Role of Practitioners in Indigenous Wellness

March 1 to May 31, 2016

An online course that explores the health and wellness of Indigenous patients in our province. The course starts from a historical perspective and moves to current institutional experiences with the goal of creating an evidence-based communications plan to assist in providing improved health care to your indigenous patients.

Breach response and reporting workshops

May 12, 18 and June 7

Considering upcoming breach reporting requirements under the Health Information Act, the Information and Privacy Commissioner of Alberta (OIPC) is offering breach response and reporting workshops in addition to privacy impact assessments training.

Investigating and Managing Patient Safety Events

June 14, 15 and 16, 2016

Obtain the investigative skills required to complete patient safety reviews. Focus on the practical application of the Systematic Systems Analysis: A Practical Approach to Patient Safety Reviews (SSA:PSR) methodology.

Three Societies Meeting

June 22-25, 2016

This gathering of the British Society for the History of Science, the Canadian Society for the History and Philosophy of Science and the History of Science Society brings together historians of science every four years for a major international conference. Register today.

20th Annual McMaster Muskoka Seminars

July 18 to August 19

This program is designed for busy clinicians looking to enhance their knowledge of evidence-based practices in the field, that will better equip them to respond to complex patient care needs they are faced with daily.

Combating Stigma

Available online until May 2017.

Combating Stigma is a web-based CME course for physicians. It takes an hour to complete and includes a number of elements shown to be important for anti-stigma programming for healthcare professionals.

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Fort McMurray Wildfire Support & Updates

May 27, 2016

The AMA is working to support physicians and members affected by the Fort McMurray fires. For help, or to provide support, please read and revisit this wildfire update page.

Kitchen/Mailroom Support Clerk (Temporary - 3 months)

May 26, 2016

The Alberta Medical Association (AMA) is currently recruiting for a full- time temporary position of Kitchen/Mailroom support clerk to be a part of our Corporate Services team. This role is temporary and will be a three month term (approximately June 6 – September 5) with a possibility of extension.

SharePoint Administrator

May 24, 2016

The Alberta Medical Association (AMA) is currently recruiting for a full-time SharePoint Administrator to be a part of our Information Systems Team. At the AMA, we believe that employees are fundamental to our success as an organization. We look for people who take initiative, and embrace quality, teamwork, personal growth and development.

Administrative Assistant, Events & Training

May 20, 2016

The AMA is currently recruiting for a full-time temporary Administrative Assistant. This position provides support to events and training activities managed by the Primary Care Networks Program Management Office and the Toward Optimized Practice program. This will be a temporary role with a term of approximately 12 months.

Help Albertans have a say in health care

May 19, 2016

We've created an easy way to spread the word about! Just visit our Spread the Word referral form, then enter your email address in the box provided. From there we will send you an email with information about that you can forward to your contact list. It's that easy!

Tell us what you want to read about in OPS

May 19, 2016

Do you specialize, or are you interested in, seniors' medication management? Optimized Prescribing with Seniors (OPS) is for you and we are seeking new topics to discuss in future publications.

Leadership by design

May 19, 2016

New CanMEDS 2015 Framework reflects the growing importance of physician.

Project Coordinator

May 17, 2016

The Alberta Medical Association (AMA) is currently recruiting for three (3) Project Coordinators to join our Practice Management Program team. One position will be based in Calgary and two will be based in Edmonton. If you would like a career in a dynamic, member-driven organization that puts people first, this could be the position for you.

Are you consultation impaired?

May 12, 2016

As professionals, physicians need to balance the benefits of advancing technology with the duty to “be in the moment” with their patients.

In Flanders Fields

May 11, 2016

Dr. John McCrae wrote In Flanders Fields more than 100 years ago, on May 3, 1915, during the second battle of Ypres. That was 11 days after the first German chlorine gas attack on the French/Canadian sector of the Ypres salient. Were the two events related? Yes.

AMA student sponsorships: The results are in!

May 6, 2016

The Committee on Student Affairs met at the end of April to review 20 sponsorship applications. Based on funding criteria and the individual components of the application, the committee chose the following projects/events to receive funding...

Bill C-14 and assisted dying

May 6, 2016

I am writing to provide an update on assistance in dying. The newly released Bill C-14 has undergone first reading in the House of Commons. Whether there will be amendments is presently unknown, and my comments below reflect the current state of the bill.

Manager, Public Affairs

May 2, 2016

The Alberta Medical Association (AMA) is currently recruiting for the position of Manager, Public Affairs. In support of all branches of the AMA, public affairs is responsible for member communication, media relations, government relations and public advocacy/engagement.

Support for OMA

April 29, 2016

Discussions continue between the Alberta Medical Association (AMA) and the Alberta government, seeking to find ways in which the parties can reduce the rate of growth for health care expenditures while maintaining access and quality of care.

Doctor Mike Evans asks "Do More Screening Tests Lead to Better Health?"

April 28, 2016

Watch as Dr. Mike Evans from the College of Family Physicians Canada (CFPC) presents "Do More Screening Tests Lead to Better Health?". In his white board video Dr. Evans focuses on a number of common but perhaps unnecessary screening tests that could be low-value care for much of the population.

New Many Hands™ nomination form

April 28, 2016

Do you, or does a physician, resident or medical student you know donate time and skills to a worthy cause in Canada or abroad? If yes, please complete our new online Many HandsTM nomination form.

Seeking one's glass slipper

April 20, 2016

The Leadership Secretariat was founded to essentially provide a “matching service” between primary care physicians who wish to take on a representative role and the various committees, agencies, etc., needing that grassroots family physician perspective.

