1) 2011 ANNUAL MEETING REGISTRATION IS OPEN
Online registration for the upcoming COA/CORS and CORA Annual Meeting in St. John's is open. Take advantage of the early bird rates and register by April 15. Purchase your Instructional Course Lecture (ICL) tickets and social event tickets when you register online. Complete information about the meeting is always available at www.coaannualmeeting.org. Ready to register? Click right here.
2) CANADIAN ORTHOPAEDIC FOUNDATION RESEARCH AWARD WINNERS
The Canadian Orthopaedic Foundation is pleased to announce its 2010 research award recipients, sponsored by Bayer HealthCare: The winner of the J. Edouard Samson Award is Dr. Michael J. Dunbar, for his research proposal entitled: "Precision Metrics in Orthopaedics: Developing Improved Patient Assessment Technologies and Processes to Optimize Care". The winners of the Canadian Orthopaedic Research Legacy (CORL) Grant are Drs. Jeffrey Leiter, Peter MacDonald and Judy Anderson, for their research proposal entitled: "Exploring the Biologics of Rotator Cuff Injury and Advancing Repair".
Congratulations winners! To learn more about the Foundation's research awards, please visit www.canorth.org. Stay tuned this summer when the next call for applications will be announced in the COA Dispatch.
3) CANADIAN JOINT REPLACEMENT REGISTRY - SURGEON ACCESS TO OWN DATA
The Canadian Joint Replacement Registry (CJRR) has received much interest and uptake of the Own Data Cut feature that was implemented in Spring 2010. The Own Data Cut enables surgeons, or their authorized designates, to download their own data from the CJRR.
The Own Data Cut feature is available through the CJRR Web-Based Data Submission and Reporting Tool. It is offered to all participating surgeons - regardless of how they submit data to the CJRR (e.g. paper-based forms, web-based and/or electronically).
Surgeons participating in the CJRR who would like to register for the CJRR Web-Based Data Submission and Reports Tool, to access their own data, please contact CJRR at
We also welcome surgeons interested in joining the CJRR or learning more information to please contact us at
4) CONFERENCES OF INTEREST
23rd Congress of the European Society for Surgery of Shoulder and the Elbow (SECEC - ESSSE) will be held in Lyon, France from September 14-17, 2011. Abstracts are being accepted until March 31, 2011. Complete course information can be found here. Click here to register.
5) ONTARIO SURGEONS - WSIB NOTICE OF OPPORTUNITY
The Workplace Safety & Insurance Board (WSIB) is seeking back specialist physicians (with an expertise in orthopaedic surgery or neurosurgery) in the province of Ontario to provide medical and return to work expertise in complex back injury cases. The back specialist physicians will review all file material provided by WSIB and will provide medical expertise on cases regarding treatment recommendations for workers with a back injury. The back specialist physicians will work part-time at the WSIB office closest to their practice approximately two (2) or three (3) days per week.
For further information, the RFIQ document and submission template can be downloaded from either the MERX (www.merx.com) or Biddingo (www.biddingo.com) web sites. Submission deadline is Thursday, March 17, 2011 at 11:00 a.m. EST.
What does COA membership mean to you? The Membership Committee asked some of your colleagues what being a COA member means to them and their orthopaedic practice...
Canadian orthopaedic surgery is my heritage and roots as a surgeon. Consequently, the COA is my link to this heritage. The COA has always been an organization that "does what is right" and is concerned with the betterment of its surgeons and their patients. Being able to participate in the organization has provided me with a great opportunity to be involved with a great group of people who are trying very hard to improve Canadian orthopaedics at all levels. - James F. Kellam, Charlotte, North Carolina
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