Community Physician Education Program

April 8, 2017

Physicians are invited to join the Workers' Compensation Board-Alberta for the Community Physician Education Program. This program will enhance physician ability and confidence in providing care to injured workers. Participants can expect a half day of discussion, interaction and workshops geared towards the family physicians' role in the care of patients with work-related injuries.

WEBCAST: Cannabis – Implications for Health

April 19, 2017

This course will discuss the legalization of cannabis in other jurisdictions plus clinical and recreational use of cannabis in Canada. Topics covered will include the basic pharmacology of different compounds found in cannabis and an understanding of the risks, benefits and knowledge gaps around regular cannabis use.

Cannabis – Implications for Health

April 19, 2017

This course will discuss the legalization of cannabis in other jurisdictions plus clinical and recreational use of cannabis in Canada. Topics covered will include the basic pharmacology of different compounds found in cannabis and an understanding of the risks, benefits and knowledge gaps around regular cannabis use.

WEBCAST: 34th Annual Calgary Therapeutics Course

April 20-21, 2017

This evidence-based course is designed to introduce family physicians, specialist physicians, pharmacists, nurse practitioners and other healthcare professionals to new medications, new indications for older products and new guidelines for treatment. Current therapeutic controversies are examined and drug and non-drug therapeutic approaches for selected clinical conditions are presented.

34th Annual Calgary Therapeutics Course

April 20-21, 2017

Evidence-based course is designed to introduce family physicians, specialist physicians, pharmacists, nurse practitioners and other healthcare professionals to new medications, new indications for older products and new guidelines for treatment. Current therapeutic controversies are examined and drug and non-drug therapeutic approaches for selected clinical conditions are presented.

Cancer Care Webinar Series

April 10 and 26, 2017

In this two-part webinar series learners will access information regarding common oncologic emergencies that are often seen in family practice and community care such as general chemotherapy side effects, febrile neutropenia, pulmonary embolism, bleeds, shunt blockages, and seizures.

Inflammatory Arthritis

May 12, 2017

This workshop is designed for family physicians and other primary care practitioners involved in the care of patients with common joint issues. There is a strong focus on exam skills, initial treatment and when to refer.

Multiple Sclerosis and Neuroinflammation Update for Family Physicians

May 20 and 21, 2017

This course is designed for family/general practice physicians, residents and community nurses with a particular interest in neuroinflammatory diseases such as multiple sclerosis. The course will include updates on recent advances in the management of symptoms and available therapies

Alberta Digestive Disease Summit

May 26 to 28, 2017

Join more than 200 other clinicians, scientists, researchers, funders and industry leaders to review the latest in ground-breaking research and treatments, discuss local and international developments and collaborate with your colleagues and peers.

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.

4th Annual Women’s Health in Primary Care Conference

June 2, 2017

A practical, clinical review and update on a range of topics on issues related to women's health in the context of primary care; such as contraception, STI, breast cancer screening and menopause management.

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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RF’s direction to Board and work with sections ahead

March 22, 2017

The Representative Forum recently held its spring meeting on March 10-11 in Edmonton. A number of important subjects were addressed including an interactive session on future directions of the AMA, an update on Physician Resource Planning, a session on Health Information Exchange, and a session on Negotiations 2018 among others.

Cheese and crackers; sunshine and water; physicians and schools

March 17, 2017

Some things just go together naturally; they complement each other, are mutually beneficial and when together, result in positive outcomes. While it takes a plate to bring together some nice cheese and crackers, and a great day by the lake to join sunshine with water, the Alberta Medical Association (AMA) Youth Run Club (YRC) is the platform for uniting physicians with students and teachers through the opportunities it creates for school health advocacy.

Is there a good app for that?

March 16, 2017

The interest in mobile health has grown exponentially in recent years with an estimated 200,000 health and medical apps currently available. While fitness applications (apps) have consistently been the most popular choice, more and more consumers download and use the plethora of other health apps available on all platforms. Standards of quality in apps have been slow in development.

April 1, 2017 Billing Corner

March 16, 2017

The April 1 SOMB reflects only changes made pursuant to the Individual Fee Review of the Physician Compensation Committee as well as the SOMB Rule Changes Initiative. The April 1, 2017 SOMB scheduled adjustment (a cost-of-living increase) is being held back as an amount at risk under the Amending Agreement. A reconciliation process to be completed no later than June 30, 2018 will determine whether the payment will be made to physicians.

CMA online and in-house courses on Medical Assistance in Dying (MAiD)

March 15, 2017

To help prepare members who are considering offering MAiD to their patients, Joule™ and the CMA have recently launched an advanced facilitated MAiD course. The course is a follow-up to the foundational course and provides comprehensive in-depth education on topics related to medical assistance in dying, as well as advanced practical training for physicians.

Live Active Community Fun Run

March 15, 2017

Saturday, April 8, William Hawrelak Park, Edmonton. Hosted by the Alberta Medical Association and Ever Active Schools - partners in the AMA Youth Run Club.

No borders here

March 14, 2017

Calgary physician helps refugees get off to a healthy start in their new home.

