Events

Learn about the Medicus Pension Plan™ – webinar

May 2, 2024

Established by MD Financial Management Inc. and Scotiabank, Medicus is the first ever multi-employer pension plan for Canada’s incorporated physicians.

GI for GPs course

May 4, 2024

Gastroenterology for General Practitioners (GI for GPs) offers a robust, impactful single day of learning for Alberta’s family practitioners.

22nd Annual Cardiology Update

May 4, 2024

This highly anticipated event will be hosted by the University of Alberta’s Division of Cardiology and will bring together family physicians, emergency medicine physicians, internists, nurse practitioners, pharmacists, EMS personnel and others with an interest in cardiovascular medicine.

Preventing atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease: Where primary care meets guidelines

May 8, 2024

The intent of this virtual real-time CME is to delve into current dyslipidemia guidelines and explore complex, challenging cases experienced by primary care providers in the context of CVD risk reduction. Participants will engage in stimulating discussions about the intersect between guidelines and practice, how to address unusual cases, and apply a nuanced approach to management.

23rd Annual BC Endocrine Day

May 10, 2024

Hosted by the Endocrine Research Society, this full-day lecture series offers an interactive case-based review of common endocrine problems encountered in clinical office practice.

Resident Wellness Conference - 2024

May 14 - 16, 2024

Registration is now open for RWC 2024! The Resident Wellness Conference is a PFSP sponsored event, in collaboration with the University of Alberta and University of Calgary wellness offices and PARA, and held biennially for each of Alberta’s medical school residents.

UBC Tropical & Geographic Medicine Intensive Short Course

May 13 - 17, 2024

Course registration is now open for the University of British Columbia’s annual week-long course for physicians, medical trainees, public health practitioners, nurses, nurse practitioners, and other healthcare professionals who intend to practice in the tropics, resource-limited settings, or who require an update on infectious, parasitic and other major tropical diseases.

Working through conflict: Mastering the process

May 21, 2024

This workshop will take conflict management to the next level, allowing participants to experience a clear process to work through conflict situations. Case studies will be used, and participants will have the opportunity to apply these practical tips.

Canadian Conference on Physician Leadership

May 24-25, 2024

Gain valuable system transformation and leadership insights from our keynote speakers and panel discussion. Discover opportunities for reform with the innovative plenary workshops. Expand your leadership toolkit with the concurrent workshop sessions and pre-conference courses. Seize this chance to increase your impact as a physician leader!

CMA Annual General Meeting

May 29, 2024

The Annual General Meeting is an opportunity for CMA members to hear from and ask questions of leadership, provide input, vote on proposed governance changes and address other corporate issues.

ATLS: Rural offering of Advanced Trauma Life Support course

May 30 & 31

ATLS is an internationally recognized continuing education course designed to teach a standardized and concise approach to the care of trauma patients within the "golden hour" or "period" where the greatest likelihood of death occurs.

Alberta Sexual Assault Course and Conference

June 8, 2024

The Alberta Sexual Assault Course and Conference is designed to share core training and provide management updates for urban and rural healthcare professionals caring for patients that have experienced sexual violence.

2024 Physician Learning Program Summit

June 11, 2024

The PLP Summit celebrates the impact of 15 years of partnership and collaboration across the care continuum to implement improvement initiatives in complex adaptive health systems. The summit will explore how to leverage a supportive team-based culture using clinical information to drive improvement and be a positive influence as part of the bigger health system evolution.

Social Media 101

May 1 and June 12, 2024

Please note this session will not be recorded. In this beginner session, members will walk away feeling more comfortable and confident in navigating social media platforms and understanding how to create strategic and engaging content for advocacy efforts, amplifying positive messages, mitigating criticism and more.

The SOGC's Annual Clinical and Scientific Conference

June 11 to 14, 2024

The Society of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists of Canada’s Annual Clinical and Scientific Conference is the premier continuing medical education event in Canada for obstetrics and gynecology, bringing together the largest gathering of health care professionals working in the field of women’s health.