The 2016 Tarrant Scholarship opportunity is here!

April 20, 2016

The Section of Rural Medicine (SRM) is accepting applications for the 2016 Tarrant Scholarship, named in honor of the late Dr. Michael Tarrant, a dedicated family physician and champion of rural medical undergraduate education. Apply by May 20!

April 19, 2016 - PCC Update

April 19, 2016

The PCC is pleased to announce it has arrived at the final decisions regarding the Individual Fee Review with respect to the six Health Service Codes of interest to the sections of Cardiology, Ophthalmology, Otolaryngology, Radiology and Obstetrics and Gynecology.

Response to Alberta budget

April 15, 2016

Yesterday afternoon, the provincial government released its first full budget. The budget is the government’s estimate of what it will require to meet its obligations and commitments while ensuring Albertans obtain the services they need.

Health care for all

April 11, 2016

Calgary physician’s Global Familymed Foundation helps build family medicine capacity where it’s needed most

Leading change in tough times

April 6, 2016

"Can I state the obvious? We are practicing medicine in the toughest financial climate in Alberta since the 1980s." - Dr. David A. Keegan

Connecting with Nature project brings psychological and physical benefits to kids

April 6, 2016

With her Connecting with Nature ELiHP project, third-year University of Calgary medical student and Emerging Leaders in Health Promotion grant (ELiHP) recipient and project lead, Venessa Shaneman sought to address an important health concern: According to a recent Statistics Canada finding, children self-report spending an average of six hours per weekday in front of a screen.

Lungs are for Life Smoking Prevention Program and Workshop Kit

April 6, 2016

As a result of her 2014-15 Emerging Leaders in Health Promotion (ELiHP) Grant project, second-year University of Calgary medical student Alicja Krol-Kennedy knows all about the power of a pig’s lungs, particularly as they served to demonstrate the effects of smoking as part of her Lungs are for Life Smoking Prevention Program and Workshop Kit.

March 31, 2016 - PCC Update

March 31, 2016

The Committee continues to make progress in the provincial individual fee review. Also, the PCC is pleased to share important news on the upcoming April 1, 2016 Allocation.

Safeguarding patient data; secure messaging for Alberta physicians

March 24, 2016

The AMA and Microquest Inc. have signed an agreement to provide Alberta physicians with AMA dr2dr Secure Messaging (AMA dr2dr). Click to learn more.

Residents' Page - Alberta Doctors' Digest

March 23, 2016

Read the latest "Residents' Page" contribution to the Alberta Doctors' Digest: "PARAdime: Alberta’s resident physicians reach out to support the most vulnerable".

Shining light on the importance of healthy medical relationships

March 22, 2016

The Physician and Family Support Program (PFSP) not only provides support through a 24-hour assistance line, but also education around topics that are relevant to medical students, residents and practicing physicians in Alberta. Some topics, although very important to discuss, are often difficult to offer through education sessions and presentations. One such topic is medical relationships, and for the purposes of this discussion, the focus will be a physician’s relationship with his/her spouse/partner.

A picture is worth a thousand words...

March 21, 2016

I am a visual learner and, as such, believe myself to be a more effective teacher when using visual tools. Unfortunately, one of the talents I was NOT blessed with is the ability to draw, as evidenced by my team’s recent loss in Pictionary when I failed miserably when asked to draw a hot dog.

Lace up!

March 19, 2016

Last October, in balmy, almost-shirt-sleeve weather, the Alberta Medical Association (AMA) Youth Run Club (YRC) kicked off its third year in Calgary and Edmonton.

Missed the PAD info session? Watch it here

March 16, 2016

Did you miss the discussion on Physician Assisted Death that happened at the Spring 2016 Representative Forum? You can watch the entire session here as well as find important resources related to PAD.

Crossing borders

March 16, 2016

Alberta Medical Association and Canadian Medical Association Past President Dr. Ruth L. Collins-Nakai is chair of the Out-of-Country Health Services Appeal Panel. This panel, along with the Out-of-Country Health Services Committee (OOCHSC), operate at arm’s length from Alberta Health and consider appeals, or in the case of the committee, applications for funding of insured medical, oral surgical and/or hospital services that are not available in Canada.

IFHP to provide full health care to all beneficiaries as of April 1, 2016

March 10, 2016

Starting April 1, 2016, the IFHP will provide full health care coverage for all beneficiaries, including basic coverage, supplemental coverage, prescription drug coverage.

Spring RF and accessing the PAD webcast

March 10, 2016

The spring meeting of the Representative Forum (RF) of the Alberta Medical Association (AMA) will be our usual two days of association business on behalf of the profession. In addition to “business as usual,” however, we will also take the opportunity to examine some larger topics. These subjects are about more than the AMA. In exploring them, we are facing not only issues that affect the profession and our patients, but also society at large.

Stewardship and Choosing Wisely

March 4, 2016

Recently (February 17 President’s Letter) I wrote to you about the need for effective stewardship of the health care system by physicians. Many of you kindly wrote back to share your thoughts on how we might be more effective in that role and some of you mentioned Alberta-based activities leading in that direction. I would like to update you on a major effort here to increase appropriateness in our clinical decision-making.

About the joint committee report on Physician-Assisted Dying

March 1, 2016

The Report of the Special Joint Committee on Physician-Assisted Dying was tabled last week, including a Dissenting Report and a Supplementary Opinion. I have some general remarks in response, and will then comment on some of the report’s specific recommendations.

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