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Military Re-enactment Groups Honoured

Regiments, Corps and Services all have unique traditions and emblems to help us link to our predecessors, living and dead: those who created or built on the glories of our units. We, in turn, continue building on those proud traditions for the next generation who will follow us.

We all have to work very hard to earn the right to wear the badges, insignia and titles of our trades and crafts. ThisBluebirds hard work and shared sense of belonging can sometimes cause us to question other groups using our cherished symbols and sometimes, on even rarer occasions, we invite other groups to share in some part of our traditions to represent high regard or shared sacrifices.

This summer, the Surgeon General did exactly that. Two related living history groups, “History Matters Association” and “WWI CANADIAN ARMY MEDICAL CORPS (recreated) Casualty Clearing Station No. 3 / Canadian Nursing Sisters — The Bluebirds” were granted permission to use the badges, insignia and titles of the RCMS and antecedent corps and services in their historical presentations. This unique distinction was granted after both groups supported two national events in Ottawa; the Canadian Forces Health Services Group displays at the Canadian Medical Association annual general meeting in August 2014 and the dedication of the statue to Lieutenant-Colonel John McCrae of Flanders Fields fame in May 2015. Both groups collaborated to put on superb History Mattersdisplays of a World War I casualty clearing station complete with uniformed re-enactors, period equipment, ‘wounded’ mannequins, detailed explanations of the medical techniques of 1914 to 1918 and lively discussions of the lives and conditions of the soldiers, medical orderlies, stretcher bearers, nurses and doctors in the Great War. The squalor of the trenches was even represented by plastic rats and the only thing missing was the stench of gangrene and gun powder!

In the Surgeon General’s words, “In the past year, I have had the pleasure of seeing your superb historical displays at important national events. Your realistic portrayal of the Canadian Army Medical Corps and the field conditions in the First World War is a credit to today’s Royal Canadian Medical Service (RCMS) and those who went before us.” He reminded the re-enactors that, “soldiers, sailors and aviators work hard to earn the right to wear the symbols of their service and corps; we are pleased to share this privilege with you.”

Should you wish to learn more about the two groups and their historical recreations you may visit their websites: and

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The Guide to Benefits, Programs, and Services for Serving and Former CF Members, and their Families, Director Casualty Support Management, NDHQ, Ottawa, November 2012

The purpose of The Guide is to provide serving and retired Regular and Reserve Force members as well as their families with an overview of benefits, programs and services to which they may be entitled in the event of a member becoming disabled, ill, injured or deceased while serving in the Canadian Forces (CF).

Le Guide sur les prestations, les programmes, et les services à l’intention des membres actifs et retraités des Forces canadiennes, et de leur famille, Directeur – Gestion du soutien aux blessés, QGDN, Ottawa, Novembre 2012

L’objectif du Guide consiste à donner aux militaires actifs et retraités de la Force régulière et de la Force de réserve ainsi qu’à leur famille un aperçu des prestations, des programmes et des services auxquels ils peuvent être admissibles en cas d’invalidité, de maladie, de blessure ou de décès survenant pendant leur service dans les Forces canadiennes (FC).



