President’s Blog: Dr Jagadish Rao

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Warm wishes to all of our TAC members, committees and website followers! Thank you once again for all of your heartfelt support and encouragement for TAC as the voice of trauma in Canada. We are at a pivotal moment when the waves of uprising in the world have led to increasing conflict and trauma-related injuries. While it is sad and discouraging to see our global brothers and sisters go through hardship, I also see their resilience. Our military personnel, first responders, and health care workers are to be commended for their dedication to helping people, transcending borders

One of the new initiatives you will see on a monthly basis is the President’s Blog. My hope is to highlight topics that are relevant to TAC members. We will also have a monthly Speaker’s Bureau that will include members whose expertise is relevant for the topic in the blog. In the coming months, you will see improvements to our communication opportunities and website. My President’s Blog will be part of our monthly newsletter.

Summer is almost here and gives an opportunity for us to spend time outside in the fresh air, at the cottage and on the water. Summer always evokes a time of carefree, lazy days spent with family and friends, rollicking in the water, barbecues, and picnics. Above all, it allows regeneration of our spirit, family ties and reconnection with nature.

Water sports include swimming, kayaking, jet skiing, amongst others and it is important to practice water sports safety. National Drowning Prevention Week is July 21-27, and the Trauma Association of Canada, in conjunction with its Injury Prevention Committee, have come up with a list of safety tips that will help keep you safe while  still enjoying the water in the heat! Enjoy your summer and stay safe.

  1. Swimming
  • Know how to swim. You don’t have to be an Olympic swimmer, but swimming in a lake, river or ocean is more unpredictable than in a pool without currents. If it’s been a while since you’ve been swimming, brush up, take lessons and swim with a friend. To find swimming lessons in our area, contact your municipal pool, YMCA/YWCA, summer camp, school, college, or university.
  1. Buddy System
  • Give a plan to your family when you go on an extended trip on a boat or kayak. When possible, swim with a friend, and never swim after dusk. Visit https://www.adventuresmart.ca/ or download their Trip Plan App to easily create trip plans and send them to your family and friends.
  1. Stay Sober and Alert
  • Alcohol and water don’t mix. Nearly 50% of all boat injuries can be attributed to being inebriated and intoxicated. Disinhibition with alcohol and drugs can impair your response and your physical abilities.
  1. Protective Water Wear/Gear
  • Life jackets, flotation devices are a great way to stay safe in the water. Water friendly shoes that have great grip strength will prevent orthopedic injuries and also help prevent nicks and cuts and scrapes. Wear sunscreen to prevent burns in the radiant heat.
  1. Surroundings
  • Know your surroundings, including where the first aid kits are, nearest hospitals, and if a 9-1-1 system is operable in your area. Knowing how to get help is important as many places may not have a life guard on duty or in the vicinity that you are playing in. Know where the AED equipment is in the event of someone having a cardiac event.
  1. Survival Kits
  • Always pack a survival kit that includes first aid supplies, repair tools, GPS, gloves and flashlights. Always carry anti nausea and motion sickness aids that may help you or others in situations that are unexpected. Make sure the survival kit is in a floating, waterproof container that is easily accessible in the event that your vessel capsizes.
  1. Know your Limitations
  • Overuse injuries can occur so please rest when needed and allow recovery to repair and rejuvenate your tissue. With proper techniques and equipment for water sports, you can have a long summer filled with fun.
  1. Weather Warnings
  • Always check the weather conditions so that they are optimal for all water sports. Watch the weather reports for rain and thunderstorms. Be prepared to seek shelter in a moment’s notice if the weather changes.

 

The Trauma Association of Canada (TAC) wishes all Canadians and visitors to Canada a long, fulfilling summer this year. Our hope is that you follow our tips for a safe summer that will leave you with warm memories that will last a life time.

