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Edmonton infectious disease pioneer, Dr. Stan Houston devotes himself to preventing illness at home and abroad.

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Events

  • Continuing Medical Education Cruise

    April 5-12, 2015

    Memorial University is partnering with University at Sea®, to bring you this unique opportunity for health care professionals to obtain continuing education credits while spending quality time with family and networking with peers in a relaxed atmosphere... travelling the Caribbean aboard a cruise ship!

  • Call for abstracts: 2015 Shaffer Awards

    Abstracts are due April 6

    Students are invited to submit abstracts for presentations at the Shaffer Awards hosted by the Alberta Society of Gastroenterology, University of Calgary GI Research Group and University of Alberta. The Shaffer Awards will take place at the Chateau Lake Louise on June 4 and 5 in conjunction with the Alberta Digestive Disease Summit.

  • Capacity Assessment Training for Physicians in Edmonton

    April 17 and 18, 2015

    This two-day workshop discusses the components required to complete decision making capacity assessments under the Adult Guardianship and Trusteeship Act (AGTA) for physicians interested in enhancing their assessment skills. This workshop is offered only to physicians and is limited to 20 people per session. There is no cost to attend but registration is required.

  • Family Physicians and CancerControl: Strengthening Linkages Workshop

    April 18, 2015

    Register today for the free Family Physicians and CancerControl: Strengthening Linkages Workshop. In this workshop, family physicians are provided with the opportunity to build relationships between oncology and primary care communities of practice as well as improve integration of care by coming together with colleagues.

  • Oncology Conference

    April 24-25, 2015

    Attendees of the Oncology Conference can expect plenary sessions, “short snappers”, question/discussion panels and case-based small group interactive sessions. Screening and treatment options and management of relapse and treatment related side effects will be discussed.

  • Alberta Seniors Care Coalition Conference 2015

    April 25, 2015

    Registration is now open for the Alberta Seniors Care Coalition Conference 2015! Early bird (reduced price) registration ends March 15 and on March 17, there will be a draw for one lucky attendee to win back their registration fee!

  • University of Alberta Neuroinflammation Update 2015

    May 16 and 17, 2015

    Taking place at the Fairmont Jasper Park Lodge, this course is designed for family/general practice physicians, residents and community nurses with a particular interest in neuroinflammatory diseases such as multiple sclerosis. Register today!

  • 2015 Advanced Learning in Palliative Medicine Conference

    May 28-30, 2015

    The Canadian Society of Palliative Care Physicians will hold its 11th Advanced Learning of Palliative Medicine Conference at the Westin Calgary from May 28-30, 2015. The conference is a key learning event not just for palliative care physicians but for family doctors and other specialists who want to enhance their knowledge of palliative care.

  • Registration now open: 2015 Alberta Digestive Disease Summit

    June 4-7, 2015

    Hosted by the Alberta Society of Gastroenterology, the conference will be a unique gathering bringing together clinicians, scientists, researchers, funders and industry leaders to review the latest research and treatments in Gastroenterology.

  • 16th Canadian Collaborative Mental Health Care Conference

    June 18-20, 2015

    The 16th Annual Canadian Collaborative Mental Health Care Conference seeks to encourage physicians, nurses, psychiatrists, psychologists, counsellors, occupational therapists, other healthcare professionals, patients and family members to “jump on the bandwagon” of collaborative, team-based mental healthcare in order to ensure better access and outcomes.

  • Primary Care REAL-WEB Webinars (Winter/Spring 2015)

    Thursdays, February-June, 2015

    The University of Calgary presents Primary Care REAL‐WEB: an ongoing series of accredited CME webinars for primary care practitioners. Each webinar from this Real-time Education and Learning with a Web-based approach features the latest advancements in diagnosis and treatment as well as addressing clinical cases.

  • Capacity Assessment Training for Physicians in Calgary

    October 23 and 24, 2015

    This two-day workshop discusses the components required to complete decision making capacity assessments under the Adult Guardianship and Trusteeship Act (AGTA) for physicians interested in enhancing their assessment skills. This workshop is offered only to physicians and is limited to 20 people per session. There is no cost to attend but registration is required.

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  • Thoughts on the Budget

    March 27, 2015

    Yesterday’s budget signaled a change not only in direction, but in attitude. In one sense, it can be seen as a call to be average. Why should we not have average wages, prices and taxes? Why spend more than average? But contained within government’s statements is another objective that is extraordinary and well beyond average. This is that we can move down to the national average in health expenditures, yet move up in performance so that access to services and quality of care is at least maintained.

  • Going where he's needed most

    March 26, 2015

    Edmonton infectious disease pioneer devotes himself to preventing illness at home and abroad.

  • The three P's: Protection of privacy is paramount

    March 24, 2015

    It is critical for physicians to understand that the final responsibility for the protection of their patient's information lies with them, as custodians. Physicians who are utilizing the electronic medical records system in Alberta Health Service ambulatory clinics without having signed off on the Information Sharing Framework documents are in breach of the Health Information Act and their own standards of practice.

  • About the RF, physician payments, AHS and CPSA

    March 20, 2015

    The spring Representative Forum was held on March 13 and 14 in Edmonton. I thought that a President's Letter describing the key discussions would be useful to you.

  • Billing Corner

    March 19, 2015

    The Billing Corner is a summary document; there are changes to rates that are not stated in the Billing Corner. Please refer to the Schedule of Medical Benefits for complete details.

  • Only a few days left to apply for EMR reimbursement

    March 18, 2015

    This is your final opportunity to apply for EMR Funding for the New Grad Program, which expires March 31. If you are a new physician to Alberta, or have a new graduate in your clinic, there is still time to apply for reimbursement of some of the EMR (Electronic Medical Record) costs.

  • Where's my CPS?

