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Dundee Medal May 26th 2021

The 2021 Dundee Medal will take place on Wednesday 26th May 2021 at 19:00. This is an on-line event.

Entries are welcome from anaesthetic trainees working within Northern Ireland - please use the submission form for your entry.

We will consider any research, audits, QI/service improvements or interesting cases for presentation. In the event of a large number of entries, we may need reduce the number. All those submitting entries will be contacted as soon as possible after the closing date.

Entries will close at the end of Thursday 20th May.

Registration for this event is free and open to all anaesthetists in Northern Ireland. We welcome and encourage trainees to register. Please use the registration form.

This event will be run as a Zoom Webinar. Anyone registering will be contacted a few days before the event with a link.

Barron Cup 7th June 2021

A provisional booking has been made for the Society at Belvoir Park Golf Club on Monday 7th June starting at at 1300hrs.

Please contact Dr Amit Bedi to let him know if you would like to play.

All abilities of golfer are welcome and this year's Trainee vs Consultants match promises to be another close affair. Despite all the problems with social distancing last year we had a great day out and it was lovely to see so many old faces and new trainees. Thanks to all for continuing to support this event and keeping it part of the NISA calendar: after a stressful and busy year hopefully this is another great day out in the making.

Don’t forget to request your leave!

Dundee Medal 2021

We are planning to hold this year's Dundee Medal as a virtual event on the evening of Wednesday 26th May 2021.

Entries are welcome from anaesthetists in training in Northern Ireland and we will consider any research, audits, QI/service improvements or interesting cases for presentation.

The closing date for entries is by the end of Thursday 20th May.

Further details will be announced in due course. Please revisit the webpage for any updates.

One year on.....

Dear Colleagues

One year ago, at a time of great uncertainty, we cancelled the Northern Ireland Society of Anaesthetists Annual Study Day. Since then, your selfless determination to treat and comfort your patients throughout this brutal pandemic has been exemplary.

The Society has always played a role in providing a social setting for anaesthetists to meet and support one another. This has not been possible over the past year but we realise it is now more important than ever. Whilst acknowledging that the challenges are far from over, we would like to move forward into the new normal. It has been proposed to start by running the Dundee Medal competition which will probably be in virtual format. We are also open to any other ideas in order to support you going forward.

Best wishes for the future.

Bob Darling

NISA President

Dr Anthony Chisakuta

Colleagues

It is with regret that we must inform you of the death of Anthony Chisakuta.

Anthony was a great friend and colleague. He was dedicated to the care of children in Northern Ireland and was an inspiration to many. His influence remains in the Children’s hospital among the consultants he mentored and encouraged to enter paediatric anaesthesia and PICU training. “What would Tony do?” is still a commonplace thought when faced with a complex case. He was not only a superb clinician but a fantastic teacher to both colleagues and junior staff that he came into contact with.

After retiring from the NHS, he returned to Zambia where he was dedicated to improving the provision of anaesthesia through education. He is remembered as a larger than life character who brought joy to those around him and his beaming smile and deep chuckle will be sadly missed.

We pay tribute to and sincerely thank our anaesthetic colleagues in the Ulster Hospital who cared for him during his final illness.

He is survived by his wife, Emma, to whom we send our condolences.

Funeral arrangements are to be confirmed.

Keith Bailie

Jeremy Lyons

RBHSC

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