Events

7th ACH Paediatric Update Conference

May 6 & 7, 2021

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.

Practical Guide to COVID-19 Immunization – Providing answers to your patients

Various dates: April 28 and May 4, 5 and 6, 2021

Several presentation dates: May 4, 5 and 6, 2021. This webinar will be recorded and available on-demand for registrants only. Sessions are hosted by infectious disease specialists Drs. Allison McGeer, Angel Chu and Cécile Tremblay, and made possible with funding provided by AstraZeneca Canada.

Choosing Wisely Canada's National Meeting

May 12-13, 2021

Join the online Choosing Wisely Canada National Meeting in collaboration with the Canadian Medical Association. This year’s National Meeting will explore the interplay between overuse and underuse, and how to prevent low-value services from diverting energy and resources from care that truly matters during these precarious times.

7th Canadian Obesity Summit

May 10-13, 2021

The Canadian Obesity Summit is a biennial conference that brings together professional obesity stakeholders for a collegial, engaging learning experience.

45th Annual Pearls for Family Practice

May 27 & 28, 2021

This program provides an update and review focused on practical, evidence-informed pearls pertinent for practice in primary care. Topics covered will enhance your management of a wide variety of conditions typically seen in both urban and rural settings.

Gastroenterology for General Practitioners

May 28-29, 2021

Gastroenterology for General Practitioners (GI for GPs) – two half days, updates on cutting edge developments in Gastroenterology, practical tools and advice, small group workshops.

Cirrhosis Care Alberta

May 20, May 27, June 3, 2021

Hosted by Cirrhosis Care Alberta, this webinar is aimed at improving clinicians knowledge, attitudes and comfort around managing alcohol use disorder in patients who have cirrhosis.

CMA Health Summit Series

May 18, June 17 & August 22, 2021

The 2021 CMA Health Summit Series is a virtual, interactive event exploring what is needed to rebuild health care for the future. The insights gained from participants will inform the CMA’s bold plan for improving health, health systems and the health workforce.

Media Relations 101

July 15 or October 7, 2021

Please note this session will not be recorded. A one-hour introductory session on the state of the industry and how media work and who’s reporting these days.

Media Relations 201

June 24 or October 27, 2021

Please note this session will not be recorded. Hosted by the AMA's Shan Rupnarain, AED Public Affairs, with our media training partner Grant Ainsley, this is a three-hour session for those who anticipate doing a lot of media. This one involves working up messages, doing mock interviews, receiving feedback (and trying again if there’s time). Space is limited for this session.

Social Media 101

July 22, September 22 or November 23

Please note this session will not be recorded. Members will walk away from this social media training session feeling more comfortable and confident in navigating social media platforms and understanding how to create strategic and engaging content for advocacy efforts, amplifying positive messages, mitigating criticism and more.

CanREACH: Patient-Centered Mental Health in Paediatric Primary Care

Various dates: January 2021 through March 2022

As part of CanREACH education and training services, CanREACH offers a Continued Medical Education training program licensed and developed by The REACH Institute: “Patient-Centered Mental Health in Paediatric Primary Care (PPP)”, adapted for Canadian Primary Care Providers.

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19 student-run initiatives awarded funding from sponsorship program

May 4, 2021

The Committee on Student Affairs recently met to review sponsorship applications and chose 19 student-run projects/events to receive funding. An email from the AMA to all organizers will be sent out with more information. The sponsorship program provides support of student-run initiatives targeted at career advancement of medical students. The AMA allocates a budget annually for support of this sponsorship and all Alberta-based medical students are eligible to apply.

National Physicians' Day

May 1, 2021

Happy National Physicians' Day! Today is a day to recognize the contributions of physicians to their patients, communities and the profession. We are grateful for the hard work, passion and dedication put forward by Alberta's physicians, resident physicians and medical students. We’re sharing stories of inspiring Alberta physicians, resident physicians and medical students featured in our eMagazine, Alberta Doctors' Digest.

Recognizing National Physicians' Day

April 30, 2021

PRESIDENT'S LETTER: Canadians have fervently expressed their thanks to all health professionals during this pandemic year. As physicians, we have been quick to recognize all team members who are working alongside of us.

