Alberta Medical Foundation president's annual report

Presented to the membership of the Alberta Medical Foundation (AMA Board) at the AGM April 20, 2018, Edmonton.


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


  • Dr. Guy R. Blais
  • Dr. J. Robert Lampard
  • Dr. John A. Bachynsky
  • Dr. Amy Samson

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.
    5. Development of terms of reference for research grants, which are now advertised and the first applications received.
    6. Dr. Brian Sproule, a long-standing director of the AMF, passed away in April 20l7. During his long and exceptional career, he was a champion of history of medicine, a pioneer in pulmonary medicine in Alberta, and a Member of the Order of Canada. He will be sorely missed.
    7. Resignations from the AMF: Dr. Andrew Bulloch has resigned his position. We thank him for his service and contributions to the AMF.


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 $24,222.83 in 20l6 and $24,315.00 in 2017 - 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 AMA advances patient-centered, quality care by advocating for and supporting physician leadership and wellness.