Opportunities for scholarly work

In support of innovation in medical education assessment, the Edward J. Stemmler, MD Medical Education Research Fund of the National Board of Medical Examiners is pleased to announce that the *2008-2009 CALL FOR PROPOSALS is now available.* Applicants may go to http://www.nbme.org/research/stemmler/index.html to read the 2008-2009 CFP in its entirety and begin the online application.
Application Due Date: *OCTOBER 3, 2008*
At the Medsin National Conference 2008 in October, Medsin and the Lancet Student will be launching a global health magazine. This magazine will be published twice a year and distributed at Medsin’s two conferences. Furthermore, the theme of each magazine will coincide with the theme of the conference.
We are now soliciting articles for the first edition which will be entitled*’Medsin and the Lancet Student present Power and Politics in Global Health’ *and we would love *YOU* to contribute.
Please note that this is not restricted to UK students – anyone can contribute! http://groups.yahoo.com/group/ifmsa-scoph/message/5057;_ylc=X3oDMTJwam1yY2VqBF9TAzk3MzU5NzE1BGdycElkAzE2MTU5MARncnBzcElkAzE3MDUwODA4NjYEbXNnSWQDNTA1NwRzZWMDZG1zZwRzbGsDdm1zZwRzdGltZQMxMjEzOTAzNTMw
RTNA 2008 Conference
Call for Abstracts
The Health Research Transfer Network of Alberta (RTNA) invites you to submit an abstract for the 2008 RTNA Conference “Lost in Knowledge Transfer: Finding Our Way Together”. The conference is being held at the Rimrock Resort Hotel in Banff, Alberta, Canada, September 28 to 30, 2008
Learn the latest in knowledge transfer, meet with colleagues, and enjoy Alberta’s beautiful mountains—all in one package!
International Conference on Gender-based Violence and Sexual and Reproductive Health15 – 18 February 2009, Mumbai, India
Submission of Abstracts
The abstract (about 300 words) typed on plain paper, using Microsoft Word (12 pt. Times New Roman). The abstracts should include: title of the paper, author(s), name of the institute, objectives of the study, methods, results, conclusions and recommendations. Send by e-mail to the organizing secretary. gbv2009@yahoo.co.in
The final date to receive abstracts is 15 October 2008.
Call for Presentation Abstracts
5^th Annual Diversity and Wellbeing Conference: The Diverse Faces of Mental Health
November 20 & 21, 2008
Mount Royal College
Calgary, Alberta
Purpose: The Calgary Health Region, in partnership with the University of Calgary, Mount Royal College and community organizations is hosting the 5^th annual Diversity and Wellbeing Conference. The purpose of the conference is to bring together health researchers, practitioners and policy makers with community members and organizations to:
□ share successful approaches to addressing the mental health needs of diverse individuals, families and communities;
□ facilitate opportunities for networking and connections among stakeholders; and
□ create momentum to work towards collective solutions to improving the mental health of diverse populations.
Theme: The theme of the conference for this year is Diversity and Mental Health. We are requesting presentations that address one or more of the following issues:
* What innovations are working in the provision of mental health
services to diverse populations?
*What are the mental health needs and statistics in diverse communities
* What is the role of spirituality in mental health?
* What are the diversity implications of current health policies and practices?
* How can we involve the lived experience of diverse populations in our research and decision making?
For the purposes of this conference, /diversity/ is defined as all the ways we are unique and different from others including such aspects as ethnicity, religious beliefs, appearance, gender, sexual orientation, ability, age, family status and socio-economic circumstances.
People interested in presenting 60/90 minute workshops at the conference are asked to complete the attached form and submit it to the organizing committee: diversity.services@calgaryhealthregion.ca
before June 27, 2008. All submissions will be reviewed and selections made by the Conference Planning Committee
Contribute to a new project that you might find called Medpedia.com, which is being introduced to a select group of clinicians, researchers, expert patients, and medical students. Its Board of Advisors includes some of the top people in medicine, and it’s an exciting time to join the Medpedia community. http://www.medpedia.com/

Actionable News for Physicians

I came across this site while working on a different blog http://physicianentrepreneur.com/ and thought it might interest some of you. The author, Jose DeJesus, MD. wrote this brief description of why he started blogging.
“I have been publishing this blog for a year, providing the kind of information not generally taught in medical school, providing our fellow physicians and medical students with current news about the medical profession, tips to help a physician run a professional medical practice, manage a staff, deal more effectively with colleagues and the public, and better manage their personal lives. While the articles are written from the viewpoint of US physicians and the unique challenges we face, most of the material is useful to physicians practicing in any setting.”
Check it out for articles about the practice of medicine such as:
How to Leave a Positive Phone Impression
Improving Customer Service
Effective Performance Reviews
Time Management – Working More Effectively

Achieving your Childhood Dreams

Carnegie Mellon Professor Randy Pausch, who is dying from pancreatic cancer, gave his last lecture at the university Sept. 18, 2007, before a packed McConomy Auditorium. In his moving talk, “Really Achieving Your Childhood Dreams,” Pausch talked about his lessons learned and gave advice to students on how to achieve their own career and personal goals. Randy is still alive and writes an online diary.