Learn how to Practise Wisely!

August 20, 2017

6-hour Practising Wisely professional development program that provides up to 18 Mainpro+ credits and provides the tools needed to reduce unnecessary testing and treatment in your own practice.

AMA Fall Representative Forum and Annual General Meeting

September 15 to 16, 2017

Learn more about the 2017 Fall Representative Forum and 112th annual general meeting.

Advanced MAiD course

September 18, 2017

More and more Canadians are expected to ask a physician about medical assistance in dying (MAiD). To help prepare members who are considering offering MAiD to their patients, Joule™ and the CMA have launched an advanced facilitated MAiD course. Click to learn more.

Geriatrics Update: Clinical Pearls

September 22, 2017

This evidence-based course uses a blend of plenaries, grab-and-go sessions and interactive small group workshops to share the latest knowledge and best practices in managing challenging health issues that commonly present in the older adult, across the continuum of care.

Decision-Making Capacity Assessment two-day Workshop

September 29 and 30, 2017

Offered by the Office of the Public Guardian and Trustee (OPGT), this two-day workshop discusses the components required to complete decision making capacity assessments under the Adult Guardianship and Trusteeship Act (AGTA) for physicians interested in enhancing their assessment skills. This workshop is available to physicians, only and is limited to 20 participants per session.

Wound Conference 2017: Practical Approaches for Prevention and Wound Management

October 5, 2017

This conference offers evidence informed presentations on current wound care topics delivered by regional, national and international wound experts.

Contemporary Insights for Optimizing Health

October 27, 2017

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 themes are 1) chronic pain, 2) mental health; and 3) health system transformation.

20th Annual Diabetes Canada and CSEM Professional Conference and Annual General Meeting

November 1 to 4, 2017

The conference offers health care professionals the opportunity to share ideas and learn about significant advances in diabetes research, treatment and care. Over four days, participants will receive access to more than 40 scientific sessions, exchange ideas with industry-leading experts and expand professional networks with over 1,800 attendees.

CAMH Opioid Dependence Treatment Core Course (Alberta Version)

September 25 to November 27, 2017

This course is the foundation of the Opioid Dependence Treatment Certificate Program. The course is designed to promote interprofessional collaboration among the health care team involved in opioid dependence treatment.

Managing Concussions in Clinical Practice

October 20, 2017 or February 10, 2018

A two-part blended learning course on treating patients for concussion. Part one of the course is a certificate-level online course that offers in-depth concussion management training in three modules covering assessment, diagnosis, management. Part two includes an in-person workshop in either October or February.

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

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.

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AMA update on taxation proposals for private corporations

August 17, 2017

PRESIDENT'S LETTER: I am writing to update you on Alberta Medical Association activity regarding the proposed federal tax changes to private corporations. (This includes not only physician professional corporations, but also holding/investment companies.) Many of you have taken time to let me know about your personal concerns and provincial/territorial medical associations across the country are hearing similar messages from your colleagues in those jurisdictions.

What new tax rules could mean for incorporated physicians

July 28, 2017

Recently, the federal government’s changes to tax rules for professionals (including physicians) who practice in some complex corporate and partnership structures became law. The new rules can affect physician eligibility for the small-business tax deduction.

Upcoming meetings

July 28, 2017

AMA CC Co-Chairs and the income equity working group will be meeting with as many sections and groups as possible in order to present information, answer questions and gather input and feedback on income equity. View list of meetings to date, as well as scheduled upcoming meetings.

Legal recreational cannabis: Tell the government what you think!

July 27, 2017

As the Government of Alberta prepares to make a number of decisions about the legalization of cannabis in Alberta, Albertans are being asked to share their views so that legalization in our province reflects our values. Visit to learn more about cannabis legalization and participate in the survey, which will run until July 31, 2017.

Canadian self-employed professionals at risk with proposed tax reform

July 21, 2017

The Canadian Medical Association (CMA) has issued a statement with respect to tax changes proposed by the federal Department of Finance. Self-employed professionals like physicians are at risk when governments change the tax rules without comprehensive measures to alleviate the impact.

Changes to Constitution and Notice of Elections

July 18, 2017

Members are advised of proposed changes to the AMA Constitution and Bylaws and elections taking place Saturday, September 16 at the 112th annual general meeting at the DoubleTree by Hilton, Edmonton. Members, please log in to view the amendments and election information. (Member login required.)

Reconciliation Process and Retention Benefit

July 17, 2017

PRESIDENT'S LETTER: I am writing to update you about the status of the 2016-17 Retention Benefit. As you may recall, this was one of three at-risk payments under the two-year Amending Agreement.

Medical assistance in dying

July 15, 2017

The passing of Bill C-14 initiated a sea change in the practice of medicine. In our training, we prepared to relieve suffering and preserve life. That we are now expected to participate in ending life is unsettling to many physicians, even to some who support the concept.

Residents' Page - Alberta Doctors' Digest

July 14, 2017

Read the latest "Residents' Page" contribution to the Alberta Doctors' Digest: "Burnout: Is it happening to you?".