CAF Discusses Mental Illness

The Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) conducted a panel discussion on mental health in support of Bell Let’s Talk’s campaign against stigma surrounding mental illness today. The fifth annual Bell Let’s Talk Day on Wednesday, January 28, 2015, invited all Canadians to help end the stigma surrounding mental illness and support mental health initiatives around the country by talking, texting, and tweeting about mental health. As a partner of Bell, the Department of National Defence and the CAF are proud to support this important initiative to continue the conversation around mental health and the stigma attached to mental illness. Members of the panel included Andrew Jensen, Professional Golfer and Bell Let’s Talk Ambassador, Master Warrant Officer Jason Pickard, Major Réjean Richard, and Lieutenant-Colonel Suzanne Bailey, CAF Senior Social Worker. The event was moderated by Lieutenant-Colonel Richard Perreault, Commandant, Canadian Forces Language School, and CTV Ottawa News at 6 anchor Graham Richardson. Attendees were senior leaders form the Defence Team, including numerous General and Flag Officers, Command Chief Warrant Officers, and wide representation from civilian employees and military personnel of all ranks from within the National Capital Region. Panelists from left to right had this to say: “All of us, in our day-to-day lives, we see people and we say how are you. Too often, we don’t actually listen for the response or take the time to stop and let the person know that we really, genuinely want to know how they’re doing. So I think it’s about taking that pause and really connecting with people, because it’s when you spend time with them and listen to them, that they feel that they have that opportunity to be honest and connect with you.” Lieutenant-Colonel Suzanne Bailey CAF Senior Social Worker “[Seeking treatment] is the most courageous thing I’ve ever had to do. If you break a leg, you’re going to go get a cast. Mental injuries should be the same way. The system does work. If you use the system to your advantage, use all the resources that are there, are honest with yourself, honest with your therapist and doctors, it will work. I feel great. I should have done this 20 years ago.” Major Réjean Richard “This whole notion of Let’s Talk Day goes both ways. It’s encouraging people struggling to talk, but I think if you’re a family member or a friend or a loved one, being there for them and showing someone that they matter and that they’re worth something, goes so far.” “Leadership has an open-door policy. Soldiers can come in and talk to their leadership. Sometimes, when somebody comes and sees you, you have to take off the rank, take off the uniform, go to a neutral location and just talk. Share your experiences, because you both experience the exact same hardships.” Master Warrant Officer Jason Pickard   Let's Talk Event   Les Forces armées canadiennes (FAC) ont tenu une discussion plénière sur la santé mentale dans le cadre de la campagne Bell Cause pour la cause, qui vise à lutter contre les préjugés associés à la maladie mentale de nos jours. Lors de la cinquième édition annuelle de la Journée Bell Cause pour la cause, le mercredi 28 janvier 2015, on a invité tous les Canadiens à contribuer à mettre fin aux préjugés associés à la maladie mentale et à appuyer diverses initiatives en santé mentale à l’échelle du pays en parlant, en textant et en envoyant des gazouillis sur Tweeter au sujet de la santé mentale. À titre de partenaires de Bell, le ministère de la Défense nationale et les Forces armées canadiennes sont fiers d’appuyer cette importante initiative visant à poursuivre la discussion sur la santé mentale et la stigmatisation qui l’entoure. Parmi les panélistes, soulignons la présence de M. Andrew Jensen, golfeur professionnel et ambassadeur de Bell Cause, de l’adjudant-maître Jason Pickard, du major Réjean Richard, et du lieutenant-colonel Suzanne Bailey, travailleuse sociale principale des FAC. La discussion était animée par le lieutenant-colonel Richard Perreault, commandant de l’École de langues des Forces canadiennes et par Graham Richardson, chef d’antenne de CTV Ottawa News at 6. Parmi les personnes présentes, on comptait notamment des hauts dirigeants de l’Équipe de la Défense, tels que de nombreux officiers généraux, des adjudants-chefs de commandements, et une forte présence d’employés civils et de militaires de tous les grades en provenance de la région de la capitale nationale. De la gauche à la droite « Chaque jour, nous demandons aux gens que nous rencontrons comment ils vont. Trop souvent, nous n’attendons pas réellement une réponse ou nous ne nous donnons pas la peine de leur faire savoir que nous voulons vraiment savoir comment ils se portent. Je crois qu’il faut prendre le temps d’écouter les gens, car c’est seulement de cette façon qu’ils ressentiront qu’ils peuvent s’ouvrir à nous. » Le lieutenant-colonel Suzanne Bailey, travailleuse sociale principale des FAC « [Demander de l’aide] est la chose la plus courageuse que l’on puisse faire. Lorsqu’on se casse la jambe, on nous pose un plâtre. Il devrait en être de même pour les maladies mentales. Les ressources existent, nous n’avons qu’à nous en servir. Il suffit d’être honnête avec soi-même et avec les thérapeutes et les médecins, et tout finira par s’arranger. C’est ce que j’aurais dû faire il y a 20 ans. Je me sens bien maintenant. » Le major Réjean Richard « L’idée derrière la campagne “Cause pour la cause” va dans les deux sens. On encourage les gens qui souffrent à parler, mais aussi les proches de ces personnes à être là pour elles et à leur montrer qu’elles sont importantes. » Andrew Jensen Golfeur professionnel et ambassadeur de la campagne « Cause pour la cause » « Le leadership s’accompagne d’une politique de porte ouverte. Les militaires sont encouragés à parler de leurs problèmes avec leurs dirigeants. Parfois, il faut laisser les liens hiérarchiques et l’uniforme de côté, aller dans un endroit neutre et parler, tout simplement. Il ne faut pas avoir peur de parler, parce qu’en tant que militaires, nous faisons tous face aux mêmes difficultés. » L’adjudant-maître Jason Pickard




