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Dr. Elizabeth Callahan discusses challenges of family medicine


By Jonathan Carpenter

Incoming president, Dr. Elizabeth Callahan, says the panel discussion at this year's AGM,  Medicine at a Crossroads: The Future for Physicians in Newfoundland and Labrador  couldn’t come at a better time.

R E S I D E N T ' S   C O R N E R
Resident wellness: Another demand?

By Dr. Sohaib Al-Asaaed
It’s two in the morning. I’m a third-year medicine clerk. I’m exhausted. The interns and senior residents on call appear just as fatigued, their real lives on hold. I think (or hope) that it will not happen to me.

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
Government must acknowledge, respond to pressing needs in medical system

By Rob Ritter
 When it comes to providing medical care for the people of Newfoundland and Labrador, it seems that “crisis management” continues to be our government’s approach of choice.

PPIs, contraceptive advice and a useful website or two

By Dr. Susan King
Another winter under our belts, the grass is green, a promise of more. Evidence of the season is in the air – the whiff of the barbies once again.

Estate planning and your professional corporation


By Robert Kavanagh
Owning a professional corporation adds complexity to estate planning. A well-designed strategy can help reduce the tax paid at death, and minimize the administrative burden on heirs.

I N   M E M O R I A M
Former NLMA president passes away

By Jonathan Carpenter

The Newfoundland and Labrador Medical Association is deeply saddened by the passing of Dr. Peter Job Roberts, who passed away  on April 29, 2008.

I N   M E M O R I A M
Dedicated surgeon remembered

By Jonathan Carpenter
The Newfoundland and Labrador Medical Association is deeply saddened by the passing of Dr. Abdalla Hanna. He passed peacefully away with his family at his side at the Health Sciences Centre on May 23, 2008.

H E A L T H   P R O M O T I O N
Arthritis Society honors rheumatology pioneer

Submitted Article

Rheumatology pioneer Dr. John Martin was honored earlier this spring at a gala celebrating the 35th anniversary of the Newfoundland and Labrador division of the Arthritis Society.

NLMA-MUNMED archival collaboration

By Jonathan Carpenter

Prompted by the development of history of medicine courses at Memorial, the NLMA has undertake proper archival arrangements and descriptions of its own records to make them available to medical students, the medical community and other interested researchers.

C L I N I C A L   P R A C T I C E
Laboratory vitamin D woes

By Drs. Christopher Kovacs & Edward Randell
The published association between vitamin D status, defined by serum 25-hydroxy vitamin D levels, and beneficial health outcomes has led to a renewed interest in vitamin D testing. This, however, has placed a major stress on the laboratory resources.

C L I N I C A L   P R A C T I C E
What does fasting mean?

By Drs. Edward Randell & Christopher Kovacs

What does fasting mean? The question may seem a little naïve but it is a very good one when it comes to some very basic laboratory tests. There are many misconceptions and some misinformation about fasting that needs clarification.

H E A L T H   P R O M O T  I O N
New campaign targets problem gambling

Submitted Article

A new campaign by the provincial government targets individuals with gambling addictions and encourage them to reach out for help.

I N F O R M A T I O N   T E C H N O L O G Y
Survey reveals physicians recognize value of Pharmacy Network

Submitted Article

In a recent survey administered by the Centre for Health Information, in partnership with the NLMA, physicians were asked a series of questions regarding their attitudes towards technological change, and awareness of the Pharmacy Network, the provincial drug information system.

I N F O R M A T I O N   T E C H N O L O G Y
Physician input sought on policy development for Pharmacy Network

Submitted Article

The Centre for Health Information is seeking input from physicians on the development of policies and procedures for the Pharmacy Network, the provincial drug information system and component of the NL Electronic Health Record.

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Rural Education Award for medical school

Submitted Article

Memorial’s Faculty of Medicine is this year’s winner of the Rural Education Award given annually by the Society of Rural Physicians of Canada to recognize a medical school that  has excelled in producing graduates headed for a career in rural medicine.

Online Only  D O C T O R S   I N   T H E   N E W S
New leadership in oncology

Submitted Article

Dr. David Saltman, a native Newfoundlander and graduate of Memorial’s medical school, has been appointed the inaugural chair of the Discipline of Oncology in the Faculty of Medicine.

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Western Health butts out

Submitted Article

Western Health has introduced a new Smoke Free Properties Policy. Effective July 1, 2008, patients, clients, visitors and staff will no longer be permitted to smoke on any of its exterior grounds and parking lots.

Online Only  H E A L T H    P R O M O T I O N
Addressing tobacco epidemic requires policy change

Submitted Article

The Smokers’ Helpline is now working with the regional health authorities in the province to formalize the referral process and integrate the CARE model into all health care settings.

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Protection of personal health information: A balancing "act"

By Ed Brown

The Protection of Personal Health Information Act has been described by government as "...[clarifying] the appropriate balance between protecting individual privacy and using personal health information for legitimate reasons.'

Online Only  H E A L T H   P R O M O T I O N
Million dollar mark for Kids Eat Smart

Submitted Article
The 2008 provincial budget has allocated $1.2 million funding through the Department of Health and Community Services for the Kids Eat Smart Foundation Newfoundland and Labrador, up from the $750,000 allocated to the Foundation last year.

Online Only  H E A L T H   T E C H N O L O G Y
Reprocessing of single-use medical devices in Canada

Submitted Article

The reprocessing and re-use of medical devices labelled and marketed as being for single use only, as an alternative to disposal, is practised in some Canadian hospitals.


Online Only  H E A L T H   P R O M O T I O N
Call for essays combats stigma of mental illness

By Heather Pollett
During Mental Health Week 2008 the Newfoundland and Labrador Division of the Canadian Mental Health Association, in partnership with Breakwater Books Ltd., issued a call for essays on the experience of mental illness, stigma and recovery in Newfoundland and Labrador.

Online Only   E d u c a t i o n
Rising Star Award for grad student

Submitted Article

 Sylvia Reitmanova is one of five Canadian graduate students to receive an inaugural Rising Star Award from the Institute of Health Services and Policy Research, Canadian Institutes of Health Research.


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