Colombo Declaration at SLEMCON 2017

The issue of attacks on medical facilities in conflict zones was brought to the fore by several presentations during the DevelopingEM 2016 Sri Lanka conference. The moving presentation by Kass Thomas describes the 2015 attack on the MSF run Kunduz Trauma Centre in Afghanistan. It contains emotional content and graphic images. A petition of the faculty and delegates at the 2016 conference recorded unanimous condemnation of past and ongoing attacks on health care facilities. At the suggestion of our friends and colleagues within the Sri Lankan Society of Critical Care and Emergency Medicine (SSCCEM) an attempt to crystallise the feelings of the faculty and delegates into a formal declaration was undertaken. The resultant Colombo Declaration was presented formally during the plenary session of the very recent SLEMCON 2017 conference. The Declaration is the result of 12 months of thought, discussion and consultation and all those involved are extremely grateful to the SSCCEM for fostering its development and allowing for it be formally presented during SLEMCON. As a group we would be very grateful if you consider the Declaration enunciated below.  

 

In follow up to the release of the Declaration we plan to promote the issue across a range of platforms as well as approach colleagues, medical bodies, and government with the ultimate aim being to enhance the enforcement of the Geneva Conventions and UNSC Resolution 2286.

 

What can you do?

Visit the Stop Bombing Hospitals website.

Spread the word.

Educate your colleagues.

Approach your employers, specialist medical colleges, and other medical associations to promote and support the Declaration.

Write to your Federal Member of Parliament and feel free to forward the Declaration

 

From all of us within SSCCEM and DevelopingEM we thank you for your support and we hope to be able to update you on our progress with this issue very soon.

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LOW FI Simulation Gear for Sri Lanka

Since December we have been working on acquiring a Low Fidelity Simulation set up for the National Hospital in Colombo, Sri Lanka.

Thanks to the generosity and assistance of iSimulate , you as DevelopingEMers have facilitated the purchase of a

ALSi- Advanced Patient Condition Simulator

and a

Crash Kelly Mannequin

which used together create a flexible realistic simulation based training option.

We are hoping to get the purchase to Sri Lanka in time for the first dedicated emergency medicine conference to be held in Sri Lanka- SLEMCON2017 – between the 5th and 14th of November this year.

The gear will initially be used as part of the conference but will then serve to train residents in emergency medicine at the National Hospital in Colombo.

Without your support as DevelopingEM attendees this would not have been possible.

Thank you for your help and ongoing support!!

Consolidation of Opportunities for Ongoing Educational Assistance in Sri Lanka

With the enlivened interest in EM and critical care as a result of the conference there is a growing group of trainees who are hungry for your assistance with their ongoing education.

 

DevelopingEM’ers Nilantha Lenora, Nick Taylor, and James Salway are involved in an EM educational capacity building project in Sri Lanka to complement what’s being offered locally and would like to appeal for you to stay involved and offer whatever time and skills you can devote within the EM/Critical Care/Tox/Paeds/PreHospital realms via some of the following opportunities:

  • Virtual Grand Rounds
    • Deliver a 30-60 minute lecture for Sri Lanka EM registrars online via Skype/Google Hangout
    • Flexible scheduling, conference sessions tend to fall on Fridays
  • Virtual Mentoring
    • Serve as a mentor/advisor/role model to a group of 2-3 Sri Lankan EM registrars
    • Time commitment:  1 x 60 minute group online mentoring session every 1-2 months over Skype/Google Hangout
  • Virtual Journal Club
    • Offer faculty-level review for online journal club forum hosted by Sri Lanka EM registrars

If any consultants from around the world are interested in making a lasting impact on the education of a future EM physician in Sri Lanka via the above opportunities or others, please contact Dr Nilantha Lenora ( SriLankaEM@gmail.com ) for  more information.

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“Colombo Declaration” in support of the Stop Bombing Hospitals Campaign

Kass Thomas’ impassioned presentation on the Kunduz Hospital bombing stirred emotions in everyone present.

 

We received nearly 150 signatures on a Stop Attacking Hospitals petition at the conference and plan several follow up efforts to maintain exposure of this vitally important issue including

 

Construction of a Medical Journal Article on the topic

 

Formulation of a formal “Colombo Declaration” from the delegate

body expressing our group opinion on the issue

 

Appeal on behalf of the delegate body to the UN, Geneva

Convention, Heads of State, International Criminal Court and other

relevant regional, local and international bodies.