The Wallaces of Wainwright and the Battle of Vimy Ridge

July 14, 2017

The 100th anniversary of the World War I Battle of Vimy Ridge occurred from April 9 to 12. Many Canadian historians believe Canada came of age on that cold, muddy, snowy, Easter weekend in 1917, when our army forced the entrenched German army to retreat. Both the British and French armies had previously failed to take the ridge.

Made-in-Alberta consumer health websites

July 13, 2017

WebMD is the most popular consumer health website, with an estimated 80 million unique visitors each month, but a significant amount of its information may not apply to Canadians in general or Albertans in particular.

AMA Youth Run Club wraps up another season!

July 12, 2017

With the season-end Fun Run event in Fort McMurray on May 25, the AMA Youth Run Club ended its fourth school-year season with a record 27,000 kids running, in 455 schools, in 154 Alberta communities.

Danger, Will Robinson! Danger!

July 12, 2017

Quality and efficiency are key elements of professional patient care and because many patients receive care from two or more providers, physicians need to communicate and consult quickly. When e-communicating, however, the last thing you want is for your message, often containing confidential patient information, to be “Lost in Space.”

Should BC residents have the right to purchase health insurance to fund privately secured medical services?

July 11, 2017

The Greek gods punished Sisyphus, the king of Ephyra, for his self-aggrandizing craftiness and deceitfulness by forcing him to roll an immense boulder up a hill, only to watch it come back down time and time again. Through the adaptation of this myth into modern culture, tasks that are laborious and futile are described as Sisyphean. Cambie Surgeries Inc. et al vs. British Columbia is a truly Sisyphean effort.

Mystery solved! How property insurance is calculated

July 10, 2017

Insurance companies consider many factors to estimate the likelihood that you will make a claim and what that claim will cost. Here are some of the main things that will affect the cost of your property insurance.

Physician supply regulations

July 7, 2017

PRESIDENT'S LETTER: I have good news with respect to the efforts to develop a needs-based physician resource plan as established by our Amending Agreement with government. Some significant progress has been made and entrenched in new regulations approved by government this week.

Income equity and the Special RF

July 6, 2017

PRESIDENT'S LETTER: I am sending this letter to update you regarding the results of the Special Representative Forum (RF) regarding income equity. I am pleased to say this was a very productive meeting for the Alberta Medical Association (AMA) that provided greater clarity on a very complex initiative. The direction given to the Board of Directors going forward is crucial to the success of this endeavor.

Data security

June 22, 2017

Updated Thursday June 22, 2017: Forensic Report update on possible breach of member information. Dear Member, I am writing today with good news arising from the forensic audit conducted as a result of the breach. Read more.

Sodium Bicarbonate Shortage - Memo from AHS

June 19, 2017

There is currently a critical shortage of sodium bicarbonate 8.4% (1 mmol/mL) 50 mL vials with the shortage anticipated to last until August 2017. Current sodium bicarbonate stocks will last for less than 1 week. Please read the following memo from AHS on restrictions and substitutions.

Tartans, kilts and slippery surfaces

June 19, 2017

"May your slide/stick be straight, your turn be perfect, your weight be true and your sweeping effective. But if not, remember – have fun.” These were the welcoming words at the 2017 Interprovincial Medical Curling Bonspiel at the Granite Club in Edmonton from March 15-19.

AMA Advocacy Night

June 17, 2017

On February 6, outstanding physician leaders joined University of Alberta students in an evening of celebration and mentorship in health advocacy and leadership in medicine. The first-ever Alberta Medical Association (AMA) Advocacy Night took place at Bernard Snell Hall on campus. Around 50 students and seven physicians attended.

AMSCAR promotes student wellness and collegiality

June 16, 2017

The 13th annual Alberta Medical Students’ Conference and Retreat (AMSCAR) was a huge success and a wonderful experience for medical students from University of Calgary and University of Alberta. This year, it occurred in Banff over the weekend of February 10-12. The Alberta Medical Association (AMA) was a gold sponsor for this event.

AMA President-Elect 2017-18 Election

June 16, 2017

Dr. Alison M. Clarke has been elected to the position of Alberta Medical Association President-Elect for 2017-18. Dr. Clarke will assume the President-Elect role on September 16, at the close of the Fall 2017 Representative Forum meeting.

Distribute electrons, not atoms

June 15, 2017

In our last readership survey, a majority of Alberta Medical Association (AMA) members indicated they would be interested in digital distribution of Alberta Doctors’ Digest (ADD). We looked into it and, wow, this makes a whole lot of sense! So we’re going to give it a go, starting early next year.

Members ratify PCN Governance Framework

June 14, 2017

PRESIDENT'S LETTER: On May 15, voting began for the Primary Care Network (PCN) Governance Framework, a provision of our Amending Agreement with government. I am writing to tell you the results of the vote that was just tallied this morning: The framework was ratified with a double majority: 88% of voting physicians and 98% of PCNs (47% of eligible physicians cast ballots).

