COA Dispatch
Nov. 25, 2014

Reminder... 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 March 31, 2015.

• 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 > Research Awards and Educational Grants > Bones and Phones 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 31 mars 2015.

• 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 « Bourses de recherche et prix d'études », puis sur « Fonds de bourses d'études Bones and Phones ».

Survey Request — Preferences in the Management of Periprosthetic Distal Femur Fractures: A Cross-Sectional Survey of Orthopaedic Surgeons
Researchers at University of Toronto and St. Michael's Hospital are conducting a survey to assess orthopaedic surgeons' approaches to managing Periprosthetic Distal Femur Fractures. The survey also asks about orthopaedic surgeons' beliefs about fracture healing timelines and it includes questions about surgeons' preferences in the treatment of malunions, nonunions and infections. The survey is spearheaded by Dr. Emil Schemitsch and Dr. Paul Kuzyk. If you have not done so before, please click on the following link to participate in this survey:

2015 JOINTS Shoulder Course — R4 registration open
Limited registration space is now open for PGY4 residents who would like to attend the upcoming JOINTS Canada Shoulder Course from February 5-6 in Ottawa. More information can be found here. PGY4 and 5 residents as well as upper extremity fellows can register here.More

Cours sur la chirurgie de l'épaule 2015 offert par JOINTS Canada — Inscription des résidents de quatrième année
Les résidents de quatrième année qui souhaitent s'inscrire au cours sur la chirurgie de l'épaule 2015 offert par JOINTS Canada, tenu les 5 et 6 février, à Ottawa, peuvent maintenant se prévaloir d'un nombre limité de places. Pour de plus amples renseignements, cliquez ici. Les résidents de quatrième et de cinquième années, de même que les boursiers qui se spécialisent dans le traitement des membres supérieurs, peuvent cliquer ici pour s'inscrire.More

Survey: Many Canadian seniors aren't getting timely health care
Seniors in Canada have a tougher time getting prompt access to family doctors and specialists than their counterparts in other western countries, according to a new survey. The Commonwealth Fund, an American foundation, surveyed more than 15,000 seniors in Canada, the U.S., Australia, New Zealand and seven European countries. They were asked about the ease or difficulty of getting health care and about the barriers to care.More

Hygiène des mains dans les hôpitaux : la Saskatchewan privilégie l'éducation
Le ministre de la Santé de la Saskatchewan, Dustin Duncan, affirme que l'éducation est le meilleur moyen de convaincre les professionnels de la santé de respecter les règles de lavage des mains. Il rejette l'idée d'uniformiser la vérification de la conformité des employés à ces règles. Le taux de conformité des professionnels de santé varie beaucoup d'une autorité régionale de santé à l'autre et même d'un établissement à l'autre.More

Doctors warn about over use of antibiotics in hospitals
CBC News
Doctors from both the Vitalité and Horizon health networks say a new report raises concerns about the amount of antibiotics being prescribed in the province's hospitals. Dr. Gabriel Girouard, an infectious disease specialist at the Georges-L-Dumont University Hospital Centre in Moncton, helped do a point prevalence study of the use of antibiotics in hospitals across the province two years ago.More

Hip replacement surgery: Patients are pain-free and loving life
Ottawa Citizen
Doctors and patients agree it's a miracle. After months or perhaps years of pain and immobility, the intense ache vanishes and in a few days or weeks, you're up and around and pretty soon life is back to normal. Hip-replacement surgery is No. 2 in patient satisfaction and lifestyle improvements, behind cataract removal, says surgeon Dr. Paul Beaulé, head of adult reconstruction at the Ottawa Hospital and a professor of surgery at the University of Ottawa.More

Canadians want patient online healthcare options
The Battlefords News-Optimist
Eight in 10 Canadian adults want online access to their own health information yet fewer than one in 10 currently have it, according to a new study published in Healthcare Papers. The gap is just as wide for other patient online services, such as booking appointments, e-visits, or requesting prescription renewals or refills online; Canadians want them all, but most aren't getting them.More

Real-time wait time website wins national innovation prize
Morning Post Exchange
A trip to the emergency department (ED) is never fun, but for Kitchener-Waterloo residents the wait time is at least more predictable. With a growing number of patients showing up in the hospital ED, the top question patients ask when visiting is "How long will I wait?," St. Mary's General Hospital in Kitchener turned to technology to give residents more accurate information about how long they will wait to see a doctor. More

Health Minister Doug Currie pressed about wait times for children
CBC News
The opposition continues to press Health and Wellness Minister Doug Currie about service wait times for children with special health needs. During question period in the Legislature, Opposition House leader James Aylward listed off some of the wait times for services. He said it was a two year wait for a preschool autism assessment, a year for audiology testing, four to five months for speech language pathology and four months for occupational therapy.More

Barrette: Quebec's electronic records plan a 'disaster'
Montreal Gazette
As the provincial health department struggles to save $220 million under major health reform, its digital revolution has been a costly fiasco, conceded Quebec Health Minister Gaétan Barrette. E-health was initially rolled out as a paperless, integrated patient-care system, able to link at a click of a button hospitals, clinics, pharmacies, laboratories and doctors' offices. But nearly 15 years and $1.6 billion dollars later, Quebec's electronic medical records remains a patchwork of digital applications that often do not communicate with one another.More