Stroke Symposium

March 23, 2018

Stroke diagnosis, management and recovery focused on what you need to know in the office-based setting. The course will review what happens in acute stroke, how to manage recovery and stroke-related recovery issues including spasticity and driving and how to assess and treat preventively after stroke.

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.

24th Annual Update in Adult Medicine

April 6 to 7, 2018

The 24th Annual Update in Adult Medicine is an annual conference offers quality continuing professional education by bringing you a mix of keynote, plenary and breakout sessions The one-and-a-half day conference will provide you an opportunity to network with others in your field and hear the latest news and research by featuring experts in a variety of topics in internal medicine which will be transferred into your everyday practice.

Cannabis Update 2018

April 18, 2018

This course will provide an evidence-based checklist for patient assessment, demonstration case studies, and interactive panel discussions to enable health care practitioners to engage in patient conversations around the use of cannabis. Course content focuses on impairment, risks, and benefits of using cannabis.

35th Annual Calgary Therapeutics Course

April 19 and 20, 2018

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

Women's Mental Health Day Conference

April 27, 2018

The main objective of this annual conference is to educate our colleagues regarding the identification, prevention and intervention of mental health disorders in pregnancy and postpartum.

Calgary Pain Conference

May 7 to 8, 2018

The content of this conference covers advances in pain research and treatment, the prevention and management of acute and chronic pain and provides an overview of available programs and resources in Calgary. it will be of interest to all healthcare providers.

5th Annual ACH Paediatric Update Conference

May 10 to 11, 2018

This conference will update knowledge in selected areas of pediatric care relevant to physicians and other health professionals who look after children in community and hospital settings. Various topics that may have changed over the last few years will be reviewed to support enhancements in the care of infants, children and adolescents.

Community Physician Education Program

May 5 or 19, 2018

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.

Safer Opioid Prescribing Webinar Series

March 27, April 24 and May 23, 2018

This series of three webinars has been created to assist physicians in acquiring knowledge and learning new skills in the field of pain management, especially in the area of chronic non-cancer pain.

Rheumatology CME Workshop 2018- Inflammatory Arthritis

May 25, 2018

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. Participants are required to watch a number of podcasts prior to the hands-on workshop. With the pre-workshop and post-workshop activities, participants will also have the opportunities to communicate individual learning needs with the experts as well as post-training reflection on their own practices.

Osteoporosis – Learn the 3 secrets to a practical and evidence-based clinical approach

Online, anytime

A free and certified online CME course from McMaster University. Improve evidence-based assessment and recognition of osteoporosis, including risk factors such as fragility fractures and how to use a fracture risk assessment tool. Improve treatment and management of osteoporosis, and those at risk.

10th Annual Addiction Day Scientific Conference and Networking Fair

June 1, 2018

The vision of the Addiction Day Conference and Networking Fair is to increase public awareness of addiction and mental health problems, and to enhance knowledge, competencies and treatment care.

5th Annual Women’s Health in Primary Care

June 1, 2018

This course uses a blend of interactive plenaries and case-based large group workshops for a practical review and clinical updates across a range of women’s health issues in primary care. Topics range from domestic violence, non-surgical breast issues and interpreting results of cervical and ovarian investigations, to transgender medicine and sexual assault.

Geriatric Medicine 2018: Mind, Body, Soul

June 9, 2018

The Divisions of Geriatric Medicine and Care of the Elderly are presenting this one day educational event for internists, geriatricians, family physicians and allied health professionals with an interest in geriatrics.

Essential Strategies for Chronic Pain Management

June 11, 2018

Family physicians are responsible for the majority of the management of chronic pain. Day one of this course will be held in a classroom setting to provide an overview of key issues in chronic pain. Days two and three will be arranged as observership days, in conjunction with the Course Coordinator at the Chronic Pain Centre, and will provide a clinical preceptorship that responds to the needs of the individual learner.

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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Overhead survey now live!

March 21, 2018

In order to obtain a better understanding of current physician overhead costs, the AMA and Alberta Health (through the joint Physician Compensation Committee) have engaged Deloitte to develop and administer an overhead study. Deloitte developed the survey following consultations with section leaders. AMA members received a notification email and survey link from Deloitte the week of March 19. Please complete the survey by April 20 to ensure that costs from your practice and section are appropriately captured.