 

Seek the interest of documentary and journalistic organisations to

follow up with cinematographic representation of our declaration

 

If you would like to add your support and assistance to this please email us directly at developingem@gmail.com

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Low Fidelity Simulation Equipment for Sri Lanka

In concert with a partner and supporter organisation iSimulate we will be funding the purchase of equipment for a portable low fidelity simulation setup (iSimulate device + mannequin) to allow another option for EM simulation training within Sri Lanka.

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DevelopingEM 2016 Sri Lanka Wraps Up

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Dear Colleagues, DevelopingEM Delegates and Faculty,

 

Well another DevelopingEM event has come and gone and we would just like to thank you for your enthusiastic support in making DEM2016 Sri Lanka a conference to remember.

 

We hope you agree that it was an amazing event and we hope the relationships made during the conference will continue to grow and develop in the years to come.

 

Our conference model does not work without your registrations as these,  as you know, are our sole funding source.

 

This model means you are all an integral part of the DevelopingEM team and responsible for the process.

 

We, as the management team, will be forever grateful for your support.

 

Although the breakdown of your registration charges was presented at the conference I think it’s important to remind you, as members of the team, of the breakdown of your contributions as well as what these funds allowed us all to achieve.

 

For a full delegate paying $USD1200

 

  • $USD564 went towards venue costs

and Im sure you will agree this was money well spent with spectacular supportive venues

 

  • $USD180 went to administrative costs including outsourced event management, insurance, legals, college fees and merchandise

(there is no payment to the medical management team)

 

  • $USD84 went towards IT support

 

  • $USD48 went to planning meetings both in Australia and Sri Lanka

 

  • $USD24 went towards marketing

 

  • Most Importantly $USD300 went to supported attendance of regional and local delegates at the conference and workshops

 

This local delegate support was offset by a small local registration fee for the 185 Sri Lankan attendees, however the 14 regional delegates you supported attended free of any charge.

 

The first 9 applicants for support from the region had their flights and accommodation covered by you as well.

 

The local nursing delegates also had their registration costs completely covered by you.

 

Your support allowed 219 attendances at various workshops by local and regional colleagues, with many attending more than one workshop.

 

The toxicology workshop was also partly funded due to donations from the Toxicology and Poisons Network Australasia (TAPNA) and we are most grateful for their support.

 

In summary you have all achieved a great deal both in an immediate and long term sense and the feedback from local and regional delegates has been overwhelming, very heart warming and eloquently summarised by one of the key members of our faculty, Nilantha Lenora.

 

“DevelopingEM has effectively inspired an entire generation of emergency physicians in Sri Lanka and the ripple effects will be there for decades to come.”

 

We have reasons as a group to feel just a little proud of our collective achievements and once again we would like to thank you for your support.

 

 

There are a few other things we need to mention before we let you get back to your busy lives.

 

Low Fidelity Simulation Equipment for Sri Lanka

In concert with a partner and supporter organisation iSimulate (www.isimulate) we will be funding the purchase of equipment for a portable low fidelity simulation setup (iSimulate device + mannequin) to allow another option for EM simulation training within Sri Lanka.

 

“Colombo Declaration”

Kass Thomas’ impassioned presentation on the Kunduz Hospital bombing stirred emotions in everyone present.

 

We received nearly 150 signatures on a Stop Attacking Hospitals petition at the conference and plan several follow up efforts to maintain exposure of this vitally important issue including

 

Construction of a Medical Journal Article on the topic

 

Formulation of a formal “Colombo Declaration” from the delegate

body expressing our group opinion on the issue

 

Appeal on behalf of the delegate body to the UN, Geneva

Convention, Heads of State, International Criminal Court and other

relevant regional, local and international bodies.

 

Seek the interest of documentary and journalistic organisations to

follow up with cinematographic representation of our declaration

 

If you would like to add your support and assistance to this please email us directly at developingem@gmail.com

 

 

Opportunities for Ongoing Educational Assistance in Sri Lanka

With the enlivened interest in EM and critical care as a result of the conference there is a growing group of trainees who are hungry for your assistance with their ongoing education.

