Doing the Right Thing... Right: Evidence Informing Clinical Decision-Making

February 22, 2018

Featuring keynote presentations from Dr. Sean Tunis and Dr. Brian O’Rourke followed by Panel debates/discussion from Alberta Evidence Producers and Clinical decision makers.

Safety and Quality Physician Engagement Network: Indigenous Health in Alberta

February 27, 2018

Connect via Skype for presentations from Drs. Rita Henderson and Lindsey Crowshoe from University of Calgary on educating physicians in Indigenous Health. Also presenting are Dr. Esther Tailfeathers and Val Austen-Wiebe from the Population, Public and Indigenous Health SCN.

Certificate in Patient Safety & Quality Management

September 2017 and March 2018

Designed for health care professionals who want to expand their working understanding of patient safety and quality management concepts. It runs from September 8, 2017 to March 10, 2018 and is offered through the University of Calgary’s Office of Continuing Medical Education & Professional Development. Registration opens June 5. Email to receive a reminder

Inclusive Health Conference

March 10, 2018

The Sexuality & Gender Advocacy Committee (SGA) at the University of Alberta is pleased to present the 5th annual Inclusive Health Conference. The conference goal is to educate and inform healthcare professionals so they can provide inclusive and competent healthcare to LGBTQ+ patients.

Evening Course Program & Wednesday Night Webinar

September 13, 2017 to March 14, 2018

A series of lectures targeted to family physicians on Wednesday evenings from 7 to 9 p.m. with topics and speakers selected by a committee of family physicians. Two methods of delivery are offered: in-person at the Clara Christie Theatre, Health Sciences Centre, University of Calgary or via webinar.

Western Canada's Fight Against Polio Before the Vaccine

March 14, 2018

History of Medicine presents a lecture about Western Canada's fight against polio before the vaccine became available. Featuring keynote speaker Stephen Mawdsley, PhD, FHEA.

Preparation course for the CCFP exam

March 17 and 18, 2018

This course is designed for practice-eligible physicians who are preparing to undertake the CCFP Exam.

Dr. Amy D'Aprix: Creating Your Best Life in Retirement

March 21, 2018

When you think about planning for your retirement, are your thoughts mostly about finances? Have you considered what you will do with your life once you reduce your workload or fully retire?

CAMH – Opioid Dependence Treatment Core Course (Alberta Version)

Ongoing Feb 2-April 2, 2018

This course is the foundation of the Opioid Dependence Treatment Certificate Program. It is designed to promote inter-professional collaboration among the health care team involved in opioid dependence treatment. Attendees will learn skills and review guidelines for effective and safe management of clients receiving methadone or buprenorphine maintenance treatment for opioid dependence.

Challenging Cases in Opioid Use and Misuse

June 21, 2018

This small group problem-based, interactive workshop builds on the knowledge and expertise from the Safer Opioid Prescribing Webinar Series. (Note: the webinar series must be completed before enrolling in the workshop)

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Help us shape AMA informatics policy

January 29, 2018

Information is one of the big themes underlying everything the AMA is trying to accomplish for members, patients and the health care system. Whether for appropriate clinical decision-making, provincial or local administration or engaging patients, data is the lifeblood of an integrated system. Today, though, there are barriers to getting the information we need for care. We lack the data for taking the system where we want to lead. Patients are still waiting for access to their own information.

AMA member cards are now digital!

January 26, 2018

In previous years, new or renewing AMA members would receive their AMA member card and renewal receipt via regular mail. This year members can access these items instantly through our new online member card application.

What's next for secure messaging?

January 23, 2018

You may have heard that the AMA will be dissolving its dr2dr partnership with Microquest this month. This decision is a result of the ever changing secure messaging landscape and increased number of viable secure messaging solutions available in Alberta.

Facts and figures about physician payments

January 23, 2018

PRESIDENT'S LETTER: There has been lots of discussion about where Alberta doctors sit compared with others in the country. I thought you might like to see some facts and figures to shed some light on how things work in Alberta.

Programs have differences; we value all of them

January 19, 2018

PRESIDENT'S LETTER: Evolving toward a fully integrated, high performing health care system takes more than just intentions. Physician practices need to remain viable as an important part of system infrastructure. As clinicians and medical leaders, we also need support to learn different ways to work, to work with different levels of care more effectively, to take full advantage of the value of team-based care, informatics and more.

AMA priorities and themes for negotiations

January 17, 2018

PRESIDENT'S LETTER: As you learned from my December 28 Negotiations Update, in spite of significant early challenges, the AMA and Alberta Health continue to negotiate a new master agreement. As always, we will respect the confidentiality of what happens at the table, but I would like to give you a flavor of what the AMA is bringing forward on your behalf.