    March 16, 2015

    I received an email from the Canadian Medical Association inviting me to download a new app free of charge to me through my membership, called RxTx Mobile. This app, available for iOS and Android devices, is the Canadian Pharmacists Association's mobile application providing offline access to all 3,000 plus pages of the Compendium of Pharmaceuticals and Specialties (CPS) (Rx) as well as drug choices (Tx), Health Canada Advisories, some medical calculators and other information the publishers felt might be useful to users.

  • Try out our new website menu

    March 16, 2015

    With the new website Mega Menu you will find what you’re looking for that much faster! The new navigation menu gives you a snapshot of each section of the site when you hover over the main navigation tab. This lets you quickly and intuitively find a page that may be several clicks deep, or, better yet, see if the section is worth exploring at all for the information you need. Just hover your mouse over one of the tabs above to try it out.

  • Administrative Assistant, Southern Alberta Office

    March 11, 2015

    The Alberta Medical Association (AMA) is currently recruiting for the position of Administrative Assistant for our Practice Management Program and Southern Alberta Office, both located in Calgary. This is a temporary Summer Student position from May to August 2015.

  • Resident's Page - Alberta Doctors' Digest

    March 11, 2015

    Read the latest "Resident's Page" contribution to the Alberta Doctor's Digest: "Remove those 3-D glasses; our health is 4-D," contributed by Dr. Rithesh Ram, Family Medicine Resident Physician.

  • Changes to vitamin D testing coming April 1

    March 9, 2015

    As of April 1, 2015, Vitamin D testing it will no longer be available for screening of healthy patients. It will be provided only in the presence of other clinical indicators/conditions.

  • The April 1, 2014 mini fee schedule is no longer available to purchase online.

    March 5, 2015

    The April 1, 2014 mini fee schedule is no longer available to purchase online. If you would still like to purchase the April 1, 2014 version of the mini fee schedule, there is a limited supply available via order form. To order, please complete the form and fax to 780.482.5445.

  • Want to participate in clinical research?

    March 4, 2015

    Alberta is home to world-class medical research and the physicians who participate in research studies should be aware of their legal, ethical and professional responsibilities and obligations.

  • WCB agreement has been ratified

    February 27, 2015

    I’m pleased to let you know that the tentative five-year Alberta Medical Association (AMA)/Workers’ Compensation Board (WCB) Agreement has been ratified. Of voting members, 96% voted to accept the agreement.

  • Caring for yourself and your colleagues in the years ahead. How will you make it happen?

    February 26, 2015

    To foster a healthy medical community, one thing we need to appreciate is the dynamic nature of our identities – most days we are physicians providing care, but there are some days when we morph into patients with our own health problems. An appreciation and acceptance of these complementary identities can facilitate healthier doctor-patient relationships – and specifically, healthy physician-for-physician patient relationships.

  • Registration for Alberta Seniors Care Coalition Conference now open

    February 25, 2015

    This inaugural conference will emphasize relevant, practice-based learning sessions with a focus on seniors health, innovative models of service delivery, dementia, palliative and end of life care. Please contact jody.berube@acfp.ca for additional information.

  • New WCB-Alberta process for treatment of patients affected by occupational BBFE

    February 24, 2015

    Effective March 1, 2015, the Workers' Compensation Board (WCB)-Alberta will implement a new process for treatment in the Emergency Room (ER) of patients who have probable exposure to blood and bodily fluids in an occupational setting.

  • Budget cuts, AMA Agreement: 3 key points

    February 13, 2015

    An important topic in the media this week is the message from government in relation to the budget. This included the commentary on expenditure cuts of 5% from last year’s budget. Given that population and inflation are each running at 2% per annum, in real per capita terms this means a 9% cut.

  • Capacity Assessment Training for Physicians workshops in Edmonton and Calgary

    February 11, 2015

    These two-day workshops discuss the components required to complete decision making capacity assessments under the Adult Guardianship and Trusteeship Act (AGTA) for physicians interested in enhancing their assessment skills. These workshops, taking place in Edmonton and Calgary are offered only to physicians and are limited to 20 people per session. There is no cost to attend but registration is required.

  • Youth Run Club ambassadors send a clear message where it's needed

    February 4, 2015

    For the first year of our Youth Run Club ambassador program, we were very fortunate to bring on two outstanding athletes and role models: well-known Canadian Women’s Olympic triathlete, Paula Findlay and five-time Olympic race walking competitor, Tim Berrett.

  • Ghosts in your email?

    February 3, 2015

    Are you seeing the names of past AMA presidents (e.g., Dr. Allan Garbutt or Dr. Michael Giuffre) in the “From” field when you open your President’s Letter email from Dr. Richard Johnston?

  • AMA seeks nominations for our highest awards

    February 2, 2015

    The Alberta Medical Association (AMA) is calling for Achievement Award nominations for individuals who have contributed to the improvement of the quality of health care in Alberta. Nominations must be submitted by April 30.

  • WCB Tentative Agreement Questions & Answers

    January 30, 2015

    Have some questions about the WCB tentative agreement and upcoming ratification vote? The AMA has put together a series of questions and answers to help you better understand the agreement and voting process.

  • Doctors will step up – but we need the right support

    January 30, 2015

    Just before the New Year I wrote of the combined challenge of government, patients and the profession to stabilize the health care system from a number of perspectives. These include: policy; funding; human and other capital; expectations and responsible use; and governance. Stability is a necessary precursor, both to sustainability and to ensuring that we get the most value out of every health dollar.

  • Diagnosing schizophrenia

    January 28, 2015

    Across the range of psychiatric disorders, schizophrenia can be considered both strange and challenging, because of a variety of powerful physiological symptoms and the social stigma attached to it. This mental disorder is poorly portrayed and misunderstood, from the past to the present.

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