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
Communication, unity key to successful negotiations


By Rob Ritter

The NLMA will soon enter into a formal process of negotiation for a fair and equitable Memorandum of Agreement that ensures a sustainable physician workforce and improves access to care for all people of the province.

C l i n i c a l   p r a c t i c e
Eastern Health introduces mislabelled specimens policy

Submitted Article
Eastern Health’s Laboratory Medicine program has a responsibility to provide accurate testing of correctly identified patient specimens.

C L I N I C A L   P R A C T I C E
Stroke care recommendations: 2008 update

By Leigh Thorne
Stroke continues to be a leading cause of death and disability. The Canadian Best Practice Recommendations for Stroke Care aim to provide clear direction for clinical care and systems change.

M e m b e r s h i p
Physician named Honorary Life Member

By NLMA Staff
During the December 6th Board of Directors meeting, NLMA President Dr. Elizabeth Callahan presented the NLMA Honorary Life Membership to Dr. James Hopkins, who was unable to attend the annual general meeting in June.

Educational opportunities in unlikely places


By Dr. Susan King
Never a dull moment in this business, hey? There’s always something new and different to bone up on; keeping current is a challenge. More and more continuing education is being referred to us as KT – Knowledge Transfer or Translation.

C M A   N E W S
CMA creates MD “bill of rights” on forms

By CMA Staff

The Canadian Medical Association (CMA) hopes its new policy on third-party forms will become a bill of rights for physicians trying to cope with the blizzard of paper arriving daily from governments, insurers, schools and employers.

C L I N I C A L   P R A C T I C E
CADTH assessment of schizophrenia medications

Submitted Article
 Community-based individuals diagnosed with schizophrenia experience significantly more mortality and serious morbidity; they can manage their disease ... [but] most people with the disease need to take medications indefinitely.

h E A L T H   A D M I N I S T R A T I O N
EHR Lab Standards group face massive undertaking

Submitted Article

The Electronic Health Record Lab Standards Provincial Advisory Group provides direction and support in the implementation of national and provincial standards within the provincial interoperable Electronic Health Record (iEHR)/Lab project.

Tax free savings accounts: Information for incorporated physicians

By Kelly Budden

The new Tax Free Savings Account, introduced in the 2008 Federal Budget, comes into effect on January 1, 2009. All Canadian residents who have reached the age of majority and have a Social Insurance Number can open a TFSA, but a corporation cannot.

D O C T O R S   I N   T H E   N E W S
Physicians and medical students recognized

By NLMA Staff
Dr. Judy Ophel a CFPC family physician of the year; Ms. Susanne Price receives CFPC scholarship; CMA past-president Dana Hanson elected to WMA’s top post; NLMA scholarships awarded.

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What does Justice Cameron need to say?

By Roger Chafe

Justice Cameron is scheduled to present her report to government by March 1, 2009. There are a number of audiences that will be looking for different things from her report.

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PDSC Winter Program for Continuing Medical Education

Submitted Article

In 2009, PDCS will offer onsite and online courses, covering the topics of asthma, feeding difficulties in young children, and an inter-professional skin cancer program, as well as a new online support tool for preceptors and a new osteoporosis course.

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Medical students learn about CMA online tools

Submitted Article

On November 27, approximately 45 first-year medical students gathered at Memorial University as Lisa Morrison, CMA membership marketing, presented an overview of the Clinical Resources on the CMA website,

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Supporting decision-making for diabetes

Submitted Article

To mark Diabetes Awareness Month, the Canadian Agency for Drugs and Technologies in Health (CADTH) has launched a special section of their web site to provide a virtual library of products on the topic of diabetes.

Online Only  H E A L T H   T E C H N O L O G Y
Physician access, use of Pharmacy Network

Submitted Article

The Pharmacy Network is a provincial drug information system and a component of the Newfoundland and Labrador Electronic Health Record (EHR).

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