Accidental death and dismemberment insurance: Why do you need it?

March 19, 2018

There is a misconception that AD&D insurance is life insurance – it is not. It is a form of casualty insurance that pays out indemnity benefits when the insured suffers a defined loss or dies as a result of an accident.

Representative Forum Update

March 18, 2018

PRESIDENT'S LETTER: Yesterday we wrapped up another successful Representative Forum meeting. You may have seen some media reports about the RF’s session on the AMA’s Income Equity Initiative. While many important topics were discussed, I thought I would take this opportunity to update you on that topic in particular.

First Nations children affected by jurisdictional squabbles

March 15, 2018

In keeping with the theme of this edition of Alberta Doctors’ Digest, we’ve chosen to explore issues relating to differential provision of health care between federally funded and provincially funded health care systems, most notably, involving First Nations children.

Indigenous meditations by a celebrated Ojibway author

March 15, 2018

While preparing to write this piece about Richard Wagamese’s 2016 book, Embers: One Ojibway’s Meditations, I received an Alberta Health Services memo about the new Ceremony Room at the Chinook Regional Hospital (CRH) in Lethbridge. This dedicated space at the CHR, opposite the fourth floor roof terrace, was included in the recent renovation and expansion of the hospital. It is part of an Alberta Health Services collaborative Indigenous Health Program that aims to provide “accessible, culturally appropriate health services for First Nations, Métis and Inuit people in Alberta.”

Representative Forum meets this week

March 13, 2018

PRESIDENT'S LETTER: The Representative Forum meets in Edmonton this week: Friday, March 16 and Saturday, March 17. I thought I would give you an overview of the agenda and highlight some of what we will be discussing.

Administrative Assistant

March 9, 2018

Do you have committee management experience and strong minute taking skills? 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.

Negotiations Update

March 8, 2018

PRESIDENT'S LETTER: I am writing with an update on the status of negotiations with Alberta Health toward a new master agreement. As you know, discussions have been ongoing since December 2017.

Alberta Doctors' Digest is going digital!

March 8, 2018

Starting with the March-April issue the Alberta Doctors' Digest will be changing to an all-digital format. With this change, there will be opportunities for rich media, such as video and podcasts.

McLeod River Primary Care Network Executive Director (1.0 FTE)

March 7, 2018

The McLeod River PCN is recruiting for the position of Executive Director. The Executive Director of the MRPCN is an executive position reporting to an elected physician Board of Directors. All applications must be received by April 16.

Now is the time to eliminate the health inequities of Indigenous peoples

March 7, 2018

The Indigenous Health policy paper demonstrates the Alberta Medical Association’s commitment to improving health outcomes of First Nations, Metis and Inuit patients. It is not acceptable that Indigenous peoples have poorer health outcomes than other Canadians. We hope the steps outlined in this paper will bring meaningful change. During the writing of this policy paper, we were guided by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission Report, as well as the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.

Choosing Wisely Canada has launched Opioid Wisely

March 1, 2018

On March 1, Choosing Wisely Canada launched Opioid Wisely, an awareness campaign stressing the importance of clinician-patient conversations to reduce harms associated with opioid prescribing.

Help us shape AMA informatics policy

January 29, 2018

PRESIDENT'S LETTER: Information is one of the big themes underlying everything the AMA is trying to accomplish for members, patients and the health care system. Whether for appropriate clinical decision-making, provincial or local administration or engaging patients, data is the lifeblood of an integrated system. Today, though, there are barriers to getting the information we need for care. We lack the data for taking the system where we want to lead. Patients are still waiting for access to their own information.

AMA member cards are now digital!

January 26, 2018

In previous years, new or renewing AMA members would receive their AMA member card and renewal receipt via regular mail. This year members can access these items instantly through our new online member card application.

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.

Facts and figures about physician payments

January 23, 2018

PRESIDENT'S LETTER: There has been lots of discussion about where Alberta doctors sit compared with others in the country. I thought you might like to see some facts and figures to shed some light on how things work in Alberta.

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.

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.

“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.

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.

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.

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.

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