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Surgeon General’s Strategic Retreat and CF Health Services Group Council of Honorary Colonels’ Meeting

The Surgeon General hosted a Strategic Retreat and the CF Health Services Group Council of Honorary Colonels from 9 to 11 Sep 2014. The aim was threefold: firstly, to establish guidelines for the Command and Control (C2) Structure Review for the CF Health Services Group; secondly, to brief delegates on the MOSID structure review; and, thirdly, to examine opportunities for finding efficiencies consistent with DND the business process review. Attending retreat (from left to right): First Row- MGen Pierre Morisset (Col Comdt, RCMS), Col Hugh MacKay (DSurg Gen), Col Dave Weger (DComd), BGen Jean-Pierre Bernier (Surg Gen), Gen Tom Lawson (CDS), CWO Helen Wheeler (Gp CWO), HCol André Vezina (HCol 55 Fd Amb), Col James Taylor (Col, RCDC), BGen Vic Lanctis (Col Comdt, RCDC). Second Row- Capt Carolyn Gaboury (SO to DComd), CWO Julie Beach (RSM, RCDC), Maj Ashley Mark (J5 PM), HLCol Virginia McLaughlin (HLCol 25 Fd Amb), Col Dan Farris (Comd 4 HSG), HLCol Jean-Robert Leclerc (HLCol 55 Fd Amb), Robin Dinardo (Compt), Col Marc Bilodeau (DMP), Col Richard Pucci (COS), Capt(N) Roland Young (DHSD), Col Kristiana Stevens (D H Svcs Res), Capt(N) Rebecca Patterson (Comd 1 HSG), LCol Stephan Plourde (J5). Third Row- HLCol Edward Meijer (HLCol 18 Fd Amb), Col Peter Clifford (DHSO), Brian Anderson (J5 PM), LCol Scott Malcolm (RCN Surgeon), HCol Louis Francescutti (HCol 1 Fd Amb), CWO Bill Leahy (1 HSG CWO), Col Jim Kile (Cdn Army Surgeon), CWO Steve Goupil (RSM, RCMS), Retreat 1LCol Jean-Pierre Picard (DCO 1 Dent U), Col Martin Lipcsey (D H Svcs Pers), CWO Bruce Wilson (RSM 33 Fd Amb), HLCol Marc Hébert (HLCol 5 Fd Amb), Col Andrew Downes (DMH), Col Pierre Morissette (RCAF Surgeon), HCol Michel Carpentier (HCol 52 Fd Amb). Francais Le médecin général a hôte une retraite stratégique et le Conseil des Colonels Honoraires de le groupe des services de santé des Forces Canadienne de le 9 au 11 Septembre. Le but était de trois parts: premièrement, d’établir des guides pour le revue de structure de Commandement et Contrôle (C2) pour la Groupe; deuxièmement, d’expliquer au délégués la revue de le MOSID; et, troisièmement, d’examiner d’opportunités de trouver des efficacités conjoint au revue de processus d’affaires de le MND. Délégués (de gauche a droit): Premiere rang- mgen Pierre Morisset (Col Comdt, SSRC), col Colin MacKay (DMéd Gen), col Dave Weger (DComd), bgen Jean-Pierre Bernier (Méd Gen), gen Tom Lawson (CDS), adjuc Helen Wheeler (adjuc de gpe), colh André Vezina (colh) 55 Amb C), col James Taylor (Col, CDRC), bgen Vic Lanctis (Col Comdt, CDRC). Deuxième rang- capt Carolyn Gaboury (OEM DComd), adjuc Julie Beach (SMR, CDRC), maj Ashley Mark (J5 mp), lcolh Virginia McLaughlin (lcolh 25 Amb C), col Dan Farris (Comd 4 GSS), lcolh Jean-Robert Leclerc (lcolh 55 Amb C), Robin Dinardo (Compt), col Marc Bilodeau (DPM), col Richard Pucci (CEM), captv Roland Young (DLSS), col Kristiana Stevens (D Svcs S Res), captv Rebecca Patterson (Comd 1 GSS), LCol Stephan Plourde (J5). Troisième rang- lcolh Edward Meijer (lcolh 18 Amb C), col Peter Clifford (DOSS), Brian Anderson (J5 mp), lcol Scott Malcolm (chirurgien de MRC), colh Louis Francescutti (colh 1 Amb C), adjuc Bill Leahy (adjuc 1 GSS), col Jim Kile (chirurgien d’Armée de Terre), adjuc Steve Goupil (SMR, SSRC), lcol Jean-Pierre Picard (Comdt Adjoint 1 Dent U), col Martin Lipcsey (D Pers SS), adjuc Bruce Wilson (SMR 33 Amb C), lcolh Marc Hébert (lcolh 5 Fd Amb), Col Andrew Downes (DMH), Col Pierre Morissette (RCAF Surgeon), HCol Michel Carpentier (HCol 52 Fd Amb).




