Advanced Treatment Approaches for Venous Ulcers and Varicose Veins

February 28, 2019

Interested surgeons, radiologists and family physicians are invited as Dr. Doohi Lee (specialist in cosmetic surgery, laser vein surgery and regenerative medicine) provides an educational lecture on treatment therapy for endovenous laser ablation and lower limb problems.

Alcohol Use Disorder

March 8, 2019

This series of updates aims to provide healthcare professionals with an evidence-based overview of multiple topics within the psychiatric domain. Each half-day session aims to cover important topics such as diagnosis review and update, treatment/therapeutic use and application and local perspectives and resources as it pertains to that sessions’ focus.

Well Doc Alberta Symposium: Connect

March 12, 2019

Well Doc Alberta is shaping the future of physician wellness. Join your colleagues at the 2019 Symposium to discuss physician wellness and connect.

Inclusive Health Conference 2019: LGBTQ+ Health in Primary Care

March 16, 2019

Hosted by the Sexuality & Gender Advocacy Committee at the University of Alberta, this annual event educates health professionals on LGBTQ+ health issues and how to provide inclusive, high-quality care to LGBTQ+ patients. This Group Learning program has been certified by the College of Family Physicians of Canada and the Alberta Chapter for up to 6 Mainpro+ credits.

Canada’s Lower-Risk Cannabis Use Guidelines: New Tools for Professionals

March 18, 2019

Free webinar on the Lower-Risk Cannabis Use Guidelines (LRCUG), presented by the Public Health Agency of Canada and Centre for Addiction and Mental Health. The webinar will include a brief overview of the LRCUG as well as new supplementary tools developed by the Public Health Agency of Canada and the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health.

RhPAP Rhapsody Awards

Nominations due March 31, 2019

The Rural Health Professions Action Plan invites rural Albertans to nominate their health care heroes in one of three categories: Rural Alberta Physician of Distinction; Rural Alberta Community Health Professional Attraction and Retention; and Rural Alberta Health-care Heroes (Individual or Team).

Family Physicians and CancerControl: Strengthening Linkages Workshop

April 13, 2019

Alberta Health Services CancerControl is pleased to offer the ninth annual oncology workshop for family physicians and health professionals. The event is held in-person and connected via videoconference between sites. The purpose of this workshop is to provide family physicians and health professionals the opportunity to build linkages between oncology and primary care communities of practice as well as improve integration of care by promoting knowledge exchange and relationship building.

Successful Patient Interactions

April 25, 2019

This course assists physicians and other healthcare providers in achieving more successful encounters with their patients, for a safer healthcare experience. Developed in partnership with the Canadian Medical Protective Association.

Effective Team Interactions

April 26, 2019

Effective and safer interactions between health care colleagues through enhanced communications strategies and skills. This program was developed in partnership with the Canadian Medical Protective Association.

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AMA-CMA relationship

February 21, 2019

PRESIDENT'S LETTER: We’re pleased to announce that the Alberta Medical Association and the Canadian Medical Association are establishing a new partnership, which is outlined in a principle-based Memorandum of Understanding.

Call for applications: Representative for AMHSP Advisory Council

February 8, 2019

Applications are due February 13 The Alberta Medical Association is recruiting one physician representative from amongst those groups considering entering the Academic Medicine Health Services Plan (AMHSP) in a new arrangement, which includes academic physicians in medical genetics and psychiatry.

Executive Director – Leduc Beaumont Devon PCN

February 7, 2019

The Leduc Beaumont Devon Primary Care Network is recruiting for Executive Director. The LBD PCN was established in 2006 and currently employs 28 staff to assist 56 physicians working in 13 clinics to deliver primary care in the cities of Leduc and Beaumont, towns of Devon and Calmar and our communities located within Leduc County.

Influenza Immunization Program newsletter

February 7, 2019

As of January 26, 2019, 1,257,216 doses of influenza vaccine have been administered in Alberta. Influenza data for the 2018-2019 season is reported on a weekly basis and includes: number of doses of influenza vaccine administered by provider type across the province, number of laboratory confirmed cases of influenza, number of Albertans hospitalized with influenza disease and number of Albertans deceased who had lab confirmed influenza. Community providers can find this information on the Alberta Health Services website.

Executive Director – Highland PCN

January 21, 2019

The Highland Primary Care Network is recruiting for Executive Director. The Highland Primary Care Network, established in 2007, assists 66 physicians in 22 clinics to delivery primary care to 72,000+ patients in the towns of Airdrie, Didsbury, Carstairs, Beiseker and Crossfield.