Other links which you may find useful include:

https://www.sickkids.ca/en/news/archive/2024/summer-pool-safety-staying-cool-and-staying-safe/#:~:text=It%20is%20best%20to%3A,to%20keep%20your%20child%20safe.

https://youtu.be/D_42IumvDuw?si=g3yJNuWEubiWeXsv 

In our speaker’s bureau this month, Emma Schmidt is our contact for the month. She hails from Toronto and is the Injury Prevention Lead at Toronto’s Sick Kids Hospital.  Contact Emma here.

Special thanks to Joanne Sadler for her input.

Stay safe, and have a great summer.

Jag

Industry Symposium (Unaccredited) at TAC Conference

New Analgesic Options in Trauma-related Practice & Care

Thursday, May 9th, 2024 1300-1400, Westin Nova Scotian Hotel, Commonwealth Ballroom, Halifax, NS

Learning Objectives

  • Explain Oligoanalgesia in moderate to severe trauma related pain. What is missing?
  • Discuss the pros and cons of treatment options in pain management of minor trauma cases.
  • Share clinical experience on the efficacy and safety of inhaled analgesic for minor trauma cases.

Speakers:

Dr Leon Rivlin, Chief & Medical Director of Emergency Medicine, Humber River Health, North York, ON

Dr Andrew Beckett, TAC President, Director of Trauma, St Michael’s Hospital, Toronto, ON

Download the program flyer here!

 

 

(Locum) Trauma/General Surgeon: Hamilton General Hospital

Term (Locum) Trauma/General Surgeon: Hamilton General Hospital, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada

Hamilton Health Sciences is seeking an academic Trauma and Acute Care General Surgery locum surgeon starting July 1, 2024, initially for a one year period. The surgeon will be based at the Hamilton General Hospital, Hamilton, Ontario which serves as the Regional Lead (Level 1) Trauma Hospital for a catchment area of more than 2.5 million residents and is the Regional referral hospital for Neurosurgery and Stroke, Orthopedic Trauma, Cardiac Surgery, Extra-Corporeal Life Support, Vascular Surgery and Burns.

The successful candidate is expected to demonstrate experience and training in General Surgery and in the management of Trauma and Acute Care General Surgery patients appropriate for an academic tertiary care level referral centre. They will be expected to participate in clinical care on the Trauma Service, Acute Care Surgery Service, and as a Trauma Team Leader. They will be expected to have good interpersonal and collaborative skills with initiative to further advance the clinical productivity of the regional Trauma Program, including local and regional educational and quality initiatives.

Applicants must be certified (or eligible for certification) by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada in General Surgery and have completed fellowship training in Trauma Surgery, with preference given to accredited fellowships. The candidate must be eligible for licensure in the Province of Ontario.

Hamilton Health Sciences (HHS) fosters a culture of patient and staff/physician safety, whereby everyone is guided by our Mission, Vision, Values and Values Based Code of Conduct, including aligning with the journey of the 2023-28 Equity, Diversity and Inclusion Plan. HHS is a teaching hospital and all staff and physicians are expected to support students and other learners.

As a condition of employment, you are required to submit proof of full COVID-19 vaccination to Employee Health Services.

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Please include a cover letter with a curriculum vitae and submit to Dr. Stephen Kelly, HHS Surgeon In Chief. (email kellyst@mcmaster.ca and spencerh@hhsc.ca)

Academic Trauma Surgeon at McMaster University (Hamilton Health Sciences)

Academic Trauma Surgeon

McMaster University, in conjunction with Hamilton Health Sciences, is seeking an academic Trauma and Acute Care General Surgery surgeon. The Hamilton General Hospital serves as the regional Lead Trauma Hospital (i.e. Level 1) for a catchment area of more than 2.5 million residents and is the regional referral hospital for Neurosurgery and Stroke, Orthopedic Trauma, Cardiac Surgery, Extra-Corporeal Life Support, and Vascular Surgery. The regional Trauma service, together with the Department of Surgery, McMaster University, is involved in undergraduate, post-graduate and continuing medical education programs. The Department of Surgery endorses a Mission statement of six tenets and collectively pursues:

  1. Culture that is inclusive
  2. Research that impacts
  3. Education that inspires
  4. Advancement for all
  5. Transformation through innovation
  6. Excellence in patient care

 

Please visit the CREATE website www.macsurgerycreates.ca for further information.

