spring 2009

E X E C U T I V E   D I R E C T O R ' S   M E S S A G E
Cameron report provides blueprint for correcting system

 

By Rob Ritter

Commissioner Margaret Cameron wrote “The whole of the health system, to varying degrees can be said to have failed the ER/PR patients. There was a failure of accountability and oversight at all levels.” Despite Justice Cameron’s admonitions, this is a good news story. Here’s why.

H E A L T H   P O L I C Y
Where you can find the Cameron Commission report online

by NLMA Staff
The  Commission of Inquiry on Hormone Receptor Testing report is available online on the provincial government website.

F I N A N C I A L
Budget tax break means big IT savings for MDs

By CMA Staff
A CMA taxation proposal  has paid off in a provision in the Jan. 27 federal budget means that physicians can now deduct the entire cost of computer hardware during the year of purchase instead of making reduced deductions over several years.

h E A L T H   P R O M O T I O N
Arthritis Society calls for chronic disease management strategy

By Jonathan Carpenter
During the December 6th Board of Directors meeting, NLMA President Dr. Elizabeth Callahan presented the NLMA Honorary Life Membership to Dr. James Hopkins, who was unable to attend the annual general meeting in June.

P E R S P E C T I V E S
Sinus infections, new dementia tool, Type 1 diabetes

 

By Dr. Susan King
It’s safe to say that although we are into spring, the respiratory tract viruses are certainly not yet ready for a vacation.

M E M B E R S H I P
Bridging the electronic divide: NLMA urges physicians to get connected

By Jonathan Carpenter

As the NLMA prepares for the next round of negotiations, it is urging all members who receive updates by mail to submit their e-mail address as their primary means of receiving NLMA communications. 

C L I N I C A L   P R A C T I C E
New utilization rules for vitamin D testing

By Dr. Edward Randell
 Enforcement of strict utilization rules are necessary to control costs and ensure that 25 hydroxy-vitamin D remains available to patients for whom there is good evidence for a benefit.

C L I N I C A L   P R A C T I C E
My patient has cancer... How can I help?

Submitted Article

Your patient has cancer — surgery is complete, appointments with the oncologist made, treatment is booked. But there are other issues. The Canadian Cancer Society can help you. Our organization supports the very best cancer research in the country and we help those living with cancer, too.

H E A L T H   P R O M O T I O N
Helping immigrants navigate the health care system

Submitted Article

Medical students at Memorial are helping to improve access to medical care for the refugee population of St. John’s through the Gateway project, pairing first and second-year medical student volunteers with a newly-arrived refugee.

F I N A N C I A L
Lessons from history

By Keith Butler
As the spectre of a financial crisis not seen in several decades stalks the markets and the financial media promotes a largely pessimistic view, some investors may begin to lose faith in their equity investments.

H E A L T H   P R O M O T I O N
New central intake number for child/adolescent mental health

Submitted Article

Eastern Health has begun a central intake pilot project to better facilitate referrals to its child and adolescent mental health and addictions services.

M E M B E R S H I P
Medical professional corporation may now own OMA group life insurance

Submitted Article

In 2009, PDCS will offer onsite and online courses, covering the topics of asthma, feeding difficulties in young children, and an inter-professional skin cancer program, as well as a new online support tool for preceptors and a new osteoporosis course.

Online Only  H E A L T H   T E C H N O L O G Y
Newer May Not Be Better in Colorectal Cancer Screening

Submitted Article

In Canada, there are several screening strategies recommended for the detection of colorectal cancer. The use of computed tomographic colonography (CTC) is one potential alternative strategy.

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Teaching physicians to lead the PMI way

By Steve Wharry

When CMA launched its Physician Manager Institute program almost three decades ago, the goal was simple: to give physicians the knowledge and skills to effectively manage issues traditionally dealt with by health care managers and administrators.

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Conference addresses pandemic planning

Submitted Article

The Canadian Red Cross is holding its 3rd Atlantic Conference on Disaster Management in St. John’s on April 29-30th. The theme of this year’s conference is “No Need to Bug Out: Effective Planning for Pandemics and Other Emergencies.”

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Long-term care financial assessment service

By Gerry Stowe, CMA

The need for detailed financial information awareness in the community concerning the financial assessment process for individuals accessing the province’s long-term care programs is extremely important.

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Eastern Health begins needs assessment in Northeast Avalon

Submitted Article

People who live in the Northeast Avalon area of the province will soon have the opportunity to make their views known about their community’s health needs.

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Research paper identifies psoriasis genes

Submitted Article

The first genome wide association scan on psoriasis was published Jan. 25, 2009, in Nature Genetics online. Dr. Proton Rahman, Faculty of Medicine, is one of the authors of the study which genotyped over 438,000 markers scattered across the entire genome.

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Obesity genes identified

Submitted Article

A professor of genetics in the Faculty of Medicine at Memorial University has discovered 45 genes involved in gaining weight. Dr. Guang Sun’s research was published in the Jan. 5 electronic version of the American Journal of Clinical Nutrition.

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Attracting Aboriginal students to medicine

Submitted Article

The Canadian Red Cross is holding its 3rd Atlantic Conference on Disaster Management in St. John’s on April 29-30th. The theme of this year’s conference is “No Need to Bug Out: Effective Planning for Pandemics and Other Emergencies.”

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Order of Canada for Dr. John Lewis

Submitted Article

John F. Lewis, C.M., M.D. C.M., was appointed a Member of the Order of Canada on October 23, 2008 for his contributions to health care and health education at the local and provincial levels and for his role in estab-lishing many essential community-based medical services at home and abroad.

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St. John’s physician named Specialist of the Year

By NLMA Staff

The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada has awarded Dr. S. Bharati Reddy the 2008 Specialist of the Year Award for Atlantic Canada.

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Planning for the future

Submitted Article

An intensive year-long planning effort will begin in April 2009 when Eastern Health starts work on a master program and master plan for its acute care facilities in St. John’s.

Online Only  E D U C A T I O N
Practice-based preceptor portal

Submitted Article

 The role of the preceptor in our medical community is of vital importance to the future of the profession. The Faculty of Medicine at Memorial University has developed an online learning portal designed specifically for busy preceptors.

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