Events

Running Sports Medicine Conference

September 14, 2019

The Canadian Academy of Sport and Exercise Medicine (CASEM) Running Injuries course is a one day clinical workshop that will cover all aspects of running injuries. The workshop will be lead by Drs. Victor Lun, Marcus Robinson and Preston Wiley.

Film screening: Man Running

September 19, 2019

A physician runs in an exhausting 24-hour, 100-mile ultra marathon through mountainous landscape as he avoids and reflects on a high stakes medical decision. The film screening will be followed by a panel discussion around health humanities to support a deeper understanding of being human, mental illness, addiction and the stresses of the medical profession.

2019 Geriatrics Update: Clinical Pearls

September 20, 2019

A blend of short snappers, case-based interactive workshops and panel discussions share latest knowledge and best practice for managing challenging health issues in older adults, across the continuum of care.

Diabetes and Endocrine Update

September 28, 2019

This one-day course will provide physicians and health care professionals with the latest in diabetes management as well as an approach to common endocrine problems.

3rd Annual Radiology Update

September 28, 2019

Navigating Imaging for Family Physicians to include common pearls and pitfalls in nuclear medicine, small-group breakout sessions with love ultrasound demonstrations, meet and ask questions of subspecialty radiologists and other health care professionals including speech language pathology and fetal maternal medicine.

EODAF Building Dementia Awareness Conference

October 3 to 5, 2019

Early Onset Dementia Alberta Foundation (EODAF) 6th Annual Building Dementia Awareness Conference provides education for the person with dementia, care partner and families, health care professionals, politicians, students, educators and others interested in learning more about dementia. This is the only open conference where all levels of organizations, government and Albertans can interact, network and collaborate.

BC Cancer Surgery Network Fall Update 2019: Management of Not So Rare Cancers

October 5, 2019

Focusing on the management of upper GI, skin and sarcoma tumors, this one-day conference features topics on surgical techniques, screening, pathology, quality indicators, adjuvant therapy, imaging, radiation and other relevant information to general surgeons.

44th Annual Pearls for Family Practice

October 7-10, 2019

An update and review, focused on pragmatic, evidence-informed pearls pertinent for practice in primary care. Topics covered include a wide variety of the diagnoses typically seen in both urban and rural settings.

2019 CAGP-CCSMH Annual Scientific Meeting

October 25-26, 2019

The 2019 CAGP-CCSMH Annual Scientific Meeting (ASM) will focus on the theme Building Resilience (as it relates to coping, recovery, growth and sustained vitality) in Seniors’ Mental Health in Canada.

Practical Evidence for Informed Practice 2019 Conference

October 25, 2019

Conference highlights focused reviews on clinically relevant primary care topics that combine evidence, experience and patient values and is free of industry bias. With two ways to participate (in person or via live Webcast), the conference is a fully accessible, multidisciplinary event that showcases relevant, evidence-based, and thought-provoking topics in health care.

Current Obstetrical Management Seminars

October 25, 2019

This program is intended to provide an opportunity to review and update your knowledge and management of normal and abnormal obstetrical cases. Issues with respect to newborn care, lactation, preconception care and planning, women’s mental health and postpartum management will also be covered.

Calgary Liver Disease Course 2019

November 2, 2019

A focus on the diagnosis of chronic liver diseases, how they can be managed in their medical home and when referral to a specialist is recommended. Integrating the Choosing Wisely recommendations for Hepatology, this course will focus on the appropriate investigations of abnormal liver tests, elevated ferritin, benign liver tumours and will “demystify” the interpretation of hepatitis B serology.

Resident Wellness Conference - Edmonton

November 21, 2019

Registration is now open! The Resident Wellness Conference is a PFSP-sponsored event to provide residents with wellness information and learning. This year's conference, Resident Physician Health: A Shared Responsibility, will focus on recognizing the importance of culture change and personal resilience to support the health of resident physicians in Alberta.

Women’s Mental Health (Psychiatric Quarterly Updates: Session Four)

November 29, 2019

This series of updates aims to provide health care professionals with an evidence-based overview of multiple areas within the psychiatric domain. Each half-day session aims to cover important topics such as diagnosis review and update, treatment/therapeutic use and application, and local perspectives and resources as it pertains to that sessions’ focus. At the end of this course, learners will be equipped to: recognize the challenge perfectionism poses to mental health treatment and describe how to work with it, differentiate and utilize psychiatric medications in the context of pregnancy.

Evening Course for Primary Care (Series)

Wednesday Evenings: September 18 - December 4, 2019

Evening Course for Primary Care provides practice pearls that can be used every day. At the end of this course, learners will be equipped to: review the diagnosis and management of problems commonly seen in Family Medicine, exchange information and develop informal inter-professional communities of practice, and stay up-to-date on CFPC priority topics

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September-October 2019 Alberta Doctors' Digest now online

September 11, 2019

Highlights in this issue: Understanding substance use disorder in physicians; Opioids Don't Discriminate: An interactive experience; The W5 on new building codes for physician offices ...And a lot more!

