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Successful symposium co-led by experts from Wound Care Centre

November  17, 2014

Earlier this year, Dr. Robyn Evans, director of the Wound Care Centre at Women’s College Hospital (WCH) and Mariam Botros, a chiropodist at WCH’s Wound Care Centre, headed to Newfoundland to co-lead a symposium on advances in diabetic foot management and prevention.

The program covered various topics, including: the importance of glycemic control, advances in vascular surgery, treatment of infections, the 60-second foot screen, plantar pressure redistribution and surgery, and the role of hyperbaric oxygen – with the finale being the importance of saving a limb!

Dr. Evans and Botros were part of a group organized by the Canadian Association of Wound Care (CAWC) to deliver an educational program. This group also included Dr. Gary Sibbald from the University of Toronto, Dr. Karen Cross from St. Michael’s Hospital, Dr. Rene Wong from the University Health Network, Dr. Giuseppe Papia from Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre, and locals Drs. Ken LeDez and Tracey Brown-Maher from Memorial University. 

This symposium was funded by an educational grant through Memorial University of Newfoundland, in part because Newfoundland and Labrador have the highest incidence of diabetes in Canada.

Presenters and attendees enjoyed a bright sunny warm day in St. John’s, N.L. The presentations took place in the new part of Memorial University’s medical school with its fabulous auditorium and state-of-the-art audiovisual equipment and monitors.

The whole event was also podcasted to interested clinicians outside of St. John’s. The program was well-received as evidenced by the positive evaluations.

Before leaving this wonderful city the next day, some attendees did get to Signal Point just as an extreme wind warning was announced!

Dr.Gary Sibbald, Dr. Robyn Evans, Mariam Botros and Dr. Giuseppe Papia
Dr.Gary Sibbald, Dr. Robyn Evans, Mariam Botros and Dr. Giuseppe Papia
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