Fall 2008

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
Critical issues can’t wait for negotiations table


By Rob Ritter

Working conditions for physicians, as for all front line professionals, have always been quite tough. For far too long doctors here have been shouldering a disproportionate burden, that rightfully belongs to government, to keep the system afloat.

C M A   N E W S
CMA launches “Doctor’s Doctor” podcast

By NLMA Staff
The CMA and the CMA’s Centre for Physician Health and Well-being have launched an innovative new podcast series, Healthy Practices, that explores the challenges and ways of overcoming the stressors in physicians' personal and professional lives.

H E A L T H   P R O M O T I O N
Living with stroke

Submitted Article
 Living with Stroke is an education program for people who have had a stroke. The program provides tools and support to improve quality of life, reduce the risk of another stroke and help with adjustment to life after a stroke.

Websites offer good information for physicians, patients

By Dr. Susan King
Each time I write this column there seems to be more and more Internet content. The way of the future I suppose….well, the present really. I guess it’s an “If ya can’t beat ’em, join ’em” kind a thing.

The temptation of market timing


By Tammy Power
The desire to stay the course and focus on the long term has challenged investors over the past few months. Some investors have ignored their financial goals and moved funds in a practice known as “market-timing.”

C L I N I C A L   P R A C T I C E
Optimal prescribing and use of proton pump inhibitors

Submitted Article

Through its Canadian Optimal Medication Prescribing and Utilization (COMPUS) program, the Canadian Agency for Drugs and Technologies in Health has produced publicly available optimal therapy reports on PPIs and supporting tools.

D O C T O R S   I N   T H E   N E W S
Physicians honored,  'Pacemakers' run the Tely 10

By NLMA Staff
 Dr. Donald Cook receives CAPs President's Award, Dr. William Fitzgerald invested with Order of Canada and The 'Pacemakers' (physicians and NLMA staff) run the Tely 10.

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Referrals: What you need to know

Files from Dr. Lydia Hatcher and Dr. Leslie Rourke

The West Coast CME at the NLMA AGM featured a multidisciplinary physician panel discussing how referring physicians and consultants can facilitate ongoing management of the patient’s condition, and optimally order diagnostic imaging.

H E A L T H   T E C H N O L O G Y
Genetics research centre gets $11 million

By Jonathan Carpenter

The Canada Foundation for Innovation (CFI) has announced it will provide $11.2 million to fund the construction of the Newfoundland and Labrador Interdisciplinary Research Centre in Human Genetics.

I N F O R M A T I O N   T E C H N O L O G Y
NL Peer-to-Peer Network initiative launched

Submitted Article
The Clinician e-Health Support Network, a national peer-to-peer initiative, facilitates the sharing of e-health experiences among clinicians and peers, integrating information technology into regular work processes to improve access, quality, and productivity.

Online Only  C L I N I C A L   P R A C T I C E
Would you like to add 1 or 2 to that diabetes? Yes, please, Doctor!

Submitted Article

Physicians are reminded of the importance of documenting the type of diabetes on patient charts by indicating the specificity of 1, 2, gestational or other to significantly increase accurate coding of the exact diagnosis and/or co-morbidities.

Online Only  H E A L T H   P R O M O T  I O N
See your risks more clearly and change the face of cervical cancer

Submitted Article

Pap Test Awareness Week - October 19 to 25 features a campaign with a variety of new resources and strategies to raise awareness on the benefits of Pap testing, while encouraging more women to attend screening.

Online Only  H E A L T H   A D M I N I S T R A T I O N
Short-term solution

Submitted Article

Granting provisional licenses to new primary care physicians does not lead to long-term retention of international medical graduates  in Newfoundland & Labrador, according to a new study led by Dr. Maria Mathews, associate professor of health policy/health care delivery, MUN Faculty of Medicine.

Online Only  H E A L T H   P R O M O T I O N
Central Health goes smoke free

By NLMA Staff

In September, Central Health announced that as of January 21, 2009, all its properties will be smoke free. All smoking will be prohibited anywhere within the property line at all facilities and buildings, including parking lots and vehicles on the premises.

Online Only  H E A L T H   P R O M O T I O N
Report shows more work needed to help smokers quit

Submitted Article

In May the Canadian Lung Association released a report entitled Making Quit Happen: Canada’s Challenges to Smoking Cessation, indicating that while effective smoking cessation approaches have been identified, not all are available to all smokers.

Online Only  C M A   N E W S
CMA governance changes endorsed overwhelmingly

Submitted Article

Delegates to the Canadian Medical Association's annual general council in August strongly endorsed a package of governance reforms that will fundamentally change the structure of the organization.

Online Only  D O C T O R S   I N   T H E   N E W S
Rusted receives key to the city

By Jonathan Carpenter

Dr. Nigel Rusted was presented with the Key to the City of St. John’s and what’s known as the Freedom of the City of St. John’s at a ceremony at city hall on September 30, 2008.

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