Mess Dress

Canadian Forces Health Services Group Headquarters has confirmed that former members of the Royal Canadian Medical Service and Royal Canadian Dental Corps may be authorized to wear Mess Dress for functions where Mess Dress is the order of dress required for still serving members. For former members of the RCMS residing East of Thunder Bay, ON, applications for approval are to be submitted to Commander 4 Health Services Group in Montreal. For those residing in or West of Thunder Bay, applications for approval are to be submitted to Commander 1 Health Services Group in Edmonton. Former members of the RCDC are to submit their requests to the Director of Dental Services at Canadian Forces Health Services Group Headquarters in Ottawa. The forgoing aside, the uniform is one of the most powerful visual expressions by which the public image of the Canadian Armed Forces is fashioned. As such, prior to authorizing such requests, the approving authority must be confident that the requesting individual’s personal appearance and behaviour would not reflect negatively on the CFHS or CAF. In making this determination, approving authorities should remind requesting individuals that they should be conforming to the same appearance regulations by which still serving personnel are bound.



Canadian Forces Health Services In Action at Home and Abroad

This short but informative video was previously posted on the RCMS Assoc. Facebook page in April 2014. Click here to view.



The Canadian Armed Forces recognize the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada for distinguished service

From left to right, Major-General (ret’d) Pierre Morisset, History and Heritage Advisory Committee, Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, General Tom Lawson, Chief of the Defence Staff, Dr Cecil Rorabeck, President, RCPSC and Dr Andrew Padmos, Chief Executive Officer, RCPSC, are on hand in Ottawa on May 14, 2014, for the unveiling of a plaque to honour the Fellows of the RCPSC who serve, or have served, in the Canadian Armed Forces.CMA Award 1 The Canadian Forces’ highest award for non-military personnel was presented today by General Tom Lawson, Chief of the Defence Staff, to the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada in Ottawa. The Medallion for Distinguished Service and accompanying certificate were presented to Dr. Cecil Rorabeck, OC, MD, FRCSC, President, and Dr. Andrew Padmos, MD, FRCPC, the Chief Executive Officer of the Royal College. Les Forces armées canadiennes reconnaissent le Collège royal des médecins et chirurgiens du Canada pour son service distinguee. De gauche à droite, le Major-Général (ret) Pierre Morisset, Comité consultatif sur l’histoire et le patrimoine – Collège royal des médecins et chirurgiens du Canada, le Général Tom Lawson, chef d’état-major de la Défense, le Dr Cecil Rorabeck, président du CRMCC, et le Dr Andrew Padmos, président-directeur général du CRMCC, à Ottawa le 14 mai 2014 pour le dévoilement d’une plaque en l’honneur des membres du CRMCC qui servent, ou ont servi, dans les Forces armées canadiennes. Le général Tom Lawson, le Chef d’état-major de la Défense, a aujourd’hui remis la plus haute distinction pouvant être décernée à des civils par les Forces armées canadiennes au Collège royal des médecins et chirurgiens du Canada, à Ottawa. Le médaillon pour service distingué et le certificat qui l’accompagne ont été présentés au Dr Cecil Rorabeck, O.C., M.D. FRCSC et président, et au Dr Andrew Padmos, M.D., FRCPC et président-directeur général du Collège royal.


