Cannabis Update 2019

April 24, 2019

This course provides evidence-based information about the pharmacology, methods of ingestion, adverse effects across the lifespan, medical uses of cannabis and effects on driving.

36th Annual Calgary Therapeutics Course

April 25 – 26, 2019

This evidence-based course is designed to introduce family physicians, specialist physicians, pharmacists and nurse practitioners to new medications, new indications for older products and new guidelines for treatment. Current therapeutics controversies are examined and drug and non-drug therapeutic approaches for selected clinical conditions are presented.

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.

Alberta Society of Radiologists 20th Annual Continuing Medical Education Conference

May 3-5, 2019

Radiologists, residents, technologists and physicians are invited to join the Alberta Society of Radiologists in the Rockies for the annual CME conference. This year, the ASR is pleased to welcome Dr. Anat Kornecki to speak on Breast Imaging.

Serious Illness Conversation Guide for Physicians

May 4, 2019

The Serious Illness Conversation Guide is a structured way to facilitate conversations with patients and families in order to establish values, goals and wishes that can be translated into advance care plans and/or a Goals of Care Designation.

Calgary Pain Conference

May 6, 2019

This conference covers advances in pain research and treatment, the prevention and management of acute and chronic pain and provides an overview of available programs and resources in Calgary. It will be of interest to all healthcare providers.

Building an Ethical Framework to Guide the Practice of Global Surgery

May 16, 2019

The Office of Global Surgery at the University of Alberta invites you to join its second collaborative webinar on developing an ethical framework to guide the practice of global surgery. This webinar intends to develop an ethical framework through discussion and dialogue, the output of which will be presented at the 2019 Bethune Round Table in Global Surgery in Edmonton, June 6 - 9.

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.

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AMA holiday office hours

April 18, 2019

The AMA offices and phone lines will be closed Good Friday (April 19) and Easter Monday (April 22). Regular business hours will resume Tuesday, April 23.

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.

The AMA/WCB Advisory Committee wants you!

March 21, 2019

The AMA/WCB Advisory Committee is looking for a family physician to join the committee. The deadline to apply is April 18.

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.

March-April 2019 Alberta Doctors' Digest now online

March 13, 2019

Highlights in this issue: World Professional Association for Transgender Health holds first-ever conference in Canada; AMA Indigenous Cultural Safety Training; Integrated health information is coming; Dr. Ioana Bratu gets our physician wellness #GOAT; Shine a Light: Dr. Sayeh; and a lot more!

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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