AMA & CMA Membership renewal: Offering members a choice

September 11, 2019

PRESIDENT'S LETTER: AMA/CMA renewal notices will be sent out later this week. AMA and CMA dues remain unchanged from last year and we want to remind members that, starting this year, membership in the CMA will be optional for Alberta physicians. Through our renewed partnership, the AMA and CMA are working together to advance our shared priorities and to advocate for physicians at the national and provincial levels, and that is why we want to encourage all AMA members to continue to support the CMA when they renew this year.

Substance use disorder: New educational video from PFSP

September 10, 2019

What is substance use disorder (SUD) and how can the AMA's PFSP help Alberta physicians? The Physician and Family Support Program and partners have created a video to educate physicians about SUD: what it is, how to identify it and where to seek help.

CPSA seeking Assistant Registrar of Registration and Hearings Director

September 6, 2019

The College of Physicians & Surgeons of Alberta is looking for a physician leader to become part of its executive team as the Assistant Registrar of Registration and Hearings Director.

Initial thoughts on Blue Ribbon Panel report

September 4, 2019

PRESIDENT'S LETTER: Yesterday you will have heard about the release of the Report and Recommendations of the Blue Ribbon Panel on Alberta’s Finances. The report details government’s concerns over the growth and level of health expenditures, i.e., the issue of affordability. It conveys many of the same messages contained in the government’s election platform, although the focus there was more on value for patients and included creating a medical home for each Albertan, as well as issues related to seniors’ care, mental health and addiction.

Are you interested in improving cirrhosis care in Alberta?

September 3, 2019

We are looking to interview primary and specialty care physicians to better understand the decision-making processes that take place when caring for and coordinating the care of patients living with cirrhosis. The information provided will inform a larger multi-component quality improvement initiative called the Cirrhosis Care Alberta Program.

We need your feedback to improve our websites and apps!

September 3, 2019

What do you think of the AMA’s websites and self-service applications? Is there anything you would like to see on our website and other digital apps in the future? Take our survey and be entered for a chance to win!

Changes to Bylaws and Notice of Elections

August 29, 2019

The Call for Nominations for speaker, deputy speaker and representatives to CMA General Council for 2020 closed at 9 a.m., Thursday, August 29. View proposed changes to the AMA bylaws and elections taking place at 11 a.m., Saturday, September 28, at the 114th AMA Annual General Meeting at the JW Marriott Edmonton ICE District, 10344 102 Street, Edmonton.

Dr. Esther Tailfeathers wins Dr. Thomas Dignan Indigenous Health Award

August 21, 2019

Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada | Royal College Staff; originally published June 21: Esther Tailfeathers, MD, CCFP didn’t initially plan a career in medicine. “I didn’t think I had the capacity to do it,” she says. “So I ended up doing a Native Studies degree, which was really important to me at the time.” But things changed in 1987.

Update on first months with a new government

August 19, 2019

PRESIDENT'S LETTER: The Alberta Medical Association advances patient-centered, quality care by advocating for and supporting physician leadership and wellness. Most of the time, this requires collaboration with others in the system. Relationships matter – and the one between the profession and the Government of Alberta is one of the most important. As I look back over the past few months with our new government in place, I wanted to share a few thoughts with you. My first observation is that the new government has been very active, including in health care where they have launched reviews of Alberta Health Services, laboratory services and Connect Care.

Overhead Working Group report and what comes next

August 6, 2019

PRESIDENT'S LETTER: I’m writing as promised in my July 9 President’s Letter to provide all members with a copy of the Overhead Working Group Assessment and Review Report regarding the overhead study commissioned by AMA and Alberta Health for the Income Equity Initiative. It is available here: https://www.albertadoctors.org/leaders-partners/income-equity/related-documents (member login required).

Changes to AMA Bylaws and Notice of Elections

July 30, 2019

Members are advised of proposed changes to the AMA Bylaws and elections taking place Saturday, September 28 at the 114th Annual General Meeting at the JW Marriott ICE District, Edmonton. View the amendments and election information. Nominations are due by 9 a.m., August 29.

About laboratory services

July 26, 2019

PRESIDENT'S LETTER: In June, the government cancelled construction of the Edmonton laboratory hub lab project and is currently exploring the needs of the province for laboratory services. Yesterday, the Canadian Society for Medical Laboratory Science added its voice to support appropriate investment in this area. We wanted to update members with our own assessment of the situation and to let you know what the AMA and Section of Laboratory Physicians have been doing.

Are you an IFHP approved provider? Read this.

July 15, 2019

Please read this notice if you are an approved Interim Federal Health Program (IFHP) provider and do not wish your contact information published on the Medavie Blue Cross IFHP website or accessible by third-parties for the purpose of data-collection (surveys) and measuring your satisfaction with IFHP services.

The AMA advances patient-centered, quality care by advocating for and supporting physician leadership and wellness.