January-February 2019 Alberta Doctors' Digest now online

January 16, 2019

Highlights in this issue: Care transformation through informatics; Transforming primary care; Removing barriers to prenatal care for immigrant women; Zero tolerance toward sexual abuse or misconduct; PFSP captures international attention; and a lot more!

We moved some important information on

January 16, 2019

To introduce new eHealth information on the AMA website, we've shifted information regarding electronic medical records, the Health Information Act and patient privacy. Please take a moment to familiarize yourself with the new pages and update any bookmarks you may have saved in your internet browser.

Call for applications: Indigenous Health Committee

January 14, 2019

The AMA is currently recruiting an Indigenous physician to fill a member position on the Indigenous Health Committee. The deadline to apply is February 11. The IHC is established to promote and operationalize the recommendations in the AMA Policy Statement on Indigenous Health. It serves to bring together medical and non-medical expertise focused on health status and delivery of health services to Alberta’s Indigenous population.

Subclinical hypothyroidism: a brief review and suggested treatment approach

January 2, 2019

Your patient, Meredith, is 90 years’ old and is experiencing mild fatigue, slight cold intolerance and reduced ability to lose weight. Her symptoms are non-specific. Meredith’s laboratory results indicate slightly elevated thyroid stimulating hormone (TSH) levels with a normal free T4. You’ve diagnosed her with subclinical hypothyroidism. What would your approach be?

About retroactive payments to physicians

December 19, 2018

PRESIDENT'S LETTER: In my December 6 President’s Letter, I wrote that members would soon receive retroactive payments for the April 1, 2017 Schedule of Medical Benefits cost of living adjustments. These payments have now been issued by Alberta Health for the April 1, 2017 to October 31, 2018 claims period.

AMHSP physicians – a vote and a new council

December 12, 2018

PRESIDENT'S LETTER: Recent changes in Alberta Medical Association governance and the passage of legislation on the rights of physicians to representation provide important new vehicles for physicians to bring their issues forward. The focus of this President’s Letter is on those academic physicians who are or soon will be part of the Academic Medicine Health Services Plan, and who now have the ability to request direct support in negotiations from the AMA.

SOMB retroactive increases coming this week

December 6, 2018

PRESIDENT'S LETTER: This fall, we have been moving forward on making payments owed to physicians under our Amending Agreement. The AMA issued the 2017 Retention Benefit payments on Friday, November 2. Today I’m writing to provide you with some dates and details about the retroactive payments for the Schedule of Medical Benefits and Alternative Relationship Plans cost-of-living adjustment.

Congratulations Dr. Jane Lemaire and colleagues!

November 27, 2018

Dr. Jane Lemaire and colleagues were recently presented the Physician Well-being Article Award by the Stanford Medicine WellMD Center for their research article, "Understanding how patients perceive physician wellness and its links to patient care: A qualitative study." Dr. Jane Lemaire is a recent PFSP Physician Wellness #GOAT.

Director, Negotiations

November 27, 2018

The Alberta Medical Association is recruiting for the newly created role of Director, Negotiations to join our Health Economics team. Recruitment for this role is being done by the executive search firm Pekarsky & Co.

An Act to Protect Patients

November 16, 2018

PRESIDENT'S LETTER: You may have heard news reports last week that the Government of Alberta had tabled Bill 21, An Act to Protect Patients. The legislation guards patients against exposure to inappropriate or predatory sexual behavior from their care providers. It applies to all regulated health professions, including physicians. The bill passed at the end of last week and is expected to come into effect in April 2019.

Important change coming to AMA group insurance renewal process

November 8, 2018

If you participate in any of the AMA group insurance plans (Disability, Professional Overhead Expense, Term Life, Critical Illness or Accidental Death and Dismemberment) and are set-up for automatic monthly or annual pre-authorized premium payments, you will no longer be receiving mailed confirmation premium notices in early December as has been the practice in the past.

AMA legislation tabled today

November 1, 2018

PRESIDENT'S LETTER: You may recall that one of the important provisions of the 2018-20 AMA agreement with government was a commitment to entrench physician recognition and representation rights within legislation. I am pleased to let you know that this legislation was tabled today.

Treatment targets for hypertension in older persons

October 31, 2018

Mrs. BB is an 82-year-old female living at home. She has mild cognitive impairment and limited mobility. Her office blood pressure is 162/71. Should she be treated for hypertension? If yes, what would her blood pressure target be?

November 1, 2018 Billing Corner

October 26, 2018

View Alberta Health Care Insurance Plan Schedule of Medical Benefits changes for November 1, 2018.

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