 

DevelopingEM’ers Nilantha Lenora, Nick Taylor, and James Salway are involved in an EM educational capacity building project in Sri Lanka to complement what’s being offered locally and would like to appeal for you to stay involved and offer whatever time and skills you can devote within the EM/Critical Care/Tox/Paeds/PreHospital realms via some of the following opportunities:

  • Virtual Grand Rounds
    • Deliver a 30-60 minute lecture for Sri Lanka EM registrars online via Skype/Google Hangout
    • Flexible scheduling, conference sessions tend to fall on Fridays
  • Virtual Mentoring
    • Serve as a mentor/advisor/role model to a group of 2-3 Sri Lankan EM registrars
    • Time commitment:  1 x 60 minute group online mentoring session every 1-2 months over Skype/Google Hangout
  • Virtual Journal Club
    • Offer faculty-level review for online journal club forum hosted by Sri Lanka EM registrars

If any consultants from around the world are interested in making a lasting impact on the education of a future EM physician in Sri Lanka via the above opportunities or others, please contact Dr Nilantha Lenora nlenora@gmail.com for more information.

 

 

Housekeeping Issues Post Conference

CME Certificates

Your CME/CPD certificates should have been sent to you already.

Can you let us know if you didn’t receive your documentation and we will endeavour to get this to you as soon as possible

 

Conference Presentations

There were many requests for copies of the conference presentations.

We hope to have all the presentations and video uploaded to our website soon.

Our previous conference presentations can be found here.

 

Conference Photos and Videos

We are aiming to have photos and video from the conference uploaded to our website and Facebook page soon.

If you would like to add your own media either send it to us or upload it via Facebook.

 

Feedback

We are always happy to hear your feedback, both positive and negative.

DevelopingEM has changed many aspects of our process based on delegate feedback and we aim to stay approachable and flexible.

We’re still on a steep learning curve when it comes to marketing and any advice on how to promote DevelopingEM in your region would be very much appreciated.

 

Staying in Touch with other Delegates

Without pre-approval we cant release our delegate details but if you are happy for us to make your contact details available for other delegates please let us know and we will create a 2016 detail database.

Probably the easiest way to stay in touch would be through our Facebook and Twitter Pages.

Feel free to join us here, upload your photos from the conference and post your thoughts.

The instant messenger service on Facebook is a great way to communicate as well.

 

Help with future DevelopingEM projects

We are already in the process of looking at a future structure to maintain the success of the DevelopingEM formula.

This year will probably be a year of consolidation for us as an organization but we will be back bigger and better than ever in 2018.

If you would like to help us out please contact us at developingem@gmail.com

 

Thank you’s

There are so many people to thank but chief amongst those are our Sri Lankan Organising Committee without whom this event would not have been possible.

We would especially like to thank the core members of this team

SRILAL DESILVA

NILANKA WICKRAMARATNE

HARENDRA AND THERIKA COORAY

RANJANA SENEVIRATNE

and

ASANGA MIGHLEHEWA

CHULA GOONASEKERA

GANAJA SAMARAJIWA

IYANTHI ABEYEWICKREME

KRISHANTHA JAYASEKERA

MITHRAJEE PREMARATNE

ROHAN DISSANAYAKE

SANATH RAJAKARUNA

SENAKA GUNATILAKE

SENAKA RAJAPAKSE

Without you we would not have had an event and we are forever grateful for your enormous efforts and support
To our incredible faculty who have joined us from around the globe, you really are the core of this conference.

Your generosity is unbelievable.

You have as a group made DevelopingEM what it is and we hope to continue building on an amazing group of clinicians as the years progress.
In particular we must thank our Program and Workshop leads for herding the cats and getting everyone in the same place at the same time

AMILA PUNYADASA

APRIL KAM

BRIAN WRIGHT

CHULA GOONASAKERA

FATIMAH LATEEF

JOHN SERRA

KATE CURTIS

KEERTHI WANASEKERA

MARGARET MURPHY
MATT DAWSON

MICHAEL DOWNES

NATALIE THURTLE

NICK TAYLOR

NILANTHA LENORA

PETER CAMERON

PETER TAILLAC

RANJANA SENEVIRATNE

RAVINDRA FERNANDO

RICARDO HAMILTON

ROBERT SCHWANER
SHANE CURRAN

SRILAL DESILVA

STEPHANIE DONIGER

Thank you and we hope to work again with you very soon.

