Opioids Clinical Primer

Online, anytime

Machealth has launched a free, certified online program to educate health professionals about safe opioid risk reduction; address opioid use disorder by reducing harms including overdose and dependence by recognizing and treating opioid use disorder

Paediatric Fractures Course

January 17, 2019

This course is designed for rural practitioners to learn the knowledge and skills necessary in the initial management of paediatric fractures. This course will include short didactic presentations addressing the correct diagnosis of paediatric fractures and the physiologic differences between paediatric and adult fractures that affect management.

Pediatric Emergency Assessment, Recognition and Stabilization Course

January 17, 2019

The PEARS Provider Course prepares health care providers caring for pediatric patients with foundational skills to assess, recognize and participate in the initial management of respiratory and/or cardiovascular emergencies and cardiopulmonary arrest. Active case-based instruction will be used to teach students to provide appropriate lifesaving interventions within the initial minutes after response until the child is transferred to an advanced life support provider.

Common Fractures and Dislocations Course

January 18, 2019

This course is designed to equip learners with hands-on skills to deal with common fractures and dislocations seen in the rural emergency departments. The course will include short case-based presentations on specific fractures, a discussion of diagnosis and treatment, demonstration of the applicable cast and/or splint and hands-on practice.

21st Annual Rural Anesthesia for GP Anesthesiologists

January 18, 2019

This intensive one-day course for GP anesthesiologists features a blend of expert-lead didactic teaching and practical skill-development workshops and offers opportunities for networking and exchange of information and ideas between leaders in the field and rural GP anesthesiologists.

35th Annual Emergency Medicine for Rural Hospitals

January 18-20, 2019

This course provides updates on clinical topics relevant for physicians, nurses and other health professionals who practice in rural communities. Through a combination of plenary lectures, small group interactive sessions and hands-on skill development workshops; participants will review current best practices, guidelines, tools and techniques for investigating and managing emergent patients – from pre-hospital to the rural emergency department.

Ultrasound Guided Nerve Blocks

January 19, 2019

Intensive one-day course for GP anesthesiologists features a blend of expert-lead didactic teaching and practical skill-development workshops and offers opportunities for networking and exchange of information and ideas between leaders in the field and rural GP anesthesiologists. Post-course is open to rural anesthesia for GP anesthesiologists course registrants only.

World Professional Association for Transgender Health conference

February 1 to 3, 2019

The Gender Program at the University of Alberta Hospital is hosting the WPATH Global Education Initiative training program. Training with global leaders in transgender healthcare, attendees will get the most up-to-date knowledge to care for the transgender population.

5th Annual MSK Pearls Course

February 2, 2019

This expert-lead annual course uses a blend of didactic presentations, case studies and hands-on skills training to enhance physicians’ and other healthcare professionals’ care for patients with physical injuries. This year’s topics focus on sideline management of athletic injuries

Mood Day Conference

February 8, 2019

This course offers an interdisciplinary clinical focus which is applicable to all community practitioners. The vision of the conference is to examine bipolar and major depressive disorder from a psychiatric and psychological perspective. The conference is designed to provide strong practical and clinical resources to all members of the mental health community.

Alcohol Use Disorder

March 8, 2019

This series of updates aims to provide healthcare professionals with an evidence-based overview of multiple topics 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.

Inclusive Health Conference 2019

March 16, 2019

This annual event educates health professionals on LGBTQ+ health issues and how to provide inclusive, high-quality care to LGBTQ+ patients. It's a great way to develop knowledge and competency around Sexual and Gender Minority health and related issues. The conference is hosted by the Sexuality & Gender Advocacy Committee at the University of Alberta. All health care-related students and faculty are welcome.

Successful Patient Interactions

April 25, 2019

This course assists physicians and other healthcare providers in achieving more successful encounters with their patients, for a safer healthcare experience. Developed in partnership with the Canadian Medical Protective Association.

Effective Team Interactions

April 26, 2019

Effective and safer interactions between health care colleagues through enhanced communications strategies and skills. This program was developed in partnership with the Canadian Medical Protective Association.

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AMHSP physicians – a vote and a new council

December 12, 2018

Recent changes in Alberta Medical Association governance and the passage of legislation on the rights of physicians to representation provide important new vehicles for physicians to bring their issues forward. The focus of this President’s Letter is on those academic physicians who are or soon will be part of the Academic Medicine Health Services Plan, and who now have the ability to request direct support in negotiations from the AMA.

