Accredited Online Event: Just Ask About Goals of Care

February 25, 2016

Webinar that examines advance care planning in Canada and the goals of care. This session will run for 60 minutes followed by a 30 minute interactive question and answer period.

Advancing Dementia Diagnosis and Management in Alberta

February 26, 2016

The AMA along with the Seniors Health Strategic Clinical Network (SH SCN) is pleased to host the Advancing Dementia Diagnosis and Management in Alberta workshop/conference, taking place Friday, February 26 in Red Deer.

Choosing Wisely Alberta Symposium

February 29, 2016

The Alberta Medical Association and Choosing Wisely Alberta invite you, as a Strategic Partner, to participate in this important event.

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.

25th Annual History of Medicine Days Conference at the University of Calgary

March 11 and 12, 2016

The History of Medicine Days Conference is an annual two-day, nation-wide conference held at the University of Calgary. The next conference is being held on Friday, March 11th and Saturday, March 12th, 2016. Click for more information and to register.

Inclusive Health Conference 2016

March 12, 2016

This conference aims to provide an educational platform to share best practices in LGBTQ Health. It will cover topics in care of LGBT seniors, gender transition and HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis.

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.

Call for student papers: 11th annual History of Medicine Day

Abstracts due March 25, 2016

The History of Medicine Program at the University of Alberta invites abstracts for student papers from all disciplines on themes related to the history of medicine. Please submit abstracts (250 words maximum) by March 25, 2016

Family Physicians and CancerControl: Strengthening Linkages Workshop

April 16, 2016

The Family Physicians and CancerControl Alberta: Strengthening Linkages Workshop intends to provide Family Physicians the opportunity to build linkages between oncology and primary care communities of practice.

Biostatistics Workshop: Basic Concepts and Methods

April 22, 2016

This is an introductory level workshop where registrants will learn to implement and interpret basic descriptive statistics based on case examples. Registrants will learn the practical skills necessary to import, analyze and visualize data using STATA. No prior statistical software experience is assumed.

Biostatistics Workshop: How to critically appraise an article

April 29, 2016

With case examples from journal articles, the emphasis of this workshop will be how to systematically and critically appraise statistical aspects of a published article, and to assess the quality of the statistical methodology.

Three Societies Meeting

June 22-25, 2016

This gathering of the British Society for the History of Science, the Canadian Society for the History and Philosophy of Science and the History of Science Society brings together historians of science every four years for a major international conference. Register today.

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News and Latest UpdatesRSS

Procedure during the two business days following issuance of IFHP eligibility

January 29, 2016

All Interim Federal Health Program (IFHP) beneficiaries are eligible for IFHP coverage from the date that the certificate of eligibility is issued, but please be advised that it take two business days to be reflected in the Medavie Blue Cross system.

Hope floats

January 26, 2016

Alberta physician spent months at sea tending to refugees fleeing conflict, as part of Doctors Without Borders’ first ship-based medical mission.

Caution and respect for patient autonomy frame CPSA advice on physician-assisted death

January 22, 2016

In fall 2015, the College of Physicians & Surgeons of Alberta (CPSA) circulated for feedback a draft advice document on informed consent as it applies to physician-assisted death (PAD).

Thoughts about Physician Assisted Death

January 14, 2016

I am writing today about Physician Assisted Death (PAD). The subject came up at the recent special meeting of the Representative Forum in December 2015 and is of great concern to members of the Alberta Medical Association.

Introducing your new Member Dashboard

January 11, 2016

Access and update all your AMA services in one place at any time. The AMA’s new Member Dashboard gives physicians access to view and change benefits, programs, services, etc., all in one central location.

Guess who just "laced up" for the AMA Youth Run Club?

January 7, 2016

We are delighted to welcome MD Financial Management as a major sponsor to the AMA Youth Run Club initiative!

Mini fee schedule

January 5, 2016

The April 1, 2015 mini fee schedule is no longer available for online purchase. At this time a decision has not yet been made to reprint the mini fee schedule for 2016.

After-hours work over 2016 stat holidays

January 4, 2016

Check out the latest billing tip for 2016 statutory holiday dates and more information on clarifying your holiday billings.

2015-16 Winter Holiday Hours

January 1, 2016

The AMA office and phone lines will be closed for winter holidays from Wednesday, December 23, at 4:30 p.m. to Tuesday, December 29, at 8 a.m.. We will also be closed for New Year's from Thursday December 31 at 2 p.m., resuming normal service on Monday, January 4. We wish you all the best for a festive season and a joyful and healthy 2016!

