Women, Wisdom and Wealth

May 23, 2019

MD Financial Management invites you to join Dr. Amy D'Aprix for a conversation on Women, Wealth and Wisdom. Through thought-provoking and interactive exercises, Dr. D'Aprix will help women discover their financial style and become more confident and in control of their financial well-being. Dr. D'Aprix will help attendees to establish a plan of action in a way that doesn't increase stress or lengthen their to-do list.

The Long Road to Precision Healthcare - with a Short Detour into AI

May 29, 2019

A Friesen International Prize Lecture delivered by Dr. C. David Naylor, one of Canada’s most preeminent health scientists, who has made major scholarly and policy contributions with a profound influence on health service delivery, public health, and health research funding.

Alberta Digestive Disease Summit

Friday, May 31 to Sunday, June 2

The Alberta Digestive Disease Summit is a gathering of Alberta’s gastroenterology and hepatology communities, hosted by the Alberta Society of Gastroenterology.

Bethune Round Table 2019

June 6 - 9, 2019

The Bethune Round Table is an annual interdisciplinary meeting aimed at addressing the challenges of providing accessible, high-quality surgical care to marginalized patients in low-resource settings. The University of Alberta is hosting the 2019 Bethune Round Table, of which the theme is Ethics in Global Surgery. Keynote speakers, program and workshops will focus on providing a space for ethical reflection and discourse, focusing on how global surgery can mature and ensure that there are established terms of engagement between all of the stakeholders involved in both High as well as Low and Middle-Income countries.

11th Annual Addiction Day Scientific Conference and Networking Fair

June 7, 2019

Conference to increase public awareness of addiction and mental health problems, and to enhance knowledge, competencies and treatment care through presentations, workshops and networking with fellow health care colleagues across the care continuum. This year’s conference, themed “Addressing Diversity,” in collaboration with the Canadian Society of Addiction Medicine, will explore international/national trends in current clinical best practice and research across the addiction spectrum.

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News and Latest UpdatesRSS

AMA holiday office hours

May 17, 2019

The AMA offices and phone lines will be closed Monday, May 20. Regular business hours will resume Tuesday, May 21.

May-June 2019 Alberta Doctors' Digest now online

May 16, 2019

Highlights in this issue: Med students focus on personal health and wellness; Growing the AMA Youth Run Club’s inclusivity; A physician’s approach to the unvaccinated teenager; What exactly are cyber attacks? ...And a lot more!

Meet us in Red Deer for the 92nd Annual North/South Doctors’ Golf Tournament!

May 15, 2019

On Monday, June 17, head over to the prestigious Red Deer Golf and Country Club for 18 holes of premium golf (your choice of stroke or scramble play), two hot and delicious meals, excellent prizes, souvenirs, sponsor offerings and more. This important charitable event is Alberta’s longest-running golf tournament and all proceeds and sponsorship dollars raised directly fund medical student bursaries. Registration closes June 12, 12 p.m.

Board planning: Working with a new government and supporting members

May 15, 2019

PRESIDENT'S LETTER: At our annual planning retreat in a few weeks, the Board will be bringing together months of environmental scanning, analysis and discussion around the Board table. We will be planning for the year ahead in the interests of members and with a new government. Today I wanted to give you a sense of what that has involved.

Primary care physician needed for ACRCSP Advisory Committee

May 14, 2019

The AMA is looking for a primary care physician to represent the Alberta Medical Association on the Alberta Colorectal Cancer Screening Program Advisory Committee (ACRCSP AC). The ACRCSP AC provides oversight and advice to support effective, population-based colorectal cancer screening programs in Alberta. The advisory committee meets twice a year (June and December) for a half day meeting in Calgary.

Introducing the AMA mobile app!

May 14, 2019

The AMA App is our latest in digital innovation for members. Use to app to access to your favorite AMA digital content; at your fingertips and on the go including the Fee Navigator®, President’s letter, AMA news and events, News for Docs, membership information …and more!

Security Analyst

May 14, 2019

The Alberta Medical Association is recruiting for a Security Analyst to join our Information Systems team. The deadline to apply for this position is May 31, or until a suitable candidate can be found.

Financial Analyst

May 14, 2019

The Alberta Medical Association is recruiting for a Financial Analyst to join our finance team. The finance department provides a broad range of financial services to the AMA and administered programs, including financial reporting, budget management, grant management and treasury. This position will remain open until May 28 or until a suitable candidate is selected

AMA President-Elect 2019-20 Election

May 8, 2019

Dr. Paul Boucher has been acclaimed to the position of Alberta Medical Association President-Elect for 2019-20. Dr. Boucher will assume the President-Elect role on September 28, at the close of the Fall 2019 Representative Forum meeting.

Executive Director (1.0 FTE)

May 7, 2019

The Bonnyville and Cold Lake Primary Care Networks are recruiting for the position of Executive Director. The Executive Director of the BVPCN and the CLPCN is an executive position reporting to both the Bonnyville and Cold Lake elected physician Boards of Directors.

