CADDRA 11th Annual ADHD Conference

October 16-18, 2015

This conference will focus on the diagnosis, assessment and treatment of attention deficit hyperactivity disorder (ADHD) in children, adolescents and adults.

5th annual Run without Borders

October 18, 2015

Run without Borders is a charity run organized by medical students from the University of Alberta to fundraise and support Médecins Sans Frontiers/Doctors without Borders.

CMA Members' Forum

Registration closes October 16, 2015

The CMA is excited to host 100 members for a one-day regional Members’ Forum to be held in Vancouver, BC, on Monday, Nov. 23, 2015 at the Sheraton Vancouver Wall Centre. Participants from western provinces and northern territories will be selected on a first-come first-served basis reflecting the demographic composition of CMA membership in the region.

Professional Boundaries in the Physician-Patient Relationship

October 16-17, 2015

The College of Physicians and Surgeons of British Columbia presents its annual interactive educational workshop on understanding and adhering to boundaries in medical practice.

Inter-Professional Wound Care Conference

October 19 and 20, 2015

Conference attendees will develop skills in improving patient outcomes, enhancing quality care and patient safety, supporting responsible stewardship, and translating and mobilizing evidence into practice related to wound prevention and healing.

Capacity Assessment Training for Physicians in Calgary

October 23 and 24, 2015

This two-day workshop discusses the components required to complete decision making capacity assessments under the Adult Guardianship and Trusteeship Act (AGTA) for physicians interested in enhancing their assessment skills. This workshop is offered only to physicians and is limited to 20 people per session. There is no cost to attend but registration is required.

eSafety in Action: Understanding, Believing, Achieving

October 27, 2015

eSafety Summit will inform attendees about the emerging discipline of eSafety: the application of leading practices in protecting patients from harm in the development, implementation and use of eHealth systems.

HealthAchieve West

November 2 and 3, 2015

HealthAchieve West is a unique opportunity for health care professionals in the west to take part in inspiring presentations broadcast live from Toronto.

2015 Accelerating Primary Care Conference

November 6-7, 2015

Join the Primary Care Network's Program Management Office in Calgary on November 6 - 7 for its annual Accelerating Primary Care Conference (APCC). This year's core theme of “Healthy Teams; Healthy Patients” will concentrate on ways to create and nurture the ideal medical home team, identify what elements will create efficiencies, and how to measure the benefits.

Radon: Is it in your patient's home?

November, 2015: Radon Action Month

Next to smoking, radon is the leading cause of lung cancer and is linked to causing the deaths of 3,200 Canadians every year. All homes have some level of radon and talking to your patients about the need to test their homes is an important part of preventing radon-related cancer. McMaster has designed a free, accredited program to provide you and your colleagues with reliable, evidence-based information on radon.

Primary Care REAL-WEB Webinars (2015-2016 sessions)

Wednesday evenings, September 2015-March, 2016

The University of Calgary presents Primary Care REAL‐WEB: an ongoing series of accredited CME webinars for primary care practitioners. Each webinar from this Real-time Education and Learning with a Web-based approach features the latest advancements in diagnosis and treatment as well as addressing clinical cases.

Certificate Course in Patient Safety & Quality Management

September 2015 and March 2016

Registration is now open for the 2015-16 Certificate Course in Patient Safety & Quality Management, an accredited academic course recognized throughout Canada as a highly sought-after certification.

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AHS Negotiations Framework

October 2, 2015

In this, my first President’s Letter of the year, I am writing to you about the important issue of recent discussions with Alberta Health Services (AHS) about a negotiations framework.

We're helping young doctors put down rural roots!

September 30, 2015

On Wednesday, September 30 at 1:30 p.m., the Alberta Medical Association's (AMA's) Section of Rural Medicine will present the Tarrant Scholarship to two Alberta medical students.

Dealing with disruptive physician behavior

September 29, 2015

Disruptive physician behavior has been linked to decreased patient safety, increased malpractice liability and increased costs to the health care system.

