This workshop is designed for family physicians and other primary care practitioners involved in the care of patients with common joint issues. There is a strong focus on exam skills, initial treatment and when to refer.
This annual conference aims to educate attendees on the identification, prevention and intervention of mental health disorders in pregnancy and postpartum.
Methadone4Pain.ca is a free online training course on methadone for pain management in palliative care, accredited by the College of Family Physicians of Canada and the Royal College.
Join more than 200 other clinicians, scientists, researchers, funders and industry leaders to review the latest in ground-breaking research and treatments, discuss local and international developments and collaborate with your colleagues and peers.
This is a one day meeting for internists, geriatricians, family physicians and allied health professionals with an interest in geriatrics. This engaging educational course is designed to be interactive with workshops and debates covering some of the challenging areas in the clinical management of geriatric patients.
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.
A practical, clinical review and update on a range of topics on issues related to women's health in the context of primary care; such as contraception, STI, breast cancer screening and menopause management.
Physicians are invited to join the Workers' Compensation Board-Alberta for the Community Physician Education Program. This program will enhance physician ability and confidence in providing care to injured workers. Participants can expect a half-day of discussion, interaction and workshops geared towards the family physicians' role in the care of patients with work-related injuries.
Online Mainpro-M1 accredited course designed for health care professionals who understand basic obesity principles, but want to learn more.
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Underwriting is the analysis of medical, non-medical and financial information about a member to determine the effect these factors statistically have on mortality or morbidity. This is also called risk classification.
Late in 2016, the last physician with burnout was identified and treated – about 30 years after the term “physician health” was coined. It looked at first like a career change might be necessary, but the doctor responded well to a novel combination of drugs, talk therapy and Alberta Health Services workplace modifications. That doctor is, for the most part, happily back at work. The medical profession breathed a sigh of relief, and now the spotlight has shifted away from physician health back to sick patients.
The Committee on Student Affairs recently met to review 17 sponsorship applications. Based on funding criteria and the individual components of the application, the committee chose the following projects/events to receive funding...
More and more Canadians are expected to ask a physician about medical assistance in dying (MAiD). In 2016, the CMA launched a self-led foundational online MAiD course which helps members understand the basics and have a conversation with their patients. To help prepare members who are considering offering MAiD to their patients, Joule™ and the CMA have recently launched an advanced facilitated MAiD course. Click to learn more.
Do you have experience working with the Alberta Schedule of Medical Benefits? Do you have exceptional interpersonal skills and can easily foster collaborative relationships? Do you want to support Alberta doctors in their provision of quality health care in our province? The Alberta Medical Association (AMA) is looking for a results oriented, energetic Consultant with fees and project management experience to be a part of our Health Economics team.
Palliative end-of-life care programs are maturing in Canada, still with somewhat spotty application of resources and expertise. Programs in Alberta continue to be among the leaders, some with a 20-year history of cross-sectoral integration, hospice development, home care capacity, acute and long-term care expertise.
In the March-April 2017 issue of Alberta Doctors’ Digest, we pay tribute to a past editor of our publication, Dr. Gerald Higgins, who passed away on January 6.
For refugees fleeing war and violence, Canada offers safety and the promise of a better future. But arriving in a new country can be overwhelming, especially for people with health issues. As the medical director of the Mosaic Refugee Health Clinic in Calgary, I see first-hand the struggles refugees face. Contributed by: Dr. Annalee Coakley
Calling all medical students: Don't forget to apply for the 2017 Tarrant Scholarship! The deadline is Friday, May 26.
PRESIDENT'S LETTER: In my last letter I promised you more information about what occurred at the March 10-11 meeting of the Representative Forum. It was a particularly influential meeting in many ways.
PRESIDENT'S LETTER: The Representative Forum recently held its spring meeting on March 10-11 in Edmonton. A number of important subjects were addressed including an interactive session on future directions of the AMA, an update on Physician Resource Planning, a session on Health Information Exchange, and a session on Negotiations 2018 among others.
Some things just go together naturally; they complement each other, are mutually beneficial and when together, result in positive outcomes. While it takes a plate to bring together some nice cheese and crackers, and a great day by the lake to join sunshine with water, the Alberta Medical Association (AMA) Youth Run Club (YRC) is the platform for uniting physicians with students and teachers through the opportunities it creates for school health advocacy.