CRPCN Patient Information Road Map

January 8, 2018

The Calgary Rural Primary Care Network launched the Patient Information Road Map Project to illustrates how digital patient information currently flows within the Patient Medical Home, and it identifies gaps, barriers and bottlenecks to timely delivery of this information. While the PIRM Project is viewed from the lens of Calgary Rural PCN representatives, confirmation with family physicians and PCN executive directors assures that the implications highlighted extend across Alberta. Learn more.

What could happen if you leave your comfort zone?

January 5, 2018

Twelve years ago, Dr. Fernando Mejia decided to leave his comfort zone. After almost a decade of a rewarding general practice in Colombia, where he finished medical school, he emigrated from his home to Canada where he and his family had to start from scratch.

No news is no news

January 5, 2018

“No news is good news” is a phrase that many patients hear when asking about the results of tests ordered during their clinic visit. This expression originated many years ago when the logistics of contacting patients with the outcome of each of their tests was overwhelming. However, to many patients, the phrase instead means “no news is no news.”

TD Insurance is a one-stop shop for AMA members

January 4, 2018

Contributed by: Jessica Gallant | Relationship Manager, Affinity Market Group, TD Insurance Meloche Monnex Sometimes accidents happen. When they do, TD Insurance is ready to help AMA members. From making a claim to repairs to getting back behind the wheel, the only stop you need to make is at your nearest TD Insurance Auto Claims Convenience Centre.

Influenza Immunization Program newsletter - December 2017

January 3, 2018

The Influenza Immunization Program is well underway. After two months, 1,097,060 doses of influenza vaccine have been administered in Alberta. Thank you for your support of the Alberta Influenza Immunization Program.

Regional/Zonal RF Delegates - Election Results

December 18, 2017

View the Regional/Zonal RF Delegates - Election Results: South Zone, Region 1 (Chinook), Calgary Zone and Edmonton Zone.

“You just need to do something”; the philosophy and practice of social engagement and advocacy

December 18, 2017

As a physician at the Alex Community Health Centre, Calgary’s innovative health and social services centre, Dr. Kerri Treherne works on the front lines with some of Calgary’s most vulnerable people.

Launching Peer Review: Information and tools for physicians

December 15, 2017

PRESIDENT'S LETTER: As part of our drive for physician stewardship, the Representative Forum has supported development of a peer review mechanism. This was negotiated as part of the 2016 Amending Agreement.

Welcome to Canada! Now for the challenge of accessing health care.

December 14, 2017

The Emerging Leaders in Health Promotion grant program project "HealthLINC: Health Literacy and Information for Newcomers to Canada" aims to improve health care access for immigrants and refugees.

Promoting health in Edmonton through the Men who have Sex with Men project

December 14, 2017

The Emerging Leaders in Health Promotion grant program project "Digital Approaches to Health Promotion in Edmonton MSM (Men who have Sex with Men)" addresses the significant gap in the provision of accessible, evidence-based and locally relevant health information and resources for the Edmonton GBQT community.

Negotiations begin

December 7, 2017

PRESIDENT'S LETTER: Negotiations commence this week with Alberta Health to negotiate a new master agreement. With the 2016 Amending Agreement, we saw an opportunity to help government with the province’s fiscal challenges. At the same time, we wanted to increase our influence within the system in order to improve quality of care. Physicians stepped up as leaders and we have been successful.

Private corporations and tax planning under review: What you need to know

November 29, 2017

MD Financial Management Senior Financial Consultant Christina Kuruliak discusses the proposed changes to tax rules for incorporated physicians.

Closing the gap between primary and specialist care

November 29, 2017

One of the most substantial challenges for physicians is system integration between primary care clinics, Primary Care Network services and the rest of the health care system, according to Dr. Brad Bahler.

High times ahead: How will cannabis legalization affect physicians?

November 28, 2017

This past April 13, the federal government finally released Bill C-45, the "Cannabis Act," to considerable fanfare and buzz. Bill C-45 proposes a regulatory framework for legalizing cannabis for recreational purposes in Canada. What does Bill C-45 mean for physicians?

The best gadget is the one that's with you

November 27, 2017

Dr. Gadget discusses the best gadget he owns: his smartphone.

Supporting Academic Physicians

November 16, 2017

PRESIDENT'S LETTER: In September, a President’s Letter addressed AMA advocacy around the provincial Academic Alternative Relationship Plan – now known as the Academic Medicine and Health Services Program. The AMA is not a signatory to the AMHSP. We have a seat on its operational and steering committees under our Amending Agreement.

Anxiety in our children: What do they have to worry about anyway?

November 7, 2017

We are recognizing the paradox that some of the traits that make good doctors may also pose risks to physicians’ own well-being. It has become widely known that many physicians struggle with underlying perfectionism and anxiety that can contribute to depression, anxiety disorders, addictions and other mental health conditions. Not surprisingly, many of our colleagues’ children also demonstrate some of these same tendencies.

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