Choosing Wisely Alberta Symposium

February 26, 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.

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

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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.

Administrative Assistant, Corporate Services

November 20, 2015

The Alberta Medical Association (AMA) is currently recruiting for a full-time Administrative Assistant for our Corporate Affairs branch. If you have administrative experience and would like a career in a dynamic, member-driven organization that puts people first this could be the position for you.

Practice Management Consultant

November 20, 2015

The Alberta Medical Association (AMA) is looking for a results orientated, energetic individual for the position of Practice Management Program (PMP) Consultant. This position will be based in Calgary but travel, throughout the province, including overnight travel, is a core requirement in this position. If you would like a career in a dynamic, member-driven organization that puts people first, this could be the position for you.


November 20, 2015

The Alberta Medical Association (AMA) is looking for a results oriented, energetic Economist with excellent analytical and communication skills to be a part of our Health Economics team. If you have the below qualifications and would like a career in a dynamic, member-driven organization that puts people first, this could be the position for you.

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 26, 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.

Planned website outage: Saturday, November 7

October 30, 2015

Please be advised that the AMA website will be unavailable on Saturday, November 7 from 8 a.m. to 3p.m. The outage is required to implement a system upgrade. Thank you for your understanding.

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.

Senior Director, Programs and Integration, Professional Affairs

October 9, 2015

The Alberta Medical Association (AMA) is currently looking for a sophisticated executive leader for the role of Senior Director, Programs and Integration.

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.

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.