Clinical Reasoning Course

June 19, 2024

Clinical reasoning is a core competency for ensuring patient safety and the quality of patient care. It is a skill, process or outcome wherein physicians observe, collect, and interpret data to diagnose and treat patients.

Medical Record Keeping

June 14 and September 12, 2024

This program aims to address sufficient documentation, which is central to patient safety and continuity of quality care. Participants will learn how to appropriately document patient encounters following the Subjective Objective Assessment Plan (SOAP) format.

47th American Academy of Pediatrics Conference

June 20 - 23, 2024

This conference will provide recent advances in the delivery room management of neonates, along with talks on neonatal stroke and HIE, and up-to-date information on the long-term neurodevelopmental outcomes of premature infants.

The five-weekend Care of the Elderly certificate course

Various dates January - June 2024

The five-weekend Care of the Elderly certificate course is aimed at primary care practitioners who want to develop their own clinical skills or function as resource in their group practices.

Free radon education program for health care providers from McMaster University

On demand

November is Radon Action Month. In support of Health Canada’s public awareness campaign, McMaster University provides various free resources for health care professionals to increase their knowledge about this important topic.

Social Media 201

June 20 and September 26, 2024

In this intermediate session, members who are already using social media are invited to learn tactics and tools to help make your social media life easier—more efficient and effective. Get ideas for creating content, managing engagement and building community, tips, tricks and tools to use social media more strategically and seamlessly. Social Media 101 is recommended as a prerequisite for this session.

International Conference on Physician Health

October 17-19, 2024

Call for abstracts now open. The International Conference on Physician Health (ICPH) 2024 is an opportunity for physicians and researchers from Canada, the United States and United Kingdom to learn from each other, network around their work and connect on issues that matter.

Palliative Care Education & Research Conference

October 21, 2024

Each person’s experience with a life limiting illness is unique with many nuances. Compassion and hope are powerful sources of strength, therefore fostering these during a vulnerable time is vital. Join the Palliative Institute in sharing your clinical and research insights by growing a conversation that extends compassion with each other, as well as the people experiencing a life limiting illness.

Media Relations 101

2024 dates: July 11, November 14

Please note session will not be recorded. In this beginner session, members will walk away feeling more comfortable and confident in navigating social media platforms and understanding how to create strategic and engaging content for advocacy efforts, amplifying positive messages, mitigating criticism and more.

Media Relations 201

2024 dates: May 9, September 12 and December 5

Hosted by the AMA's Shan Rupnarain, AED Public Affairs, with our media training partner Grant Ainsley, this is a three-hour session for those who anticipate doing a lot of media. It will involve working up messages, doing mock interviews, receiving feedback (and trying again if there's time). Space is limited for this session

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It’s time to prepare for wildfire season

April 23, 2024

This year’s wildfire season is off to an early and busy start. Much of Alberta is experiencing very high to extreme drought conditions and there have already been evacuation alerts in certain parts of the province. Wildfire officials are urging Albertans to be prepared for any eventuality.

SOMB Changes for April 1, 2024

April 19, 2024

Learn about the latest billing changes to the Schedule of Medical Benefits. The AMA's Billing Corner keeps members up to date on billing changes to the SOMB.

Provide your input on working with WCB-Alberta

April 18, 2024

The AMA is seeking member input in anticipation of negotiations with the Workers’ Compensation Board – Alberta. Learn more.

The PCCM will be implemented: Announcement today

April 17, 2024

PRESIDENT'S LETTER: This morning I participated in a joint news conference with the Minister to announce that government is committing to the Physician Comprehensive Care Model with a target implementation date of fall 2024.

TFP payments, acute care, active advocacy

April 15, 2024

PRESIDENT'S LETTER: The second Inside Scoop Town Hall was Thursday, April 11 and the recording is available (member log in required). Here are some comments on the discussion at the session.