AMA President-Elect 2021-22 acclamation

April 21, 2021

Dr. Fredrykka D. Rinaldi has been acclaimed to the position of Alberta Medical Association President-Elect for 2021-22. Dr. Rinaldi will assume the President-Elect role at the close of the 116th AMA Fall AGM. Member login required to view Dr. Rinaldi's CV.

A boost to offset escalating tuition fees: read testimonies from two grateful students

April 20, 2021

The TD Insurance Meloche Monnex/AMA Medical Student Bursaries help to reduce financial pressure from escalating medical school tuition fees. The boost this bursary provides helps qualified students afford to attend medical school. Two of this year's recipients, Medical students Srishti Shrivastav and Lloyd Luitzen Visser, want to express their gratitude.

Discussion with Minister, federal COVID support

April 19, 2021

PRESIDENT'S LETTER: The April meeting of the Board of Directors took place last week. This was our first opportunity to gather since the vote and we spent two days discussing the challenges facing our members, patients and system, and how to best address them.

Vaccine in community clinics, a shout out to Laboratory Medicine

April 14, 2021

PRESIDENT'S LETTER: I’ve written a few times about the work to involve community-based family physicians in delivery of COVID-19 vaccine.

Reporting on feedback, fixing virtual care

April 13, 2021

PRESIDENT'S LETTER: I’ve appreciated all the emails and conversations since my last President’s Letter. Many of you have shared your thoughts and hopes for the future.

More eligibility for COVID-19 vaccine announced

April 12, 2021

PRESIDENT'S LETTER: As I am sure many of you have heard, Alberta Health announced that Phase 2C of the COVID-19 vaccine roll out begins today.

The No Vote + two days

April 1, 2021

PRESIDENT'S LETTER: To avoid days of silence at an important time, I wanted to write again before what will be a short break for many.

Members voted No on Tentative Agreement Package

March 30, 2021

PRESIDENT'S LETTER: The membership has voted No to the Tentative Agreement Package between the Alberta Medical Association and the provincial government. 53% of members who voted, voted no and 47% voted yes. The overall vote turnout was 59% – which is considerably higher than for recent agreements. Thank you, members, for engaging in this important vote. Results were to be released March 31, but due to some early media coverage, we are releasing them this evening.

Tentative Agreement voting closes March 30; results announced March 31

March 30, 2021

On Monday, March 8 voting opened on the Tentative Agreement Package between the AMA and government. All of the details are available on the Tentative Agreement Package web page (member login required). Voting closes Tuesday, March 30 at 4 p.m. and the results will be announced March 31.

Influenza Immunization Program Update

March 29, 2021

As of March 20, a total of 1,616,957 doses of influenza vaccine have been administered in Alberta. Alberta Health Services Public Health have provided 215,661 doses; community pharmacists have provided 1,097,475 doses; other providers (which include AHS non–public health sites, long-term care sites, community physicians, AHS Workplace Health and Safety, Covenant Health Occupational Health and Safety and First Nation Inuit Health Branch) have provided 303,821 doses.

Indigenous health: Special issue of ADD

March 10, 2021

Have you checked out our special Indigenous Health issue of Alberta Doctors' Digest yet? The articles in this issue are written by Indigenous physicians, knowledge keepers, and academic leaders of Indigenous health initiatives and education in Alberta. To ensure that this issue thoughtfully, respectfully and authentically represents the experiences and perspectives of its contributors, we employed the services of Indigenous editor, Alicia Hibbert.

Vote on the Tentative Agreement Package

March 8, 2021

The vote for the 2020-24 Tentative Agreement Package has closed. Results will be announced March 31.

Ratification vote will proceed: It's up to you now

March 6, 2021

PRESIDENT'S LETTER: As I announced in my February 26 President’s Letter, a Tentative Agreement Package has been reached with the provincial government.

Update on tentative agreement status

March 3, 2021

PRESIDENT'S LETTER: I have received comments and questions from many members regarding a tentative agreement with government.

A tentative agreement with government has been reached

February 26, 2021

PRESIDENT'S LETTER: As you know, discussions with government have been ongoing continuously since the Fall. I am pleased to tell you that we have reached a tentative agreement package arising from the negotiations.

