Archive for April, 2011

Newfoundland seeks solution to MD turnover

In Newfoundland and Labrador, the
turnover of international medical graduates (IMG’s) is so severe that for almost every IMG
who arrives in the province, another leaves. However a new program
by the Newfoundland and Labrador Medical Association (NMA) aims to keep foreign-trained physicians in the province. Launched last fall, the IMG Preceptor Program matches incoming physicians with other physicians with similar backgrounds. A motivating factor, says an NLMA Past President Ian Smith, is the simple desire to make new physicians feel more at home. “It turns out a lot of them are turned off in their first few weekshere by a wide variety of reasons, many of which are related to a lack of familiarity with the Canadian system,” says Smith Bruce Squires, the NLMA’s executive director, now meets all the incoming IMG’s as they begin practising in the province. “I spend a little bit of time talking about the association and related program, [but] I usually spend a lot more time answering questions.”Typically, there’s confusion aboutthe t e r m s a n d c o n d i t i o n s o f w o r k i ng arrangements, such as on-call hours and working hours. “When we sit down there are usually a lot of questions, particularly when it comes to call. It’s such an evolving issue.”The IMGs a r e then adv i s ed that they will be contacted by a preceptoronce they start practising. So far, more
than 60 physicians in 19 communitieshave volunteered as preceptors.
“Some [IMGs] never had any intention of practising here long term, but a significant number arrive with no fixed p l a n s , ” Smi t h e x p l a i n e d . “Th a t ’ s a group of physicians that we would very
much like to attract to this province and keep for as long as we can.”
Smith said first impressions are lasting ones, so the issue is resolved for those wanting to leave. NO longer do they want to hear “We talked to several people who had a l r e ady de c ided to
leave and they had been here for less than 3 months.”
Negative factors can include education opportunities and accommodation. “One of the things we were told was that if, for instance, you spend a hundred bucks and put some soap and towe l s i n t h e s e p l a c e s b e f o r e s ome o ne shows up, it can make a huge difference. It gives you the impression that
you’re wanted, as opposed to just another body passing through.” Dr. Robert Young, registrar of the
Newfoundland Medical Board, estimates that there is a turn around of 100 foreign-trained physicians who arrive to practise in Newfoundland every year and the same number who plan to leave.

Canadians left waiting for vision on health care

OTTAWA, March 22 – The Canadian Medical Association (CMA) and the Canadian Nurses Association (CNA) responded to the federal budget with a fresh sense of urgency for the federal government to create an overall health-care vision for Canada.
The budget featured some health-related announcements that represent steps in the correct direction: for example, the Family Caregiver Tax Credit, initiatives to support palliative care, and the plan to relieve student debt for new nurses and physicians who locate in rural and remote settings. However, more action is needed to address challenges in this and other areas of health care.
“The initiative to address the shortage of primary care physicians recognizes the particular challenges of providing health care in rural and remote areas of the country,” said CMA president Dr. Jeff Turnbull.
“However, there is also an important shortage of primary health care providers in Canada’s cities that must also be addressed. That’s why Canadians are calling for a more strategic and integrated approach from their federal government to improving the health care system,” he added.
In a public opinion poll last week commissioned by the CMA and CNA, 45 per cent of Canadians thought health care their priority for the federal budget compared to 35 per cent who chose the economy and 15 per cent who ranked the environment first.
The poll also found that a large percentage of Canadians supported the introduction of a wide range of budget measures to improve the health-care system including enhanced programs to support disease prevention, healthy living, and environmental issues such as safe water. The budget allows for little in the way of these measures or a strategic vision for the future of health care.
CNA president Judith Shamian said Canada’s nurses are happy to see nursing and medical student debt relief as well as tax relief for Canadians providing care for family members.
“However, just last week Canadians indicated clearly that health care was their top priority and initiatives such as access to prescription drugs based on need and not on the ability to pay, went largely unnoticed in this budget,” she said.
The CMA and CNA say they will attempt by all means to engage Canadians positively.

A list of the best medical schools in the world.

Gathering a list of the best medical schools in the world can be arduous and daunting given the sheer number of medical schools there are in diverse countries around the world. Also with various educational systems prevalent, it is difficult to develop standards and measures for ranking them. In this article I’ll provide you with the top ten medical schools in the world that land on a influential lists ranking the top medical schools in the world.

1. Harvard University
Probably the best medical school in the world, Harvard University is generally ranked number one on most lists. Famous for both research and primary care, the Harvard Medical School opened it’s hallowed halls in 1782. It has an annual budget of almost USD 600,000,000 with only seven basic departments to spend this colossal amount of money on. This improves the quality drastically on research conducted at the university and the facilities provided to students.