Member-only Town Halls

April 12, 2024

Inside Scoop Virtual Town Halls are opportunities for candid conversations between the AMA president and members about the the latest events affecting the AMA and profession. Registration is now open for the April 11 Inside Scoop Virtual Town Hall.

Small patient panels matter, too

April 5, 2024

PRESIDENT'S LETTER: There are many reasons that smaller panels exist, from geographic location, to patient complexity, to unique demographic factors of the patient population being cared for. Some small panels exist today because the physician was unable to financially sustain full time comprehensive care and therefore had to reduce their practice to part-time while shifting to provide other services.

Stabilization payments begin today

April 4, 2024

PRESIDENT'S LETTER: As I wrote to you last week, today we will begin distributing transitional funding support payments to eligible family and rural generalist physician practices. The AMA has received the funds from Alberta Health.

Stabilization funds available - Family/rural docs

March 28, 2024

PRESIDENT'S LETTER: On April 4, transitional funding support will begin flowing to eligible family and rural generalist physician practices. This milestone follows months of relentless advocacy through the AMA and heroic efforts by the Strike Team.

News coverage: Local Doctors, Local Issues

March 27, 2024

Local Doctors, Local Issues is an initiative to learn what doctors across the province think about the state of the health care system and where solutions may lie. View ongoing media coverage of AMA President Dr. Paul Parks and other physician leaders who have been actively speaking to the media and providing interviews and insight.

AMA President-Elect: Call for Nominations

March 22, 2024

The call for nominations period for the 2024-25 president-elect is now open. Nominations must be submitted by 9 am, Tuesday, April 23. Learn more about the process and current nominee.

RRNP retroactive payments will be made this week

March 20, 2024

PRESIDENT'S LETTER: Alberta Health issued a Bulletin yesterday indicating that retroactive payments will be distributed this Friday, March 22 to physicians who are eligible for Rural Remote Northern Program (RRNP) benefits.

Positive signals - Improved CaRMS numbers and a commitment from the Premier

March 19, 2024

PRESIDENT'S LETTER: The first round of Canadian Resident Matching Service (CaRMS) numbers was released earlier today, and Alberta has fewer unmatched family medicine residency positions this year than last year. This is good news. I was pleased to see that across the country, the numbers are looking more positive. Visit our website for additional context and an at-a-glance breakdown of the match numbers.

New issue of Alberta Doctors' Digest is now available

March 13, 2024

Read the March-April 2024 issue of Alberta Doctors' Digest. Highlights include: The foundation stones of medicine: Lab medicine; Shine A Light; CMA Award for Young Leaders; Dr. Gadget; Health Law Update; and more!

Defining "competitive." Acute care advocacy.

March 8, 2024

PRESIDENT'S LETTER: About 350 members joined our post-budget virtual town hall on Wednesday for an update on where things stand with government and a look ahead at advocacy plans. A recording of the presentation is available on the AMA website (member login required).

With a commitment, we move forward

March 1, 2024

PRESIDENT'S LETTER: I had a chance to speak with Minister LaGrange after the budget announcement. As you know, the AMA has been advocating loudly and ceaselessly for a commitment to a new comprehensive care payment model and stabilization for family and rural medicine. I am grateful to many members who lent their voices to our SOS Save Family and Rural Medicine campaign. You were heard.

Countdown to Budget 2024

February 15, 2024

PRESIDENT'S LETTER: To the Minister, in media interviews and to the public, I have one message in the next two weeks: Family and rural practices are no longer sustainable and they need urgent support in Budget 2024.

$12 million in panel management support now available

February 9, 2024

PRESIDENT'S LETTER: You may have heard that government has released $12 million to the AMA to provide family physicians and rural generalists with support for costs related to panel management and practice improvement activities. This is part of the October 2023 release of the MAPS final reports, which included an announcement of $57 million in funding, over three years, for physicians participating in panel management. We did not negotiate these funds.

