Alberta Medical Foundation (AMF) president's annual report

Presented to the membership of the Alberta Medical Foundation (AMA Board) at the AGM March 24, 2017, Edmonton.

Officers

  • Dr. Melanie Stapleton (President)
  • Dr. Frank Stahnisch (Vice-President)
  • Dr. Dawna M. Gilchrist (Secretary-Treasurer)

Directors

  • Dr. Guy R. Blais
  • Dr. Andrew Bulloch
  • Dr. J. Robert Lampard
  • Dr. John A. Bachynsky

AMA Secretariat

  • Mavis A. Stoyko (administration)
  • Cameron N. Plitt (accounting/financial)

AMF activities in the past year

Activities of the AMF over the past year included:

  1. Continued and increased support of the history of medicine programs at the University of Alberta and the University of Calgary.
  2. Continued support of the History of Medicine Days Conference in Calgary.
  3. Continuation of Library grants to U of A and U of C.
  4. Continuation of the Margaret Hutton History of Medicine and Health Care Student Research Grant.
    This award was introduced in 2013 to support student research in the history of medicine in Alberta. The 2016 recipient, Kelsey Lucyk, has used it to fund her research in the evolution of the concept of social determinants of health in Canada leading up to the Lalonde Report in 1974. Her research has been presented at the Canadian Public Health Association Annual Meeting, the O'Brien Institute of Public Health Spring Forum, the Canadian Society for History of Medicine Days, and the University of Calgary's 25th Annual History of Medicine Days.
  5. Ongoing development of terms of reference for research grants, which should be finalized and advertised in the coming year.
  6. AMF directorships: One individual has volunteered to serve as a director of the AMF. This is Dr. Amy Samson. The current AMF directors would like to nominate this individual to the AMA Board for membership as a Director ofthe AMF.
  7. Resignations from the AMF: Dr Tom Feasby, Dr. Terry Myles and Dr. Ronald Wensel will be resigning from the Board. \Me thank them for their service and generous donation of their time. Dr. William Anderson, who was elected to the Board in 20l6, is also unable to serve.

Finances

The finances of the AMF benefit greatly from the AMA continuing to assume responsibility for investment, auditing and legal costs. As well, the AMF continues to benefit from donations solicited via a line item in the AMA annual dues notice since 2010. The income from donations totaled $20,665.00 in 2015 and $24,222.83 in 2016 - the highest annual amount to date. We again thank the AMA for providing this financial assistance and facilitation of donations, and we sincerely thank the membership of the AMA for their ongoing generosity.

In closing, the AMF wishes to express their appreciation to Mavis Stoyko, Cameron Plitt, Vic Taylor and the staff of the Alberta Medical Association for their excellent work in keeping the AMF smoothly running.

Respectfully submitted
Melanie P. Stapleton MD FRCPC
President, Alberta Medical Foundation

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.