COA Dispatch
May. 12, 2015

2015 Annual Business Meeting Notice

This year's Annual Business Meeting will be held on Thursday, June 18 at 11:00 in the Pacific Ballroom of the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver.

All COA members are asked to attend this meeting to receive and consider the financial statements, the auditor's report, to elect the Association's directors and other committee members, and to discuss other pertinent COA business matters. Open discussion is encouraged. This is your opportunity to bring your suggestions in person to the COA Executive.More

Avis de convocation à la séance de travail de la Réunion annuelle 2015

La séance de travail de la Réunion annuelle aura lieu le jeudi 18 juin, à 11 h, dans la salle de bal Pacific du Fairmont Hotel Vancouver.

Nous demandons à tous les membres de l'ACO d'assister à la séance, qui a pour objet de présenter et d'examiner les états financiers et le rapport du vérificateur, d'élire les membres du conseil et des comités et de discuter d'autres questions d'intérêt liées à l'ACO. On favorise les discussions franches. Ces séances sont une occasion de présenter en personne vos suggestions à la direction de l'ACO.

And the Winners Are... Free Membership Dues Contest Results

Congratulations are extended to Drs. Mario Corriveau from Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu and Gwyneth deVries from Fredericton for being the two lucky winners of our membership dues contest. Both Drs. Corriveau and deVries will have their 2015 COA membership dues reimbursed. This contest was open to all Active members whose accounts were in good standing by May 1. The winners were selected by random draw. Stay tuned for more incentive contests in the future!More

Et les gagnants sont... Résultats du tirage des cotisations gratuites

Félicitations aux Drs Mario Corriveau, de Saint-Jean-sur-Richelieu, et Gwyneth deVries, de Fredericton, les heureux gagnants de notre concours, qui verront ainsi leur cotisation de 2015 à l'ACO remboursée. Ce concours était ouvert à tous les membres actifs dont les comptes étaient en règle au 1er mai. Les gagnants ont été désignés par tirage au sort. Restez à l'affût! Nous avons d'autres concours du genre en vue!More

President's Reception invitation

Dr. Bas Masri invites you to attend the President's Reception being held on Wednesday, June 17 during the COA Annual Meeting in Vancouver. The reception will be in the exhibit hall on the conference level of the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver immediately following the Opening Ceremonies.

The President's Reception is a wonderful opportunity to network with your colleagues and friends. This event is open to all registered meeting attendees and members. We look forward to seeing you there. More

Invitation à la réception des présidents

Le Dr Bas Masri vous invite à la réception des présidents, tenue le mercredi 17 juin à l'occasion de la Réunion annuelle de l'ACO, à Vancouver. La réception aura lieu dans la salle d'exposition, au niveau conference du Fairmont Hotel Vancouver, immédiatement après les cérémonies d'ouverture.

La réception des présidents est une belle occasion de réseautage entre collègues et amis. Elle est d'ailleurs ouverte à tous les participants à la Réunion annuelle. Au plaisir de vous y voir!

Vancouver Annual Meeting Hotels

The Fairmont Hotel Vancouver and Hyatt Regency are now sold out. The COA has secured a small additional block of rooms at the Sheraton Wall Centre (a short distance from the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver). If you have not yet booked your accommodations, you can contact the Sheraton Wall Centre to make your reservation either online by clicking here or calling 1-800-663-9255 or (604) 331-1000 and quoting booking code: COA 2015 when reserving. Hotel space is selling out extremely quickly in Vancouver during the COA meeting dates. More

Centre for Effective Practices announces: Online accredited low back pain course now available until October 2015!

Introducing an online Mainpro-M1 accredited course available to all health-care providers across Canada interested in better understanding the assessment and management of low back pain in primary care settings. This course was originally launched in 2013 and due to popular demand, has been re-accredited and will be available until October 2015.

The goal of the program is to improve patient outcomes, decrease unnecessary resource utilization and increase capacity for comprehensive care.

This course will introduce the CORE Back Tool, which has been designed by engaging primary care providers and specialists in the design process.

There are 4 main vignettes within the course. Providers are welcome to complete as many of the vignettes as they wish:
1. Low Back Pain Status Report
2. Clinical Assessment of Low Back Pain
3. Patient Self Management
4. The Clinical Tool Kit The program has been accredited by the College of Family Physicians of Canada for up to 4 Mainpro-M1 credits and is available until October 2015.

The program can be accessed in both French and English at: More

11th Symposium

Rooms are filling up! Space is getting limited. To register and book your accomodations visit: More

Woman demands reimbursement from Peterborough hospital for wait time
CBC News
An Ontario woman wants to be reimbursed for waiting nearly 90 minutes for an injection she says would take a minute. Leslie Ellins, a financial planner from Buckhorn, ON, claims four patients were scheduled to see the same doctor at Peterborough Regional Health Centre on April 14. Ellins says she was made to wait while the doctor and his staff took a lunch break, but says the final straw was being asked to pay $25 for a cortisone injection that had previously been offered for free.More

Temps d'attente en diminution dans les urgences
Le temps d'attente dans les urgences des hôpitaux du Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean est parmi les plus bas au Québec. Pour l'année 2014-2015, les statistiques du ministère de la Santé et des Services sociaux indiquent un temps d'attente moyen d'un peu plus de dix heures pour les six urgences de la région. Ailleurs dans la province, la moyenne est de près de 17 heures.More

Hôpital QEII d'Halifax : les problèmes de stérilisation persistent
L'hôpital Queen Elizabeth II d'Halifax croyait avoir réglé un problème de stérilisation qui a entraîné l'annulation de centaines de chirurgies non urgentes, ces dernières semaines. Mais le problème est revenu, au grand dam d'un Néo-Écossais de Bass River dont la chirurgie à l'épaule a été annulée au dernier moment.More

Saskatchewan to allow more private MRI scans for paying customers
CBC News
More private MRI scans could soon be coming to Saskatchewan. Health Minister Dustin Duncan introduced legislation recently that would pave the way for more people to get private scans, if they have the cash. It proposes that patients could pay a private clinic for a magnetic resonance imaging scan if they choose. Duncan said the changes could be in place to allow for MRI scans at private clinics as soon as next spring.More