COA Dispatch
Apr. 7, 2015

Last Chance for Early Bird Registration Rates!

Early bird registration rates end this Friday, April 10! Register for the upcoming COA, CORS and CAOS Annual Meeting by this Friday to obtain the reduced early bird rates. The 2015 Annual Meeting will be held in Vancouver from June 17-20.More

Dernière chance de profiter des droits d'inscription réduits!

L'inscription hâtive se termine le vendredi 10 avril. Inscrivez-vous à la Réunion annuelle de l'ACO, de la SROC et de l'International Society for Computer Assisted Orthopaedic Surgery (CAOS) d'ici vendredi et bénéficiez de la réduction applicable aux inscriptions hâtives. La Réunion annuelle 2015 aura lieu à Vancouver, du 17 au 20 juin.More

Soirée under the Sea — COA Gala and Dinner

Join your friends and colleagues on Friday, June 19 at the Vancouver Aquarium for an unforgettable evening of cocktails, dinner, dancing and access to various exhibits and aquatic galleries. This casual evening is a great opportunity to catch up with colleagues from across the country. Get your tickets for Soirée under the Sea through the COA's online meeting registration system at Tickets are limited and will not be available for sale on site. More

Soirée sous la mer — Souper-réception de l'ACO

Joignez-vous à vos amis et collègues le vendredi 19 juin à l'aquarium de Vancouver pour une soirée inoubliable avec cocktails, souper, danse et accès à diverses expositions et galeries aquatiques! Cette soirée décontractée est une excellente occasion de renouer avec vos collègues de partout au pays. Procurez-vous des billets pour la Soirée sous la mer par l'intermédiaire du système d'inscription à la Réunion annuelle de l'ACO, à Le nombre de billets disponibles est limité, et il ne sera pas possible de s'en procurer sur place. More

Are You an Associate or Active Member of the COA Practicing in Canada?

Then you should have received your subscription login to the online versions of The Bone & Joint Journal (formerly known as Journal of Bone & Joint Surgery - British Volume) and Bone & Joint 360. Access logins were sent to all Associate and Active members of the COA (practicing in Canada) in March via e-mail from the BJJ head office. We hope you have activated your subscription and are enjoying these journals. E-mail if you need assistance activating your online subscription or to obtain your login. More

Êtes-vous un membre associé ou actif de l'ACO qui exerce au Canada?

Si tel est le cas, vous devriez avoir reçu vos coordonnées d'accès à la version Web du Bone & Joint Journal (anciennement le British Journal of Bone and Joint Surgery) et à Bone & Joint 360. En mars, les responsables du Bone & Joint Journal les ont en effet envoyées par courriel à tous les membres associés et actifs de l'ACO qui exercent au Canada. Nous espérons que vous avez activé votre abonnement et que vous profitez bien de ces revues. Si vous avez besoin d'aide pour activer votre accès en ligne ou souhaitez obtenir vos coordonnées d'accès, envoyez un courriel à More

What Type of Patients do you See in Your Orthopaedic Clinic?

COA Past President, Dr. Brendan Lewis, would like to collect information from the membership with regards to the types of patients that are seen in orthopaedic clinics across Canada. The administration at his centre in Corner Brook, Newfoundland is proposing limitations on the type of orthopaedic patient that can be examined and evaluated in the orthopaedic clinic. Do you evaluate all patients without restrictions (not only fracture patients) presenting with all types of musculoskeletal problems in your clinic? Please respond directly to Dr. Brendan Lewis:

Missed Injuries, Delayed Diagnosis & Management: Extremity & Spine

Presented By the Juan de Fuca Orthopaedic Association and Rebalance MD
Saturday, April 18, 2015, Oak Bay Beach Hotel, Victoria, BC
For more information and to register, visit More

Hospital wait times pushing Albertans to leave Canada for back surgery
Metro News
With pain shooting across his waist and lower back, Ken Skoreyko could only ever sleep in the fetal position, sometimes bedridden for days on end. To keep working his job in the oil patch, he needed open back surgery, and he needed it soon. According to Alberta Health Services, 90 per cent of Albertans in need of spine surgery face wait times between 26 and 37.4 weeks.More

Plus de 420 000 Québécois en attente d'un médecin
Au mois de mars 2015, plus de 420 000 Québécois inscrits au GACO étaient en attente d'un médecin de famille. On constate aussi que le nombre de Québécois en attente a augmenté de 82 pour cent en un an, soit près de 190 000 personnes; Selon le ministère de la Santé et des Services sociaux (MSSS), le nombre de patients en attente a triplé dans la région de Chaudière-Appalaches et Nord du Québec, et plus que doublé au Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean, à Montréal, en Mauricie, en Estrie et dans la Capitale-Nationale.More

3-D printing helps give girl a new face
CBC News
The great thing about medical school cadavers is that they can't die. If a surgeon in training makes a mistake, there's always next time. It is the last environment where medical errors have no consequences. But 3D printing is changing that, giving even experienced operating room teams valuable practice on a model that looks and feels like the real thing. It has life-saving and life-altering implications.More

3 things that tipped the scale for Nova Scotia's health-care unions
Recently, Nova Scotia's four major health-care unions announced that they would be forming bargaining councils to negotiate under a newly streamlined provincial health-care system, which soon comes into effect. For anyone who has been following this roller-coaster of a story, the announcement may have come as a surprise.More

Study: Medical residents yield to doctors' orders even when they're wrong — and patients suffer
National Post
It was, says Dylan Bould, the kind of case a doctor never forgets. As a junior resident in anesthesiology, he watched a senior trainee and supervising physician prepare to administer an anesthetic to a new mother suffering a serious blood infection. Dr. Bould says he was certain in his mind the woman could not tolerate the drug at that dose, but said nothing about his concerns.More

Men have more complications after total knee, hip replacements
Medical News Today
Total hip and total knee replacement surgery are common treatments for end-stage arthritis, a painful condition that limits mobility and diminishes quality of life. The new study finds that while men tend to have their first total joint replacement at a younger age than women, they are more likely to have complications or need revision surgery.More

Wait remains lengthy for foot, ankle surgery
Ottawa Sun
As patients who suffer from foot and ankle ailments continue to wait for surgery to relieve their pain, Ottawa podiatrist Dr. David Greenberg can barely keep up with the growing demand. Greenberg, one of just a handful of fully licensed private practicing podiatrists, is doing whatever he can to help patients who suffer from chronic foot and ankle pain get better faster, or at least in a reasonable amount of time.More