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.

Festival of Health

May 26, 2018

The Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry invites you to attend its second annual Festival of Health; a free event that showcases the Faculty through interactive booths, rapid-fire presentations, concurrent sessions*, tours and more.

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.

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.

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.

Geriatric Medicine 2018: Mind, Body, Soul

June 9, 2018

This is a one day meeting for internists, geriatricians, family physicians and allied health professionals with an interest in geriatrics. This course is designed to be interactive with workshops and debates covering some of the challenging areas in the clinical management of geriatric patients.

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.

Canada’s Food Guide and a Healthier Canada - Forum

June 18 and 19, 2018

The Libin Cardiovascular Institute and O’Brien Institute for Public Health are hosting a two-day public conference to discuss Canada's Food Guide and strategies for effective nutrition policy. The conference will discuss how habit, portions or varieties of food affect the person as well as encourage consumers, health professionals and policy makers to think about nutrition – and associated health crises – differently.

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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AMA student sponsorships: The results are in!

May 18, 2018

The Committee on Student Affairs recently met to review sponsorship applications. Based on funding criteria and the individual components of the application, the committee chose the following projects/events to receive funding...

Project Lead, Central Zone PCN Committee

May 17, 2018

Are you enthusiastic about Primary Care in Alberta? The Central Zone PCN Committee is looking for a passionate individual to help shape health care in the Central Zone. All applications must be received by May 18, 2018.

May-June 2018 issue of Alberta Doctors' Digest now available

May 17, 2018

The May-June 2018 issue of Alberta Doctors’ Digest is now available online. Highlights include: Respond with courage: Preventing domestic violence; Better together: The work of keeping a complex profession unified; Ready or not, Fintech is here; and much more!

Register today for 91st Annual North/South Doctors' Golf Tournament

May 15, 2018

Registration is open for the 91st Annual North/South Doctors’ Golf Tournament presented by TD Insurance Meloche Monnex. The tournament takes place Monday, June 25 at the Red Deer Golf and Country Club with a new start time of 9 a.m. This event brings together physicians and health care professionals from across the province to raise funds for medical student bursaries.

Access and update your AMA services using the Member Dashboard

May 14, 2018

The AMA’s Member Dashboard gives physicians access to view and change benefits, programs, services, etc., all in one central location on the website. The dashboard also allows you to vote, check the status of your applications and provides you with notifications on upcoming events and changes.

Overhead survey deadline extended

May 12, 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 May 18 to ensure that costs from your practice and section are appropriately captured.

AMA President-Elect 2018-19 Election

May 11, 2018

Dr. Christine P. Molnar has been elected to the position of Alberta Medical Association President-Elect for 2018-19. Dr. Molnar will assume the President-Elect role on September 22, at the close of the Fall 2018 Representative Forum meeting.

Kitchen/Office Support Clerk (part-time)

May 11, 2018

The Alberta Medical Association is currently recruiting for a part-time Kitchen/Office Support Clerk to join our Corporate Services Group. The schedule for this role is Monday to Friday, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. (four hours per day), with the exception of covering reception absences, such as vacation, illness, etc., which may require up to seven hour per day coverage.

Financial Analyst (temporary)

May 11, 2018

The Alberta Medical Association is currently recruiting for the temporary role of Financial Analyst with our Electronic Medical Record Funding Extension Program. This is a temporary role till March 31, 2019.

Revised Alberta Treatment Guidelines for Sexually Transmitted Infections

May 10, 2018

Alberta Health and Alberta Health Services have released the revised Alberta Treatment Guidelines for Sexually Transmitted Infections in Adolescents and Adults 2018.

A ratification vote will open today

May 4, 2018

As I announced in my April 23 President’s Letter, a tentative agreement has been reached regarding a financial reopener on our main agreement with government (the AMA Agreement) and the status on the Strategic Agreement related to physician bargaining with Alberta Health Services. It is now up to physicians to accept or reject the proposals through a ratification vote.

Improved newsletter platform gives AMA members more choice

May 3, 2018

In an effort to improve your experience and to provide you more control over the information you receive from the AMA, we have improved the look, feel and service provider for the regular e-newsletters we send to you. Over the coming weeks you will begin receiving redesigned versions of our regular newsletters, such as MD Scope, Section News, Billing Matters, etc.

New practitioner and facility registration forms from AH

May 3, 2018

Effective May 1, 2018, Alberta Health is introducing three new forms to simplify the process practitioners use to register with AH or update their information.

Negotiations concluded: tentative agreement package reached

April 23, 2018

PRESIDENT'S LETTER: I am writing today with good news that the Alberta Medical Association and Alberta Health have successfully concluded negotiations and a tentative agreement has been reached.

ELiHP ventures outside of mental and physical boundaries: Starlight Performance Camp

April 23, 2018

This Emerging Leaders in Health Promotion program introduced children affected by chronic illness, who may often feel restricted by their illness, to the world of performance arts (by teaching cheerleading, dance, gymnastics and fashion).