About the Special RF

June 8, 2017

PRESIDENT'S LETTER: The Representative Forum (RF) meets on Saturday, June 10 in Calgary to further address the topic of income equity. This special RF will build on the direction that the Spring RF meeting provided. At the Spring RF, the Alberta Medical Association (AMA) was charged to proceed with work toward income equity. The RF approved using an Adjusted Net Daily Income (ANDI) model and reallocation as tools to meet a five-year timeline which was set by the RF.

Let's change the lens on seniors' care

June 7, 2017

Frailty and chronic complex conditions, both more common in seniors, have emerged as drivers of high health care utilization, such as emergency visits and hospital admissions. Social costs, such as dependency and caregiver burden are also increasing. As a result, seniors’ care is a priority for our current health care system, and this necessitates health reorganization and innovative models of care delivery to meet growing needs.

Physician health ambassadors in schools across Alberta

June 6, 2017

I was fortunate to recently share my daring idea with a roomful of trailblazers from the education sector at Shaping the Future, the only conference in Canada promoting Comprehensive School Health, a preventative approach recognized by the World Health Organization that aims to improve the health outcomes for children and youth. My daring idea is to have a physician ambassador associated with every school in Alberta!

Multidisciplinary chronic disease management

June 5, 2017

By working with a team that can offer multidisciplinary resources, patients feel they have accessible resources if and when they have questions or new medical issues. Through this approach, I believe we reduce hospital visits and allow for better quality of life for the patients and their families or caregivers.

Let's consider how technology affects our relationships

June 1, 2017

Today’s technology offers incredible opportunities to be close to those we care about. Conversely, technology, used improperly, can interfere with and often harm relationships. Keep your devices close but your relationships closer.

CMA Members Joule Innovation Challenge

June 1, 2017

For its first Joule Innovation challenge, the Canadian Medical Association is inviting its student and resident members to contribute ideas for 3D printed product innovations that aim to remove barriers to quality of life. Submissions are due: June 19, 11:59 ET.

Investment in multidisciplinary care for rheumatoid arthritis patients

May 31, 2017

How can we convince government and big pharma that we can do better for our patients in a financially prudent way? Seemingly small changes can have a profound impact on the arthritis sufferers in our province, across the country and around the world.

Data security breach update

May 30, 2017

Time to sign up for your free credit monitoring service: Email from CEO Mike Gormley on the data security breach.

Pregnancy Pathways helps homeless pregnant women build a better future

May 29, 2017

On average, each year in Edmonton approximately 100 pregnant and parenting homeless women live on the streets and struggle to survive. Without homes and roofs over their heads, these women face myriad challenges, including limited access to prenatal care, addiction, poor nutrition and violence. Once their delivery dates arrive, the infants often wind up in the social services system, and the new mothers return to the streets and lives of struggle. That reality prompted Dr. John Lilley, a retired anesthesiologist, to join forces with others who were equally concerned about expectant mothers with few resources and even less hope. The result is Pregnancy Pathways, a many-partner coalition whose goal is to secure a 10 to 12 unit apartment building as a residence for pregnant and infant-parenting homeless women.

PCC Update

May 16, 2017

The PCC is pleased to announce the posting of the Overhead Review RFP on May 1, 2017 with a closing date of May 30, 2017. Also, the PCC welcomes additional members from Alberta Health to the Committee.

Voting begins: PCN Framework – a major step towards integrated health care

May 12, 2017

PRESIDENT'S LETTER: Voting begins: PCN Framework – a major step towards integrated health care

Dear Minister: Please clean up your acts

May 1, 2017

Alberta has 30 pieces of health legislation and over 100 regulations on its books, many of which are archaic, out of touch and in some cases, just plain irrelevant. It would be nice if a new provincial government bent on reforming the health care system, bending the cost curve and bringing innovation to the delivery of health care services would take an introspective and critical glance at the rules that bind them.

On the front lines

May 1, 2017

Dr. Jeffrey Way, a Calgary trauma surgeon, travels to Iraq to care for people living amidst the horrors of war.

The art and science of underwriting: Analysis of the whole picture

April 24, 2017

Underwriting is the analysis of medical, non-medical and financial information about a member to determine the effect these factors statistically have on mortality or morbidity. This is also called risk classification.

Managing fatigue, relationships and digital technology

April 24, 2017

Late in 2016, the last physician with burnout was identified and treated – about 30 years after the term “physician health” was coined. It looked at first like a career change might be necessary, but the doctor responded well to a novel combination of drugs, talk therapy and Alberta Health Services workplace modifications. That doctor is, for the most part, happily back at work. The medical profession breathed a sigh of relief, and now the spotlight has shifted away from physician health back to sick patients.

AMA student sponsorships: The results are in!

April 24, 2017

The Committee on Student Affairs recently met to review 17 sponsorship applications. Based on funding criteria and the individual components of the application, the committee chose the following projects/events to receive funding...

CMA online and in-house courses on Medical Assistance in Dying (MAiD)

April 20, 2017

More and more Canadians are expected to ask a physician about medical assistance in dying (MAiD). In 2016, the CMA launched a self-led foundational online MAiD course which helps members understand the basics and have a conversation with their patients. To help prepare members who are considering offering MAiD to their patients, Joule™ and the CMA have recently launched an advanced facilitated MAiD course. Click to learn more.

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