Final thoughts

September 25, 2015

2014-2015 AMA President Dr Rick Johnston writes his last President's Letter - Thank you - Service demand and finding the way to pay - Physicians have made it work - The change must begin with us

Update on discussions with AH and AHS

September 21, 2015

This is to update you on our discussions with government and Alberta Health Services (AHS).

Influenza Immunization Program newsletter - September 2015

September 18, 2015

The Province Wide Influenza Immunization Team continues to update the 2015-2016 Influenza Immunization Program resources, including clinical information, orientation materials, and the Vaccine Agreement for Community Providers. These resources will be posted on the Alberta Health Services (AHS) Influenza web page September 2015...

Renew Your 2015-2016 Membership

September 14, 2015

It’s time to renew your Alberta Medical Association/Canadian Medical Association (AMA/CMA) membership. The AMA Membership Guide is online this year and you renew your membership and pay your fees electronically. Simple and convenient.

Special Pricing on Medical Grade Refrigerators

September 8, 2015

The AMA has worked with AHS to obtain pricing for medical grade refrigerators for AMA member physicians. The details of the offer are outlined below and in the attachments.

Physician Survey - Continuity of Care

August 28, 2015

The AMA, AHS and Alberta Health seek your participation in a brief survey to help guide changes in the ordering and delivery of test results (both Lab and DI), as well as dictated reports from Health Records. Knowing more about your experiences will help find solutions and form recommendations for changes and solutions. Survey may take 5-10 minutes – all responses are kept confidential.

Want to know the real reason for caregiver burnout?

August 26, 2015

Blogger and author of The Reluctant Caregiver, Edmonton's Bobbi Junior talks candidly about extreme toll of caregiving on families and loved ones.

An update on strategic agreement discussions

August 21, 2015

In May I wrote to you about the efforts of the Alberta Medical Association, Alberta Health and Alberta Health Services to collaborate on initiatives to improve the health care system. These discussions have taken place under the auspices of the existing AMA Agreement, i.e., we have explored ways to augment and modify that agreement in a way agreeable to all parties.

Our health care system must support triumph of aging

August 20, 2015

We need a strategy that’s built around the needs of individuals and their families. One that puts the patient at the center and captures all elements of care: from health promotion and illness prevention, through hospital care, home and long-term care and the availability of palliative care. Living well should be the ultimate goal.

Minister’s announcement about laboratory services

August 14, 2015

As you have likely heard in media reports, Minister of Health Sarah Hoffman announced yesterday that she has instructed Alberta Health Services to halt a request for proposal process for laboratory services in Edmonton and Northern Alberta.

Capacity Assessment Training for Physicians in Calgary

August 12, 2015

This two-day workshop discusses the components required to complete decision making capacity assessments under the Adult Guardianship and Trusteeship Act (AGTA) for physicians interested in enhancing their assessment skills. This workshop is offered only to physicians and is limited to 20 people per session. There is no cost to attend but registration is required.

What are our seniors worth?

August 11, 2015

A "care of the elderly" physician reflects on the value that society draws from this remarkable patient population.

Restoring mobility and changing lives

July 24, 2015

Edmonton anesthesiologist travels to Ecuador to help people overcome orthopedic disabilities.

Proposed changes to AMA Constitution and Bylaws

July 23, 2015

There are proposed changes to the AMA Constitution and Bylaws to be voted on at the 2015 annual general meeting at the Sutton Place Hotel, Edmonton, Saturday, September 25. Members, please log in to view the amendments and election information.

Red, blue and yellow

July 23, 2015

Modern anatomical illustration uses color both symbolically and literally, often with the aim of overlaying function on an accurate structural representation, as represented for example in the central atlases of The Classic Collector’s Edition – Gray’s Anatomy.

Influenza Immunization Program newsletter - July 2015

July 20, 2015

Planning is underway for the 2015-2016 Influenza Immunization Program. The Province Wide Influenza Immunization Team will be updating the program resources including the orientation materials, NCR and Vaccine Agreement for Community Providers. These resources will be available in September 2015.

