Prevention and Longevity:

January 27, 2017

This full day conference and networking fair will focus on empowering physicians and health care providers with evidence based, non-pharmacological management strategies for creating health, preventing illness and where possible, treating disease.

ERASAlberta Symposium 2017

January 27 and 28, 2017

The ERASAlberta 2017 Symposium is hosted by the Surgery Strategic Clinical Network, Alberta Health Services (AHS) to facilitate local, national and international Enhanced Recovery After Surgery (ERAS) best practices.

Alberta Sexual Assault Course and Conference

February 11, 2017

This paperless conference is designed to share core training and a management update for urban and rural healthcare professionals on sexual assault.

Investigating and Managing Patient Safety Events

January 31-February 2 and March 1-3, 2017.

The HQCA, in partnership with the University of Calgary and the Ward of the 21st Century is offering two courses: Introductory Investigating and Managing Patient Safety Events and Advanced Investigating and Managing Patient Safety Events. Completion of both courses earns participants a Certificate in Investigating and Managing Patient Safety Events.

Combating Stigma

Available online until May 2017.

Combating Stigma is a web-based CME course for physicians. It takes an hour to complete and includes a number of elements shown to be important for anti-stigma programming for healthcare professionals.

Advanced Obesity Management Program

Online – available 24/7

Online Mainpro-M1 accredited course designed for health care professionals who understand basic obesity principles, but want to learn more.

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Seeking Alberta physicians to serve Alberta Health committees

December 1, 2016

Alberta Health is seeking four physician members to serve on the Out-of-Country Health Services Appeal Panel, and one member for its Health Disciplines board.

Serving in the Great War. Surviving diabetes. Making an outstanding contribution to medicine in Alberta.

December 1, 2016

Dr. J.J. (Johnny) Ower was a man of singular directness, energy of mind, sincerity and courage, uncompromising in his standards, and yet with a natural charm and almost boyish spirit. He was one of the first and longest-surviving diabetics in Alberta. The University of Alberta’s focus on diabetic research has deep roots. Click to learn more.

New infection prevention and control general standards now in effect

December 1, 2016

Following extensive consultation and piloting, the College of Physicians & Surgeons of Alberta’s (CPSA’s) Infection Prevention and Control (IPAC) Program has released standards for general infection prevention and control in private, non-governmental medical facilities not accredited by the CPSA. Click to learn more.

Reminder: It's time to renew your AMA membership

December 1, 2016

It’s time to renew your AMA/CMA membership. Our online renewal process makes renewal quick and easy. Click for more information and to renew.

Our humanity is more powerful than our expertise

November 30, 2016

I spoke to 20 individuals during a recent week taking calls on the Physician and Family Support Program help line (1.877.767.4637).Two recurring themes emerged that particular week: Stress, interwoven with anxiety and depression, and career dissatisfaction, both early and mid-career.

Made in Alberta medical resources

November 30, 2016

One of the challenges we face as physicians is to understand how recent studies, reviews, guidelines and other information relate to the person in our examining room who has come to us for help. Fortunately, there are several high-quality resources produced in our province designed to aid us in our decision-making process as it relates to our fellow Albertans.

Needs-based physician resource planning

November 29, 2016

The AMA (Alberta Medical Association) commends government for its commitment to fund any new physicians that Alberta needs while working with the AMA toward a needs-based physician resource plan. Principles will guide the Board of Directors. The timing is good to develop an evidence-based plan without being driven by a crisis in physician supply.

PCC Update

November 29, 2016

The PCC has new and exciting changes to its membership. With the recently amended AMA Agreement in place, the PCC welcomes Alberta Health Services (AHS) to the table to form a tripartite committee with members from Alberta Medical Association, Alberta Health and Alberta Health Services.

Website outages

November 29, 2016

Please be advised that the AMA website will be down during the following times in December to facilitate maintenance and upgrades. Wednesday November 30th from 10:00 PM to December 1st, 6:00 AM Saturday December 3rd from 9:00 AM to 10:00 AM (This outage may not affect service for the website) Saturday December 17th from 9:00 AM – 1:00 PM

Mock CaRMS interviews

November 25, 2016

Every year the Canadian Medical Association and Alberta Medical Association host a Canadian Resident Matching Service (CaRMS) Interview Training Day to help prepare students for their real interviews. This year's event will take place in Calgary and Edmonton on Saturday, January 7, 2017. The invitation for student participation will go out in December. Watch for communication from your AMA Committee on Student Affairs representative.

