Integrative Health Institute Conference

October 18, 2018

The Integrative Health Institute conference promotes knowledge translation and networking for health care providers, academics, learners, health administrators, and other key stakeholders. This year's conference theme is Traditional Medicine. We are pleased to be co-hosting this year's conference with the Alberta Health Services Population, Public & Indigenous Health Strategic Clinical Network.

7th Annual Practical Evidence for Informed Practice Conference

October 19 to 20, 2018

The PEIP Conference is a multidisciplinary event that showcases relevant, evidence-based, and thought-provoking topics in health care. PEIP highlights focused review that combine evidence, experience, and patient values, and is applicable to a variety of disciplines including physicians, pharmacists, nurses, nurse practitioners, and other allied health care providers.

Live Active Community Fun Run/Walk

October 20, 2018

Come join the Alberta Medical Association Youth Run Club for a free community fun run/walk in Edmonton’s River Valley. All ages and abilities are welcome!

29th Annual Palliative Education and Research Day

October 22, 2018

Attendees will learn about palliative care needs, current trends, issues and research as well as enhance their knowledge of the practical aspects of care and of end-of-life issues. Registration closes October 12.

Minds that matter: The 2018 Gairdner Symposium

October 22, 2018

The University of Alberta Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry (in partnership with the Canadian Institutes of Health Research) invites you to attending the 2018 Gairdner Symposium: Minds that matter. Featuring 2018 Canada Gairdner International Award Recipients Drs Davor Solter and Edward Boyden.

Beyond the Clinic

October 25 - 27, 2018

The Beyond the Clinic: 7th Conference on Recent Advances in the Prevention and Treatment of Childhood and Adolescent Obesity will focus on a range of topics that impact the prevention and treatment of obesity beyond the clinic setting, considering the broader social and environmental factors that influence the health of children, adolescents, and families.

Current Obstetrical Management Seminars

October 26, 2018

This program is intended for family physicians, midwives and nurses working in urban and rural settings. It will provide an opportunity to review and update your knowledge and management of normal and abnormal obstetrical cases.

Nourishing the Neonate Conference 2018

November 6, 2018

Explores the role of nutrition in optimizing growth and early and long term development of the neonate.

Concussion Symposium

November 15, 2018

The University of Calgary's Integrated Concussion Research Program symposium provides attendees with the latest concussion research, policy directives and effective clinical practices.

Practical management of Hospitalized Patients with Liver Disease

November 17, 2018

This course will focus on the in-patient management of cirrhosis and alcoholic hepatitis with a goal to decrease readmissions.

43rd Annual Family Practice Review and Update Course

November 19 to 22, 2018

Attend for an update focused on information pearls pertinent to practice in primary care. Topics covered include a wide variety of the diagnoses typically seen in both urban and rural settings.

CASEM Football Injuries Sport Medicine Course

November 24, 2018

Targeted at the physician or sport medicine health care professional, this one day clinical workshop will cover all aspects of football injuries. This Group Learning program has been certified by the College of Family Physicians of Canada and the Ontario Chapter for up to 6 Mainpro+ credits.

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Call for Nominations – Election of zonal/regional delegates to RF

October 11, 2018

The Call for Nominations for election of zonal/regional delegates to the AMA Representative Forum is now available on the AMA website. View the details about the nomination process for anyone wishing to run for election to RF (members only; login required), including: Call for Nominations, Nomination Form, and Zone Medical Staff Association nominees in each region/zone.

CMA announces new role: Vice-president of Physician Health and Wellness

October 10, 2018

The Canadian Medical Association has created a new position among its team: Vice-president of Physician Health and Wellness. Dr. Caroline Gérin-Lajoie, a clinical psychiatrist from Ottawa, has taken on the role and will join the CMA in January 2019.


October 10, 2018

The Alberta Medical Association is currently recruiting for a full-time Coordinator, Events and Governance for our Executive Office. This is a temporary position for an estimated 13 – 18 months.

Influenza Immunization Program newsletter - October 2018

October 4, 2018

Alberta Health is offering a four-strain injectable influenza vaccine produced by two manufacturers (Fluzone® Quadrivalent and FluLaval® Tetra) to eligible Albertans six months of age or older. AH refers to the National Advisory Committee on Immunization’s (NACI) recommendations when making decisions about influenza vaccines.