Host NZ 2 CFHS Hosts New Zealand Visitors.

Colonel Andrew Gray, Director Defence Health and Surgeon General (New Zealand) and Lieutenant-Colonel William Twiss, Commander Joint Operational Health Unit (left) visited elements of Canadian Forces Health Services from May 6-10, 2014. The officers visited Parliament Hill with Brigadier-General J-R Bernier, Surgeon General, and Colonel James Taylor, Director of Dental Services.


 SSFC accueille la Nouvelle-Zélande Visiteurs

Le colonel Andrew Gray, médecin-chef et directeur des services de santé de la Défense (Nouvelle Zélande) et le lieutenant-colonel William Twiss, commandant de l’unité opérationnelle interarmées des services de santé (à gauche) ont visité des éléments des Services de santé des Forces canadiennes du 6 au 10 mai 2014. Ces officiers ont visité la Colline du Parlement en compagnie du brigadier général J.-R. Bernier, médecin général, et du colonel James Taylor, directeur – Service dentaire.

Citizenship Ceremony

Colonel Richard Pucci, Chief of Staff at Canadian Forces Health Services, presided over a citizenship ceremony where he had the opportunity toCitizenship 3 chat with one of Canada’s cutest new citizens!


Cérémonie de citoyenneté

Le colonel Richard Pucci, chef d’état-major des Services de santé des Forces canadiennes, préside une cérémonie de citoyenneté où il a la chance de parler à l’une des plus mignonnes nouvelles citoyennes canadiennes!


Guess Who?


Pierre 4Can you guess who? Flying Officer Pierre Morriset of the Royal Canadian Air Force stepping up to his plane well before he traded in his flightsuit for medical school. Devinez qui? Pouvez-vous deviner de qui il s’agit? Le lieutenant d’aviation Pierre Morriset de l’Aviation royale du Canada avant qu’il n’abandonne sa combinaison de vol pour fréquenter l’école de médecine.



Committee of the Chiefs of Military Medical Services meeting of the Expert Panel on Emergency Medicine


From left to right, Colonel H. Lischke (Germany), Colonel E. Dhondt (Belgium), Colonel C.P. Bleeker (Netherlands), Colonel A. Tamburelli Lanzara (Italy), Mr. K. Nomm (Estonia), Colonel J. Kile (Canada), Colonel P.F. Wey (France), and Colonel K.O. Sundnes (Norway). The recent NATO Committee of the Chiefs of Military Medical Services meeting of the Expert Panel on Emergency Medicine was hosted byNATO-6 Canada in Halifax early in June 2014. A major Canadian contribution to this conference was a presentation on Canada’s version of Tactical Combat Casualty Care (TCCC). Canada is seen as a world leader on this particular deployable capability and was asked to provide updated medical policy to NATO in this regard.


Réunion du groupe d’experts sur la médecine d’urgence du Comité des chefs des services de santé militaires au sein de l’OTAN.  De gauche à droite, le colonel H. Lischke (Allemagne), le colonel E. Dhondt (Belgique), le colonel C.P. Bleeker (Pays-Bas), le colonel A. Tamburelli Lanzara (Italie), M. K. Nomm (Estonie), le colonel J. Kile (Canada), le colonel P.F. Wey (France), et le colonel K.O. Sundnes (Norvège). Au début de juin 2014, le Canada a accueilli à Halifax la dernière réunion du groupe d’experts sur la médecine d’urgence du Comité des chefs des services de santé militaires au sein de l’OTAN. Une présentation sur la version canadienne du secourisme en situation de combat a constitué une contribution importante du Canada dans le cadre de cette conférence. Le Canada est considéré comme un leader mondial en ce qui a trait à cette capacité déployable particulière et a été invité à soumettre une politique médicale à jour à l’OTAN à cet égard.

Canadian Journal of Surgery 

Thanks to Major Vivian McAlister, MD, 1 Canadian Field Hospital,  members have free access to the Canadian Journal of Surgery . This journal has a strong military medicine component with Col Tien and Capt (N) Kao as associate editors and Major McAlister as Editor-in-Chief.  Click here to read June 2014 edition



Statue Planned to Honour LCol John McRae, MD  

A group of Guelph, Ontario, dedicated citizens are planning to unveil a greater than life-sized statue of LCol John McRae on the front lawn area of the Guelph Civic Museum, June 19, 2015. The striking artwork depictingJohn McRae McCrae as he wrote In Flanders Fields, on May 3, 1915, would come about without any taxpayer support. The statute will include In Flanders Fields’s verse engraved as script on a paper held by the McCrae figure. Click here to learn more.


