COA Dispatch
Jan. 28, 2014

Resident scholarship opportunity — Call for applications
Do you work with Residents who are demonstrated humanitarians and making a real difference in the lives of others? If so, encourage them to submit an application for the Canadian Orthopaedic Foundation’s Bones and Phones Legacy Scholarship. Founded by Dr. Veronica Wadey and Mr. Henry Chow, the deadline to receive applications is Feb. 28, 2014.

• Ensure orthopaedic residents at your institution are made aware of this funding opportunity
• Consider nominating any orthopaedic residents at your institution you feel would be suitable applicants for the scholarship award. (Send their name and contact information to

More information, including eligibility criteria, application forms and guidelines, is available at click on About Us, then Bones and Phones Scholarship. More

Bourses offertes aux résidents — Soumission des candidatures
Travaillez-vous avec des résidents qui font preuve d'un grand humanisme et changent concrètement la vie de ceux qu'ils côtoient? Si c'est le cas, invitez-les à soumettre leur candidature pour une bourse du Fonds de bourses d'études Bones and Phones de la Fondation Canadienne d'Orthopédie, créé par la Dre Veronica Wadey et M. Henry Chow. Les candidatures sont acceptées jusqu'au 28 février 2014.

• Assurez-vous que les résidents en orthopédie de votre établissement sont au courant de cette possibilité de financement.
• Soumettez la candidature de tout résident en orthopédie de votre établissement qui, selon vous, est admissible à la Bourse d'études Bones and Phones (envoyez ses nom et coordonnées à

Pour accéder à de plus amples renseignements, y compris les critères d'admissibilité, le formulaire et les lignes directrices, rendez-vous à et cliquez sur « À propos de nous », puis sur « Fonds de bourses d'études Bones and Phones ».

The 2014 National Capital Knee Symposium
Save the Date! The 2014 National Capital Knee Symposium will be held from Sept. 18-19, 2014 in Ottawa. Learn the latest knee joint restoration procedures from international opinion leaders, perform procedures in Canada's largest state of the art simulation centre, build your network for ongoing learning and development, earn RCPSC section 1 and section 3 credits. A must-attend event for surgeons, fellows and residents. Visit for more information. Click here to save the date course brochure.More

Orthopaedic Sports Medicine Conference
Rebalance MD & Juan de Fuca Orthopaedic Association Present: Orthopaedic Sports Medicine Conference being held on Saturday, Apr. 5, 2014 in Victoria, BC. For more information visit:

Is Canada lagging on health-care reform?
Our Windsor
By most definitions, your primary health care status — the relationship you have with your family doctor — is not only critical to your own health, it's a critical link in the health-care continuum. While the health system has many moving parts, it's fair to say that primary care needs to work reasonably well for the overall system to do the same. So how are we, in Ontario, doing?More

How one hospital is dealing with Canada's aging population
The Globe and Mail
Hospitals have no choice but to push more onto patients, because they are overloaded. A survey by the Commonwealth Fund ranked Canada last among 11 OECD countries for wait times to see a family physician, an issue that is forcing thousands of patients to head to emergency departments for routine complaints.More

Opinion négative des soins de santé au Québec
La Presse
La perception des Québécois de leur système de santé laisse à désirer. Même si l'accès à un médecin s'améliore et que l'attente pour une chirurgie diminue, le Québec a encore beaucoup de travail à faire pour se trouver dans le peloton de tête.More

Health-care tool shows quality of care comparisons
CBC News
Canadians can now get a snapshot of how the quality of health care in each province compares with other countries. The Canadian Institute for Health Information (CIHI) launched a new interactive tool that displays how provincial results stand up against the average for all member countries in the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) and those with developed economies.More

Report highlights Canada's, Manitoba's strengths, weaknesses in health care
Winnipeg Free Press
Manitoba — and Canada as a whole — performed better than other countries in such health areas as vaccinations for influenza, avoiding hospital admissions for asthma, breast cancer survival and 30-day survival rates for heart attack. A new report released by the Canadian Institute for Health Information compares the health care performance of individual provinces to close to three dozen countries.More

Étude: Important temps d'attente aux urgences
Les Canadiens ont les temps d'attente les plus longs dans les services d'urgence par rapport aux pays les plus riches de l'OCDE, selon une étude parue lundi du Conseil canadien de la santé.More

Alberta wait times 2013: Healthcare wait times going the wrong direction
Huffington Post
Instead of moving closer toward their goal, Alberta Health Services is actually moving farther away from meeting its wait time targets, new numbers show. Research conducted by the Alberta Liberals and released Thursday shows that wait times in six critical categories have actually gotten longer. The figures come months after the province was scheduled to release quarterly updates on the state of health wait times in the province.More

Seniors occupy health minister's office over drug care changes
CBC News
A group of seniors was prepared to stay overnight at the Edmonton constituency office of Health Minister Fred Horne. About two dozen seniors entered the office demanding a meeting with Horne and Premier Alison Redford over a plan to change Pharmacare coverage. They are angry over the government's plan to eliminate universal drug coverage for seniors and replace it with an income-based plan.More

France Gelinas: Make health care costs available online
CBC News
An idea floated by a hospital CEO in Windsor is getting some political support in Sudbury. David Musjy says people who use health care should get an itemized bill to show the cost to the health care system. He said that would make people appreciate the care more. But the New Democrat MPP for Sudbury wants to take it a step further.More