 

To our support staff for keeping everyone happy

KATIE DERRETT

THERIKA COORAY

LIZ MAY

BRENDON SHORT

RICHARD VIMALASADAN

ONELLA DESILVA

EROSHINI SAMARASINGHE

 

Thank you for your hard work over the last year and especially during the conference.

 

Last but not least, to our wonderful delegates from Sri Lanka and beyond.

I think we’ve collected together a wonderful group of people with a common ethos.

Thankyou DevelopingEMers.

Without you we would literally not have a conference.

 

Thank You All and see you again in 2018.

 

Mark, Sanj and Lee
 

Simulation Workshop Added

Only 11 days to go and we’re still adding workshops

Newly added this week is a SIMULATION WORKSHOP on Wednesday 7th December in the afternoon at the Samudra Ballroom in the Taj Samudra Hotel.

Dr Fatimah Lateef from Singapore will be heading a small team to conduct this interactive workshop.

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Fatimah is a Senior Consultant, Director of Undergraduate Training and Education as well as Director of Clinical Service and Quality at the Department of Emergency Medicine, Singapore General Hospital.

She is heavily involved in simulation training and is the director of SingHealth-Duke Institute of Medical Simulation and is published in the field as well.

Check her full bio here,

and

check out the work Fatimah and her team have been doing related to simulation through the following links

 

The first hour of the program will be open to all and describe some of the strategies her team have used to include simulation during EM training and also simulation in resource poor environments.
The second hour will be restricted to 40 delegates and involve interactive cases and debrief instruction.
If you are interested in attending please sign up when you register for DevelopingEM.

On the Floor in Galle- An EM Teaching Workshop at THK

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Nick Taylor and team are running a two day teaching workshop within Sri Lanka’s most modern and well developed emergency department- Teaching Hospital Karapitiya (THK) Emergency Trauma Centre in beautiful colonial Galle. 

Nick, an emergency physician from Canberra, Australia recently spent 6 months with the team at THK and has constructed a program centred on their needs.

Sessions will include;

  • Bedside Ultrasound
  • Non Invasive Ventilation
  • DSI and RSI
  • Status Asthmaticus Management
  • Management of Major Trauma

THK is becoming a nucleus of emergency training in Sri Lanka and this workshop will add to the already well developed EM training program (link to SLEM)

If you would like to help Nick with this program you can contact him directly or email DevelopingEM.

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Connecting in Colombo

One of the best things about DevelopingEM over the years has been the relationships that have been forged between like minded individuals from around the globe.

These interactions have fostered medical collaborations that are ongoing to this day.

Often it has been over a coffee in a break between sessions, between mouthfuls of meat in a Brazilian churrascaria, or between sips of a 20 year old rum in a bar Hemingway frequented in Havana, that these ongoing relationships have developed.

Not only will you have the opportunity to meet some amazing people at the conference itself, but the two formal social functions will be a great opportunity to continue to discuss ways to develop emergency medicine around the globe.

This year we also have two of our long time supporters, Joachim Unger and Bish Rajapakse, aiming to coordinate ad hoc social get togethers on the nights during the conference where we dont have a formal function.

Jo has attended every International DevelopingEM conference we’ve had and helped us as faculty in 2014.

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He’ll be setting up a whatsapp group to keep us all connected at the conference.

Bish has helped promote DevelopingEM from the start and this year is coming on as faculty to talk about one of his areas of interest- Organophosphate Toxicity- during the Toxicology Track.

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Not only is Bish a walking Time Out guide when it comes to What’s On in Colombo but if you ask nicely he’ll show you some certified Kandyan dance moves.

Jo and Bish will be ably assisted by one of our local organising committee members Therika Cooray who knows where all the action in Colombo is at.

As well as Jo’s whatsapp group dont forget our Twitter handle is #DevEM2016 which will be another great way to communicate in Colombo.

DEM2016 is shaping up to be another amazing event and with this team on the case you wont be short of options for get togethers with the other incredible delegates and faculty.

See you soon in Sri Lanka!!

 

 

SMACC is BACC!!

Finally we now know what DasSMACC has in store!