The successful candidate is expected to demonstrate experience and training in General Surgery and in the management of Trauma and Acute Care General Surgery patients appropriate for an academic tertiary care level referral centre. They will be expected to participate in clinical care on the Trauma Service, Acute Care Surgery Service, and as a Trauma Team Leader. They will be expected to show evidence of exceptional interpersonal and collaborative skills with initiative to further advance the clinical and academic productivity of the regional Trauma Program, including local and regional educational and quality initiatives. A demonstrated record of commitment and success in research and surgical education is essential, as well as interest in supervision of trauma & acute care general surgery research projects completed by residents and fellows.

This is a full-time faculty position for a period of three years (renewable) in the Department of Surgery, Faculty of Health Sciences, McMaster University. Applicants must be certified (or eligible for certification) by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada in General Surgery and have completed fellowship training in Trauma Surgery, with preference given to accredited fellowships. Preference will be given to candidates with advanced training in research, education, simulation, or quality initiatives including Master’s/PhD or equivalent, including evidence of productivity and experience in these areas such as publications, presentations, and guideline development.

The candidate must be eligible for licensure in the Province of Ontario. All qualified candidates are encouraged to apply. However, Canadian citizens and permanent residents will be considered first for this position. To comply with the Government of Canada’s reporting requirements, the University is obliged to gather information about applicants’ status as either Permanent Residents of Canada or Canadian citizens. Applicants need not identify their country of origin or current citizenship; however, all applications must include one of the following statements: “Yes, I am a citizen or permanent resident of Canada” or “No, I am not a citizen or permanent resident of Canada”.

Applications must include:

  • A curriculum vitae.
  • Description of previous academic experience, as well as specialty training.
  • Submit a brief statement describing any contributions made or planned in relation to excellence in teaching, research or service within higher education, community-based or other profession settings, and/or advancing equity, diversity and inclusion (2-page maximum).
  • Provide the names and contact information of three professional referees; letters of reference are not required and will not be reviewed at the application stage; the Department will request letters of recommendation from referees at later stages of the search process.

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Submissions may be made to:

Dr. Mohit Bhandari, Professor and Chair, Department of Surgery, Faculty of Health Sciences, McMaster University, Juravinski Hospital & Cancer Centre, 711 Concession Street Hamilton ON L8V 1C3

Email painebr@mcmaster.ca

McMaster University is located on the traditional territories of the Haudenosaunee and Mississauga Nations and within the lands protected by the “Dish With One Spoon” wampum agreement. The diversity of our workforce is at the core of our innovation and creativity and strengthens our research and teaching excellence. In keeping with its Statement on Building an Inclusive Community with a Shared Purpose, McMaster University strives to embody the values of respect, collaboration and diversity, and has a strong commitment to employment equity. The University seeks qualified candidates who share our commitment to equity and inclusion, who will contribute to the diversification of ideas and perspectives, and especially welcomes applications from indigenous (First Nations, Métis or Inuit) peoples, members of racialized communities, persons with disabilities, women, and persons who identify as 2SLGBTQ+. As part of McMaster’s commitment, all applicants are invited to complete a confidential Applicant Diversity Survey through the online application submission process. The Survey questionnaire requests voluntary self-identification in relation to equity-seeking groups that have historically faced and continue to face barriers in employment.