AMA Term Life Insurance: Even more competitive in 2017

March 8, 2017

We are pleased to advise that for 2017 we have been able to further reduce non-smoker rates for members in age-bands 40 to 60 by an additional 15% and continue with our 20% AMA Premium Credit.

Edmonton West PCN Medical Director

March 8, 2017

Reporting to the President of the Board of Directors of the Edmonton West Family Physicians Non-Profit Corporation, the Medical Director of the Edmonton West Primary Care Network (EWPCN) is a key leadership position within the EWPCN. The Medical Director will work part time (0.4 FTE) in a dyad relationship with the EWPCN Executive Director to provide clinical business leadership in a shared decision making model. Together, they oversee the EWPCN budget and operations. The Medical Director will be responsible for supporting clinical leadership for physicians within the EWPCN and will also be a key link between the EWPCN physicians, other Primary Care Networks (PCNs), Alberta Health Services, and provincial physician organizations. This position provides continuity of physician leadership over time and will support the Board with information and advice for decision making.

I get high with a little help from my ... prime minister?

March 7, 2017

In the fall of 2014, Alberta Doctors’ Digest published a Health Law Update story entitled “I get high with a little help from my … doctor?” It focused on one of the hot topics for discussion at the Canadian Medical Association (CMA) Annual General Meeting in Ottawa that year: the prescription of medical marijuana by Canadian doctors. The medical profession is taking shots at the federal government's expressed intention to legalize the possession and use of marijuana by 2019.

CPSA rolls out new prescribing rules to help combat opioid crisis

March 6, 2017

A new process for prescribing high-risk drugs like opioids, benzodiazepines, sedatives and stimulants will improve physician prescribing and enhance patient safety. Approved by the Council of the College of Physicians & Surgeons of Alberta (CPSA), the new standard of practice on Prescribing: Drugs with Potential for Misuse or Diversion comes into effect April 1, 2017.

FORE! Registration open for 90th Annual North/South Doctors' Golf Tournament

March 3, 2017

Registration is now open for the 90th Annual North/South Doctors’ Golf Tournament taking place Monday, June 26 at the Red Deer Golf and Country Club.

Preparing for Representative Forum

March 1, 2017

The upcoming spring Representative Forum (RF) will address many important activities under the Amending Agreement. Members may review information provided with this letter and contact their delegates to provide input for the forum, particularly with respect to a major session regarding relativity and equity.

Edmonton Oliver PCN Executive Director

March 1, 2017

The Edmonton Oliver Primary Care Network is recruiting for an Executive Director. Applications must be received by March 31.

“American Medical Directory” scam alive and well

February 21, 2017

Are you among the Alberta physicians being bullied by the American Medical Directory, also known as or the UNITED Directorios LDA? After agreeing to be added to what you thought was a free and legitimate medical directory, were you then sent invoices for thousands of dollars with threats of collections and legal action if not paid or settled in full? You’re among good company.

Wellness for women physicians

February 16, 2017

Dr. Amber Fripp, a practicing general internal medicine specialist in Calgary, is an advocate of taking ownership of a healthy lifestyle. She has a passion for fitness and an interest in promoting health and wellness amongst her colleagues.

Residents' Page - Alberta Doctors' Digest

February 16, 2017

Read the latest "Residents' Page" contribution to the Alberta Doctors' Digest: "PARAdime: Resident physicians support some of Alberta's most vulnerable through annual community campaign".

Call for Expressions of Interest: CMA Committees Members-at-Large

February 6, 2017

AMA members are invited to submit expressions of interest in running for openings on two Canadian Medical Association committees. The openings are for members-at-large positions on the CMA Appointments Committee and CMA Audit and Finance Committee. Expressions of interest are due February 20.

Priming our brains for 2017

February 6, 2017

Too many colleagues and kith and kin, aging alongside me, have disappeared into clouded, anxious fuzziness. Truth is, I am worried. And so are my demographic cohorts. Defining exactly what can be sourced and what must be known may be one of the most vexing issues in education today.

A place to call home

February 3, 2017

Edmonton physicians help homeless pregnant women build a better future.

SOMB savings complete – Results and next steps

February 2, 2017

As outlined by our Amending Agreement, we have been working with government to identify $100 million in savings via changes to Schedule of Medical Benefits (SOMB) rules. Guided by consultation with sections and also considering input from individual physicians, a joint Alberta Medical Association (AMA)/Alberta Health (AH) working group developed a list of SOMB rule changes which were based on the following principles...

Employees, contractors, partners, the government: You have obligations to all of them

January 31, 2017

Physicians are very well-educated, but that education does not necessarily prepare them for the business and legal considerations of operating their own practice. While some will work as employees, many doctors will find themselves alone or as part of a group operating their own office and running a business.

The power of the whiteboard

January 31, 2017

Dr. Gadget highlights two educational tools using whiteboard animations that are readily available to all physicians.

Reconciliation and Physician Compensation committees: Applications due March 3

January 25, 2017

The AMA is seeking representatives for the Reconciliation Committee and Physician Compensation Committee. Please submit applications by March 3.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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