoping five examination rooms and one exercise room will go a long way in helping to improve the lives of patients, while helping to reduce surgical wait times. The new Regina Qu’Appelle Health Region (RQHR) Hip and Knee Treatment and Research Centre in theRQHR Surgical Assessment Centre, located at 1621 Albert St. has been called the one-stop shop for knee and hip replacement by some at the official opening.

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Alberta baby boom causing crunch for hospitals
Edmonton Journal
The Stollery Children’s Hospital is at a “tipping point” as it deals with the ripple effects of a Western Canada baby boom that contributed to the postponement of almost five per cent of surgeries in six months this year. That’s a jump from 2013, when about four per cent of surgeries were postponed within 48 hours of the scheduled start time, according to Alberta Health Services data.

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Harper désigne une nouvelle présidente à l'Agence de la santé publique
La Presse
La fonctionnaire d'expérience Krista Outhwaite a été désignée première présidente de l'Agence de la santé publique du Canada par le premier ministre Stephen Harper, vendredi. Il s'agit d'une nouvelle fonction à l'agence et d'une réorganisation de la direction dans un moment charnière pour l'institution, alors que les inquiétudes de santé publique comme l'éclosion du virus Ebola prennent de l'ampleur au pays.

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Poll: Majority of Canadians don't believe the health care system will improve
Canadians are concerned about the future quality of health care in this country, but they aren't willing to fork over more cash to improve it, a new poll suggests. Just over a quarter of Canadians (26.7 per cent) think their children will experience better health care than they have, in comparison to a majority (51.5 per cent) who believe the system is better today than what their parents experienced.
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L'Hôpital d'Ottawa veut être fin prêt pour accueillir d'éventuels cas d'Ebola
L'Hôpital d'Ottawa forme son personnel de première ligne pour accueillir d'éventuelles personnes infectées par le virus d'Ebola. L'établissement de santé est le centre désigné dans la région pour traiter la maladie. L'hôpital a permis aux médias d'assister à cette formation. Des dizaines de travailleurs de la santé ont ainsi été encadrés depuis le début de la semaine.
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McMaster study: New hospital funding model 'a shot in the dark'
CBC News
A new funding model coming to Ontario hospitals is a "wild card" that could create serious unintended consequences, say McMaster University researchers involved in a sweeping new study. The study focuses on a hospital funding approach gaining popularity, and that the Ministry of Health wants to implement here. It would institute new incentives for hospitals to decrease wait times and increase efficiency.
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Don't expect private MRI clinics to shorten wait times
Guelph Mercury
According to the Canadian Institute for Health Information, patients in Alberta can wait from 87 days to up to 247 days compared with a 28- to 88-day wait in Saskatchewan. These wait lists exist despite Alberta having the second highest number of scanners per capita in the country, suggesting that overuse may be a problem — a phenomenon that may actually be exacerbated by excess capacity.
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