The April 1 SOMB reflects only changes made pursuant to the Individual Fee Review of the Physician Compensation Committee as well as the SOMB Rule Changes Initiative. The April 1, 2017 SOMB scheduled adjustment (a cost-of-living increase) is being held back as an amount at risk under the Amending Agreement. A reconciliation process to be completed no later than June 30, 2018 will determine whether the payment will be made to physicians.
The interest in mobile health has grown exponentially in recent years with an estimated 200,000 health and medical apps currently available. While fitness applications (apps) have consistently been the most popular choice, more and more consumers download and use the plethora of other health apps available on all platforms. Standards of quality in apps have been slow in development.
Calgary physician helps refugees get off to a healthy start in their new home.
Reporting to the President of the Board of Directors of the Edmonton West Family Physicians Non-Profit Corporation, the Medical Director of the Edmonton West Primary Care Network (EWPCN) is a key leadership position within the EWPCN. The Medical Director will work part time (0.4 FTE) in a dyad relationship with the EWPCN Executive Director to provide clinical business leadership in a shared decision making model. Together, they oversee the EWPCN budget and operations. The Medical Director will be responsible for supporting clinical leadership for physicians within the EWPCN and will also be a key link between the EWPCN physicians, other Primary Care Networks (PCNs), Alberta Health Services, and provincial physician organizations. This position provides continuity of physician leadership over time and will support the Board with information and advice for decision making.
We are pleased to advise that for 2017 we have been able to further reduce non-smoker rates for members in age-bands 40 to 60 by an additional 15% and continue with our 20% AMA Premium Credit.
In the fall of 2014, Alberta Doctors’ Digest published a Health Law Update story entitled “I get high with a little help from my … doctor?” It focused on one of the hot topics for discussion at the Canadian Medical Association (CMA) Annual General Meeting in Ottawa that year: the prescription of medical marijuana by Canadian doctors. The medical profession is taking shots at the federal government's expressed intention to legalize the possession and use of marijuana by 2019.
A new process for prescribing high-risk drugs like opioids, benzodiazepines, sedatives and stimulants will improve physician prescribing and enhance patient safety. Approved by the Council of the College of Physicians & Surgeons of Alberta (CPSA), the new standard of practice on Prescribing: Drugs with Potential for Misuse or Diversion comes into effect April 1, 2017.
Registration is now open for the 90th Annual North/South Doctors’ Golf Tournament taking place Monday, June 26 at the Red Deer Golf and Country Club.
PRESIDENT'S LETTER: The upcoming spring Representative Forum (RF) will address many important activities under the Amending Agreement. Members may review information provided with this letter and contact their delegates to provide input for the forum, particularly with respect to a major session regarding relativity and equity.
Are you among the Alberta physicians being bullied by the American Medical Directory, also known as AMMEDI.com or the UNITED Directorios LDA? After agreeing to be added to what you thought was a free and legitimate medical directory, were you then sent invoices for thousands of dollars with threats of collections and legal action if not paid or settled in full? You’re among good company.
Read the latest "Residents' Page" contribution to the Alberta Doctors' Digest: "PARAdime: Resident physicians support some of Alberta's most vulnerable through annual community campaign".
Dr. Amber Fripp, a practicing general internal medicine specialist in Calgary, is an advocate of taking ownership of a healthy lifestyle. She has a passion for fitness and an interest in promoting health and wellness amongst her colleagues.
AMA members are invited to submit expressions of interest in running for openings on two Canadian Medical Association committees. The openings are for members-at-large positions on the CMA Appointments Committee and CMA Audit and Finance Committee. Expressions of interest are due February 20.
Too many colleagues and kith and kin, aging alongside me, have disappeared into clouded, anxious fuzziness. Truth is, I am worried. And so are my demographic cohorts. Defining exactly what can be sourced and what must be known may be one of the most vexing issues in education today.
Edmonton physicians help homeless pregnant women build a better future.
PRESIDENT'S LETTER: As outlined by our Amending Agreement, we have been working with government to identify $100 million in savings via changes to Schedule of Medical Benefits (SOMB) rules. Guided by consultation with sections and also considering input from individual physicians, a joint Alberta Medical Association (AMA)/Alberta Health (AH) working group developed a list of SOMB rule changes which were based on the following principles...
Physicians are very well-educated, but that education does not necessarily prepare them for the business and legal considerations of operating their own practice. While some will work as employees, many doctors will find themselves alone or as part of a group operating their own office and running a business.
Dr. Gadget highlights two educational tools using whiteboard animations that are readily available to all physicians.
"Voice of the AMA" on critically important issues.
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AMA leaders (Officers, board, RF, sections, etc.)