Please refer to the Applicant Diversity Survey – Statement of Collection for additional information. Job applicants requiring accommodation to participate in the hiring process should contact: • Human Resources Service Centre at 905-525-9140 ext. 222-HR (22247), or • Faculty of Health Sciences HR Office at ext. 22207, or • School of Graduate Studies at ext. 23679 to communicate

Acute Care General Surgeon at the Kelowna General Hospital Trauma, Division of General Surgery

Kelowna General Hospital is seeking a Trauma and Acute Care General Surgeon to join the Division of General Surgery.

Kelowna General Hospital is the largest tertiary care hospital in the Interior of BC (440 bed) and serves the local greater Kelowna area (~235,000 residents) and is the primary referral centre for the Interior Health Authority (~840,000 residents).  KGH provides full spectrum surgical care including General, Thoracics, Cardiovascular, Vascular, Neurosurgery, Orthopedics, ENT, Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Spine, Plastics and Urology.

Kelowna General Hospital sits on the shores of the beautiful Okanagan Lake which is the centrepiece of the Okanagan Valley.  This area hosts beautiful lakes, rolling hills and stunning wineries.  The Okanagan valley is a world-renowned recreational paradise that offers true four-season living.  World class boating, golfing, hiking, biking and skiing are accessible within the immediate surrounding area.

Our Division of General Surgery consists of a highly collegial group of 9 General Surgeons who support Complex Surgical Oncology, Colorectal, MIS/Bariatric, Hepatobiliary & Pancreatic, Endoscopy and Trauma surgery.  Division members share call and resources equitably based on FTE appointment and supported a shared referral model.

The Acute Care Surgery program at KGH is supported by protected daytime OR access 3 days a week and an on-site supported “rapid access” clinic 2 days a week.  All Division members participate in ACS call.

KGH is also the largest tertiary trauma centre in the BC interior and is supported by a 24/7 inpatient Trauma team that consistent of a multi-specialty trauma service including 2 other Fellowship-trained trauma surgeons. The program is supported by a full spectrum of medical/surgical subspecialties, 24/7 interventional radiology and critical care.  KGH also boasts a state of the art hybrid operating theatre.

Job Description

A full-time position is being offered and will include Acute Care Surgery (8 weeks minimum) and Trauma (8 weeks minimum).  Opportunities for more ACS weeks are available depending on the candidates preferences.  The position also offers optional elective OR time outside of ACS responsibilities to ensure a balanced and rewarding practice for the candidate (~1.5 OR days per ACS week).  The position does not include endoscopy responsibilities.

KGH is a teaching site for the University of British Columbia Southern Medical Program.  The candidate will be expected to work with and teach students and residents who also support the ACS service.  No research responsibilities are a requirement of the position however such opportunities are available if desired by the candidate.

Locum experience with the Division is an important asset and candidates are strongly encouraged to contact the Division about locum opportunities.

Requirements/Qualifications:

The ideal candidate will require well-rounded General Surgery skills to support a high-volume and complex community practice environment.  The candidate will also require advanced training in Trauma and/or Acute Care Surgery and have demonstrated interest and commitment in leadership in these areas.

Doctor in Medicine with Residency in General Surgery

Fellowship with Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada

Fellowship in Trauma and/or Acute Care Surgery

ATLS Certification

CPSBC licence (eligible)

Compensation:

Acute Care surgery is remunerated through MOCAP (Level 1) and fee for service.  Trauma is remunerated via sessional contract.  Remuneration is competitive for this position.

Financial assistance to support relocation is provided by the Health Authority (up to $15,000).

