Spring 2015 COA Bulletin #108

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2. Moroz P.J., Spiegel D.A. The World Health Organization’s Action Plan on the Road Traffic Injury Pandemic: Is there Any Action for Orthopaedic Trauma Surgeons? Journal of Orthopaedic Trauma, 2014 Jun; 28 Suppl 1: S 11 - 4.

The COA’s 2015 NATF Fellow Dr. Bashar Alolabi

Pascal-André Vendittoli, M.D., FRCSC Chair, COA Exchange Fellowships Committee Montreal, QC


r. Bashar Alolabi of Hamilton, Ontario has been selected as the COA’s 2015 North American Travelling Fellow (NATF). Dr. Alolabi obtained his M.D. from McMaster University and completed his orthopaedic surgery residency and Masters degree at Western University. He pursued subspecialty training in shoulder and elbow surgery at the Cleveland Clinic under the supervision of Dr. Joseph Iannotti, followed by a fellowship in trauma and lower extremity reconstruction/ arthroplasty at the University of Toronto with Drs. Richard Jenkinson and Markku Nousiainen. Dr. Alolabi currently practices at the Hamilton General Hospital and has a strong commitment to clinical outcomes research and upper extremity biomechanics. He will represent the COA over the course of a four-week tour beginning in October visiting orthopaedic centres in both Canada and the U.S. Please join us in congratulating Dr. Alolabi on this achievement.

Une expérience inoubliable

A summary of the 2014 CFBS Travelling Fellowship tour Nathan Urquhart, M.D., M.Sc., FRCSC 2014 CFBS Fellow Dartmouth, NS Alex Soroceanu, MD CM, MPH, FRCSC 2014 CFBS Fellow Calgary AB


ast fall we had the wonderful opportunity to represent the Canadian Orthopaedic Association on the CanadianFrench-Belgian-Swiss Travelling Fellowship (CFBS). The CFBS Travelling fellowship is an exchange between the COA and various European orthopaedic societies. On alternating years, one representative from each of France, Belgium, and COA Bulletin ACO - Spring / Printemps 2015

Switzerland travel to Canada and two Canadian representatives travel to the three countries the subsequent year. This year Dr. Alex Soroceanu and I were the fortunate ones chosen by the COA’s Exchange Fellowships Committee as the 2015 Canadian CFBS Fellows. Currently Alex is working in Calgary at the Foothills Medical Centre doing adult spinal surgery while I am working in Halifax (across the bridge at Dartmouth General Hospital) doing arthroscopy and sports medicine. We were pretty excited when we found out that were selected, however, what made it even more exciting was finding out that we would be co-fellows travelling together since we are good friends from orthopaedic residency at Dalhousie University. We spent four weeks travelling to nine hospitals and many towns steeped in history.