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New COA committee structure
The COA's new complete committee structure has been designed to bring focus to the five primary areas of the COA Mission: Education, Membership, Professional Practice, Advocacy and Knowledge Translation. Some of the committees under these pillars are new and will not be filled until the New Year. Mandates for each pillar are described in the committee listing that can be found at > About the COA > People and Committees. Here is a direct link.
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Nouvelle structure des comités de l'ACO
La nouvelle structure des comités de l'ACO a été conçue pour mettre l'accent sur les cinq secteurs fondamentaux établis dans la mission de l'organisme, soit la formation, l'adhésion, l'exercice orthopédique, la défense des droits et intérêts, et le transfert des connaissances. Certains des comités composant ces volets sont nouveaux et leurs membres ne seront désignés qu'en 2014. Le mandat associé à chaque volet est décrit dans la liste des comités fournie à Pour y accéder, cliquez sur « Qui nous sommes », puis sur « Personnel et comités ». Cliquez ici pour y accéder directement.
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 Membership Corner / Le coin des membres

Did you know that a 50% reduction off of annual membership dues is offered to surgeons who are in their first two years of active practice? A deferred membership status is also offered at no charge to our recent graduates who have completed fellowship training but are not yet working full time.

Saviez-vous que les orthopédistes en exercice depuis seulement 2 ans peuvent profiter d'une réduction de 50 % sur leur cotisation annuelle? Le statut de membre qualifié est également proposé gratuitement aux diplômés qui ont terminé leur formation supérieure, mais qui ne travaillent pas encore à temps plein.

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 Conferences of Interest / Congrès d’intérêt

Hand and Upper Extremity Update
We are pleased to announce the revival of the Hand and Upper Extremity Update, scheduled to take place Feb. 8, 2014 in Toronto. Chaired by Dr. Steven McCabe, this exciting program has been brought back due to popular demand and will focus on educating orthopaedic surgeons, plastic surgeons, occupational and physical therapists, as well as nurses. For more information visit:
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11th Biennial Canadian Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Symposium
Registration is open for the 11th Biennial Canadian Orthopaedic Foot and Ankle Symposium being held April 11-12, 2014 at the Eaton Chelsea in Toronto. Hot topics include: diabetic foot care; major hindfoot and forefoot reconstructions; foot and ankle sports injuries and pes cavus/planus reconstruction. To register, view the program and list of course faculty, visit
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 In the News / Dans les nouvelles

NPD: Service de santé Alberta réduirait le nombre d'infirmières
Des documents internes de Service de santé Alberta montreraient que la province planifie de supprimer environ 200 postes d'infirmière dans les hôpitaux, selon le Nouveau Parti démocratique albertain. « Les chiffres ne mentent pas. Nous avons les chiffres », affirme le porte-parole de l'opposition officielle en matière de santé, David Eggen.
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Edmonton doctor trying to take alternative medicine mainstream
CBC News
An Edmonton doctor who recently won a major medical prize says the only way to bridge the divide between traditional medicine and alternative methods is to listen to the needs of patients. "If everything starts with a patient as the centre of your primary interest, then their interests, their values, their questions are the things that need to matter to you most as their health care provider," says Dr. Sunita Vohra.
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Health Canada's inability to recall unsafe drugs widely criticized
Toronto Star
Health Canada says it is "committed to ensuring the quick recall of unsafe drugs" but cannot reveal how or when this will happen. A recent Toronto Star front page story highlighted a long-standing but little-known flaw in the Food and Drugs Act. While the federal drug regulator approves all prescription medications sold across Canada, the department confirmed it is powerless to recall these drugs when data suggest they do more harm than good.
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Wait times at Health Sciences North are down
Northern Life
In the summer months Health Sciences North managed to reduce its emergency department wait times below the provincial average. So far in 2013, emergency department wait times for patients who were later admitted to hospital have hovered between 17 hours and 28 hours at their peak — in January when flu season was also at its peak.
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Des conditions de travail qui menacent infirmières et patients au CHUM
Des infirmières désespérées de l'unité d'uro-oncologie de l'Hôpital Saint-Luc ont affronté l'administration du Centre hospitalier de l'Université de Montréal (CHUM) au sujet de leurs conditions de travail qui menacent, selon elles, à la fois leur santé et celle de leurs patients. Dans une lettre lue devant le C. A. et le président du CHUM, Christian Paire, et dont Radio-Canada a obtenu copie, ce groupe d'infirmières souligne que les conditions de travail pénibles « affectent négativement la santé physique et psychologique du personnel ».

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Ottawa gets low marks from doctors' group on commitment to health care
Toronto Star
A national doctor's association has given the Conservative government low marks on health care and is calling on Ottawa to show leadership in setting national standards as it confronts an aging population. The report from the College of Family Physicians of Canada rates the government's efforts on several fronts and finds them lacking. Among the areas of biggest concern are the absence of a national home-care program, primary care supports and an immunization strategy.

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Wait times keep on extending for Canada's universal health care
PanAm Post
Wait times in Canada's health care system increased between 2012 and 2013, according to a new report from the Fraser Institute — and they are sky high in comparison to 1990s levels. The classical liberal policy institute, based in Vancouver, B.C., asserts that the increase is greatest for elective treatments. However, general levels for all practices are historically high, and physicians consider these times longer than what is clinically reasonable.

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COA Dispatch / Dépêche de l'ACO
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