AMA-CMA relationship and conjoint dues

October 1, 2018

PRESIDENT'S LETTER: The Representative Forum had another successful meeting on September 21 and 22 in Calgary. Today, I am writing to update you on an important RF session regarding the relationship between the AMA and the Canadian Medical Association; including the question of continuing conjoint membership dues with the CMA.

Call for applications: Peer Review Committee

September 27, 2018

The AMA is recruiting a physician to serve on the AMA Peer Review Committee. Applications are due October 15.

A new president's thoughts on the year ahead

September 25, 2018

PRESIDENT'S LETTER: My year as president-elect flew by and on Saturday I assumed the position of president of the Alberta Medical Association. I wanted to share just a few thoughts as I begin my term.

Thoughts at the end of my presidency

September 23, 2018

PRESIDENT'S LETTER: Wow! That went fast! I was told when I became president that the year would go by very quickly and even still I am blown away by how quickly it has completely disappeared on me. This has been altogether the most rewarding, challenging, exciting, sobering, ego-pumping, humbling and educational experience of my life.

AMA salutes its remarkable honorees

September 20, 2018

The Alberta Medical Association is proud to salute these extraordinary Albertans as they are honoured with the most prestigious awards bestowed by the AMA and the Canadian Medical Association.

Update on allocation and Retention Benefit partial payment

September 19, 2018

PRESIDENT'S LETTER: I’m sure you’ve been wondering about plans for allocation of the retroactive cost-of-living increase to the Schedule of Medical Benefits that was included in our latest agreement with government – in addition to payment of the partial Retention Benefit.

September-October 2018 issue of Alberta Doctors' Digest now available

September 12, 2018

The September-October 2018 issue of Alberta Doctors’ Digest is now available online. Highlights include: Physician burnout is real: Addressing it is a shared responsibility; Optimized Prescribing with Seniors: New diagnosis or adverse effect?; Proposing an iconic name for the Calgary Cancer Research Centre; and more!

CMA and AMA working together

September 6, 2018

PRESIDENT'S LETTER: I think most of you will have heard in recent months about changes at the Canadian Medical Association. The sale of MD Financial Management is one, but the organization is evolving in other ways, too. Since the August 22 annual meeting in Winnipeg, the CMA has communicated about bylaw changes affecting governance in terms of the size, constitution and method of election for the CMA Board of Directors.

We're recruiting for Chair, Physician Compensation Committee

September 5, 2018

Under the terms of the AMA Agreement, the AMA and Alberta Health have joint responsibility to recruit a chair for the Physician Compensation Committee. The previous chair’s term (Mr. Chris Sheard’s) expired earlier this year, and the AMA and Alberta Health have initiated a process to either reappoint or replace this position.

Thoughts about CMA General Council

August 17, 2018

PRESIDENT'S LETTER: As you may be aware, the 2018 Canadian Medical Association General Council and Annual General Meeting is taking place next week in Winnipeg. This promises to be an historic meeting, with key governance changes being voted on at the AGM. I wanted to let you know about some of the important points and considerations that our 31 AMA delegates will be deciding upon as we vote on these governance changes.

Informatics, moving information and Connect Care

August 8, 2018

PRESIDENT'S LETTER: In 2018, the Board of Directors approved a new AMA Policy Statement on Health Informatics. You can view it, or listen to a podcast interview about it. The policy’s purpose is to help guide the AMA through the increasingly complex provincial health information system. Today I wanted to update you on how the policy is helping us address two important questions: How will we maintain and improve the two-way flow of patient data between community-based physician practices and the rest of the health care system? What is Alberta Health Services’ Connect Care and how will your practice be affected?

About the allocation

July 31, 2018

PRESIDENT'S LETTER: I’m writing today with news about payment of the retroactive April 1, 2017, Schedule of Medical Benefits cost-of-living increase, as well as the partial 2017 Retention Benefit payment. This was provided for by the recently ratified 2018-20 Amending Agreement. These are amounts owed to physicians in exchange for reducing the rate of growth in the Physician Services Budget for 2016-18. Since ratification, we have been working with Alberta Health to determine how and when the allocation will occur.

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