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Your AMA money during a Canada Post strike

June 28, 2016

As you may know, Canada Post may go on strike in early July. While negotiations are ongoing we are planning for a service interruption in order to be prepared. To avoid delay in receiving reimbursements from your negotiated benefits (Continuing Medical Education, Medical Liability Reimbursement, Retention Benefit Program and Parental Leave Program), please consider signing up for electronic funds transfer.

Immediate Action Required To Prevent Loss of Netcare Access

June 24, 2016

After July 7, 2016, computers that are not updated with the required software will be unable to connect to Alberta Netcare Portal (ANP). To prevent service interruptions notify your manager and update your facility’s computers today.

Consultant, Evaluation and Quality (Calgary)

June 23, 2016

The Alberta Medical Association (AMA) is recruiting for a Consultant, Evaluation and Quality position for the Primary Care Networks Program Management Office (PCN PMO). We are looking for candidates with expertise in the areas of health/health program evaluation, research, performance monitoring, information management and knowledge transfer. This position will be located in out of our Southern Alberta Office located in Calgary.

Coordinator, Zone Medical Staff Associations (Calgary)

June 23, 2016

The Alberta Medical Association (AMA) is currently recruiting for the position of Coordinator, Zone Medical Staff Associations (ZMSAs). This position will be based out of our Southern Alberta Office in Calgary.

Mini fee schedule

June 21, 2016

The April 1, 2016 mini fee schedule is now on sale! The fee schedule is a condensed, easy-to-use version of the Schedule of Medical Benefits and a popular tool for physicians and their billing staff.

Nine in 10 doctors agree federal legislation needed on medical assistance in dying

June 16, 2016

Preliminary results of a survey of Canadian Medical Association (CMA) members show an overwhelming percentage (90%) of respondents feel federal legislation on medical aid in dying is needed to provide clarity, legal protection and a consistent legal and regulatory framework for physicians willing to provide the service.

Administrative Assistant – Section Services

June 15, 2016

The Alberta Medical Association is recruiting for two full-time Administrative Assistant positions for our Section Services unit in the Public Affairs branch. 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.

We upgraded the Fee Navigator!

June 14, 2016

A year ago the AMA launched its popular billing tool, the Fee Navigator. Based on user feedback, we've enhanced the tool to serve you better. The Fee Navigator now offers...

A journey worth making

June 13, 2016

Calgary physician, Dr. Muriel Solomon travels the world to bring health and hope to those who are often overlooked.

AMA/CMA statement on medical assistance in dying

June 9, 2016

The AMA strongly supports a robust federal role in the implementation of medical assistance in dying, including both a legislative and non-legislative response to the Supreme Court of Canada’s decision in Carter v. Canada. Click to read more.

Election Now Underway - AMA President-Elect 2016-17

June 9, 2016

We’re currently holding an election for the position of AMA President-Elect for 2016-17. The successful candidate will serve as President in the year 2017-18. We have two candidates running for the position: Drs Kathryn Andrusky and Neil Cooper. The vote is being conducted electronically and will close Thursday, July 7 at 4:30 p.m. Click to cast your ballot and view candidate CVs.

Red Deer Kicks-off AMA dr2dr

June 2, 2016

On Thursday, May 26, Red Deer started on the journey to axe the fax. Turnout was excellent at the three information sessions held to kick-off the Limited Production Rollout of the AMA dr2dr Secure Messaging System. Participants included physicians and office representatives from both specialist and general practice clinics.

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.

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.

Leadership by design

May 19, 2016

New CanMEDS 2015 Framework reflects the growing importance of physician.

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.

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.

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.

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...

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.

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.

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.

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!

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.

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

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.

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

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.

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.

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.

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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