The Canadian Orthopaedic Trauma Society has been a promoter of multicentre research studies for more than a decade. From its modest beginnings, the group has grown to over 50 members who meet twice a year. The following article is a review of how the group developed to become a leader in level-one orthopaedic research. The success of the group stems from the respect and collaboration amongst the surgeons and research coordinators. This is most evident in the design of new studies. Surgeons and coordinators both have input into new protocols and this has been essential in designing protocols that are followed to completion. The group has completed a number of prospective randomised trials over the years and has received numerous awards. These awards are highlighted along with recent publications by the group. These accomplishments have led to recognition as a leader in successful randomised orthopaedic trials and have helped us to obtain funding for our ongoing and future research.
The Canadian Palliative Care Education Group, a committee of the Canadian Society of Palliative Care Physicians, carries out surveys from time to time on the status of palliative care education in Canadian medical schools. We describe the organization of the Canadian Palliative Care Education Group and report on a survey carried out in the 1996-97 academic year. Our data suggest that the emphasis on palliative care varies widely amongst the 16 Canadian medical schools, in concert with the availability of academic staff positions in palliative care. We conclude that the need for palliative care education is supported by rhetoric which remains to be matched by proportionate tangible investment.
As the professional society representing cardiac surgeons in Canada, the Canadian Society of Cardiac Surgeons (CSCS) recognizes the importance of maintaining a stable cardiac surgical workforce. The current reactive approach to health human resource management in cardiac surgery is inadequate and may result in significant misalignment of cardiac surgeon supply and demand. The availability of forecasting models and high quality, consistent data on productivity, workload, utilization, and demand is a prerequisite for our profession's capacity to predict and plan for changes in health human resources. The CSCS recognizes that improved workforce management is a key component to providing optimal cardiac surgical care for Canadians in the future and has developed the recommendations in this document as a call to action to interested stakeholders and policymakers to bring substantial improvements to health human resource management in cardiac surgery.