Claiming for after-hours work November 2016 - January 2017

November 23, 2016

This billing tip is to help clarify your holiday billings for the 2016-17 holiday season. Please note that after hours time premium (03.01AA) and surcharge modifiers only apply to services that are provided in a regional facility i.e. hospital, auxiliary hospital, active treatment centre, nursing home, AACC/UCC and not in a physician’s private office.

IFHP Policy on Coordination of Benefits

November 18, 2016

Click to read an important notice regarding Interim Federal Health Program (IFHP) Policy on Coordination of Benefits.

Vote for your Representative Forum zonal/regional delegates

November 16, 2016

Elections are underway for zonal/regional delegates in the Edmonton and Calgary Zones and Central Zone (Region 4). Ballots were made available electronically to members in the affected zones/regions on November 15. Voting will continue until 4:30 p.m., Thursday, December 15 and ballots will be counted on December 16. If you are a member of one of these zones/regions and haven’t yet voted, click below to access your ballot package.

SOMB savings: Keeping you informed

November 15, 2016

We have had an impressive response from physicians to our call for suggestions toward the Schedule of Medical Benefits (SOMB) Rules Savings Initiative.

Addictions & Teenagers: Junior High Health Promotion

November 14, 2016

Do you remember the last time you were approached on the street and offered drugs? Probably not. But many 12-year-olds attending Edmonton’s inner city Spruce Avenue Junior High School are unfortunately all-too-familiar with this situation, because it’s an almost daily occurrence.

Call for applications: AMA committees

November 14, 2016

The AMA is seeking representatives for its Negotiations Committee, Physician Resource Planning Committee and Physician Learning Program Advisory Committee. Click to learn more about the committees and representative requirements.

Influenza Immunization Program newsletter - November 2016

November 10, 2016

The National Advisory Committee, Alberta Health and Alberta Health Services continue to recommend annual influenza immunizations for individuals six months of age and older. This season three influenza vaccines are being provided by Alberta Health for the provincial immunization program. The vaccines are Fluad®, Fluzone® and FluMist®.

Implementing the Amending Agreement

November 10, 2016

You may have seen a feature article in Postmedia Network publications yesterday regarding the details of our newly ratified Alberta Medical Association (AMA) Amending Agreement. This was the first media coverage concerning details of the agreement’s provisions and there have been more media interviews since. These are key opportunities to emphasize some important points as we move into implementation. I thought I would share some of the messaging we have been relating to the media.

Stewardship in an integrated health care system

November 4, 2016

What do we mean when we talk about physician stewardship in an integrated health care system? A steward is responsible for the care and prudent use of the property of another. In this case we are talking about both of the important professional relationships we have with government and with patients.

Executive Director (Interim 1.0 FTE)

November 4, 2016

Rocky Mountain House Primary Care Network is currently recruiting for an Executive Director (Interim 1.0 FTE). All applications must be received by November 25. Interviews may take place the week of December 5.

Give Feedback on Proposed SOMB Rule Changes

October 24, 2016

Want to share your thoughts and comments on suggested SOMB rule changes? Our new online form enables members to quickly and easily provide feedback to the SOMB Working Group on the list of initiatives that are being considered. Click here to tell us what you think of items on the ‘ideas list’ or propose some of your own.

Upcoming planned website outages

October 19, 2016

The AMA website will be unavailable on Saturday, October 22, and Saturday, October 29, both from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. to implement a system upgrade.

Ratified: AMA Amending Agreement

October 17, 2016

I am writing to let you know the results of the ratification vote by Alberta physicians on the package of amendments to the 2011-18 AMA Agreement. I am pleased to advise that the amendments were ratified, receiving a “Yes” vote from 74% of responding physicians. (Voter turnout was 29%, a bit lower than the average 38% for votes since 2003.)

PFSP Perspectives

September 30, 2016

Why is suicide more common among physicians than the general population? The statistics around physician suicide are undeniable. Each year in the United States, 300-400 physicians commit suicide. The rate in male and female physicians is 40% and 130% higher than in men and women in general, respectively.

Do I need a medical calculator?

September 30, 2016

Selecting a high-quality medical calculator is much like finding a high-quality medical website: one must examine the provider, the funding, the quality of the information and any privacy concerns.

Appreciating achievement

September 30, 2016

In my letter yesterday, I recounted the topics and discussions at the recent Representative Forum and annual general meeting. I thought you would also be interested to learn about some of the ceremonial moments of the event when we recognized the achievements of some outstanding Albertans.

