ITNC Call for Abstracts for Rapid Fire Presentation for TAC 2021

Each year the Interdisciplinary Trauma Network of Canada (ITNC) hosts a full day education event that includes a series of Rapid Fire Presentations. This year the event will be held virtually during the week of April 12-16, 2021. The deadline for submission of your abstract for consideration is February 15, 2021.  Rapid Fire presenters will be given 8 minutes to present and 2 minutes for questions.
Email completed forms using the form below to:

2021-ITNC Rapid Fire Call for Abstracts Submission Form


Job Posting-Executive Director, American College of Surgeons, Chicago, IL

Job Posting- Executive Director, American College of Surgeons, Chicago, IL

The Board of Regents of the American College of Surgeons (ACS or the College) invites applications for the position of Executive Director. The College is a scientific and educational organization of surgeons that was founded in 1913 by Franklin H. Martin, MD, FACS for the primary purpose of educating and training surgeons to raise the standards of surgical practice and to improve the quality of care for surgical patients. The College has more than 82,000 members, referred to as “Fellows”, making it the largest organization of surgeons in the world.

The Executive Director provides overall leadership for the College and works collaboratively with its Board of Regents to establish strategic priorities. The Executive Director is responsible for day-to-day oversight of activities of the College’s 450 employees and approximately 275 volunteers. The Executive Director, under the direction of the Board of Regents, provides leadership for strategic planning; major advocacy efforts; broad based communications; diverse standard setting activities; relationship building with members and other constituencies; and activities that generate non-dues revenue.

The Executive Director must be a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons with significant, successful leadership experience in a high performing and diversified healthcare organization. The Executive Director will be deeply committed to the College’s mission and values. The Executive Director will be an innovative and strategic thinker with excellent communication and interpersonal skills that engender respect. The Executive Director will possess strong business, organizational, analytical, and fiscal knowledge and skills.  The Executive Director will be based in Chicago, Illinois.

Applications and inquiries are being accepted for the position. The position will remain open until it is filled. Applicants are encouraged to submit their materials, including a CV and cover letter, by February 19, 2021.  All inquiries, referrals, and applications will be held in strict confidence and should be directed to Isaacson, Miller via

The American College of Surgeons is committed to working with and providing reasonable accommodations to individuals with disabilities.  If, because of a medical condition or disability, you need a reasonable accommodation for any part of the employment process, please email or call (312) 202-5000 and let us know the nature of your request and your contact information.

Equal Opportunity Employer/Protected Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities

The contractor will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor’s legal duty to furnish information. 41 CFR 60-1.35(c)


ITNC Winter Newsletter

The Interdisciplinary Trauma Network of Canada (ITNC) is pleased to share their Winter 2020 Newsletter. Read all about their very successful National Zoom Event held on September 28, 2020 on “Trauma Team Activation.”

ITNC Winter 2020 Newsletter

ITNC is always happy to welcome new interdisciplinary members. There is no additional charge to belong to ITNC. (If you are a current member of TAC and wish to join ITNC, send an email to and Kate Mahon will add you to the membership list for ITNC).

The purpose of the ITNC group is to work in collaboration with the TAC to shape the future of Canadian trauma systems. Through its leadership the ITNC actively promotes and supports the achievement of excellence in trauma systems.

Join your colleagues from other trauma programs across Canada to discuss best practices, share resources and information and work together to strengthen the care for trauma patients through system design and response, to fulfill the TAC vision  to “improve the lives of all those affected by, or at risk of traumatic injury.”

Dec 6-National Day of Remembrance & Action on Violence Against Women

Dec 6-National Day of Remembrance & Action on Violence Against Women

It has been over 30 years since the tragic shooting of 14 women at l’École Polytechnique de Montréal. December 6 is The National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence against Women.

Please join Canadian Doctors for Protection from Guns in urging the government to take action on stronger gun laws. Gun violence prevention is a gender issue.

For more information please go to:

Public Health Agency of Canada Seeking Input from Health Care Providers on Vaccine Education

The Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) is surveying health care providers currently practicing in Canada to learn more about the training and resources that will be most useful to help you discuss COVID-19 vaccines with patients/clients, and to receive the vaccine yourself when they become available. While the questionnaire places some emphasis on health care providers who engage in vaccination-related activities in their practice, we are interested in the views of other health care providers as well.

The online survey will be available to complete until December 13, 2020. Due to the short time frame, it is being distributed widely through a number of channels and you may receive this e-mail more than once. We appreciate your understanding.

The survey can be accessed here: COVID-19 vaccine resource and training needs survey for health care providers.

If you have any questions or comments, please contact the Immunization Promotion and Partnerships Unit at

Thank you very much for your time and participation.


L’Agence de la santé publique du Canada (ASPC) mène un sondage auprès des fournisseurs de soins de santé qui exercent actuellement au Canada afin d’en apprendre davantage sur la formation et les ressources qui seront les plus utiles pour vous aider à discuter des vaccins contre la COVID-19 avec les patients et les clients, et pour vous permettre de recevoir le vaccin vous-même lorsqu’il sera disponible. Bien que le questionnaire accorde une place importante aux fournisseurs de soins de santé qui s’occupent de la vaccination dans le cadre de leur exercice, nous sommes également intéressés par le point de vue d’autres fournisseurs de soins de santé.

Le sondage en ligne pourra être rempli jusqu’au 13 décembre 2020. En raison du court délai, il est distribué à grande échelle par diverses voies de communication et il est possible que vous receviez ce courriel plus d’une fois. Nous vous sommes reconnaissants de votre compréhension.

Le sondage se trouve ici : Sondage sur les ressources et les besoins de formation sur les vaccins contre la COVID 19 pour les fournisseurs de soins de santé.

