summer 2012

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Physicians endorse new NLMA governance model


By NLMA Staff

A new governance model for the NLMA received endorsement in principle during the annual general meeting on June 2. Members passed governance resolutions.

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Physicians endorse 2012 AGM Resolutions

By NLMA Staff
The following resolutions were passed by the delegates at the NLMA’s annual meeting on June 2, 2012 and were subsequently ratified by the NLMA Board of Directors on June 3.

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Enhance your leadership skills with CMA’s PMI program in Halifax this fall

By CMA Staff
Do you have the necessary skills to lead, influence and engage others? Do you understand complexity as it relates to health care leadership, collaboration and systemic change?

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Dr. Tony Gabriel installed as new NLMA President


By NLMA Staff
Dr. Tony Gabriel was installed as the 87th president of the NLMA at the President’s Dinner during its annual general meeting at The Rooms on June 2.

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Improved relationship with government must be nurtured, says NLMA Past-President

By NLMA Staff

On June 2, 2012, Dr. Sandra Luscombe officially passed the chain of office to new NLMA President Dr. Tony Gabriel. She reflected on her term as NLMA President and thanked members and staff for their support throughout the year.

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Dr. Ronald Whelan honored with NLMA life membership award

By NLMA Staff
Retired St. John’s radiologist Dr. Ronald Whelan received the 2012 NLMA Honorary Life Membership Award, which is presented each year to physicians who have distinguished themselves by achievements in medicine and in service to the Association.

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CME session focuses on physician health and resiliency

By NLMA Staff
Drs. Susan King, Tracey Bridger and registered dietician Holly Grant led the CME session, which focused on physician health, stress and burnout, nutrition for the busy doctor and an overview of resources for physician wellness.

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Remembering Dr. Martin William (Ben) Hogan

By NLMA Staff

The Newfoundland and Labrador Medical Association is deeply saddened by the passing of former NLMA president Dr. Martin William (Ben) Hogan on April 19, 2012.

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In Memoriam

By NLMA Staff
It is with great sadness that we inform our readers of the passing of Dr. Sujit Roy and Dr. Jack Hand. The NLMA would like to express condolences to the family and friends of these outstanding physicians.

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Campaign to raise awareness of type 1 diabetes in children

Submitted Article
Newfoundland and Labrador has one of the highest rates of type 1 diabetes (T1DM) in the world. Diabetic ketoacidosis (DKA) is the leading cause of death in children with T1DM.  Preventing and managing DKA is an issue of concern for health care providers.

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Pediatric Family Resource Centre gives families free access to child health information

Submitted Article

Having an opportunity to learn about a child’s illness or injury can decrease stress and give parents and family members a sense of control and independence, enabling them to participate in decision making and provision of care.

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Useful apps to track fitness, fracture risk, sleep and more

By Dr. Susan King

Dr. King discovers websites and apps that helps with weight maintenance, fitness tracking, fracture risk calculation, sleep disorders, colour vision assessment and cardiovascular risk.

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Improving population health

Submitted Article

The Newfoundland and Labrador Centre for Health Information (the Centre) is pleased to announce its upcoming conference, Improving Population Health: The Value of eHealth, taking place September 27-28 at the Sheraton Hotel in St. John’s.


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Craig L. Dobbin Centre named in recognition of major gift

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Philanthropist Elaine Dobbin has made a major gift to Memorial University’s Faculty of Medicine in support of medical education and genetics research in the name of her late husband, Dr. Craig L. Dobbin.


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CMA project providing tools to help improve referral process

By CMA Staff
The CMA, with help from the CFPC and the RCPSC, hopes to do just that by providing physicians and other health system partners with the tools needed to fix the referral process.

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Smokers’ Helpline reaches 10,000th referral milestone

Submitted Article
The Newfoundland and Labrador Lung Association's Smokers’ Helpline has reached a milestone after receiving 10,000 referrals through its CARE Fax Referral Program.


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Scholarship winners announced

By NLMA Staff
Recipients of the Physicians Legacy Foundation of Newfoundland and Labrador’s scholarship and awards for 2012 were announced during the NLMA AGM in June.


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Newfoundland physicians receive CMA Honorary Life Awards

By NLMA Staff
Retired family physician Dr. Russell O. Harpur of Conception Bay South and retired anesthesiologist Dr. Ernest C. Dureke of Corner Brook were the 2012 recipients of CMA Honorary Life Membership Awards.


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Doctors in the News

By NLMA Staff
NLMA accepts St. John's tourism award; MaterCare International opens maternity hospital in Kenya; and, Dr. William O’Flaherty publishes Tomcats and House Calls: Memoir of a Country Doctor.


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Widening spectrum of gluten-related disorders

By Dr. Mohsin Rashid
The number of individuals consuming a gluten-free diet is increasing and, in 2010, the global sales of gluten-free products approached $2.5 billion (US).


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From Peer to Peer

By Dr. Jean-Marie Auffrey
A fundamental principle of our program (is) that the assessor should be engaged in a practice somewhat similar to that of the physician being assessed, and he or she has been carefully chosen for the role.


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Province releases results of observational study on liberation treatment for MS

By NLMA Staff
Health Minister Susan Sullivan recently announced that a government commissioned observational study on liberation treatment, revealed no measurable objective medical changes in MS patients who had the procedure.


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Personal Services legislation bans indoor tanning for those under 19

By NLMA Staff
The provincial government recently introduced new legislation that will regulate the personal services industry including tattooing, body piercing establishments and indoor tanning facilities in the province.


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Province’s long-term care strategy receives NLMA endorsement

By NLMA Staff
In June, the provincial government released a ten-year strategy that will guide and enhance the delivery of long-term care in the province, Close to Home: A Strategy for Long-Term Care and Community Support Services.


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Health Council of Canada says health accords have not led to major change

By NLMA Staff
In June, the Health Council of Canada released its latest report card, Progress Report 2012: Health Care Renewal in Canada.


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