Here are some inside tips that we have received from the SMACC organising committee that will help you prepare for the ticket release which is scheduled for Wednesday 8.00 am 26th October (Sydney Australian EST), or 22.00 London, 17.00 New York on the 25th of October for those on that side of the world.

Das SMACC Ticket Release

Delegate numbers are capped at approximately 2000 registrations again this year  as we believe this is the best  size to maintain our FOAM community atmosphere.  In an attempt to be as fair as possible here are the basics of how it will work:

  1. Registration will open on Wednesday, 26th October at 0800 Sydney EST – see here for your local time.a4-poster-dassmacc-ticket-release-oct-2016
  2. There will be 3 separate ticket releases: the major release will be as above on Wednesday, 26th October, a smaller allocation will be released on Wednesday, 7th December and a final limited release onWednesday, 1st February
  3. Your best chance will be with the first release, but if you really need to wait until you have leave confirmed then you can chance your hand on the February release
  4. All prior delegates will receive an email reminder the week before tickets go on sale, but there is no other preference (first in best dressed!)
  5. Owing to the limited number of spots there will be no DAY ONLY registrations issue
  6. Workshop registration also opens on Wednesday, 26th October and like last year will be on a first come first served basis
  7. If you miss out on a ticket there will be a waiting list
  8. If you miss your preferred workshop there will also be a waiting list

What ’s in the program and registration at a glance for 2016?

We have taken all your feedback into consideration and planned for:

  • Another massive day of workshops on Monday, 26th June 2017(WORKSHOPS)
  • A single stream format only featuring the best of the best (PROGRAM)!
  • The most incredible venue: the Tempodrom
  • Fabulous accommodation deals which are essential this year as Das SMACC is just before fashion week (ACCOMMODATION)
  • Registration details are here
  • The continued innovation and convenience of onsite childcare (crèche)
  • A bigger and better SMACC party. Yes, it will be massive.

Das SMACC – Berlin

The Social Media and Critical Care Conference continues to harness the immense energy of FOAM and dasSMACC in Berlin June 26-29 2017 promises to be the best one yet.

SMACC has seen spectacular growth since its humble beginnings. The Conference has grown from an enthusiastic idea into a global leader amongst critical care events. Whilst SMACC is primarily a high quality, academic meeting, the real reason behind this growth is the enormous and inspiring energy of the critical care community itself. A community that crosses traditional hierarchies, professional barriers and international borders. This is a community dedicated to innovation, teaching and learning. A community based around the pursuit of excellence in patient care, and a passion for sharing this as widely as possible.

What Makes SMACC Different?

So, why did the SMACC conference SELL OUT all 2000 delegate registrations in minutes?

To begin with, the affiliated websites supporting SMACC represent a comprehensive list of the “who’s who” in the FOAM world. The talented clinicians behind these websites have come together and harnessed their innovation, vitality and expertise to create the SMACC experience. The strong social media connections inherent to SMACC result in an ongoing, online conversation, which in turn, empowers the delegate and enhances their experience. SMACC is focused on being a conference truly for the delegates. Delegates have a say in every aspect of the meeting, including the speakers chosen, program topics, themes and styling, social events, and the questions asked in sessions. This level of delegate interaction with the conference is unparalleled in critical care.

There have also been many positive lessons learned from the FOAM world, which have now been translated into the SMACC Conference. Lessons on how to engage, inspire and make critical care education enjoyable. We keep the talks short (15-20 minutes), choose the topics carefully, handpick speakers who we know can both educate and inspire, and discourage reliance on power point presentations. Of course, all the sessions are recorded and podcast to be released in a FREE series – creating more great FOAM!

But SMACC isn’t just about the academic presentations. SMACC is an experience. The opening ceremony, the themes of the exhibition hall and welcome events, the teas and lunches provided in the breaks and the massive Gala night, all of which are included in the one registration price, are designed to bring the group together and enhance the feeling of belonging to one critical care
community.

Why Berlin?

Berlin is an amazing and vibrant city and has the energy capable of hosting SMACC. It is no surprise that it has become the artists’ capital of Europe. There is an intriguing combination of grittiness, openness, willingness and enthusiasm in the Berlin community, which make it a perfect destination for the FOAM community. Of course that’s to say nothing of the history, museums and bars.

Berlin is also perfectly situated in the heart of Europe to springboard any European adventure.

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