Application Process:

Please send CV including references to Dr. Gareth Eeson (gareth.eeson@interiorhealth.ca)

 

 

 

 

 

Queen’s University Trauma and Acute Care Academic Surgeon

2024 Call for Nominations for the Dr. Charles Burns Award

Deadline for Nominations: Friday, April 26th, 2024

Nominations may be submitted by any TAC member to: info@traumacanada.org

The Dr. Charles Burns Board Recognition Award was created in 2015 to recognize and honour the visionary leadership of  the late Dr. Burns. In 1983, Dr. Burns became the first President of the Trauma Association of Canada.  Dr. Burns’ hard work and volunteer efforts, combined with his unrelenting passion to make a difference to the care of trauma patients and their families resulted in a significant contribution to the creation of TAC, bringing together and strengthening the network of trauma specialists who care for the injured patient.  Dr. Burns was highly respected for his efforts in developing, maintaining, and sustaining the Trauma Association of Canada over many years. The TAC Board of Directors created the award to recognize those that exemplify the spirit of Dr. Burns by demonstrating outstanding leadership, endless passion, a spirit of volunteerism. vision and innovation in the field of trauma care.

Eligibility Elements

The Board of Directors will consider the following elements in the selection of candidates for this prestigious award:

  • An active Member or Affiliate of TAC for a minimum of five (5) years
  • Aminimum of five (5) years of trauma care experience.
  • Registered to practice in Canada (or has been)
  • Demonstrated volunteerism and a significant contribution to TAC at the local, provincial, national or international
  • Promoted and/or conducted basic science and clinical trauma research.
  • Promoted the adoption of best practices in trauma care in their organization/region.
  • Demonstrated a leadership role or has held a key leadership position in an organization related to the specialty of trauma care.
  • Demonstrated political advocacy to promote legislation designed to reduce the incidence of injury.
  • Built coalitions with key partners in trauma care and injury prevention
  • Promotes the highest standards of interprofessional care of the trauma patient.
  • Effectively engaged, encouraged, collaborated with others in the speciality of trauma care
  • Role modelled commitment to professional self-development and lifelong learning

Application & Selection Process:

Nominations may be submitted by any TAC member to: info@traumacanada.org

The nomination must speak to any of the elements that apply to the candidate. Additional information highlighting the candidate’s suitability for this award will be welcomed by the Board for their consideration.

Upon receiving the application, a Director on the Board (Past President), will present the candidates to the full Board of Directors for consideration.

The BOD by majority vote will select the individual for the Award.

Candidate Notification:

The Candidate will be notified of the Recognition Award by the President of TAC for acceptance.

The Award

The Candidate will be invited to attend the TAC Annual Scientific Meeting and Conference to receive their Award on Friday, May 10th at the Westin Nova Scotian Hotel in Halifax, NS.

TAC Statement on the Care of the Injured Patient

Download TAC’s newly approved Statement for Care of the Injured Patient here.

 

TAC Statement on Care of the Injured Patient

TAC strongly endorses the principle of a rigorous, evidence-based, regular, accreditation process for trauma care.

The Trauma Association of Canada endorses the Resources for Optimal Care of the Injured Patient (aka the Grey Book, released March 2022, revised December 2023) as a general set of standards in trauma care that can be applied to Trauma Centres in Canada.  The Verification, Review, and Consultation (VRC) Program by the ACS-COT and the INESSS Program in Quebec both represent endorsed pathways to improve the quality of injury care in Canadian trauma centres.

Approved by TAC Board of Directors

March 22, 2024

Call for Nominations for the TAC Board of Directors

CALL FOR NOMINATIONS TAC BOARD OF DIRECTORS
(1 Position)

The Board of Directors is issuing a call for nominations for the position of Director to serve on the Board for a term of three (3) years (renewable for another 3 years). There is one (1) vacancy for 2024.

Please email your interest to stand for the Board to the TAC Nominating Committee to the TAC President, Dr. Andrew Beckett at info@traumacanada.org.

Your email should state why you are interested in standing for the Board and describe your past TAC volunteer involvement, and strengths you would bring to the position. Please provide a short bio or send along your resume/CV.

All nominations must be received at the TAC office by April 23rd, 2024.

Directors will be elected at the Annual General Meeting taking place in Halifax at the Westin Nova Scotian Hotel on  Thursday, May 9thh at 1630. (No nominations will be accepted from the floor. You must submit your interest to stand for the Board by April 23rd, 2024.)