Si vous avez des questions ou des commentaires, veuillez communiquer avec Promotion des immunisations et partenariats à l’adresse

Nous vous remercions infiniment de votre attention et de votre participation.

TAC 2019 Speaker Jameel Janjua to Fly Spaceship Two!

For anyone who had the pleasure of hearing Jameel Janjua speak at the TAC 2019 Conference in Calgary, you will be interested to see that he has recently been confirmed as a new test pilot for Virgin Galactic as a member of the Pilot Corps. While Jameel will initially operate in a test pilot capacity, he, along with the rest of the Pilot Corps, will ultimately become the world’s first commercial Spaceship Pilots, flying Future Astronauts on their life-changing journey into space and back.

Jameel Janjua said, “Helping to democratize space travel is a unique honor, and I am thrilled and humbled to be joining the Virgin Galactic Pilot Corps. With society on the cusp of opening space to all humankind, I cannot think of a more privileged role than to be a small part of the amazing team guiding people to their dreams and beyond. I am excited to join our Future Astronauts on their personal and insightful journeys and I’m looking forward to witnessing, first-hand, the variety of reactions these life-changing experiences will evoke.”

How cool is that?!   Read more here:



21 NS Paramedics Awarded EMS Exemplary Service Medals by Gov General Office

Emergency Medical Services Exemplary Service Medal Awarded to 21 Paramedics in Nova Scotia


The Emergency Medical Services Exemplary Service Medal, created on July 7, 1994, recognizes professionals in the provision of pre-hospital emergency medical services to the public, who have performed their duties in an exemplary manner, characterized by good conduct, industry and efficiency.

Recipients must have been employed with emergency medical services on or after October 31, 1991, and have completed 20 years of exemplary service, including at least 10 years in the performance of duties involving potential risk. Those with at least 10 years of service with emergency medical services may include, in the 20 years of service, service completed in another profession, provided this service has not been recognized by another long service, good conduct or efficiency decoration or medal awarded by the Crown. The Medal may be awarded posthumously.

Twenty-one Nova Scotia paramedics have been awarded the Emergency Medical Services Exemplary Service Medal for their dedication to the health and safety of all Nova Scotians.

These paramedics have dedicated their careers to providing high-quality care to Nova Scotians in their time of greatest need, sometimes at their own personal risk.

Lt.-Gov. Arthur J. LeBlanc, who presented the medals, noted the dedication they exemplify daily.

“It is my great pleasure to invest these members of the Emergency Medical Services with the Exemplary Service Medal,” said Lt.-Gov. LeBlanc. “Their dedication and commitment to the people they serve – quite often in the most distressing of circumstances – is most deserving of this recognition, which I am honoured to present to them on behalf of Her Majesty The Queen.”

The paramedics who received the medals are:

  • Francine Butts, Chaswood, Halifax Regional Municipality
  • Colleen Carey, Hammonds Plains
  • Kevin Carey, Hammonds Plains
  • Charles Charmichael, Georges River, Cape Breton Regional Municipality
  • Joseph Gallant, New Germany, Lunenburg Co.
  • Ryan Grist, Dayspring, Lunenburg Co.
  • Rhonda Helpard, Steep Creek, Guysborough Co.
  • Angela Hickox, Truro
  • Greg MacKinnon, Kentville
  • Angie Matheson, Port Hastings, Inverness Co.
  • John Mosher, Kentville
  • Christopher Nordland, Dartmouth
  • Donna Reid, Hammonds Plains
  • Peter Rose, Dartmouth
  • John Rossiter (posthumous)
  • Shane Strong, Saint-Anne-Du-Ruisseau, Yarmouth Co.
  • Sean Teed, Glen Haven, Halifax Regional Municipality
  • Matthew Vaughan, Westville, Pictou Co.
  • Mark Walker, Hammonds Plains
  • Jim Wells, Brookside, Halifax Regional Municipality
  • Kelsey Wells, Brookside, Halifax Regional Municipality

From a young age, recipient Francine Butts was interested in finding a path to help support the needs of people in her community. She found that path in paramedicine.

“Throughout my 23-year career, I have met some of the strongest and bravest people – our patients and their families. As a paramedic, you can share in life’s most precious and unfair moments all in the same day with people you just met,” she said. “It certainly takes a special person to be able to do this line of work. Thanks to the trailblazing men and women that have and continue to wear the uniform, lead this profession, and be pioneers in clinical care, patient safety and advocacy.”

Queen Elizabeth II created the Exemplary Service Medal in 1994. It is part of a national recognition program for people who work in high-risk jobs that enhance Canada’s public safety.

Police, firefighters, corrections officers, coast guard members and peace officers are also eligible for exemplary service medals, which are part of the Canadian honours system.

Emergency Medical Services professionals can be nominated by their peers or the public. Recipients must have demonstrated exemplary service in their careers for at least 20 years, including 10 years in an emergency medical services position that involves potential risk.

For more information on the awards, visit

TAC 2021 Abstract Submission Site is Open! Deadline Dec 1.20 2359 EASTERN

TAC 2021 Abstract Submission Site is Open!

We are pleased to inform you that the TAC abstract submission module is now open to receive your abstracts for consideration for the 2021 Annual Scientific Meeting & Conference to be held in person (if COVID permits) in Vancouver April 15-16, 2020.  Should we be unable to gather we will be prepared to offer the abstracts and conference as a virtual event this year so there is no need to hold back in sending us your submissions.

DEADLINE for Submission is:  December 1, 2020 at  2359 hours EASTERN (in Canada)

For more details go to: TAC 2021 Conference Information

Ornge Launches Study on Cancelled Trauma Scene Calls

Ornge is launching a study in Ontario to better understand the reasons behind trauma scene call cancellation with the intent of improving timely access to trauma care for severely injured patients.

Read about the project here: