25th Annual Bug Day

October 19, 2021

The 25th Annual BUG DAY is hosted by HSC Winnipeg in collaboration with the University of Manitoba’s Continuing Professional Development Medicine Program. BUG DAY is Manitoba’s largest health care education event and it is held every year during National Infection Prevention & Control Week. Join locally, nationally and internationally recognized experts for this popular day-long symposium focusing on hot topics in infection prevention and control, infectious diseases and public health.

Practical Evidence for Informed Practice Conference

October 22 & 23, 2021

The Practical Evidence for Informed Practice (PEIP) Conference highlights clinically relevant primary care topics that combine evidence, experience, and patient values that is free of industry bias.

Media Relations 201

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. It will involve working up messages, doing mock interviews, receiving feedback (and trying again if there’s time). Space is limited for this session.

Diabetes & Endocrine Update 2021

October 7, 14, 21 and 28, 2021

This online series will be held each week in October on Thursday nights from 7:00-8:00 PM MST. Each week will be a different theme: Week 1: Obesity & PCOS; Week 2: Diabetes New Agents & Technologies; Week 3: Male Hypogonadism & Male Infertility; and Week 4: Hyperthyroidism in Pregnancy & Hypothyroidism in Pregnancy. The format will be a "Meet the Professor" session, whereby a case is discussed with learning objectives. Sessions will be interactive with audience participation.

Virtual Resident Wellness Conference

November 4, 2021

Register today for RWC 2021; an interactive half-day of resident-focused wellness and community building activities to help you re-charge your residency journey in this disruptive and disconcerting time. This is a time and space for you to explore various concepts that you can choose to use in your wellness journey.

EZMSA 2021 Fall Speaker Series

September 7, October 5 and November 16

The Edmonton Zone Medical Staff Association is hosting a fall speaker series on the following topics: on September 7, 'What is the Role of Arbitration in Labour Relations?'; Edmonton Mayoral Candidate Town Hall on October 5; and The Alberta Opioid Crisis on November 16.

Social Media 101

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.

Radon: Is it in your patients’ homes?

Available any time, on-demand

McMaster University, together with Health Canada, has designed a free, certified program for anyone interested in learning about radon from a health care provider’s perspective. It was designed for family doctors and other primary care providers likely to encounter a growing number of patients with questions about radon as a result of increased awareness of radon exposure and the related health effects.

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.

Foundation Course in Occupational Medicine - Part A

September 7, 2021 to June 21, 2022

The Foundation Course in Occupational Medicine, developed by the University of Alberta - Division of Preventive Medicine, is a distance learning course designed to provide knowledge and skills in the areas of occupational medicine encountered in family medicine and other community based clinical practice.

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Join CMA Appointments Committee as Member-at-Large

October 18, 2021

The Canadian Medical Association is currently seeking applications to fill an immediate vacancy for a member-at-large position on the CMA Appointments Committee. The role of the Appointments Committee is to bring recommendations to the CMA Board to fill certain vacancies on CMA committees/groups and nominees to several outside organizations/bodies.

Help improve collaboration between family physicians and pharmacists

October 18, 2021

Are you interested in improving collaboration between family physicians and pharmacists in coordinating chronic opioid therapy in Alberta? Enhancing Alberta Primary Care Research Networks is conducting a qualitative research study seeking to understand the thinking and decision-making processes involved when family physicians and pharmacists manage chronic opioid therapy for those with chronic pain and/or substance use disorders.

Call for Applications: Health Issues Council

October 15, 2021

Are you interested in advocating on behalf of Albertans as new health issues arise? AMA's Health Issues Council is recruiting one member for a one year* + one three-year term, renewable once.

Zonal/Regional RF Delegate - Call for Nominations

October 8, 2021

The Call for Nominations for election of zonal/regional delegates to RF is now open. The deadline for responding to the Call for Nominations is 9 a.m., Friday November 5. (member login required)

A call for stronger measures to combat COVID-19

October 7, 2021

PRESIDENT'S LETTER: At the Fall Representative Forum, we received clear direction from RF delegates that the AMA needed to strongly – and publicly – advocate for a stronger response to the COVID-19 crisis Alberta is facing. In response to the most urgent motion passed at RF, we issued a media release on September 27 calling on government to institute a "fire-breaker," to aggressively control COVID-19 cases.

AMA calls for stronger measures to combat COVID-19, including mandatory vaccinations for public gatherings, schools and workplaces

October 7, 2021

On September 27 the Alberta Medical Association formally called on Premier Kenney and Health Minister Copping to institute timely, effective public health measures – commonly referred to as a "fire-breaker" – to aggressively control COVID-19 cases to protect our health care system and keep Albertans safe.

Students and residents: Get funding for health promotion!

October 6, 2021

Students and resident physicians: Apply by Friday, October 29 for funding for your great health promotion initiative! Grant amounts are flexible (minimum of $500 per grant) and there is a budget of up to $20,000 available to distribute among deserving projects for 2021-22.

AHS Immunization of Workers for COVID-19 Policy

October 5, 2021

A message from Alberta Health Services: The Immunization of Workers for COVID-19 Policy requires all employees, medical and midwifery staff, students, volunteers and contracted health care providers to be fully immunized for COVID-19 by October 31, 2021. Staff have until October 16 to complete their Got My COVID-19 Immunization Form. Learn more.

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October 5, 2021

The AHS Alberta Breast Cancer Screening Program is using this opportunity to share information with physicians about breast cancer screening in the province.

Forging ahead: Inaugural thoughts from the new AMA president

October 1, 2021

PRESIDENT'S LETTER: In this letter: thanks to outgoing president, Dr. Paul Boucher; strong AMA stance on COVID-19; and discussions with government.

AMA holiday office hours

September 29, 2021

Please note the AMA phone lines will be closed Thursday, September 30 to commemorate the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. Regular business hours will resume Friday, October 1. All physical AMA locations continue to be closed.

Open letter to the unvaccinated from the AMA Section of General Psychiatry

September 29, 2021

Can We Talk? About this “Pandemic of the Unvaccinated”? I am very familiar with being dismissed. Let’s start the conversation there. I’m the youngest of five kids. I did an arts degree at University – worse yet, it was in philosophy. I’m ok with having a conversation where you’re 90% sure that at the end, you’re going to dismiss me. Let’s start there, unvaccinated person, but just know that I am not here to dismiss you. I know what that’s like.

Open Letter to Albertans from the AMA’s Sections of Family and Rural Medicine

September 29, 2021

As your family physicians, we believe it is time to have a conversation about how dangerous our current health care environment has become. Alberta’s health care system has reached its breaking point and Albertans are at significant risk, not only of being impacted by COVID, but also from the increasing lack of available health care resources. Without immediate action, it is only a matter of time until someone you know, and love will be affected directly or indirectly by COVID.

Outgoing thoughts on a complex year

September 29, 2021

PRESIDENT'S LETTER: This President’s Letter is my last as AMA president and marks the official end of a term that was as unpredictable as it was eventful.

Open letter to Albertans from AMA Section of Emergency Medicine

September 29, 2021

On behalf of the approximately 450 emergency physicians across the province, we feel compelled to add our voice to the increasing calls and pleas for an immediate firebreak to reduce the spread of COVID-19 across our province.

Alberta must act now: AMA calls for COVID-19 "fire-breaker" measures

September 27, 2021

PRESIDENT'S LETTER: As you are aware, the 2021 Fall Representative Forum was held this past weekend and, unsurprisingly, COVID-19 and the current crisis we are facing in Alberta was a topic of major discussion. Delegates passed several related motions (I will update members on the details of these later), but I wanted to share with you the most urgent motion on which we have already taken action.

Media Release: Alberta must act now: AMA calls for COVID-19 “fire-breaker” measures

September 27, 2021

The Alberta Medical Association is calling on Premier Kenney and Health Minister Copping to institute timely, effective public health measures – commonly referred to as a "fire-breaker" – to aggressively control COVID-19 cases in order to protect our health care system and keep Albertans safe. Coming out of their Representative Forum meeting this past weekend, Alberta’s physicians are formally calling on the government to put significant and immediate measures in place to help stop the spread of COVID-19 that has become so rampant in the province.

Influenza Immunization Program Update

September 24, 2021

This year, community physicians (primary care clinics and family physicians) participating in the influenza immunization program will receive vaccine from the wholesale distributor, Accuristix in collaboration with Alberta Health (AH), and order through the Alberta Vaccine Inventory (AVI) system. This process is similar to the one used for ordering COVID-19. Alberta Health has provided information for interested clinics on how to join and the new requirements for participating. Other community providers, including continuing care centers, OHS and corrections facilities must fill out the Influenza Vaccine Provider Registration Form.

Drop the Pre Op: reducing unnecessary preoperative chest X-rays

September 23, 2021

Choosing Wisely Canada suggests that routine preoperative x-rays should not be performed on patients undergoing low-risk surgical procedures because the risks outweigh the benefits. In support of AHS’ commitment to providing the most appropriate care for Albertans, Diagnostic Imaging and the Surgery Strategic Clinical Network have a goal to reduce the number of chest x-rays performed as part of routine surgical practices.

National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

September 23, 2021

On September 30, our offices will be closed as we commemorate National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. In honor of survivors, their families and communities, we hope you join us in reflecting on the history and legacy of residential schools in Canada, and what you can do to achieve mutually respectful relationships between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples.

Ministry of Transportation Medical Review Committee

September 23, 2021

The AMA is recruiting a Reviewing Officer for the Ministry of Transportation Medical Review committee. The Reviewing Officer plays a role in improving traffic safety on Alberta's roadways by the application of medical fitness standards for drivers wishing to obtain or maintain an Alberta Driver's License.

Harm reduction; we can't afford to wait

September 22, 2021

PRESIDENT'S LETTER: In the midst of the chaos of the fourth wave of COVID-19, we must not forget the vulnerable and disadvantaged. There are many individuals in need, but I refer today to those trapped in the opioid crisis.