Are you interested in the integration of cancer clinical care pathways in primary care?

February 23, 2021

The Enhancing Alberta Primary Care Research Networks (EnACt) research team, led by Dr. Lee Green, is conducting a qualitative research study seeking to understand how family physicians think about and approach the use of Clinical Pathways for Cancer Diagnosis in their practice.

PFSP value, staying well and the importance of advocacy

February 19, 2021

PRESIDENT'S LETTER: Much like our colleagues on the frontlines everywhere, feelings of distress are common amongst physicians.

Voting now open for 2022-23 CMA President-Elect from Alberta

February 12, 2021

PRESIDENT'S LETTER: In 2022 an Alberta physician will become president of the Canadian Medical Association.

Whistleblowers, seniors care: the AMA weighs in

February 10, 2021

PRESIDENT'S LETTER: In a year that in many ways has been so unusual, we sometimes forget that “the usual” continues, too.

Leveraging all we've got in the COVID fight

February 7, 2021

PRESIDENT'S LETTER: Efficiently vaccinating Albertans against COVID-19 will be a monumental task that will only be accomplished with careful planning and intersectoral collaboration.

CMA President-Elect Candidates Forum

February 2, 2021

On January 28, the Edmonton Women in Health Networking hosted an "All Candidates Forum" of the five Alberta physicians vying for the position of CMA president in 2022–23. Watch the recording.

Vaccine: A forced pause, a chance for clarity

January 28, 2021

PRESIDENT'S LETTER: The development of COVID-19 vaccines has brought together some of the brightest minds around the globe and made history by getting vaccines approved and to market within a year.

AHS and March 31: Access for patients, fairness for physicians

January 25, 2021

PRESIDENT'S LETTER: As I'm sure most of you are aware, AHS has indicated that stipends for contracted services will end.

Are you hosting a CMA President-elect event?

January 22, 2021

Let’s keep the momentum going! Five Alberta physicians are vying for the position of CMA president in 2022–23 and candidate bios and statements of intent have been posted to the CMA website. Are you/your group planning to host a candidate event (i.e., candidate forum or town hall)? If your event is inclusive of all five candidates, we will help you promote it through the AMA’s social media channels!

Understanding the Federal and Provincial Governments’ Role in Health Care

January 15, 2021

The EZMSA is hosting a winter/spring speaker series with four different presentations on the topic government and health care. Events are free of charge for ZMSA members. On January 28, hear from Mr. Matt Jeneroux, Member of Parliament, who served as the federal Shadow Minister of Health from January to September 2020. The deadline to register for the January 28 presentation is January 26 at 11 p.m.

January-February 2021 Alberta Doctors' Digest now online

January 13, 2021

Highlights in this issue: Consider rural family medicine residency; Health Law Update: Cambie Surgeries Corporation vs. British Columbia (Attorney General); Student Spotlight: Pauwlina Cyca; AMA Youth Run Club pivots: Virtual Fun, Walk and Roll; Physician Wellness GOATs: Drs. Carmen Gittens and Serena Siow; Shine A Light: Drs. Bernhardt, Hemrick, Mackey and Sligl; and more!

More lab results coming online for patients

January 13, 2021

PRESIDENT'S LETTER: As of February 5, more lab results will be accessible to Albertans through the My Health Records (MHR) portal.

More lab results available online for patients through My Personal Records

January 11, 2021

In 2021, Albertans will be able to view more lab test results in My Health Records (MHR), the single access point for Albertans’ personal health information. These lab results will be viewable through the My Personal Records (MPR) application. This change is being made to provide Albertans with more access to their health information, and as an additional safety net for patient care within the system.

COVID – We must stay the course

January 7, 2021

PRESIDENT'S LETTER: Last week we welcomed in 2021. While the new year often sparks feelings of hope, I met the new year with a sigh of relief that 2020 was over. There is, of course, the optimism provided by the vaccine, but it is tempered by the prospect of a long year ahead that will involve many challenges related to the ongoing pandemic. The end of the year was difficult for many of us, isolated from family, trying to carry on traditions in new ways and, for many, dealing with the financial burden the pandemic has brought to bear.

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