Winter 2005

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
Planning, incentives needed to maintain stable physician supply

By Robert Ritter

Both government and the medical profession have vital leadership responsibilities in ensuring that the public has a sustainable and stable medical care system.

P e r s p e c t i v e s
Seasonal tips for you and your patients

By Dr. Susan King

Hello there, I trust you will have a chance over Christmas to rejuvenate and spend some extra time with loved ones.

H e a l t h   P r o m o t i o n
Active schools initiative targets childhood obesity

By Dr. Carmel Casey

A central Newfoundland program that promotes physical activity and good eating habits in the school setting is expanding.

E d u c a t i o n
Exciting changes for Office of Professional Development and TETRA

Submitted Article

The Faculty of Medicine at Memorial University has amalgamated its Office of Professional Development and TETRA to provide a more streamlined package of services.

E v e n t s
Calendar to raise funds for cancer research

Submitted Article

Life. Plain. Simple. — a calendar to raise funds for breast and ovarian research, is now on sale for $20 (including taxes).

H e a l t h   T e c h n o l o g y
Community building: Optimal drug prescribing and use

By Sheila Tucker

The Medication Prescribing and Use Project Collection is a virtual bulletin board where health care professionals may exchange information about projects or programs intended to improve drug prescribing and use.

F i n a n c i a l
Registered Retirement Savings Plans

By Tammy Osborne

A Registered Retirement Savings Plan is a tax-deferred savings plan that is "registered" with the federal government.

H e a l t h   P r o m o t i o n
Diabetes in Newfoundland and Labrador: Together we can make a difference

By Dr. S. Ann Colbourne

As we look forward in health service delivery, we face many challenges not the least of which is creating efficient health systems in support of those with chronic diseases.

H e a l t h   P r o m o t i o n
Referral program simple, effective tool to help smokers

Submitted Article

The CARE program is a quick and easy way for health professionals to be sure that the important health concern of smoking is addressed and action is taken.

M e m b e r s h i p
Conjoint membership effective January: Penalty in place for late payment of dues

By Judy Hunt

Effective with the 2006 calendar year, NLMA dues will include both a NLMA and a CMA component.

H e a l t h   P r o m o t i o n
Preparing for pandemic influenza in Newfoundland and Labrador


Submitted Article

We do not know the time or the place the next pandemic influenza will present itself, but we can be prepared to minimize the negative consequences for the people of this province.

E d u c a t i o n
Teamwork key to new health education curriculum


Submitted Article

Students and professionals in medicine, pharmacy, social work and nursing will be learning and working more closely together in future.

H e a l t h   P r o m o t i o n
Health coalition advocates for healthy school strategy

By Glendora Boland

The incidence of childhood obesity has rung an alarm bell among many professional groups whose mandate includes health promotion and disease prevention.

D o c t o r s   i n   t h e   N e w s
Labrador physician province’s family doctor of the year

Submitted Article

The College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC) recently honored its 10 national recipients of Canada’s Family Physicians of the Year Awards for 2005.

D o c t o r s   i n   t h e   N e w s
Medical student the Rhodes Scholar

Submitted Article

Paul Boland, a 23-year-old medical student at Memorial University, is the latest Rhodes Scholar from this province.

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