Introducing Healthy Working Environments initiative

May 3, 2019

PRESIDENT'S LETTER: Like me, perhaps you have lately observed a surge of headlines, reports and journal articles like these: "Why focusing on professional burnout is not enough", "Task force launched to tackle sexual harassment", "Addressing gender equity and diversity in Canada’s medical profession", "Understanding how patients perceive physician wellness and its links to patient care", "Most doctors have little or no management training, and that’s a problem." Almost a year ago, the AMA Board sat down at our annual business planning retreat and considered the convergence of these issues – in both our profession and society at large. Respect. Diversity. Inclusion. Leadership. Wellness. All of these things are relevant to AMA members and absolutely necessary if we are to play a leadership role in the system.

Family physician needed for AMA/WCB Advisory Committee

May 2, 2019

The AMA is recruiting a family physician for its AMA/WCB Advisory Committee. The deadline to apply is May 17.

Coordinator, Health Economics

May 2, 2019

Do you have advanced administrative skills, with experience supporting executives and high level committees? Are you looking to join an organization that recognizes our employees are fundamental to our success? The Alberta Medical Association is recruiting for a full-time Coordinator position for our Health Economics Branch. HE is responsible for AMA’s compensation strategy and policy development on behalf of Alberta physicians.

Senior Web Developer

April 29, 2019

The Alberta Medical Association is recruiting for a Senior Web Developer to join its Information Systems Team. As the Senior Web Developer, you will play a key role in the planning, architecture, design, development, maintenance and support of software products for the health care sector. You will be responsible for making recommendations that shape the AMA’s technology road map.

Manager, Public Affairs

April 25, 2019

The Alberta Medical Association is looking for a skilled communicator, ideally with government affairs experience, for our Manager, Public Affairs position. This position will remain open until May 20 or until a suitable candidate can be found.

An Update on Income Equity Initiative and Overhead Study

April 25, 2019

In the March 25 President’s Letter, I wrote to you about the overhead (office expenses) study under the Income Equity Initiative. Concerns have been raised by the Representative Forum and sections about the results provided by Deloitte. In response, the Board has formed a small working group with delegates from the Specialty Care Alliance and sections of General Practice and Rural Medicine. The working group will review what has been provided and then recommend (i) what, if any, elements of the study are usable and (ii) next steps for ensuring usable overhead information for use in the IEI.

CMA Workforce Survey responses due May 3

April 23, 2019

The Canadian Medical Association Workforce Survey compiles key information on topics such as workload, remuneration, wait times, technology and employment. This valuable data is crucial to assist decision-making on HHR issues. Respond by May 3!

Call for applications: AMA committees

April 16, 2019

The AMA is currently recruiting to fill positions on several committees, including AMA Compensation Committee; Allocation Working Group; Fees Advisory Committee; Committee on Bylaws; Committee on Financial Audit; Committee on Uninsured Services; and Health Issues Council. The deadline to apply is April 28.

Influenza Immunization Program newsletter

April 9, 2019

The Influenza Immunization Program for 2018-2019 is coming to an end with the exception of children who require a second dose of influenza vaccine. Eligible children will be able to receive this second dose of influenza vaccine up to and including April 30, 2019 at their local public health office. As of March 30, 2019, 1,304,111 doses of influenza vaccine have been administered in Alberta. Thank you for your support of the Alberta Influenza Immunization Program.

AMA President-Elect: Call for nominations

April 4, 2019

The Call for Nominations period for the 2019-20 president-elect is open. Nominations are due by 9 a.m., Wednesday, May 8.

RF Highlights

March 25, 2019

PRESIDENT'S LETTER: An excellent Representative Forum was held March 15-16 in Calgary. I’m writing to give you a brief summary of what happened. You’ll hear more on these topics in future letters.

MyHealth Records has launched

March 20, 2019

PRESIDENT'S LETTER: In December 2018 we wrote to you from the Alberta Medical Association and College of Physicians & Surgeons of Alberta to let you know that the Alberta government would soon be introducing MyHealth Records, a secure online portal that will enable Albertans to access some of their personal health information. We are pleased to tell you that the portal went live for all Albertans on Saturday, March 16.

There's a new albertapatients newsletter!

March 19, 2019

Every few weeks we send members a specifically-themed health care survey, create a high-level report on their responses, then share it back to the community through an email newsletter. The most recent newsletter discusses patient impressions and experiences with transitions of care. Read the December 2018 newsletter now.

Funds flowing to Alberta – Well Doc Alberta is first initiative under CMA-AMA MOU

March 12, 2019

PRESIDENT'S LETTER: In our February 21 joint President’s Letter, we announced that the Alberta Medical Association (AMA) and Canadian Medical Association (CMA) established a new collaboration – outlined in a Memorandum of Understanding – to align activities and partner on joint initiatives that advance our shared priorities.

Management of osteoporosis: fracture prevention

March 7, 2019

Ms Y is a 72-year-old woman with a history of hypertension, osteoarthritis and well controlled GERD. She presents for a periodic health maintenance visit and seems generally well. Her current medications are Ramipril, hydrochlorothiazide and pantoprazole. Your EMR reminds you that she has not been screened for osteoporosis. This article focuses on post-menopausal osteoporosis and follows the Towards Optimized Practice guidelines on the topic.

Retro BCP payments and other physician compensation news

February 28, 2019

Just as physicians cannot help patients achieve their best health by focusing on only one aspect of being healthy, similarly, in overseeing the AMA’s work toward financial health, the Board must take a comprehensive approach.

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.

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.

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?

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