33rd Annual Emergency Medicine for Rural Hospitals

January 20-22, 2017

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.

Prevention and Longevity:

January 27, 2017

This full day conference and networking fair will focus on empowering physicians and health care providers with evidence based, non-pharmacological management strategies for creating health, preventing illness and where possible, treating disease.

ERASAlberta Symposium 2017

January 27 and 28, 2017

The ERASAlberta 2017 Symposium is hosted by the Surgery Strategic Clinical Network, Alberta Health Services (AHS) to facilitate local, national and international Enhanced Recovery After Surgery (ERAS) best practices.

Eating Disorders Symposium

February 4, 2017

Presented by the Eating Disorder Support Network of Alberta (EDSNA) and the Eating Disorder Program at the University of Alberta Hospital, this symposium presents a rare opportunity to learn from Eating Disorder experts on a wide range of topics related to this complex illness.

12th Annual Mood Day Conference

February 10, 2017

The 12th Annual Mood Day Conference offers an interdisciplinary clinical focus applicable to all community practitioners. This conference will examine bipolar disorder from a psychiatric and psychological perspective. This course is designed to provide strong practical and clinical resources to all members of the mental health community.

Alberta Sexual Assault Course and Conference

February 11, 2017

This paperless conference is designed to share core training and a management update for urban and rural healthcare professionals on sexual assault.

Investigating and Managing Patient Safety Events

January 31-February 2 and March 1-3, 2017.

The HQCA, in partnership with the University of Calgary and the Ward of the 21st Century is offering two courses: Introductory Investigating and Managing Patient Safety Events and Advanced Investigating and Managing Patient Safety Events. Completion of both courses earns participants a Certificate in Investigating and Managing Patient Safety Events.

Alberta Kidney Days 2017

March 10 and 11, 2017

If you are a health care provider with an interest in the prevention and management of kidney disease, you are invited to join your colleagues in Calgary on March 10 & 11, 2017 for Alberta Kidney Days.

Calgary Pain & MSK Clinical Pearls Combined Conference

March 10, 2017

This combined conference covers advances in pain research and the prevention and management of acute and chronic spine, pelvis and hip musculoskeletal (MSK) conditions, injuries and pain.

Combating Stigma

Available online until May 2017.

Combating Stigma is a web-based CME course for physicians. It takes an hour to complete and includes a number of elements shown to be important for anti-stigma programming for healthcare professionals.

Advanced Obesity Management Program

Online – available 24/7

Online Mainpro-M1 accredited course designed for health care professionals who understand basic obesity principles, but want to learn more.

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News and Latest UpdatesRSS

Medical professionalism and social media: Danger or opportunity?

January 19, 2017

Social media offers the opportunity for the medical profession to connect with society in another meaningful way. Social media is so pervasive today the question is no longer whether physicians will participate but rather how they can best use social media to advance the health of the public.

400 schools in four years

January 19, 2017

Leading into its fourth year in 2017, the AMA Youth Run Club has developed into a popular Comprehensive School Health (CSH) program under the guidance of program partners the Alberta Medical Association and Ever Active Schools. CHS links health and education in the school setting through its support and encouragement of physical activity, healthy eating and positive social environments.

Help the AMA recognize the most compassionate physician you know!

January 16, 2017

The deadline for nominations has been extended to February 28. Think of that “one in a million” colleague. We bet that physician is probably the last one who ever talks about all that he or she gives every day to patients, communities and medicine. That’s why the AMA Award for Compassionate Service may be just what the doctor ordered. There is still time to make a nomination!

No decisions made on physician supply mechanisms

January 13, 2017

As noted in my last President’s Letter, the AMA Amending Agreement commits the parties to establishing a needs-based physician resource plan. Using best evidence, the plan will be developed by a multi-stakeholder Physician Resource Planning Committee (PRPC). I am pleased to announce that Dr. Ruth Collins-Nakai, past AMA and CMA President, will be our representative to this important committee.

Bighorn Primary Care Network - Executive Director

January 6, 2017

The Bighorn Primary Care Network is seeking candidates for the position of Executive Director (1.0 FTE)

WCB Report to Employer ("pink copy") no longer required

January 5, 2017

Physicians will no longer need to provide the equivalent of the former "pink copy" report to the employer. If the employer requires a work slip for BTW information, you can charge the employer for this service. You may not charge the worker.

Major Outage to PIN on Sunday January 8, 2017

January 4, 2017

There will be a planned outage to Pharmaceutical Information Network (PIN) on Sunday, January 8, between 1 a.m. and 6 p.m. Click to learn how this will affect you. The outage is required to implement application and database updates to improve PIN functionality, maintainability and performance.

