Multiple Sclerosis and Neuroinflammation Update for Family Physicians

May 7 and 8, 2016

Course is designed for family/general practice physicians, residents, and community nurses with a particular interest in neuroinflammatory diseases such as multiple sclerosis.

2016 Canadian Conference on Physician Leadership

May 13-14, 2016

Network with colleagues and international experts, learn about the role of the physician leader in transformational change, acquire communication and presentation tools and techniques that will allow you to connect with colleagues, government officials, health authorities and the media and more.

Practical Orthopedics

May 13 and 14, 2016

The Orthopedics Conference is directed to family physicians, pharmacists, and nurse practitioners. Other health professionals are welcome to attend. The format includes plenary sessions followed by question panels to facilitate audience participation and discussion, and interactive, small group sessions featuring case discussions.

Federal framework on Lyme disease conference

May 15-17, 2016

Canada is holding a conference to develop a federal framework on Lyme disease. Learn when it will be held and what activities will help to create this important framework.

SOSORT-IRSSD education and scientific meeting

May 25-28, 2016

Engage in debates; attend scientific presentations on Etiology and pathogenesis, conservative treatment, surgical treatment, imaging and quality of life related to spinal deformities; and attend courses and social events all while relaxing in the Canadian Rockies.

Canadian Society for the History of Medicine Conference 2016

May 28-30, 2016

The Canadian Society for the History of Medicine within the Congress of the Canadian Federation of the Humanities and Social Sciences is holding joint sessions with the Canadian Historical Association & Canadian Society for the History and Philosophy of Science.

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.

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Fort McMurray Wildfire Relief & Support

May 4, 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.

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.

Financial Analyst, Temporary

April 28, 2016

The Alberta Medical Association (AMA) is currently recruiting for a Financial Analyst with our Electronic Medical Record Funding Extension Program (EMR FEP) for an approximate 12 month term.

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.

Financial Analyst

April 28, 2016

The Alberta Medical Association (AMA) is recruiting for the position of Financial Analyst. In this role, you will maintain the book accounts of the association, preparing monthly financial statements and journal entries, and preparing various financial reconciliations and analysis.

Education Coordinator, PFSP

April 26, 2016

The Alberta Medical Association (AMA) is currently recruiting for a full-time Education Coordinator for our Physician and Family Support Program (PFSP). This position will be located out of our Southern Alberta Office in Calgary. If you would like a career in a dynamic, member-driven organization that puts people first this could be the position for you.

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

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.

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

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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