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WCA 2016 - only 1 month to go!
August is almost here and we are very excited that the World Congress of Anaesthesiologists is just around the corner. 

What can you expect? As the Olympics of Anaesthesiology kicks off in beautiful Hong Kong there will be an incredible 20 track scientific programme with fascinating lectures and workshops in all anaesthesia sub-specialities. Additionally, we will hear from Dr Atul Gawande and Tore Laerdal at the Harold Griffith Lecture on what the future holds for anaesthesia and global health.

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Dubai Scholar wins Gold Medal 
Dr Rinna Eng awarded the gold medal for achieving the highest grades on course
Dr Rinna Eng, Postgraduate Diploma scholar, was awarded the 2015/2016 Gold Medal for his exceptionally high grades. The diploma  programme is offered by the University of Montpellier in Dubai.

Dr Eng, anaesthesiologist in Cambodia, began the Diploma in Regional Anaesthesia and Analgesia, which is funded by the WFSA,  in December 2015 and has found the course and the award extremely useful to his practice. 

“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,” Dr Eng explained.

“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.”
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WFSA receives UK charity status and launches global fundraising campaign
The launch of WFSA (UK), the UK charity arm of the Federation, will support the expansion of the WFSA’s education programmes, which are currently funded primarily through membership fees. WFSA (UK) will seek to train more anaesthesiologists than was previously possible. One such initiative to expand the WFSA Global Fellowship Programme is the “Fund a Fellow” campaign which seeks to raise money to train 500 Fellows and reach 1 million patients by 2020. 

If you would like to donate to the campaign please click here.
Fellowships currenly open for application
Apply to our Global Fellowship Programme today!
2017 Paediatric Anaesthesia Fellowship in Nigeria - The deadline for applications is 10th August 2016. More information and apply here. 

2017 Thoracic Anaesthesia Fellowship in New Delhi, India - The deadline for applications is 8th August 2016. More information and apply here.

2017 Bangkok Regional Training Centre Fellowship in Thailand - The deadline is 5th September 2016. More information and apply here.

2017 Santiago Paediatric Anaesthesia Fellowship in Chile - The deadline for applications is 1st September 2016. More information and apply here.
Interesting anaesthesia articles
Published May - July 2016
A global country-level comparison of the financial burden of surgery  
(British Journal of Surgery)

Low-Cost Simulation to Teach Anesthetists’ Non-Technical Skills in Rwanda

Anesthesia Practice and Perioperative Outcomes at Two Tertiary Care Hospitals in Freetown, Sierra Leone

Chronic Pain Without Clear Etiology in Low- and Middle-Income Countries: A Narrative Review
(Anesthesia & Analgesia)

Not all surgeons follow checklists that prevent bad mistakes 
(New Scientist)
SAFE Malawi courses scheduled for August
Paediatric and obstetric courses will be rolled out
The first SAFE (Safer Anaesthesia From Education) Paediatric course will run in Blantyre, Malawi from 28th – 31st September. The course brings regional and UK faculty together to deliver 3 days of training to local physicians and anaesthetic officers on how to give the safest anaesthetic care.

There is also a ‘train the trainer’ component that makes SAFE sustainable, allowing participants to return to their hospitals and teach others the techniques they learned.

SAFE Malawi is funded by the Tropical Health Education Trust (THET) and more courses in paediatrics and obstetrics are scheduled to take place in Malawi in September and November.
Music and drama at WCA
HUSH Foundation to perform plays at the event
The organisers of the World Congress of Anaesthesiologists (WCA) 2016 are delighted to announce that the HUSH Foundation, a charitable organisation that brings together some of Australia's foremost professional musicians and actors to help improve the environment for staff, patients and families in hospitals across Australia, will be performing at the World Congress in September.

Two plays will be peformed at the WCA; "Hear Me" which explores medical error, bad behaviour amongst staff and patient safety, and “Do you know me?” which explores issues in age care.

The performances will be on Tuesday 30th August and Thursday 1st September.
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