Med Student Orientation 2015 - July and August

July 17, 2015

The fall 2015 season of the AMA Youth Run Club (YRC) is just around the corner and the program needs medical student champions. YRC has thousands of young runners (17,150 and growing!) participating at schools across the province. A few volunteer hours of your time would go a long way towards reinforcing the lifelong value of physical activity.

Patient with lower-back pain? Changes to screening coming Aug 1

July 16, 2015

Under the Choosing Wisely Alberta initiative and the System Wide Efficiencies and Savings Consultation Agreement, the Alberta Medical Association (AMA), Alberta Health Services (AHS) and Alberta Health have identified Low Back Pain as among the most common causes of visits to physicians and a priority topic area for the Choosing Wisely Alberta campaign. Click to learn the new requirements starting August 1.

cRUNch the numbers!

July 14, 2015

The AMA’s Youth Run Club (YRC) wrapped up its third spring season with some impressive statistics, indicating continuing, enthusiastic uptake of the Many Hands™ flagship initiative that is actively addressing the urgent need for our school-age children and youth to get more exercise, preferably in the great outdoors.

Kids and infectious diseases: (not) all fun and games

June 24, 2015

One of our latest Emerging Leaders, Stephanie Nguyen, and team made learning about infectious diseases fun at the Calgary International Children’s Festival (CICF). Where else could you create your own bacterium or virus and toss it into a giant mouth without actually infecting anyone?

Two new helpful tools for AMA members

June 16, 2015

Under our mission statement, the Alberta Medical Association (AMA) provides “leadership and support” for physicians’ role in providing quality care. Although we do many things that are externally focused in terms of advocacy, it’s equally important to assist physicians to conduct our businesses and practices efficiently and to keep us up to date with changes in our environment.

Mini fee schedule

June 15, 2015

The April 1, 2015 mini fee schedule is now on sale!

AMA launches patient-engagement website

June 12, 2015

In a recent President’s Letter I mentioned that you would be hearing more about a new initiative in which the Alberta Medical Association (AMA) hopes to engage with Albertans for some discussion about health care.

July 1: WCB same day/on time report payments increase

June 9, 2015

Have WCB patients? July 1 marks the beginning of the second phase of financial incentives pertaining to same day and on time report submissions to the WCB, per the recently finalized WCB-AMA Physician Services Compensation Agreement.

Meet your 2015-16 president-elect!

June 5, 2015

Dr. Padraic E. Carr, a psychiatrist based in Edmonton, has been acclaimed as the Alberta Medical Association's 2015-16 president-elect.

The AMA just made billing a whole lot easier!

June 2, 2015

Introducing the Fee Navigator: the Alberta Medical Association's newest self-serve tool for docs. It's a web-based tool that provides physicians with access to an enhanced, easy-to-use version of the Schedule of Medical Benefits.

Residents' Page - Alberta Doctors' Digest

June 1, 2015

Read the latest "Residents' Page" contribution to the Alberta Doctors' Digest: "Do leaders need to change the world? Nice idea. Not necessary."

Dr. John W Scott, 1894-1982

May 28, 2015

Dr. John W. Scott, former Dean (1944), Faculty of medicine, University of Alberta (U of A), strongly believed “research should not be looked upon as a luxury but as a very necessary part of the activities of a medical school. It stimulates the minds of those who do it and makes them more dynamic and critical teachers.”

Connecting Aboriginal youth to their community

May 21, 2015

With his Emerging Leaders in Health Promotion Grant program – mâmawihitowin: Aboriginal Community Gatherings for Health – Dr. Daniel W. McKennitt turned the focus inward for his project leadership team, as he asked them to reflect upon how they view ethnic groups and consider what stereotypes they may have.

Influenza Immunization Program newsletter - May 2015

May 19, 2015

Check out the latest Influenza Immunization Program Newsletter from Alberta Health Services.

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.