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  • Call for student papers: Edmonton History of Medicine Day 2015

    March 2, 2015

    The History of Medicine Program at the University of Alberta invites abstracts for student papers from all disciplines on themes related to the history of medicine. Please send abstracts by March 2, 2015 to Dr. Dawna Gilchrist at dawna.gilchrist@ualberta.ca.

  • Pediatric Emergencies Alberta Children's Hospital (PEACH) CME conference 2015

    March 6-7, 2015

    Registration is now open for PEACH 2015: the 4th annual Pediatric Emergencies at Alberta Children's Hospital conference.

  • RPAP 2015 Community Conference - Shift Happens

    March 18-19, 2015

    The Alberta Rural Physician Action Plan (RPAP) 2015 Community Conference - Shift Happens provides Alberta’s rural communities with information and resources to help attract and retain physicians in their local communities.

  • Call for abstracts: 2015 Shaffer Awards

    Abstracts are due April 6

    All students are invited to submit abstracts for oral and poster presentations at the Shaffer Awards hosted by the Alberta Society of Gastroenterology, University of Calgary GI Research Group and University of Alberta on Thursday, June 4 and Friday, June 5 in conjunction with the Alberta Digestive Disease Summit. Abstracts are due April 6.

  • Capacity Assessment Training for Physicians in Edmonton

    April 17 and 18, 2015

    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 offered only to physicians and is limited to 20 people per session. There is no cost to attend but registration is required.

  • Alberta Seniors Care Coalition Conference 2015

    April 25, 2015

    Registration is now open for the Alberta Seniors Care Coalition Conference 2015! Early bird (reduced price) registration ends March 15 and on March 17, there will be a draw for one lucky attendee to win back their registration fee!

  • Registration now open: 2015 Alberta Digestive Disease Summit

    June 4-7, 2015

    Hosted by the Alberta Society of Gastroenterology, the conference will be a unique gathering bringing together clinicians, scientists, researchers, funders and industry leaders to review the latest research and treatments in Gastroenterology.

  • Primary Care REAL-WEB Webinars (Winter/Spring 2015)

    Thursdays, February-June, 2015

    The University of Calgary presents Primary Care REAL‐WEB: an ongoing series of accredited CME webinars for primary care practitioners. Each webinar from this Real-time Education and Learning with a Web-based approach features the latest advancements in diagnosis and treatment as well as addressing clinical cases.

  • Capacity Assessment Training for Physicians in Calgary

    October 23 and 24, 2015

    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 offered only to physicians and is limited to 20 people per session. There is no cost to attend but registration is required.

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  • WCB agreement has been ratified

    February 27, 2015

    I’m pleased to let you know that the tentative five-year Alberta Medical Association (AMA)/Workers’ Compensation Board (WCB) Agreement has been ratified. Of voting members, 96% voted to accept the agreement.

  • Caring for yourself and your colleagues in the years ahead. How will you make it happen?

    February 26, 2015

    To foster a healthy medical community, one thing we need to appreciate is the dynamic nature of our identities – most days we are physicians providing care, but there are some days when we morph into patients with our own health problems. An appreciation and acceptance of these complementary identities can facilitate healthier doctor-patient relationships – and specifically, healthy physician-for-physician patient relationships.

  • Registration for Alberta Seniors Care Coalition Conference now open

    February 25, 2015

    This inaugural conference will emphasize relevant, practice-based learning sessions with a focus on seniors health, innovative models of service delivery, dementia, palliative and end of life care. Please contact jody.berube@acfp.ca for additional information.

  • New WCB-Alberta process for treatment of patients affected by occupational BBFE

    February 24, 2015

    Effective March 1, 2015, the Workers' Compensation Board (WCB)-Alberta will implement a new process for treatment in the Emergency Room (ER) of patients who have probable exposure to blood and bodily fluids in an occupational setting.

  • Administrative Assistant, Physician Payments

    February 23, 2015

    The Alberta Medical Association (AMA) is currently recruiting for an Administrative Assistant, Physician Payments for our Health Economics department in our Edmonton office. If you have administrative experience, and would like a career in a dynamic, member-driven organization that puts people first, this could be the position for you.

  • Budget cuts, AMA Agreement: 3 key points

    February 13, 2015

    An important topic in the media this week is the message from government in relation to the budget. This included the commentary on expenditure cuts of 5% from last year’s budget. Given that population and inflation are each running at 2% per annum, in real per capita terms this means a 9% cut.

  • Capacity Assessment Training for Physicians workshops in Edmonton and Calgary

    February 11, 2015

    These two-day workshops discuss 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. These workshops, taking place in Edmonton and Calgary are offered only to physicians and are limited to 20 people per session. There is no cost to attend but registration is required.