Information for members about the PCC

December 31, 2015

In my November 10 President’s Letter, I wrote to you about the Physician Compensation Committee (PCC) and the work being done on a fee review of six codes. You may recall that the fee review was the subject of major discussion at the fall meeting of the Representative Forum and then on October 30 at the Board of Directors.

Nurturing Young Medical Minds

December 22, 2015

Camrose physician helps junior high students get a glimpse into the world of medicine.

What happened at the Special RF and PCC Information Session

December 16, 2015

A special session of the Representative Forum (RF) was held on December 12 in Edmonton to discuss the tentative agreements that I wrote to you about in my November 20 President’s Letter. The second part of the meeting was an information and education session regarding the Physician Compensation Committee (PCC).

Planned website outage: Saturday, December 19

December 14, 2015

Please be advised that the AMA website will be unavailable on Saturday, December 19 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The outage is required to implement a system upgrade. Thank you for your understanding.

Important information regarding Syrian refugees and coverage

December 14, 2015

Canada has committed to accept 25,000 refugees from Syria between December 2015 to February 1, 2016.

Sunshine list: My thoughts, member comments

December 2, 2015

I am writing to share what I have heard from you about Bill 5, The Public Sector Compensation Transparency Act, and to offer my perspective.

Canadian Medical Association on Physician Assisted Death

December 1, 2015

On February 6, 2015, the Supreme Court of Canada (SCC) unanimously struck down the law prohibiting assisted dying. The SCC then suspended that decision for 12 months. Using this as an opportunity to pursue further consultation for processes that respect patients’ needs and reflects physicians’ perspectives, the Canadian Medical Association recommends adopting the following principles-based approach to assisted dying in Canada.

Tentative agreement, Special RF and a ratification vote

November 20, 2015

Since the spring, you have been hearing about ongoing, collaborative talks with Alberta Health (AH) to find ways to improve efficiencies and control costs while maintaining quality care. I am pleased to tell you that we have now reached a tentative agreement that proposes to amend and supplement the existing 2011-18 AMA Agreement.

Provincial Pay Survey of Medical Clinic Staff Positions

November 12, 2015

In collaboration with the Alberta Association of Clinic Managers, the AMA is conducting a Provincial Pay Survey of Medical Clinic Staff Positions. The success of this survey depends on clinic participation. The more clinics participating, the more valuable the information will be to physician members. Click to learn more and participate.

Save the date: Choosing Wisely Canada Symposium

November 12, 2015

The Alberta Medical Association and Choosing Wisely Alberta invite you to participate in a one-day interactive and networking symposium taking place February 29, 2016. Click for more information.

About the PCC fee review

November 10, 2015

I am writing to you again about the Physician Compensation Committee (PCC), and the work being done on a fee review of six codes.

Sunshine List for Physicians

November 6, 2015

I had intended my next President’s Letter to be a follow-up on the fee review work being done by the Physician Compensation Committee. However, the government tabled a bill (yesterday) known as Bill 5: The Public Sector Compensation Transparency Act commonly referred to as sunshine legislation.

Apply today for 2015/16 AMA Medical Student Bursary!

October 28, 2015

The 2015/16 AMA Medical Student Bursary application process is now open. The bursaries help alleviate escalating medical school tuition fees and ensure that every qualified student can afford to attend medical school. Deadline for applications is Dec 31, 2015.

When disaster strikes

October 27, 2015

Edmonton emergency physician travels the world to help people in areas devastated by natural disasters.

Recently welcomed a new family member?

October 23, 2015

If you’ve recently welcomed a new addition to your family or will be soon, consider applying online for the Parental Leave Program!

Seniors caregiving a growing concern for Albertans

October 21, 2015

As Alberta’s population ages, a growing proportion of the province will be faced with caregiving for their aging relatives and friends according to a recent poll by ThinkHQ Public Affairs Inc.

PCC fee review and leading change

October 16, 2015

The Board of Directors meets October 29-30. One of the major agenda items will be review of the outcomes of the September 25-26 Representative Forum (RF). If you attended the RF, or as you may have heard from colleagues, delegates conducted in-camera sessions for a candid discussion of the fee review currently underway at the AMA-AH Physician Compensation Committee (PCC).

Aging population changing perceptions of aging in alberta

October 14, 2015

Canadians, Albertans, are living longer than ever before, and as a result are having profound impacts on society, the social safety net, the economy, and according to a recent ThinkHQ Public Affairs poll, perceptions of aging itself.

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

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