Medical Student Career Mentorship (MSCM) Conference

September 10, 2016

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.

AMA Fall Representative Forum and Annual General Meeting

September 23-24, 2016

Learn more about the 2016 Fall Representative Forum and 111th AGM.

Extreme Heat Events

Summer 2016

Free, accredited program from McMaster to give health care providers the training and tools to better prevent and manage heat-related illnesses.

Community Physician Education Program

October 22, 2016

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

Available online until May 2017.

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.

Advanced Obesity Management Program

Online – available 24/7

Online Mainpro-M1 accredited course designed for health care professionals who understand basic obesity principles, but want to learn more.

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Practice Management Program Consultant

August 15, 2016

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.

Physician EFTs completed Monday, August 8

August 5, 2016

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.

Integrated care: what it really means

August 3, 2016

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?

Administrative Assistant – Section Services

August 3, 2016

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.

Update on government discussions

July 28, 2016

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.

How is the nature of our care affected by the mode of communication we use?

July 27, 2016

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...

Helping Edmonton seniors to become more health savvy

July 26, 2016

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.

Changes to Constitution and Notice of Elections

July 26, 2016

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.

Data rich or data poor?

July 25, 2016

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.

Alberta Medical Students’ Conference and Retreat

July 23, 2016

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).

AMA President-Elect 2016-17 Election

July 8, 2016

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.

Good: You’re communicating.

July 5, 2016

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.

About the PCN review report

July 5, 2016

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.

Residents' Page - Alberta Doctors' Digest

July 4, 2016

Read the latest "Residents' Page" contribution to the Alberta Doctors' Digest: "Helping Edmonton seniors to become more health savvy - Resident Physician Wellness Week".

Are you conducting a risky business?

July 4, 2016

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.

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.

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.

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.

Tell us what you want to read about in OPS

May 19, 2016

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.

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!

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

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.

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

The Alberta Medical Association stands as an advocate for its physician members, providing leadership & support for their role in the provision of quality health care.