Rise of the physician assistants

With provincial governments seeking cost efficiencies in health-care delivery, physician assistants (PAs) have seen their ranks swell and their scope-of-practice expand in recent years. But leaders in the profession say the rise of PAs is also the result of adaptability and efficacy. “The PA profession in Canada has expanded fairly dramatically,” said Winnipeg’s Chris Rhule, president of the Canadian Association of Physician Assistants (CAPA) and the first PA licensed (2003) in Canada. In Manitoba alone, the PA program has grown from having three clinical assistants to about 100 working in Winnipeg, plus another 12 to 20 in the province’s rural areas, he said. Currently, there are more than 300 PAs working in Canada-mostly in Manitoba and Ontario-with another 160 students enrolled in PA programs. And as financial concerns grow, more provinces and health authorities will seek their services, Rhule predicts. “We’re providing a greater scope than we ever have before,” he said, adding that PA students in master’s programs differ from nurse practitioners (NPs) in several ways-one of them being hours of clinical experience. “PAs must spend more than 2,000 hours in a clinical setting, compared with 600 to 1,200 hours for NPs, which is why we tend to work in specialties,” said Rhule. NPs are more independent practitioners, he said. “We are not. We need to have a supervising physician. The physicians tend to like our model because we’re linked to them.” But as their numbers increase, some health professionals have concerns about quality control. While older PAs usually had military experience, new graduates do not. Yves Martin, one of about 180 PAs in the Canadian Forces and director of the PA program at Ontario’s CFB Borden, said some rumours about declining efficacy arose after Ontario launched its PA initiative. But he said comparing a recent graduate with a military PA who has experience isn’t fair. Indeed, military PAs come from a medical technician background and need up to 10 years of military experience before they can qualify for the PA program. But he said the students nowadays are “very intelligent and they’ll grasp the academic (side) very well, and it may take awhile to grasp the practical. “In the military we don’t need the academic record, but we have the skills we get to practise and master.” Including the program at CFB Borden, there are now four Canadian Medical Association-certified PA programs in Canada. In 2008, the University of Manitoba in Winnipeg started its master of physician assistant studies program and McMaster University in Hamilton began offering its bachelor of health sciences PA degree program.  Additionally, a consortium of the University of Toronto, the Northern Ontario School of Medicine and the Michener Institute for Applied Health sciences offers a bachelor of Science physician assistant degree program. The first class of 17 students graduated in 2012. PAs are currently regulated in Manitoba and New Brunswick. They are practising in Ontario but are currently unregulated. “Alberta started a pilot project and is seeking regulation now,” said Rhule. Dr. Neil Gibson, the medical director of the Alberta project, told the Lethbridge Herald in a recent interview that PAs are underutilized and can help “fill the gap” for care delivery in Canada. “Physician assistants are, in the true sense of the word, extenders of a physician’s expertise,” he said. “In Alberta, demand for medical services and attention exceeds the supply, particularly in smaller rural communities.” As Rhule explained, “a physician assistant’s scope of practice is directly related to the supervising physician’s scope of practice. It really starts with direct supervision. As time goes on, it expands. There are some rural PAs in family practice where their supervising physician is several hours away.” In Winnipeg, PAs work in numerous surgery disciplines, such as cardiac and vascular. They also work in rheumatology, critical care, cancer care, emergency medicine and anesthesia. In the in-patient setting, PAs in some specialties can facilitate much faster throughput by freeing up the physician to do highly specific duties, said Rhule. In the early days of Manitoba’s PA program, “we did recruit PAs from the Canadian Forces, but they were somewhat out of their element because it was specialties we were recruiting to,” said Rhule. “Their skills were more emergency and primary care, but they adapted well. “We’ve also had some international medical graduates who can’t find work in Canada as physicians who have taken the PA program as well”




Medical Corps International Forum

The following articles of interest (in English only) are available on the Medical Corps International Forum website: Portrait: The Canadian Forces Health Services; and Mental Health Services in the Canadian Forces


