Winter 2007

P R A C T I C E   M A N A G E M E N T

NLMA develops kits to support patient-centred practice


By Jonathan Carpenter

In October, the NLMA mailed physician resource kits to all primary care physicians in the province to help improve patient-doctor communication.

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
Membership survey shows more doctors ready for EMR technology

By Rob Ritter
Membership interest in the transfer of paper medical records to electronic medical records (EMR) is steadily growing among doctors in Newfoundland and Labrador, according to our 2007 membership survey.

Winter brings thoughts on Vitamin D, the flu

By Dr. Susan King
Well it’s soon gonna be that snuggie time of the year again – the annual winter hibernation. When I come home, daily tasks all done and freezing cold, there’s nothin’ better than jammies, hot tea and my favorite un-winder.

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Exploring the U.S. opportunity

By Joan MacCarthy
U.S. equity markets have recently faced a number of well publicized headwinds, but it’s important to keep these short-term economic trends in perspective.

H E A L T H   T E C H N O L O G Y
Evaluating benefits of Pharmacy Network and its impact on seniors

Submitted Article
The NLCHI is evaluating the benefits arising from the implementation of the different components of the Electronic Health Record (EHR). One study in particular focuses on the potential impact of the Pharmacy Network on medication use among the senior population.

Faculty of Medicine celebrates 40th anniversary


Submitted Article
The lieutenant governor was one of many speakers during the day of commemoration that offered first-hand accounts of the early days of the medical school and tributes to the founding dean, the late Dr. Ian Rusted. 

Hikers pay tribute to Dr. John Ross

By Jonathan Carpenter

The rolling hills and roaring shores of the East Coast Trail presented a breathtaking backdrop for hikers who gathered in St. John’s in October to reflect upon the life and work of Dr. John Ross.

R E S I D E N T ' S   C O R N E R
Life-long learning

By Dr. Margo Wilson
July 1st, 2007 was something more than Canada Day for me and the group of newly minted residents [who] took to the halls of the hospitals and clinics, armed with pagers and multiple pocketbooks, hoping that we didn’t actually have a license to kill despite our graduation year.

H E A L T H   T E C H N O L O G Y
Introducing a new way to recognize reduced kidney function: the eGFR

By Dr. Brendan Barrett

Labs in many provinces now routinely do the calculations automatically and report an estimate of GFR along with the serum creatinine result.

D O C T O R S   I N   T H E   N E W S
Dr. James Rourke honored by CFPC

Submitted Article

Dr. James Rourke, Dean of Medicine at Memorial University, has received one of the highest honors given by the College of Family Physicians of Canada.

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New recommendations for helping smokers quit

By Mary Lynn Pender

A recent article in the Canadian Medical Association Journal (November 2007) highlights recent updates regarding best practices for helping individuals live healthier tobacco-free.

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Nicotine vaccines for smoking cessation

Submitted Article

A recent emerging health technology bulletin summarizes information about vaccines that are under development for smoking cessation.

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PDCS launches new courses

by Terri Yeske

New courses at PDCS address: FASD, cardiovascular health and diabetes interventions.

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Safely Home program assists Alzheimer patients and their families

Submitted Article

Safely HomeTM is a nationwide program designed to help locate an individual with Alzheimer disease who has wandered and assist in the safe return home.

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Family physicians surveyed on nutrition advising attitudes

By Tracy English
A January 2005 self-administered survey focused on family physicians’ nutrition advising attitudes and behaviours in their practice setting and their knowledge of the Canada Food Guide to Healthy Eating.

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NLMA scholarship winners

Submitted Article

Medical students received NLMA scholarships at an awards luncheon.


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