Radon: Is it in your patients’ home?

Available online, 24-7

In order to better equip health professionals to answer questions about radon and the need for at-home testing, McMaster University, together with Health Canada, the Ontario College of Family Physicians and the Clean Air Partnership, have designed a free, certified program to provide you and your colleagues with reliable, evidence-based information on radon.

Managing Concussions in Clinical Practice

October 20, 2017 or February 10, 2018

A two-part blended learning course on treating patients for concussion. Part one of the course is a certificate-level online course that offers in-depth concussion management training in three modules covering assessment, diagnosis, management. Part two includes an in-person workshop in either October or February.

Essential Strategies for Chronic Pain Management

February 12 to 14, 2018

A two-day course for family physicians are responsible for the management of chronic pain.

'Peds ID for Practicing Physicians'

February 15-18, 2018

An Update on Pediatric Infectious Disease designed for pediatricians, family physicians, residents, pharmacists and allied health professionals. There will also be a presentation of the Taj Jadavji Medical Resident Award at this conference, so please nominate a resident today!

Doing the Right Thing... Right: Evidence Informing Clinical Decision-Making

February 22, 2018

Featuring keynote presentations from Dr. Sean Tunis and Dr. Brian O’Rourke followed by Panel debates/discussion from Alberta Evidence Producers and Clinical decision makers.

Certificate in Patient Safety & Quality Management

September 2017 and March 2018

Designed for health care professionals who want to expand their working understanding of patient safety and quality management concepts. It runs from September 8, 2017 to March 10, 2018 and is offered through the University of Calgary’s Office of Continuing Medical Education & Professional Development. Registration opens June 5. Email to receive a reminder

Evening Course Program & Wednesday Night Webinar

September 13, 2017 to March 14, 2018

A series of lectures targeted to family physicians on Wednesday evenings from 7 to 9 p.m. with topics and speakers selected by a committee of family physicians. Two methods of delivery are offered: in-person at the Clara Christie Theatre, Health Sciences Centre, University of Calgary or via webinar.

Preparation course for the CCFP exam

March 17 and 18, 2018

This course is designed for practice-eligible physicians who are preparing to undertake the CCFP Exam.

CAMH – Opioid Dependence Treatment Core Course (Alberta Version)

Ongoing Feb 2-April 2, 2018

This course is the foundation of the Opioid Dependence Treatment Certificate Program. It is designed to promote inter-professional collaboration among the health care team involved in opioid dependence treatment. Attendees will learn skills and review guidelines for effective and safe management of clients receiving methadone or buprenorphine maintenance treatment for opioid dependence.

Challenging Cases in Opioid Use and Misuse

June 21, 2018

This small group problem-based, interactive workshop builds on the knowledge and expertise from the Safer Opioid Prescribing Webinar Series. (Note: the webinar series must be completed before enrolling in the workshop)

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What's next for secure messaging?

January 23, 2018

You may have heard that the AMA will be dissolving its dr2dr partnership with Microquest this month. This decision is a result of the ever changing secure messaging landscape and increased number of viable secure messaging solutions available in Alberta.

Administrative Assistant

January 23, 2018

Are you resourceful and organized with an eye for detail? Are you a natural planner who takes initiative and constantly aims for quality? Do you want to support Alberta doctors in their provision of quality health care in our province? If you're up for a challenge, the Alberta Medical Association is recruiting for a full-time Administrative Assistant position for our Section Services unit in the Public Affairs branch.

Programs have differences; we value all of them

January 19, 2018

PRESIDENT'S LETTER: Evolving toward a fully integrated, high performing health care system takes more than just intentions. Physician practices need to remain viable as an important part of system infrastructure. As clinicians and medical leaders, we also need support to learn different ways to work, to work with different levels of care more effectively, to take full advantage of the value of team-based care, informatics and more.

AMA priorities and themes for negotiations

January 17, 2018

PRESIDENT'S LETTER: As you learned from my December 28 Negotiations Update, in spite of significant early challenges, the AMA and Alberta Health continue to negotiate a new master agreement. As always, we will respect the confidentiality of what happens at the table, but I would like to give you a flavor of what the AMA is bringing forward on your behalf.

CRPCN Patient Information Road Map

January 8, 2018

The Calgary Rural Primary Care Network launched the Patient Information Road Map Project to illustrates how digital patient information currently flows within the Patient Medical Home, and it identifies gaps, barriers and bottlenecks to timely delivery of this information. While the PIRM Project is viewed from the lens of Calgary Rural PCN representatives, confirmation with family physicians and PCN executive directors assures that the implications highlighted extend across Alberta. Learn more.

