winter 2012

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NLMA releases Strategic Plan to guide future direction of the Association


By NLMA Staff
The NLMA Board of Directors recently approved a new five-point Strategic Plan 2013-2018. The plan sets out five broad priorities that will set direction for the NLMA over the next five years.

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Preventing stroke in patients with atrial fibrillation

Submitted Article
Atrial fibrillation is the most common abnormal heart rhythm, affecting 350,000 Canadians. It can lead to serious complications such as stroke.

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B4UR Pregnant provides resources for physicians promoting pre-conception health

Submitted Article
For almost 30 years, Dr. Geoff Downton has witnessed firsthand the effects that a woman’s health has on the health of her baby. A neonatologist with the Children’s and Women’s Health Program at Eastern Health, he sees a wide range of issues.

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The power of language


By MD Physician Services
In the fields of both medicine and finance, the use of specialized words and phrases challenges professionals to ensure they are using the power of language to increase comprehension, while communicating complex concepts.

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Time Management Guide designed for physicians by physicians

By NLMA Staff
To help physicians cope with their busy schedules and workload, the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada released The Time Management Guide: A practical handbook for physicians by physicians.

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Montréal meeting on MD health sets records

By Mr. Pat Rich
When CMA President Anna Reid was asked to describe the turnout for the AMA-CMA-BMA International Conference on Physician Health in Montréal in October, she only needed one word: "Unprecedented."

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CMA creates one-on-one leadership coaching program for MDs

By Mr. Patrick Sullivan
Physicians seeking a one-on-one opportunity to hone their leadership skills now have the chance thanks to a new service that CMA is making available to current and aspiring MD leaders.

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Founder of Memorial’s medical school earns place of honor

By Ms. Sharon Gray
The late Dr. Ian Rusted will join the ranks of Canada’s distinguished medical heroes when he is inducted into the Canadian Medical Hall of Fame on May 2, 2013.

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NLMA dedicates boardroom in honor of Dr. Nigel Rusted

By NLMA Staff
On October 3, NLMA President Dr. Tony Gabriel unveiled a portrait of the late Dr. Nigel Rusted during a ceremony to dedicate the NLMA boardroom in his honor.

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Hyperbaric oxygen therapy for diabetic foot ulcers

Submitted Article
A recent report, published by the Newfoundland and Labrador Centre for Applied Health Research, indicates that hyperbaric oxygen therapy can be an effective adjuvant treatment for non-healing diabetic foot ulcers.

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Rate-your-MD sites

By Mr. Pat Rich
There’s little doubt that many physicians loathe the online sites that allow patients to rate them anonymously. Some initial reports indicate that they may not be as hard on the medical profession as physicians suspect.

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Doctors in the News

By NLMA Staff
NL Chapter College of Family Physician awards; MUN alumnus of the year; Moonbeam Children's Book award; Queen's Diamond Juilee Medal; Fluorspar mines history; and, the medal of Pro Ecclesia et Pontifice

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From Peer to Peer

By Dr. Jean-Marie Auffrey
Atlantic Provinces Medical Peer Review’s Offsite Assessment utilizes both patient charts and demographic factors in a process which is less time-consuming for the physician involved and less costly for us.

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Health Council of Canada launches new Health Innovation Portal

Submitted Article
On November 1, the Health Council of Canada launched its new Health Innovation Portal, a website that houses innovative health care practices, policies, programs and services from across Canada, which can be adopted throughout various jurisdictions.

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In Memoriam

Submitted Article
It is with great sadness that we inform our readers of the passing of Dr. Colin Michael Stewart Calder on June 15, 2012.

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NLMA calls on province to include tobacco cessation therapies under the NLPDP

By Jonathan Carpenter
On November 8, the NLMA released a position paper calling on the provincial government to fund tobacco cessation medications and nicotine replacement therapies for low-income residents as a benefit under the NLPDP.

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Symposium examines modern professionalism in medicine

Submitted Article
The Inaugural Dr. Leslie A. Wells Lecture in Medical Professionalism was delivered during a special symposium on professionalism in medicine, hosted by the Faculty of Medicine at Memorial and held at the Fluvarium in St. John's in October.

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iEHR Labs project under way

Submitted Article
Earlier this year, the NL Centre for Health Information launched the iEHR Labs project, which is the remaining foundational component of the provincial electronic health record.

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Healthy morning meals make a difference in the classroom

Submitted Article
Principals at schools with Kids Eat Smart Clubs, the community-based nutrition programs supported by Kids Eat Smart Foundation Newfoundland and Labrador, see a positive difference in their schools after starting a Kids Eat Smart Club.

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Standardized disability claim forms now available

By Kelly Higdon
The Canadian Medical Association is taking steps to simplify the forms-completion process. For two years, the CMA has worked with the Canadian Life and Health Insurance Association to standardize insurance claim forms.

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