CF H Svcs Gp awarded “Accredited” status from Accreditation Canada 

Following a comprehensive self-assessment completed by CF H Svcs Gp personnel, a total of twenty Accreditation Canada surveyors visited CF H Svcs Gp medical facilities and the HQ from 7 – 12 April and again from 2-7 June 2013 to analyze first-hand CF H Svcs Gp’s programs and processes.  As the last Canadian organization to transition to Accreditation Canada’s Qmentum program, CF H Svcs Gp successfully met the majority of the criteria evaluated. The final report from Accreditation Canada is currently being edited and should be available for dissemination within the next few weeks.  We are currently reviewing the report and identifying specific actions to address some of the recommended improvements to our medication reconciliation, laboratory, and falls prevention programs.  A follow-up report will be submitted by the HQ in November 2013 identifying progress in meeting Accreditation Canada’s standards of excellence. Any questions or comments to be directed to Ms. Shoba Ranganathan, National Quality Improvement Manager (CSN 945-6779 or ___________________________________ GSSFC a reçu le statut «agréé» d’Agrément Canada Après une auto-évaluation complétée par les personnel du Gp Svc S FC, untotal de vingt visiteurs d’Agrément Canada ont visité les établissements médicaux et le QG le 7 à 12 avril et aussi le 2 à 7 juin 2013 pour évaluer les programmes et les processus du Gp Svc S FC. Comme la dernière organisation canadienne à la transition vers le programme Qmentum d’Agrément Canada, le Gp Svc S FC a rencontré avec succès la majorité des critères évalués. Le rapport final d’Agrément Canada est actuellement en cours de modification et devrait être disponible pour la diffusion dans les prochaines semaines. Nous sommes en train d’examiner le rapport et identifier des actions spécifiques pour répondre à certaines des améliorations recommandées à nos programmes des bilan comparatif des médicaments, laboratoire, et la prévention des chutes. Un rapport de suivi sera présenté par le QG en novembre 2013 pour identifier notre progrès à répondre aux norms d’excellence d’Agrément Canada. Si vous avez des questions ou des commentaires, veuillez contacter Mme Shoba Ranganathan, Gestionnaire nationale de l’amélioration de la qualité (CSN 945-6779 ou




CFHS Gets NATO Award

At the semi-annual meeting of the Committee of the Chiefs of Military Medical Services at the North Atlantic Treaty Organization (NATO) headquarters in Brussels, the Dominique-Jean Larrey Award was awarded to Canada for its establishment and command of the NATO Role 3 Multinational Medical Unit at Kandahar Airfield, Afghanistan, from 2006 to 2009. It was the first ever NATO multi-national field hospital involved in combat operations. The Dominique-Jean Larrey Award is the highest honour for medical support that NATO bestows. It is awarded in recognition of a significant and lasting contribution to NATO multi-nationality and/or interoperability or to improvements in the provision of health care in NATO missions within the areas of military medical support or military healthcare development. This is only the second time the award has been granted. This award was received by Brigadier-General Jean-Robert Bernier, the Canadian Forces (CF) Surgeon General, and Colonel Jacques Ricard, the first Commander of the medical unit. The CF were honoured for their outstanding leadership and the extraordinary clinical success throughout the mission, with the highest survival rate for war victims recorded to date. The CF were also commended for their ground-breaking work in integrating multinational health teams comprised of military and civilian personnel from partner nations, including Australia, Denmark, the Netherlands, New Zealand, the United Kingdom and the United States. “It is with great pleasure that I extend my personal congratulations to the Canadian Forces Surgeon General and the men and women who led and served at the NATO Role 3 Multinational Medical Unit for almost four years of operation from 2006 to 2009,” said the Honourable Peter MacKay, Minister of National Defence. “With the strong support of the Canadian Joint Task Forces and the Canadian Forces operation commands, the Canadian Forces Health Services team and augmentees from allied forces provided exemplary health care throughout the mission and the Role 3 was considered one of the world’s best trauma facilities. Under the Canadian Forces’ leadership, NATO casualties who made it to the Role 3 with vital signs had a 98 per cent chance of leaving the hospital alive.” “The health of our men and women in uniform is a top priority for this government and this award is a testament to the quality of care we provide,” continued Minister Mackay. “The international leadership and professionalism exhibited at the Role 3 hospital emphasize that our health services personnel are among the best in the world, and the overall success of the unit is a tribute to all its members.” “With the support of many Canadian Forces elements, the Role 3 Multinational Medical Unit provided superb advanced surgical and medical care to coalition, Afghan civilian and enemy casualties in an extremely difficult environment and under threat of attack. Over 800 Canadian Forces Health Services personnel worked there with coalition partners during the period of Canadian command,” said Brigadier-General Bernier. “This award is a testament to the extraordinary dedication and professionalism of the Canadian and allied military and civilian personnel who served there. The team always maintained the highest ethical and clinical standards in treating our patients and in mentoring Afghan military health personnel. This is a very proud day for Canada and for the Canadian Forces Health Services.” The CF, with the support of their health care partners, are committed to providing full spectrum care and the highest standard of health care possible to Canada’s military personnel, wherever and whenever they serve. As part of this commitment, on September 12, 2012, Minister MacKay announced an additional $11.4 million to augment mental health care and preventive programs in the CF. This initiative, spearheaded by Minister MacKay, brings the CF’s annual health care budget to approximately $440 million.