No news is no news

January 5, 2018

“No news is good news” is a phrase that many patients hear when asking about the results of tests ordered during their clinic visit. This expression originated many years ago when the logistics of contacting patients with the outcome of each of their tests was overwhelming. However, to many patients, the phrase instead means “no news is no news.”

What could happen if you leave your comfort zone?

January 5, 2018

Twelve years ago, Dr. Fernando Mejia decided to leave his comfort zone. After almost a decade of a rewarding general practice in Colombia, where he finished medical school, he emigrated from his home to Canada where he and his family had to start from scratch.

TD Insurance is a one-stop shop for AMA members

January 4, 2018

Contributed by: Jessica Gallant | Relationship Manager, Affinity Market Group, TD Insurance Meloche Monnex Sometimes accidents happen. When they do, TD Insurance is ready to help AMA members. From making a claim to repairs to getting back behind the wheel, the only stop you need to make is at your nearest TD Insurance Auto Claims Convenience Centre.

Influenza Immunization Program newsletter - December 2017

January 3, 2018

The Influenza Immunization Program is well underway. After two months, 1,097,060 doses of influenza vaccine have been administered in Alberta. Thank you for your support of the Alberta Influenza Immunization Program.

“You just need to do something”; the philosophy and practice of social engagement and advocacy

December 18, 2017

As a physician at the Alex Community Health Centre, Calgary’s innovative health and social services centre, Dr. Kerri Treherne works on the front lines with some of Calgary’s most vulnerable people.

Regional/Zonal RF Delegates - Election Results

December 18, 2017

View the Regional/Zonal RF Delegates - Election Results: South Zone, Region 1 (Chinook), Calgary Zone and Edmonton Zone.

Launching Peer Review: Information and tools for physicians

December 15, 2017

PRESIDENT'S LETTER: As part of our drive for physician stewardship, the Representative Forum has supported development of a peer review mechanism. This was negotiated as part of the 2016 Amending Agreement.

Promoting health in Edmonton through the Men who have Sex with Men project

December 14, 2017

The Emerging Leaders in Health Promotion grant program project "Digital Approaches to Health Promotion in Edmonton MSM (Men who have Sex with Men)" addresses the significant gap in the provision of accessible, evidence-based and locally relevant health information and resources for the Edmonton GBQT community.

Welcome to Canada! Now for the challenge of accessing health care.

December 14, 2017

The Emerging Leaders in Health Promotion grant program project "HealthLINC: Health Literacy and Information for Newcomers to Canada" aims to improve health care access for immigrants and refugees.

Negotiations begin

December 7, 2017

PRESIDENT'S LETTER: Negotiations commence this week with Alberta Health to negotiate a new master agreement. With the 2016 Amending Agreement, we saw an opportunity to help government with the province’s fiscal challenges. At the same time, we wanted to increase our influence within the system in order to improve quality of care. Physicians stepped up as leaders and we have been successful.

Private corporations and tax planning under review: What you need to know

November 29, 2017

MD Financial Management Senior Financial Consultant Christina Kuruliak discusses the proposed changes to tax rules for incorporated physicians.

Closing the gap between primary and specialist care

November 29, 2017

One of the most substantial challenges for physicians is system integration between primary care clinics, Primary Care Network services and the rest of the health care system, according to Dr. Brad Bahler.

High times ahead: How will cannabis legalization affect physicians?

November 28, 2017

This past April 13, the federal government finally released Bill C-45, the "Cannabis Act," to considerable fanfare and buzz. Bill C-45 proposes a regulatory framework for legalizing cannabis for recreational purposes in Canada. What does Bill C-45 mean for physicians?

The best gadget is the one that's with you

November 27, 2017

Dr. Gadget discusses the best gadget he owns: his smartphone.

Supporting Academic Physicians

November 16, 2017

PRESIDENT'S LETTER: In September, a President’s Letter addressed AMA advocacy around the provincial Academic Alternative Relationship Plan – now known as the Academic Medicine and Health Services Program. The AMA is not a signatory to the AMHSP. We have a seat on its operational and steering committees under our Amending Agreement.

Anxiety in our children: What do they have to worry about anyway?

November 7, 2017

We are recognizing the paradox that some of the traits that make good doctors may also pose risks to physicians’ own well-being. It has become widely known that many physicians struggle with underlying perfectionism and anxiety that can contribute to depression, anxiety disorders, addictions and other mental health conditions. Not surprisingly, many of our colleagues’ children also demonstrate some of these same tendencies.

Physician Compensation Strategy: The video

October 25, 2017

PRESIDENT'S LETTER: We have had many discussions over the last several months about the Income Equity Initiative. It has been rewarding to see how the profession has come together to work on the various aspects of the plan and to make sure we are looking at all the important aspects so we get it right.

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