Good faith claims are now live

February 7, 2024

PRESIDENT'S LETTER: Yesterday, Alberta Health issued a Bulletin announcing that their billing system has been updated and physicians can now submit eligible ‘good faith’ claims – retroactive to April 1, 2022.

Laboratory physicians ratify new agreement with Alberta Precision Laboratories

February 5, 2024

PRESIDENT'S LETTER: I am pleased to inform you that last week, after being without a contract since 2018, our colleagues in laboratory medicine voted yes to a new agreement with Alberta Precision Laboratories, effective April 1, 2022. This agreement has been a long time coming and represents the hard work and dedication of both negotiating teams.

Statement from the AMA Section of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry on gender-affirming treatments

February 4, 2024

The Section of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry of the Alberta Medical Association would like to add our voice to the chorus of concern arising from Premier Smith’s recent announcement of new policies banning or significantly curtailing access to gender-affirming care and support in healthcare and education. We stand with our colleagues, who have already issued statements, but even more importantly, we stand with our patients.

The doctor-patient relationship is sacrosanct

February 2, 2024

PRESIDENT'S LETTER: Yesterday the government announced plans to restrict access to gender-affirming treatments for pediatric trans patients. I immediately consulted with the Section of Pediatrics for the expertise these colleagues can bring regarding these vulnerable patients.

Help us send an SOS to government

January 31, 2024

The crisis in primary care is impacting family physicians, rural generalists and other specialists alike. We have to fix primary care because without that, we can’t fix acute care. Help government, media and the public understand the severe impacts the crisis in family medicine is having on your practice and your patients. Record a 20-second video with our easy-to-use video tool. Just share your name, where you work and the impacts you, your patients and your practice are experiencing.

SOS: The urgency is real

January 31, 2024

PRESIDENT'S LETTER: Last week we released disturbing survey results including that 61% of family and rural generalist physicians are contemplating early retirement or relocation, while one in five fear they can’t maintain their clinics more than six months.

We need your voice

January 25, 2024

PRESIDENT'S LETTER: Yesterday’s news conference about the crisis in family medicine received excellent coverage. You can review the news conference recording as we highlighted new data measuring the extreme financial instability and threat to viability facing family and rural generalist physician practices.

Virtual care codes and CME update

January 24, 2024

PRESIDENT'S LETTER: We were pleased to see the Alberta Health Bulletin issued earlier today announcing that enhanced virtual care codes for mental health services are now live. Physicians can now submit eligible claims for enhanced virtual care services – retroactive to October 24, 2023. This will be welcome news for many physicians and their patients.

Family medicine crisis deepens. You can help.

January 23, 2024

PRESIDENT'S LETTER: The situation in family and rural medicine isn’t just bad – it's dire. That’s what I told reporters earlier today at a news conference we held to share the results of last week’s survey of family and rural generalist physicians regarding the state of their practices and finances.

It's all about health workforce

January 10, 2024

PRESIDENT'S LETTER: Through the holiday season and into this early new year, we have advocated ceaselessly for your needs with government, in the media and through social media. There have been meetings, media interviews and advertising. Through our campaign, Albertans are asking MLAs to support the immediate and long-term stabilization of family and rural generalist medicine in the upcoming Budget 2024.

Zonal/Regional RF delegates - election results

January 10, 2024

Ballots for the election of zonal/regional delegates to the AMA Representative Forum were tallied on January 9, 2024. Elections took place in Calgary Zone, Region 4 and the Edmonton Zone. Acclamations were in Regions 1, 2, 5, 7, 8 and 9. Who are the new zonal/regional delegates? Member login required to view.

24 student-run initiatives awarded funding from sponsorship program

January 10, 2024

The Committee on Student Affairs met to review sponsorship applications. The committee chose 24 projects/events to receive funding. Learn about the projects.

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