First Canadian SimWars(tm) champs named, as the 2012 Simulation Summit breaks previous attendance record

( Visionary and practical discussions dominated the 2012 Simulation Summit. Held November 17-18, a record 350 simulation centre directors, instructors, technicians, educators and others keen to learn more about medical simulation and its use for training health professionals attended, from across North America and elsewhere. Against a backdrop of scholarship and key research in the field of simulation education, this year’s event also featured the highly-anticipated first SimWars(tm) competition in Canada, as well as engaging plenaries focused on the future, effectiveness and affordability of simulation training. The Canadian Forces Resuscitation Team ultimately took the top prize, edging out the University of Ottawa Emergency Medicine team in the finale. “Code Crackers” from the Alberta Health Services and Royal Alexandra Hospital in Edmonton, Alta., rounded out this year’s brave, inaugural competitors. Source:




3rd Annual Medical Scientific Conference

As the medical system is being rebuilt in Afghanistan, many programs that are familiar in Canada, are being introduced to a new generation of Afghan physicians. One such program is the medical conference to provide continuing medical education, known as CME. A two-day medical scientific conference was held by the Armed Forces Academy of Medical Sciences (AFAMS) on 30 – 31 December 2012 in Kabul. With almost 300 attendees, the theme of the conference was efficient delivery of healthcare in Afghanistan. The conference was planned and run by an Afghan faculty, while members of the Canadian Forces provided advice. All of the presentations were made by Afghan physicians with the exception of one talk given by Major Dennis Marion of the Canadian Forces Health Services. Major Marion, a specialist in Internal Medicine, is currently posted to Edmonton, Alberta. Major Vivian McAlister, a member of Graduate Medical Education (GME) advisory team who is also a councilor of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, spoke at the end of the conference to congratulate AFAMS on the high standard of the meeting. Dr McAlister reminded specialists attending the meeting to apply for CME credits to their colleges. He then presented the Royal College speaker certificate to Dr Zabiullah Azizi of Kabul for his presentation on sepsis. Source:




New 19 Wing  Health Services Centre Opens

The Honourable Peter MacKay, Minister of National Defence, congratulated 21 Health Services Centre at 19 Wing Comox on the grand opening of their new health care facility. The 4066 m2 health care facility created nearly 250 quality jobs during its construction and will provide comprehensive medical, mental health and dental services for the approximately 1000 military members based at the wing. “The new health care centre at 19 Wing Comox will provide the medical and dental communities with a custom-designed, patient-oriented, fully-functional facility where Canadian Forces members will continue to receive high-quality health care delivered in an efficient and professional manner,” said Minister MacKay.The new facility is fully compliant with the current clinical model and caters to a full-service, primary care capability.  The health clinic is a national model for the provision of standardized health care across the Canadian Forces (CF).  It also provides for a variety of diagnostic and therapeutic services in support of primary care.  First line mental health responders, by way of a psychosocial department as well as a general mental health capability, are also intrinsic to the new facility.  An operations and training element is also available, as is a preventive medicine department. Click here to read more