After-hours work over 2017 stat holidays

January 4, 2017

Check out the latest billing tip for 2017 statutory holiday dates and more information on clarifying your holiday billings.

January 1, 2017 Billing Corner

December 22, 2016

View Alberta Health Care Insurance Plan Schedule of Medical Benefits changes for January 1, 2017.

What are your thoughts on WCB Alberta?

December 21, 2016

A panel within the provincial government is currently reviewing the Workers Compensation Board of Alberta and has requested physician input.

Update from the IFHP

December 20, 2016

Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) is moving to a ten-digit client ID (Unique Client Identifier – UCI) number to accommodate an increasing number of applicants. Effective December 15, 2016, ten-digit UCIs will be issued to new beneficiaries of the Interim Federal Health Program (IFHP). Client IDs for existing beneficiaries will not change.

South Calgary Primary Care Network Executive Director

December 20, 2016

The South Calgary Primary Care Network is recruiting for an Executive Director. The Executive Director will be accountable for all PCN operations, business and financial management and will report to the SCPCN Board. Applications must be received by January 7, 2017.

Call for applications: AMA committees

December 16, 2016

The AMA is seeking representatives for the following three committees: 1) Reconciliation Committee: One or two open positions 2) Peer Review Committee: Four open positions 3) Physician Compensation Committee: One Specialist Position available

The big picture, SOMB savings and physician supply

December 16, 2016

It has been two months since ratification of the Amending Agreement. While the total percentage of members casting ballots was less than ideal, turnouts are typically low and those who voted did so strongly in favour. Due process was followed, and the results are binding. With this direction, the Board has endeavoured to carry out the commitments of the association. • Amending Agreement initiatives: We must keep our eyes on the big picture and long-term goals. • SOMB Rules Savings Initiative: The board is considering how to recognize the contributions of sections. • Physician supply: Any decisions that are made to manage Alberta’s physician supply must consider the evolving needs-based physician resource plan from the Physician Resource Planning Committee. No decisions regarding conditions on billing numbers have been made.

2016-17 Winter Holiday Hours

December 15, 2016

The AMA office and phone lines will be closed for winter holidays from Friday, December 23, at 2 p.m. to Thursday, December 29, at 8 a.m.. We will also be closed for New Year's from Friday December 30 at 2 p.m., resuming normal service on Tuesday, January 3. We wish you all the best for a festive season and a joyful and healthy 2017!

New & improved logins

December 5, 2016

We’ve changed the AMA login mechanism to make it easier and quicker. Next time you log in, select the ‘remember me’ option - if you come back within a few weeks you won’t need to look up and type in your member number again for access to secure pages, just your password. To accommodate this and other upcoming improvements, we’ve moved the login button to the top right of the website. Look for more improvements to this feature coming soon. Questions or suggestions for improvement? Let us know at

Reminder: It's time to renew your AMA membership

December 1, 2016

It’s time to renew your AMA/CMA membership. Our online renewal process makes renewal quick and easy. Click for more information and to renew.

Seeking Alberta physicians to serve Alberta Health committees

December 1, 2016

Alberta Health is seeking four physician members to serve on the Out-of-Country Health Services Appeal Panel, and one member for its Health Disciplines board.

New infection prevention and control general standards now in effect

December 1, 2016

Following extensive consultation and piloting, the College of Physicians & Surgeons of Alberta’s (CPSA’s) Infection Prevention and Control (IPAC) Program has released standards for general infection prevention and control in private, non-governmental medical facilities not accredited by the CPSA. Click to learn more.

Serving in the Great War. Surviving diabetes. Making an outstanding contribution to medicine in Alberta.

December 1, 2016

Dr. J.J. (Johnny) Ower was a man of singular directness, energy of mind, sincerity and courage, uncompromising in his standards, and yet with a natural charm and almost boyish spirit. He was one of the first and longest-surviving diabetics in Alberta. The University of Alberta’s focus on diabetic research has deep roots. Click to learn more.

Our humanity is more powerful than our expertise

November 30, 2016

I spoke to 20 individuals during a recent week taking calls on the Physician and Family Support Program help line (1.877.767.4637).Two recurring themes emerged that particular week: Stress, interwoven with anxiety and depression, and career dissatisfaction, both early and mid-career.