2. University of Cambridge
The University of Cambridge, UK is the fourth oldest medical school in the world and has one of the best facilities for biomedical research in the world. It also performs research in a broad range of areas like cancer, cardiovascular medicine, stem cell, epidemiology, genetics, hematological and transplantation medicine, neuroscience, psychiatry/mental health and women’s health. It puts equal emphasis on it’s medical practice with students training at its School of Clinical Medicine.

3.Johns Hopkins University
Located at Baltimore, Maryland, United States, John Hopkins, as of 2009, has 473 full time students enrolled for its medical program. The research work done at the institute is extremely well known with as much as USD 1.68 billion spent on it in the fiscal year 2008-09. It is also very famous for its provision of primary care. The school was started on February 22, 1876. It’s total tuition fees at the college is about USD 55,390.

4.University of Pennsylvania
One of the top ten medical schools in the world, the University of Pennsylvania Medical School has an intake of 614 students who pay a tuition fee of USD 41036. Penn Medical School is the first medical school in the United States and is affiliated to the University of Pennsylvania Hospital. If you are aiming at becoming a doctor, then the University of Pennsylvania is a solid option. Given the cost it’s very in demand by the masses.

5.University of Oxford
Oxford University, UK is one of the three colleges from the UK to feature in the best medical schools of the world list. It’s probably one of the oldest institutions in the world for higher education, and has many different departments including cardiovascular medicine, clinical medicine, clinical neurology and pharmacology, oncology, gynecology, ophthalmology, psychiatry, public health, primary care and surgery. Few Medical Schools can compare to the varied disciplines this university has.

6.University of California at San Francisco
The University of California ranks fifth on the list of best medical schools in US, according to the USNWR report. It has a student body of 595 as of 2009 and students from the state have zero tuition fee. The University is famous for its research in fields like biomedical science, biological sciences, microbiology, and immunology.

7.Yale University
Located in New Haven, Connecticut, the Yale Medical School was chartered in 1810 is one of the foremost institutions in the world of medicine. Few can compare. Not only does it rank for its primary care but also leads most lists of best medical schools in the world when it comes to research on health and diseases.

8.Karolinska Institute
One of the only colleges on the list of the best medical schools in the world which is not from the US or the UK, Karolinska University Hospital is located in Solna and Huddinge, Sweden. It’s the largest Swedish training center for medicine and research. It was founded in 1810 at Stockholm it was later moved to Solna.

9.Columbia University
Columbia University’s Medical Center is without a doubt one of the top 10 best medical schools in the world leading in health and medical education. The University awards the Medical Center almost half of the USD 2 billion annual budget that it gets. The Medical Center is situated in northern Manhattan in New York at a 20 acre campus in Washington Heights.

10.University of Dundee
The top ranked university for medicine in the United Kingdom, the University of Dundee is located in the eponymous city, which is also the second largest city in Scotland. The College of Medicine has an annual intake of 154 students which also includes 11 overseas students. The University of Dundee offers courses at the undergraduate and postgraduate levels, having distance learning and part time programs.

Other schools that regularly featured on lists of the best medical schools in the world are Netherlands’ University of Leiden, Switzerland’s University of Zurich, Japan’s Kyoto University, and Germany’s University of Munich. This compilation of the top medical schools in the world is centered on American and European continents, which have some of the best educational facilities in the world. If you’re aiming at one of the many careers in the medical field then you should think about trying to get into one of these colleges to ensure that you receive the best medical education possible to prepare you.

Alberta doctors press province to hold public inquiry into health problems

EDMONTON _ Physicians attempting to put pressure on the Alberta government to hold a public inquiry into serious health issues that include the alleged intimidation of doctors and staff who may have concerns.

Dr. Ciaran McNamee, head of the Alberta Medical Association released a statement Monday through the Alberta Liberals that promised he and other doctors would speak out if their testimony were legally protected by a formal inquiry. For the rest of the article, click here.

Facing up to Canada’s physician shortage and what it means to the United States.

When comparison with nations with comparable wellness treatment goals, namely universal coverage, it becomes immediately apparent that Canada’s health and wellness treatment plan is not worth copying or mirroring.While we’re a best spender, the Canadian system has the longest waiting lists, reduced quantities of health care technologies, and possibly the problems that hit closest to home, a shortage of providing physicians.

If you think it’s bad now in Canada, just wait. Over the following decade, the doctor shortage will turn out to be much more severe.

Even if government-imposed restrictions are lifted the quantity of medical doctors they are able to produce in Canada is immediately removed, it won’t have an result for just about any great offer using the following decade. It requires time to educate a you graduate doctor. The only short-term option will be to recruit much more foreign trained doctors. And that’s where Physician Jobs Canada steps up to the plate. We offer a one-stop shop for physicians in Canada and the U.S., as well as IMG’s around the world who wish to come to Canada.

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