Influenza Immunization Program newsletter - November 2018

December 12, 2018

The Influenza Immunization Program for 2018-2019 is well underway. As of November 10, 2018, 860,376 doses of influenza vaccine have been administered in Alberta.

SOMB retroactive increases coming this week

December 6, 2018

PRESIDENT'S LETTER: This fall, we have been moving forward on making payments owed to physicians under our Amending Agreement. The AMA issued the 2017 Retention Benefit payments on Friday, November 2. Today I’m writing to provide you with some dates and details about the retroactive payments for the Schedule of Medical Benefits and Alternative Relationship Plans cost-of-living adjustment.

Security Analyst

November 30, 2018

The Alberta Medical Association is recruiting for a Security Analyst with the Corporate Affairs, Information Systems department. The deadline to apply for this position is December 14 or until a suitable candidate can be found.

Congratulations Dr. Jane Lemaire and colleagues!

November 27, 2018

Dr. Jane Lemaire and colleagues were recently presented the Physician Well-being Article Award by the Stanford Medicine WellMD Center for their research article, "Understanding how patients perceive physician wellness and its links to patient care: A qualitative study." Dr. Jane Lemaire is a recent PFSP Physician Wellness #GOAT.

Director, Negotiations

November 27, 2018

The Alberta Medical Association is recruiting for the newly created role of Director, Negotiations to join our Health Economics team. Recruitment for this role is being done by the executive search firm Pekarsky & Co.

Applications due November 30: AMA Negotiating Committee

November 26, 2018

Applications for the AMA Negotiating Committee are due November 30. Apply today!

Last chance to apply: Physician Compensation Committee Chair

November 22, 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 PCC has specific authority regarding physician compensation, plans and certain programs within the scope of the AMA Agreement. Applications are due November 30.

Call for applications: Committee on Achievement Awards

November 21, 2018

The AMA is currently recruiting to fill a vacancy on the Committee on Achievement Awards. This committee reviews nominations and recommends recipients for several of AMA’s prestigious awards. The deadline to apply is November 30.

Committee opening: SZMSA Zone Advisory Forum

November 20, 2018

The AMA is currently recruiting for the South Zone Medical Staff Association Zone Advisory Forum. The deadline to apply is January 23, 2019.

Senior Web Developer

November 20, 2018

The Alberta Medical Association is recruiting for a Senior Web Developer to join our Information Systems Group. In this position you would play a key role in the planning, architecture, design, development, maintenance and support of software products for the health care sector. The deadline to apply is December 10.

An Act to Protect Patients

November 16, 2018

PRESIDENT'S LETTER: You may have heard news reports last week that the Government of Alberta had tabled Bill 21, An Act to Protect Patients. The legislation guards patients against exposure to inappropriate or predatory sexual behavior from their care providers. It applies to all regulated health professions, including physicians. The bill passed at the end of last week and is expected to come into effect in April 2019.

November-December 2018 issue of Alberta Doctors' Digest now available

November 15, 2018

The November-December 2018 issue of Alberta Doctors’ Digest is now available online. Highlights include: Recognizing outstanding achievement in health care: Our remarkable honorees; AMA and CMA working together to foster important change in Alberta health care; Emerging Leaders in Health Promotion: Promoting physical activity for children with disabilities in Calgary; Five reasons we should all make a will; And a lot more!

Important change coming to AMA group insurance renewal process

November 8, 2018

If you participate in any of the AMA group insurance plans (Disability, Professional Overhead Expense, Term Life, Critical Illness or Accidental Death and Dismemberment) and are set-up for automatic monthly or annual pre-authorized premium payments, you will no longer be receiving mailed confirmation premium notices in early December as has been the practice in the past.

AMA legislation tabled today

November 1, 2018

PRESIDENT'S LETTER: You may recall that one of the important provisions of the 2018-20 AMA agreement with government was a commitment to entrench physician recognition and representation rights within legislation. I am pleased to let you know that this legislation was tabled today.

Treatment targets for hypertension in older persons

October 31, 2018

Mrs. BB is an 82-year-old female living at home. She has mild cognitive impairment and limited mobility. Her office blood pressure is 162/71. Should she be treated for hypertension? If yes, what would her blood pressure target be?

November 1, 2018 Billing Corner

October 26, 2018

View Alberta Health Care Insurance Plan Schedule of Medical Benefits changes for November 1, 2018.

Changes to AMA/CMA member dues

October 18, 2018

PRESIDENT'S LETTER: I’m writing today as membership renewal notices have been arriving in member inboxes. There are some member dues changes and I wanted to provide a few comments about them for your information.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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