Second and third-year medical students from the Universities of Alberta and Calgary are invited to the Medical Student Career Mentorship (MSCM) Conference, an opportunity to interact with innovative physicians through case file presentations.
Learn more about the 2016 Fall Representative Forum and 111th AGM.
Free, accredited program from McMaster to give health care providers the training and tools to better prevent and manage heat-related illnesses.
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.
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.
Online Mainpro-M1 accredited course designed for health care professionals who understand basic obesity principles, but want to learn more.
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The AMA is looking for a results-oriented, energetic individual for the position of Practice Management Program Consultant. This is a part-time position with an estimated 21 hours per week, offering a great work-life balance. This position can be based in Edmonton or Calgary but travel throughout the province, including overnight travel, is a core requirement.
Friday, August 5, was a scheduled date for payments to be made from Alberta Health to physicians via electronic fund transfer (EFT). Alberta Health advised the AMA the morning of August 5 that one financial institution was temporarily unable to process EFTs. Affected physicians (about 700) will receive notification of payment but the funds were not transferred Friday, August 5. The bank identified the source of the problem and the solution, and AH staff have been informed that the EFTs were to be transferred by Monday, August 8. Questions or further issues can be directed to the AH Claims Branch Help Desk: 780.422.1522.
Last week I wrote to you about our ongoing discussions with government around stewardship of the health care system. I have written several times this year on the subject of stewardship, but in the context of negotiations, members might ask: Why does it matter? Why should we try? What will we achieve?
The Alberta Medical Association (AMA) 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.
Discussions with government have been underway since the new year. As I have mentioned in previous President’s Letters, we have been working under a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA) for good faith negotiations “to explore issues of common interest during the term of the AMA Agreement, with the aim of managing the rate of growth with respect to the physician services budget, improving the effective provision of health care to Albertans and jointly ensuring the sustainability of the health care system.” The 2011-18 agreement remains in place; any proposed changes as a result of these negotiations would be subject to a ratification vote by physicians.
A friend and colleague told me recently he received a text from his family doctor confirming his suspected cancer diagnosis. My friend said he was OK receiving that news by text. It was immediate and direct...
While the public health agency of Canada has identified seniors’ health as a health promotion priority, Dr. Aditi Amin, internal medicine resident at the University of Alberta, doesn’t need official recognition of this significantly underserved health care demographic to know the seriousness of the matter. She sees evidence of it every day in the course of her residency.
There are proposed changes to the AMA Constitution and Bylaws and elections that will be held at the 2016 annual general meeting at the Hyatt Regency, Calgary on Saturday, September 24. Members, please log in to view the amendments and election information.
Over the last 15 years, I have noted that more and more of my patients have gone beyond their friends, neighbors, relatives and Oprah Winfrey, to unknown sources on the Internet in an attempt to understand their symptoms prior to their consultation.
On the weekend of January 29-31, over 300 medical students from the University of Calgary and the University of Alberta came together in Banff for the 12th annual Alberta Medical Students’ Conference and Retreat (AMSCAR).
Dr. Neil D.J. Cooper has been elected to the position of Alberta Medical Association President-Elect for 2016-17. Dr. Cooper will assume the President-Elect role on September 24, at the close of the Fall 2016 Representative Forum meeting.
For Alberta’s physicians, secure messaging has arrived. And while you have some choice as to your preferred system, only one has been designed specifically with the needs of AMA members in mind, and that’s AMA dr2dr Secure Messaging.
As you may have seen in media reports, yesterday government released a review of primary care networks (PCNs). The report is a review of some elements of PCN operations in a sample of PCNs. As might be expected, the review identified some things that need to be addressed. As always, we are open to ways to improve what we do as physicians and we will work with government to deal with these issues. At the same time, I would like to see this event as an opportunity to move forward and build the primary care system that patients want and deserve. I will say more about this at the conclusion of my letter.
Read the latest "Residents' Page" contribution to the Alberta Doctors' Digest: "Helping Edmonton seniors to become more health savvy - Resident Physician Wellness Week".
E-communications have become ubiquitous in our busy lives and while you know that emailing, texting and faxing are not secure channels over which to exchange confidential information, you continue to use it, thinking (hoping) that you’ll never experience a security breach. Despite having set gold standards for yourself and your clinic staff, when undertaken in the context of a maxed-out-busy work environment, e-communications (such as texts and email exchanges) are fraught with the potential to be compromised.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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...
Calgary physician, Dr. Muriel Solomon travels the world to bring health and hope to those who are often overlooked.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Are you a physician who specializes, or is interested in, seniors' medication management? Optimized Prescribing with Seniors (OPS) is for you and we are seeking new topics to discuss in future publications.
New CanMEDS 2015 Framework reflects the growing importance of physician.
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As professionals, physicians need to balance the benefits of advancing technology with the duty to “be in the moment” with their patients.
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.
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.
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...
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.
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.
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 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!
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 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.
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.
Calgary physician’s Global Familymed Foundation helps build family medicine capacity where it’s needed most
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.
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.
"Can I state the obvious? We are practicing medicine in the toughest financial climate in Alberta since the 1980s." - Dr. David A. Keegan
"Voice of the AMA" on critically important issues.
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