  • Youth Run Club ambassadors send a clear message where it's needed

    February 4, 2015

    For the first year of our Youth Run Club ambassador program, we were very fortunate to bring on two outstanding athletes and role models: well-known Canadian Women’s Olympic triathlete, Paula Findlay and five-time Olympic race walking competitor, Tim Berrett.

  • Ghosts in your email?

    February 3, 2015

    Are you seeing the names of past AMA presidents (e.g., Dr. Allan Garbutt or Dr. Michael Giuffre) in the “From” field when you open your President’s Letter email from Dr. Richard Johnston?

  • AMA seeks nominations for our highest awards

    February 2, 2015

    The Alberta Medical Association (AMA) is calling for Achievement Award nominations for individuals who have contributed to the improvement of the quality of health care in Alberta. Nominations must be submitted by April 30.

  • Doctors will step up – but we need the right support

    January 30, 2015

    Just before the New Year I wrote of the combined challenge of government, patients and the profession to stabilize the health care system from a number of perspectives. These include: policy; funding; human and other capital; expectations and responsible use; and governance. Stability is a necessary precursor, both to sustainability and to ensuring that we get the most value out of every health dollar.

  • WCB Tentative Agreement Questions & Answers

    January 30, 2015

    Have some questions about the WCB tentative agreement and upcoming ratification vote? The AMA has put together a series of questions and answers to help you better understand the agreement and voting process.

  • Diagnosing schizophrenia

    January 28, 2015

    Across the range of psychiatric disorders, schizophrenia can be considered both strange and challenging, because of a variety of powerful physiological symptoms and the social stigma attached to it. This mental disorder is poorly portrayed and misunderstood, from the past to the present.

  • Fraud alert!

    January 23, 2015

    Small businesses are particularly vulnerable to fraud because they have fewer resources and often fewer controls. In July 2014, ATB Business Beat reported that 25% of small businesses in Alberta had experienced fraud or attempted fraud in the past year. According to the Association for Certified Fraud Examiners, small organizations with less than 100 employees experience the highest rate of fraud of any business category at 31.8%.

  • Apply for one of four $5,000 scholarships!

    January 21, 2015

    Four $5,000 scholarships are up for grabs care of TD Insurance Meloche Monnex and the Alberta Medical Association. The deadline for applications is March 31!

  • Ratification vote begins for tentative WCB Agreement

    January 20, 2015

    Negotiating compensation agreements on behalf of Alberta physicians is one of the core functions of the Alberta Medical Association (AMA). While the spotlight often stays on our major negotiations with government for system-wide agreements, at any given time we are also negotiating a number of different contractual arrangements for subsets of the membership.

  • Global responsibility

    January 16, 2015

    A Calgary physician’s commitment to global health takes him wherever he is needed most.

  • Volunteer to serve on AMA committees

    January 13, 2015

    Members are invited to volunteer to serve on a standing committee or governance group. The application deadline is February 15.

  • Dog or fob?

    January 12, 2015

    Inexpensive, highly portable and readily available health tracking wearables (HTW) combined with apps that can also monitor dietary intake have the potential to significantly increase motivation and therefore compliance with daily diet and exercise.

  • AMA encourages primary care physicians to participate in survey

    January 7, 2015

    The AMA invites all primary care physicians to participate in a brief (10 questions, 5 minute) survey regarding laboratory utilization.

  • Help Edmonton's own "Prescription To Get Active" win on CBC this Friday!

    January 6, 2015

    This Friday, January 9, be sure to tune into The Play Exchange on CBC at 7 p.m. to watch as Edmonton's own Prescription To Get Active competes against five other Canadian health initiatives. And be sure to vote online after the show: the winner of The Play Exchange could receive up to $1 million! Through the Prescription To Get Active initiative, patients receive an exercise prescription from their health care professional that can then be redeemed at one of several municipal exercise facilities across the capital region.

  • Share your volunteerism story

    January 5, 2015

    We’re looking for stories from Alberta physicians who are volunteering their medical and/or other skills to make a difference. Whether it’s helping out in your community or traveling across the world to provide care to those in need – we’d like to feature your story on our website!

  • Taking the right steps in 2015

    December 31, 2014

    As 2014 draws to a close, I want to bring attention to what I consider the major challenge facing us in the year ahead. How do we balance quality of care, including timely access, with sustainability, including affordability and appropriate levels of human and other resources?

  • Have an event you'd like to promote?

    December 30, 2014

    Do you want to promote an event relevant to AMA members? If your event meets our criteria, it may be posted on the AMA Home page!

  • After-hours work over 2015 stat holidays

    December 22, 2014

    Check out the latest billing tip for 2015 statutory holiday dates and more information on clarifying your holiday billings.

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