Made in Alberta medical resources

November 30, 2016

One of the challenges we face as physicians is to understand how recent studies, reviews, guidelines and other information relate to the person in our examining room who has come to us for help. Fortunately, there are several high-quality resources produced in our province designed to aid us in our decision-making process as it relates to our fellow Albertans.

Needs-based physician resource planning

November 29, 2016

The AMA (Alberta Medical Association) commends government for its commitment to fund any new physicians that Alberta needs while working with the AMA toward a needs-based physician resource plan. Principles will guide the Board of Directors. The timing is good to develop an evidence-based plan without being driven by a crisis in physician supply.

PCC Update

November 29, 2016

The PCC has new and exciting changes to its membership. With the recently amended AMA Agreement in place, the PCC welcomes Alberta Health Services (AHS) to the table to form a tripartite committee with members from Alberta Medical Association, Alberta Health and Alberta Health Services.

Website outages

November 29, 2016

Please be advised that the AMA website will be down during the following times in December to facilitate maintenance and upgrades. Wednesday November 30th from 10:00 PM to December 1st, 6:00 AM Saturday December 3rd from 9:00 AM to 10:00 AM (This outage may not affect service for the website) Saturday December 17th from 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM

Mock CaRMS interviews

November 25, 2016

Every year the Canadian Medical Association and Alberta Medical Association host a Canadian Resident Matching Service (CaRMS) Interview Training Day to help prepare students for their real interviews. This year's event will take place in Calgary and Edmonton on Saturday, January 7, 2017. The invitation for student participation will go out in December. Watch for communication from your AMA Committee on Student Affairs representative.

Claiming for after-hours work November 2016 - January 2017

November 23, 2016

This billing tip is to help clarify your holiday billings for the 2016-17 holiday season. Please note that after hours time premium (03.01AA) and surcharge modifiers only apply to services that are provided in a regional facility i.e. hospital, auxiliary hospital, active treatment centre, nursing home, AACC/UCC and not in a physician’s private office.

IFHP Policy on Coordination of Benefits

November 18, 2016

Click to read an important notice regarding Interim Federal Health Program (IFHP) Policy on Coordination of Benefits.

Vote for your Representative Forum zonal/regional delegates

November 16, 2016

Elections are underway for zonal/regional delegates in the Edmonton and Calgary Zones and Central Zone (Region 4). Ballots were made available electronically to members in the affected zones/regions on November 15. Voting will continue until 4:30 p.m., Thursday, December 15 and ballots will be counted on December 16. If you are a member of one of these zones/regions and haven’t yet voted, click below to access your ballot package.

SOMB savings: Keeping you informed

November 15, 2016

We have had an impressive response from physicians to our call for suggestions toward the Schedule of Medical Benefits (SOMB) Rules Savings Initiative.

Call for applications: AMA committees

November 14, 2016

The AMA is seeking representatives for its Negotiations Committee, Physician Resource Planning Committee and Physician Learning Program Advisory Committee. Click to learn more about the committees and representative requirements.

Addictions & Teenagers: Junior High Health Promotion

November 14, 2016

Do you remember the last time you were approached on the street and offered drugs? Probably not. But many 12-year-olds attending Edmonton’s inner city Spruce Avenue Junior High School are unfortunately all-too-familiar with this situation, because it’s an almost daily occurrence.

Influenza Immunization Program newsletter - November 2016

November 10, 2016

The National Advisory Committee, Alberta Health and Alberta Health Services continue to recommend annual influenza immunizations for individuals six months of age and older. This season three influenza vaccines are being provided by Alberta Health for the provincial immunization program. The vaccines are Fluad®, Fluzone® and FluMist®.

Implementing the Amending Agreement

November 10, 2016

You may have seen a feature article in Postmedia Network publications yesterday regarding the details of our newly ratified Alberta Medical Association (AMA) Amending Agreement. This was the first media coverage concerning details of the agreement’s provisions and there have been more media interviews since. These are key opportunities to emphasize some important points as we move into implementation. I thought I would share some of the messaging we have been relating to the media.

Stewardship in an integrated health care system

November 4, 2016

What do we mean when we talk about physician stewardship in an integrated health care system? A steward is responsible for the care and prudent use of the property of another. In this case we are talking about both of the important professional relationships we have with government and with patients.

Executive Director (Interim 1.0 FTE)

November 4, 2016

Rocky Mountain House Primary Care Network is currently recruiting for an Executive Director (Interim 1.0 FTE). All applications must be received by November 25. Interviews may take place the week of December 5.

The Alberta Medical Association stands as an advocate for its physician members, providing leadership & support for their role in the provision of quality health care.