Teaching CPR at Community Sports Events

September 29, 2016

There are lots of things that are good to know how to do. Like how to change a tire, how to (properly) wash the laundry, how to make a cake from scratch, or the big one … how to potentially save a life.

First AMA President’s Letter:

September 29, 2016

This is my first opportunity to write to you since becoming president of the Alberta Medical Association (AMA) on Saturday, September 24, during the fall Representative Forum (RF) and annual general meeting. It is truly an honor to serve as your president, and I look forward to working for you in 2016-17.

Why bother with history of medicine?

September 29, 2016

The bigger topics of why medicine has evolved as it has, and how this has affected the way we practice today, must be explored by formal historians with careful research and analysis. As medical practitioners, both singly and in our groups, we can certainly do more to ensure that those who are making their history today are nominated for honors so that their names, too, can be remembered in the future.

Edmonton Zone Medical Staff Association Quality Improvement Grant Fund Launch

September 28, 2016

Please RSVP as soon as possible. At this launch, the Edmonton Zone Medical Staff Association (EZMSA) will share information about the grant, criteria and process. Medical Residents (with physicians as supervisors) can apply.

Voices for Indigenous Peoples

September 28, 2016

At the spring 2016 meeting of the Alberta Medical Association (AMA) Representative Forum (RF) in Edmonton, a session was held on health-related recommendations of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. The RF was privileged to welcome two guests of national stature: Grand Chief Tony Alexis of the Treaty 6 First Nations and Justice (now Senator) Murray Sinclair, Chair of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada. The two speakers spoke to the RF and each, in their own way, issued a challenge to the profession. Their addresses have been transcribed for this article.

Support is growing for an Indigenous health revolution

September 27, 2016

The health disparities of Canada’s Indigenous Peoples continue to widen despite various attempts by the health system to effectively intervene. For more than two decades we have asked the question, “Why are Canada's Indigenous Peoples so sick?” Perhaps the more pressing question is, “Why are Canadians so healthy?”

Canadian Medical Association responds to a need for action on Indigenous health

September 24, 2016

With Dr. Linda Slocombe, it is a great privilege to serve as Alberta Medical Association representatives on the Board of Directors of the Canadian Medical Association (CMA). That board addresses a wide variety of issues from across the country with deep implications for Canadians.

Thoughts at the end of the year

September 23, 2016

In closing my term as president, I have selected a couple of topics that have had particular relevance this year.

New resource: PFSP relationship e-book

September 23, 2016

The new PFSP e-book – The Well-Being of Medical Relationships: Striking a Balance with Your Spouse, Colleagues & Self – by Sara Taylor, BSc, MD, CCFP – is available online (at no charge), for reading and downloading.

Integrated care: What you told me

September 21, 2016

I am very excited about some of the proposals in the tentative Amending Agreement relating to the new Integrated Care Consultation Agreement and the existing Primary Medical Care/Primary Care Networks (PCNs) Consultation Agreement.

Learn more about the Tentative Amending Agreement and vote

September 13, 2016

Learn more about the Tentative Amending Agreement, see the proposed package of amendments, and find informational resources including a general backgrounder, FAQs, an informational video and consolidated agreements for clarity. Voting opens Thursday, September 15, and closes Thursday, October 13, at 4:30pm.

A ratification vote will be held

September 9, 2016

Last night the Alberta Medical Association (AMA) Representative Forum (RF) met in Edmonton and Calgary. The sites were linked by videoconference and delegates who were unable to attend in person joined by webcast.

Special AMA member pricing for medical grade refrigerators

September 2, 2016

As of September 30, 2016, publicly funded vaccines will be distributed only to providers with compliant fridges. The AMA has partnered with AHS to obtain special AMA member physician pricing for medical grade refrigerators that meet the requirements of the Alberta Government and Alberta Health Services’ Vaccine Cold Chain policy.

Tentative Amending Agreement Next Steps

September 2, 2016

My President’s Letter on Tuesday, August 30 advised that the Alberta Medical Association (AMA) had reached agreement with government on a tentative package of amendments to the ongoing 2011-18 AMA Agreement. Here is what happens next.

Call for applications: Three AMA committees requiring member representatives

September 1, 2016

The AMA is seeking representatives for the Committee on Financial Audit, the bilateral AMA/Alberta Health Allocation Working Group and the Committee on Uninsured Services. Click to learn more about the committees and representative requirements.

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