The power of fitness for women in medicine

April 20, 2018

If you are a woman, from Calgary and in medicine, you might have been one of enthusiastic participants who got together to celebrate the Fitness in Medicine Retreat 2017. What does a Fitness in Medicine Retreat look like? Well, it’s a moment for women of all ages, training levels and interests to get together to support, motivate and inspire one another, while getting a little bit sweaty of course.

Overhead Survey – We need your input!

April 18, 2018

PRESIDENT'S LETTER: We are nearing the end of the time for you to contribute to an extremely important study of physician overhead costs in Alberta. If you haven’t taken the opportunity to do so, please do so now!

Reminder: Apply online for an AMA committee

April 11, 2018

The AMA is currently recruiting to fill positions on the following committees: AMA Compensation Committee; Committee on Financial Audit; Committee on Uninsured Services; Fee Advisory Committee; and Health Issues Council. The deadline to apply is April 20.

NEW video: 5 Years Strong! with Dr. Carr

April 6, 2018

This year, the AMA Youth Run Club celebrates five years of tremendous growth. In this video, Dr. Padraic Carr tells us what he loves about the YRC.

PCC Update

March 30, 2018

The PCC is pleased to provide an update on the progress of the Physician Overhead Review project.

Highlights from Spring 2018 Representative Forum

March 29, 2018

PRESIDENT'S LETTER: My last President’s Letter updated membership on the Spring 2018 Representative Forum discussion on the Income Equity Initiative as part of the overall Physician Compensation Strategy. I would now like to touch on some of the other topics and themes that were discussed at the meeting March 16-17 in Edmonton.

We've launched the all new Alberta Doctors' Digest

March 27, 2018

It’s a whole new way to get the latest on the business, politics and economics of health care in Alberta. Check it out now!

You GO! girl! New directions for the AMA YRC, with GO! Run Club

March 27, 2018

With the start of its 2017-18 season last October, the AMA YRC expanded its scope by undertaking a new program aimed at encouraging girls to participate in physical activity and to decrease the significant gap that exists in the athletic participation rates of girls and boys, one that starts at an early age and continues through high school.*

MD Financial Management continues to support AMA YRC

March 26, 2018

MD Financial Management will once again be a sponsor of the Alberta Medical Association Youth Run Club during the 2017-18 season. The work of the AMA YRC is made possible by the combined support of Alberta’s physicians, our partner Ever Active Schools and generous sponsors. The AMA is fortunate to partner with like-minded organizations such as MD Financial Management and Alberta Blue Cross to deliver this important program to schools across the province.

AMA YRC: Supporting wellness and belonging in Alberta Indigenous communities

March 26, 2018

Over the past five years, the AMA Youth Run Club has been running into more and more Alberta schools, in communities large and small, rural and urban. The AMA YRC is an inclusive, school-based program welcoming and supporting children and youth in schools in every corner and community of the province. The program provides participants with a healthy, fun outlet for physical activity and all the good-for-the-body, soul and mind benefits that go with that.

Central Patient Attachment Registry to roll out soon

March 23, 2018

As a physician representative on the Central Patient Attachment Registry Working Group, I’ve been providing direction on its development. The Chinook Primary Care Network, of which I am a member, created a similar tool several years ago. I’m sharing the experiences and lessons learned to avoid reinventing the wheel with CPAR. So what is it?

Influenza Immunization Program newsletter - March 2018

March 23, 2018

The Influenza Immunization Program for 2017-2018 is coming to an end. As of March 17, 2018 1,223,109 doses of influenza vaccine have been administered in Alberta. Thank you for your support of the Alberta Influenza Immunization Program.

Supporting NICU graduate families with playgroups and peer counselling

March 22, 2018

With the goal of supporting families and alleviating the parental anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder and depression that are common risk factors with pre-term births, then-medical students Alanna Chomyn and her Emerging Leaders in Health Promotion project co-lead, Supraja Rengan, designed a parent-support program comprised primarily of family playgroup sessions and peer support.

Dr. William A. Cochrane, March 18, 1926 - October 6, 2017

March 22, 2018

Dr. W.A. Cochrane was the last surviving dean from the four medical schools recommended by the Hall Royal Commission in 1964. His passing on October 6, 2017 ended an era in Canadian academic medicine not to be repeated. MD enrollment doubled from 1966-70 to 1,600 per year, increasing MDs particularly from Calgary and Hamilton.

Diversification: Not a one-size-fits-all

March 22, 2018

Whether you’re just starting to invest or have been doing so for some time, you probably know the golden rule of investing: don’t put all your eggs in one basket. In other words, diversify your portfolio.

Artificial intelligence, machine learning, medicine and you

March 20, 2018

Recently, I learned that my favorite dermatology app, VisualDx, introduced an add-on feature called DermExpert which allowed the user to take a photograph of the skin lesion “utilizing Apple’s Core ML Technology to get personalized skin answers in seconds.” This app and website is one of the perks of a faculty appointment at the University of Calgary and access to the U of C library; it is otherwise available for purchase for around US$400 per year. The DermExpert add-on is another US$100 per year.

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.

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.

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.

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.