winter 2011

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NLMA launches Physicians' Legacy Foundation


By Jonathan Carpenter

Each year, NLMA member generosity provides scholarships and financial assistance to MUN medical students. The NLMA has revamped its scholarship and bursary program to create more options for donors and scholarship recipients.

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NLMA awards presented

By NLMA Staff
The NLMA awards were presented at the Memorial University Faculty of Medicine Awards Luncheon.

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To Test or Not Test?

Submitted Article
The Canadian Agency for Drugs & Technologies in Health  recommends that patients with type 2 diabetes not using insulin can self-monitor less often without negatively impacting their health.

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Recognizing excellence


By NLMA Staff
NLMA members win the Mayo Clinic  Plummer Society Award for Excellence, CFCP Reg L. Perkin Award and the Rotary Club of St. John’s Northwest Aidan Maloney Emerging Professionals Award.

p r i v a c y
PHIA awareness materials available for physician offices

By NLMA Staff

The Personal Health Information Act now applies to all physicians; however, each physician’s work arrangement will dictate how they are expected to meet the requirements of PHIA.

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Free online accredited CME courses

Submitted Article
CMA members are invited to participate in free online accredited CME course modules for Alzheimer’s dementia, Parkinson’s disease and skin disorders, all part of a series offered by the CMA’s Virtual Waiting Room, an educational collaboration between CMA and Pfizer Canada.

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Work-hour restrictions a possibility for future physicians

By NLMA Staff with files from CMA News
On October 29, during a lively debate at the Second Canadian Conference on Physician Health in Toronto, attendees discussed the merits of work-hour restrictions for physicians and medical trainees.

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Misdirected Patients

By NLMA Staff

The NLMA receives a significant number of inquiries from patients, many of whom have been misdirected by their physicians or clinic staff. The following topics represent the most common inquiries with direction on how to appropriately direct them.

p e r s p e c t i v e s
’Tis the season for falls, colds and influenza

By Dr. Susan King
Fall prevention in slippery weather; decreasing blood test bruising; adrenal suppression in asthmatics; and, flu shots.

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NLMA car seat program turns 25

By NLMA Staff
This year marks the 25th anniversary of the Newfoundland and Labrador Medical Association’s infant car seat program, which provides safe rides home for the first baby born in the New Year at each hospital that performs deliveries.

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Pharmacy Network provides update

Submitted Article

On December 3 and 4, 2001, the Newfoundland and Labrador Centre for Health Information deployed the new Drug Information System version 2010.2, which  brings enhanced functionality and stability to the Pharmacy Network .

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Diabetes awareness

By NLMA Staff

On November 19, NLMA President Dr. Sandra Luscombe joined the Canadian Diabetes Association at the Visitor’s Centre on Signal Hill in St. John’s to celebrate World Diabetes Day and raise awareness about the disease.

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Number of physician assistants set for dramatic growth

By CMA Staff

A new report says that Canadian health care is poised for a period of dramatic growth in the number of physician assistants (PA) it employs.


f i n a n c i a l

By MD Physician Services
As this year’s tax season quickly approaches, contributing to a tax-free savings account versus a registered retirement savings plan has become the latest debate.


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Abnormal Pap follow-up system

Submitted Article
The first follow-up letters for abnormal Pap tests have been generated by the new Provincial Cervical Cytology Registry and distributed to health care providers across the province with excellent response.

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In Memoriam

By NLMA Staff
It is with great sadness that we inform our readers of the passing of Dr. James Thomas Dunne. The NLMA would like to express condolences to the family and friends of this outstanding physician.


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Canadians support health transformation, governments urged to adopt CMA principles

By NLMA Staff
On November 24, politicians from across Canada gathered in Halifax for the annual meeting of Federal, Provincial and Territorial Ministers of Health.


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CMA releases social media guidelines for doctors

By CMA Staff
In December, the Canadian Medical Association (CMA) Board of Directors approved Canada’s first national social media guidelines to help doctors safely, effectively and responsibly use tools such as Facebook, Twitter and other forms of social media.


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Dr. Georgina Chalker receives Honorary Life Membership Award

By NLMA Staff
Dr. Patrick O’Shea presented the NLMA Honorary Life Membership Award to Dr. Georgina Chalker on December 3 at NLMA House in St. John’s.


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Trick Yourself Out

Submitted Article
The Alliance for the Control of Tobacco has a social media campaign on Facebook and Twitter featuring information on tobacco cessation, chances to win prizes and support for those who want to quit smoking or help someone they love to quit.


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