Midwifery Matters Conference

September 20, 2018

The Midwifery Matters Conference will explore Alberta’s midwifery roots, its current state and its vision for the future all within the context of the broader maternity care landscape. Speakers include: Dr. Andrew Kotaska (obstetrician and expert on informed consent), Lesley Paulette (Indigenous Midwife and Knowledge Keeper) and Cora Beitel (Midwife and expert on advancing inclusive maternity care for LGBTQIA2S families).

AMA Fall Representative Forum and Annual General Meeting

September 21 to 22, 2018

Learn more about the 2018 Fall Representative Forum and 113th annual general meeting.

Alberta Sexual Assault Course and Conference

September 22, 2018

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

Meet and Greet Breakfast with the AIM-HI Network

September 25, 2018

In collaboration with the Indigenous Health Initiatives Program at the University of Alberta, the Alberta Indigenous Mentorship - Health Innovation Network (AIM-HI) is hosting a networking breakfast. Students, faculty and staff are invited to attend where they will learn more about Indigenous Health research and how it is supported by AIM-HI.

2018 Geriatrics Update: Clinical Pearls

September 28, 2018

This course uses a blend of plenaries, interactive small group workshops and panel discussions 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.

CRIT/ER 2018: Critical Care in the Emergency Room

September 28-30, 2018

If you work in the ER on a full-time, part-time or casual basis and find yourself called upon to treat the sickest of patients at a moment's notice, then this conference is for you! The rapid fire lectures with heavy "real life" clinical emphasis make for an enjoyable and entertaining learning experience.

5th Building Dementia Awareness Conference

October 4 to 6, 2018

Note: Event capacity has been expanded and registration deadline has been extended to September 28. The Early Onset Dementia Alberta Foundation presents its 5th Building Dementia Awareness Conference. This three-day conference includes keynote speeches, workshops and two dinner receptions each with entertainment.

Integrative Health Institute Conference

October 18, 2018

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 theme is Traditional Medicine. We are pleased to be co-hosting this year's conference with the Alberta Health Services Population, Public & Indigenous Health Strategic Clinical Network.

7th Annual Practical Evidence for Informed Practice Conference

October 19 to 20, 2018

The PEIP Conference is a multidisciplinary event that showcases relevant, evidence-based, and thought-provoking topics in health care. PEIP highlights focused review that combine evidence, experience, and patient values, and is applicable to a variety of disciplines including physicians, pharmacists, nurses, nurse practitioners, and other allied health care providers.

Live Active Community Fun Run/Walk

October 20, 2018

Come join the Alberta Medical Association Youth Run Club for a free community fun run/walk in Edmonton’s River Valley. All ages and abilities are welcome!

Current Obstetrical Management Seminars

October 26, 2018

This program is intended for family physicians, midwives and nurses working in urban and rural settings. It will provide an opportunity to review and update your knowledge and management of normal and abnormal obstetrical cases.

Nourishing the Neonate Conference 2018

November 6, 2018

Explores the role of nutrition in optimizing growth and early and long term development of the neonate.

Concussion Symposium

November 15, 2018

The University of Calgary's Integrated Concussion Research Program symposium provides attendees with the latest concussion research, policy directives and effective clinical practices.

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News and Latest UpdatesRSS

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.

September-October 2018 issue of Alberta Doctors' Digest now available

September 12, 2018

The September-October 2018 issue of Alberta Doctors’ Digest is now available online. Highlights include: Physician burnout is real: Addressing it is a shared responsibility; Optimized Prescribing with Seniors: New diagnosis or adverse effect?; Proposing an iconic name for the Calgary Cancer Research Centre; and more!

Influenza Immunization Program newsletter - August/September 2018

September 10, 2018

Planning and resource development for the Influenza Immunization Program for 2018-2019 is well underway. The start date of the public program is October 15, 2018. Public Health will begin immunizing high risk individuals starting October 1, 2018.

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.

We're recruiting for Chair, Physician Compensation Committee

September 5, 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 previous chair’s term (Mr. Chris Sheard’s) expired earlier this year, and the AMA and Alberta Health have initiated a process to either reappoint or replace this position.

Thoughts about CMA General Council

August 17, 2018

PRESIDENT'S LETTER: As you may be aware, the 2018 Canadian Medical Association General Council and Annual General Meeting is taking place next week in Winnipeg. This promises to be an historic meeting, with key governance changes being voted on at the AGM. I wanted to let you know about some of the important points and considerations that our 31 AMA delegates will be deciding upon as we vote on these governance changes.

Informatics, moving information and Connect Care

August 8, 2018

PRESIDENT'S LETTER: In 2018, the Board of Directors approved a new AMA Policy Statement on Health Informatics. You can view it, or listen to a podcast interview about it. The policy’s purpose is to help guide the AMA through the increasingly complex provincial health information system. Today I wanted to update you on how the policy is helping us address two important questions: How will we maintain and improve the two-way flow of patient data between community-based physician practices and the rest of the health care system? What is Alberta Health Services’ Connect Care and how will your practice be affected?

About the allocation

July 31, 2018

PRESIDENT'S LETTER: I’m writing today with news about payment of the retroactive April 1, 2017, Schedule of Medical Benefits cost-of-living increase, as well as the partial 2017 Retention Benefit payment. This was provided for by the recently ratified 2018-20 Amending Agreement. These are amounts owed to physicians in exchange for reducing the rate of growth in the Physician Services Budget for 2016-18. Since ratification, we have been working with Alberta Health to determine how and when the allocation will occur.

Planned website outage

July 19, 2018

Please be advised that the AMA website will be unavailable Saturday, July 21 from 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. to facilitate maintenance and upgrades.

Have you checked out the AMA advocacy timeline?

June 29, 2018

Have you taken a look at the AMA's interactive advocacy timeline? AMA members can be proud of their role in many initiatives that have improved patient care over the years.

Overhead Surveys Completed – Preliminary Results

June 18, 2018

PRESIDENT'S LETTER: Keeping up with overhead costs is a major part of maintaining viable practices today. Members are always concerned with the ever-present pressures of overhead costs and that’s why overhead is one of the Board’s priorities for allocation – and why it’s important to measure it accurately. We need a measurement tool that reflects modern practice today, but can also be updated with emerging information over time.

Submit your story to Student Spotlight in Alberta Doctors’ Digest

June 14, 2018

Attention medical students: Do you have an experience that you think will make your colleagues exclaim, “Wow! That’s neat!”? We’re keen for inspirational and fascinating stories of students doing extraordinary things for the Student Spotlight column in our digital magazine, Alberta Doctors’ Digest.

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