World Professional Association for Transgender Health conference

February 1 to 3, 2019

The Gender Program at the University of Alberta Hospital is hosting the WPATH Global Education Initiative training program. Training with global leaders in transgender healthcare, attendees will get the most up-to-date knowledge to care for the transgender population.

5th Annual MSK Pearls Course

February 2, 2019

This expert-lead annual course uses a blend of didactic presentations, case studies and hands-on skills training to enhance physicians’ and other healthcare professionals’ care for patients with physical injuries. This year’s topics focus on sideline management of athletic injuries

Mood Day Conference

February 8, 2019

This course offers an interdisciplinary clinical focus which is applicable to all community practitioners. The vision of the conference is to examine bipolar and major depressive disorder from a psychiatric and psychological perspective. The conference is designed to provide strong practical and clinical resources to all members of the mental health community.

Getting there together: Western Canadian Tobacco Reduction Forum

February 21, 2019

Getting There Together will bring together individuals and organizations who champion tobacco reduction research, policy and practice from across western Canada with a focus on achieving a less than 5% smoking prevalence rate by 2035.

Alcohol Use Disorder

March 8, 2019

This series of updates aims to provide healthcare professionals with an evidence-based overview of multiple topics within the psychiatric domain. Each half-day session aims to cover important topics such as diagnosis review and update, treatment/therapeutic use and application and local perspectives and resources as it pertains to that sessions’ focus.

Inclusive Health Conference 2019

March 16, 2019

This annual event educates health professionals on LGBTQ+ health issues and how to provide inclusive, high-quality care to LGBTQ+ patients. It's a great way to develop knowledge and competency around Sexual and Gender Minority health and related issues. The conference is hosted by the Sexuality & Gender Advocacy Committee at the University of Alberta. All health care-related students and faculty are welcome.

RhPAP Rhapsody Awards

Nominations due March 31, 2019

The Rural Health Professions Action Plan invites rural Albertans to nominate their health care heroes in one of three categories: Rural Alberta Physician of Distinction; Rural Alberta Community Health Professional Attraction and Retention; and Rural Alberta Health-care Heroes (Individual or Team).

Successful Patient Interactions

April 25, 2019

This course assists physicians and other healthcare providers in achieving more successful encounters with their patients, for a safer healthcare experience. Developed in partnership with the Canadian Medical Protective Association.

Effective Team Interactions

April 26, 2019

Effective and safer interactions between health care colleagues through enhanced communications strategies and skills. This program was developed in partnership with the Canadian Medical Protective Association.

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Executive Director – Highland PCN

January 21, 2019

The Highland Primary Care Network is recruiting for Executive Director. The Highland Primary Care Network, established in 2007, assists 66 physicians in 22 clinics to delivery primary care to 72,000+ patients in the towns of Airdrie, Didsbury, Carstairs, Beiseker and Crossfield.

January-February 2019 Alberta Doctors' Digest now online

January 16, 2019

Highlights in this issue: Care transformation through informatics; Transforming primary care; Removing barriers to prenatal care for immigrant women; Zero tolerance toward sexual abuse or misconduct; PFSP captures international attention; and a lot more!

Call for applications: Indigenous Health Committee

January 14, 2019

The AMA is currently recruiting an Indigenous physician to fill a member position on the Indigenous Health Committee. The deadline to apply is February 11. The IHC is established to promote and operationalize the recommendations in the AMA Policy Statement on Indigenous Health. It serves to bring together medical and non-medical expertise focused on health status and delivery of health services to Alberta’s Indigenous population.

Senior Web Developer

January 10, 2019

The Alberta Medical Association is recruiting for a Senior Web Developer to join our Information Systems Group. In this position you would play a key role in the planning, architecture, design, development, maintenance and support of software products for the health care sector. This position will remain open until a suitable candidate can be found.

Subclinical hypothyroidism: a brief review and suggested treatment approach

January 2, 2019

Your patient, Meredith, is 90 years’ old and is experiencing mild fatigue, slight cold intolerance and reduced ability to lose weight. Her symptoms are non-specific. Meredith’s laboratory results indicate slightly elevated thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH) levels with a normal free T4. You’ve diagnosed her with subclinical hypothyroidism. What would your approach be?

About retroactive payments to physicians

December 19, 2018

PRESIDENT'S LETTER: In my December 6 President’s Letter, I wrote that members would soon receive retroactive payments for the April 1, 2017 Schedule of Medical Benefits cost of living adjustments. These payments have now been issued by Alberta Health for the April 1, 2017 to October 31, 2018 claims period.

Influenza Immunization Program newsletter - November 2018

December 12, 2018

The Influenza Immunization Program for 2018-2019 is well underway. As of November 10, 2018, 860,376 doses of influenza vaccine have been administered in Alberta.

AMHSP physicians – a vote and a new council

December 12, 2018

PRESIDENT'S LETTER: Recent changes in Alberta Medical Association governance and the passage of legislation on the rights of physicians to representation provide important new vehicles for physicians to bring their issues forward. The focus of this President’s Letter is on those academic physicians who are or soon will be part of the Academic Medicine Health Services Plan, and who now have the ability to request direct support in negotiations from the AMA.

SOMB retroactive increases coming this week

December 6, 2018

PRESIDENT'S LETTER: This fall, we have been moving forward on making payments owed to physicians under our Amending Agreement. The AMA issued the 2017 Retention Benefit payments on Friday, November 2. Today I’m writing to provide you with some dates and details about the retroactive payments for the Schedule of Medical Benefits and Alternative Relationship Plans cost-of-living adjustment.

Congratulations Dr. Jane Lemaire and colleagues!

November 27, 2018

Dr. Jane Lemaire and colleagues were recently presented the Physician Well-being Article Award by the Stanford Medicine WellMD Center for their research article, "Understanding how patients perceive physician wellness and its links to patient care: A qualitative study." Dr. Jane Lemaire is a recent PFSP Physician Wellness #GOAT.

Director, Negotiations

November 27, 2018

The Alberta Medical Association is recruiting for the newly created role of Director, Negotiations to join our Health Economics team. Recruitment for this role is being done by the executive search firm Pekarsky & Co.

An Act to Protect Patients

November 16, 2018

PRESIDENT'S LETTER: You may have heard news reports last week that the Government of Alberta had tabled Bill 21, An Act to Protect Patients. The legislation guards patients against exposure to inappropriate or predatory sexual behavior from their care providers. It applies to all regulated health professions, including physicians. The bill passed at the end of last week and is expected to come into effect in April 2019.

Important change coming to AMA group insurance renewal process

November 8, 2018

If you participate in any of the AMA group insurance plans (Disability, Professional Overhead Expense, Term Life, Critical Illness or Accidental Death and Dismemberment) and are set-up for automatic monthly or annual pre-authorized premium payments, you will no longer be receiving mailed confirmation premium notices in early December as has been the practice in the past.

AMA legislation tabled today

November 1, 2018

PRESIDENT'S LETTER: You may recall that one of the important provisions of the 2018-20 AMA agreement with government was a commitment to entrench physician recognition and representation rights within legislation. I am pleased to let you know that this legislation was tabled today.

Treatment targets for hypertension in older persons

October 31, 2018

Mrs. BB is an 82-year-old female living at home. She has mild cognitive impairment and limited mobility. Her office blood pressure is 162/71. Should she be treated for hypertension? If yes, what would her blood pressure target be?

November 1, 2018 Billing Corner

October 26, 2018

View Alberta Health Care Insurance Plan Schedule of Medical Benefits changes for November 1, 2018.

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