Update on Negotiations

September 15, 2021

PRESIDENT'S LETTER: As reported in my Presidents Letters over the summer, government requested that the Alberta Medical Association submit a proposal for possible changes that would make the rejected Tentative Agreement Package (TAP) acceptable to physicians.

Wave Four: More measures needed and other issues

September 14, 2021

PRESIDENT'S LETTER: We are hearing more every day about the implications of the fourth wave of the pandemic and I wanted to update you.

Knee MRI for osteoarthritis? Read this before ordering

September 9, 2021

AHS Diagnostic Imaging is working with physicians to increase the appropriateness of referrals for the investigation of knee osteoarthritis. The collaborative efforts will ensure that MRI exams on the wait list are necessary and beneficial. Beginning October 4, in the Edmonton Zone, Diagnostic Imaging will be declining MRI knee requests for patients 55 years of age and older, that do not align with Choosing Wisely recommendations. Implementation in South and Central Zones and North Zone to follow later.

Contribute to the Tarrant Scholarship

September 9, 2021

Over the years, the Section of Rural Medicine has partnered with AMA and the Canadian Medical Foundation to enable members to contribute, on a charitable basis, to the Tarrant Scholarship program. The program accounts for approximately 30% of the Section of Rural Medicine’s budget, but would not be sustainable without the help of donations from our medical colleagues. If you are interested in supporting the continuation of this important scholarship, donations can be made by completing the 'Donations' section of the AMA online membership renewal.

September-October 2021 issue of Alberta Doctors' Digest now online

September 8, 2021

The September-October 2021 issue of Alberta Doctors' Digest is now available online! Highlights include: Exploring the many socioeconomic determinants of health; Water fluoridation back on the ballot in Calgary; Shine A Light on Dr. Neha Chadha; Automatically prep patients for more on-time appointments; Sparking reactions and potential litigation from those impacted by the pandemic; and a lot more!

Special RF information session; COVID-19

September 8, 2021

PRESIDENT'S LETTER: In this letter: a special Representative Forum this week; looking out for each other in the fourth wave.

News: Discussions with government; vaccination policy

August 24, 2021

PRESIDENT'S LETTER: I am writing to let you know about two decisions reached at a special meeting of the Board of Directors held on August 19.

Care Deficit: Broad thinking will be required

August 20, 2021

PRESIDENT'S LETTER: I have previously shared with you some research from our online community regarding the impact that the COVID pandemic has had on their health and well being.

Important – conversion of AMA HBTF to an Employee Life and Health Trust

August 19, 2021

Federal legislation passed in 2021 requires us to convert AMA HBTF (a Health and Welfare Trust) to an Employee Life and Health Trust (an ELHT), effective January 1, 2022. The most significant impact this legislation has on members participating in AMA HBTF is the rules pertaining to Key Employees of professional corporations. Key Employees are shareholders and highly compensated employees of the corporation (i.e., the physician). Learn more.

Registration for CMA AGM closes TONIGHT

August 16, 2021

Today is the last day to register (by 6 p.m. Alberta time) for the Canadian Medical Association Annual General Meeting to be held online on Sunday, August 22. Important issues will be discussed and voted upon such as substantive bylaws changes concerning governance and promotion of equity, diversity and inclusion. In preparation for the CMA AGM, members may wish to familiarize themselves with the CMA's Report to Members for the154th CMA Annual General Meeting, and Promoting equity and diversity: Overview of proposed CMA governance changes for 2021.

Paper on government discussions and a member survey

August 11, 2021

PRESIDENT'S LETTER: In this letter: Informed by your feedback, a paper for your review about the Board’s approach to government discussions; and We launch a survey to look further into how members are faring.

AMA Section of Pediatrics: COVID restrictions and testing in the community

August 9, 2021

On August 9, the executive members of the AMA Section of Pediatrics sent a letter to Premier Kenney expressing their grave concern regarding Alberta’s plan to eliminate COVID-19 testing in the community, contact tracing and mandatory isolation this month. Read the letter and associated media release.

Board meeting update and upcoming member engagement

August 4, 2021

PRESIDENT'S LETTER: The Board of Directors met July 22-23. I intended to provide you with an update on what was discussed at the end of last week. This was overtaken by the issue of Alberta’s changed public health restrictions, so I am providing the update today.

Significant concerns: Changes to COVID-19 measures

July 30, 2021

PRESIDENT'S LETTER: On July 28, Alberta Health announced significant changes in the public health measures for COVID-19. I have written to the Minister regarding my concerns, and I want to share these points with you.

Notice of Elections and Amendments to AMA Bylaws

July 29, 2021

Members are advised of proposed amendments to the AMA Bylaws and elections taking place at 7 p.m., September 28 at the 116th AMA Annual General Meeting. The meeting will be held via Zoom; details will be provided with the Reports to the AGM circulated prior to the meeting. Log in to view the amendments and election information. Nominations are due to 9 a.m., August 26.

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