Trauma Half Day (Psychiatric Quarterly Updates, Session Three)

September 6, 2019

A series of updates to provide health care professionals with an evidence-based overview of multiple areas 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.

Innovation in Procedural Sedation - Target Controlled Infusions in Procedural Sedation

September 13 to 14, 2019

The focus of this Symposium is procedural sedation in the hospital and non-hospital environment. Target Controlled Infusion (TCI) pump technology provides stable, steady-state drug concentrations for intravenous sedation that are easily titrated to meet surgical stimulus or patient need. TCI is Health Canada approved and this symposium is a first for Canada. The sponsoring organization is the Alberta Dental Society of Anesthesiology.

Running Sports Medicine Conference

September 14, 2019

The Canadian Academy of Sport and Exercise Medicine (CASEM) Running Injuries course is a one day clinical workshop that will cover all aspects of running injuries. The workshop will be lead by Drs. Victor Lun, Marcus Robinson and Preston Wiley.

2019 Geriatrics Update: Clinical Pearls

September 20, 2019

A blend of short snappers, case-based interactive workshops and panel discussions share latest knowledge and best practice for managing challenging health issues in older adults, across the continuum of care.

EODAF Building Dementia Awareness Conference

October 3 to 5, 2019

The Early Onset Dementia Alberta Foundation invites you to learn more about dementia in an open conference where all levels of organizations, government and Albertans can interact, network and collaborate. Keynote speakers include: Dr. David Sheard, Teepa Snow, Dr. Habib Chaudhury, Dr. Robert Dr. Sutherland and Dr. Jasneet Parmar.

44th Annual Pearls for Family Practice

October 7-10, 2019

An update and review, focused on pragmatic, evidence-informed pearls pertinent for practice in primary care. Topics covered include a wide variety of the diagnoses typically seen in both urban and rural settings.

Current Obstetrical Management Seminars

October 25, 2019

This program is intended to provide an opportunity to review and update your knowledge and management of normal and abnormal obstetrical cases. Issues with respect to newborn care, lactation, preconception care and planning, women’s mental health and postpartum management will also be covered.

2019 CAGP-CCSMH Annual Scientific Meeting

October 25-26, 2019

The 2019 CAGP-CCSMH Annual Scientific Meeting (ASM) will focus on the theme Building Resilience (as it relates to coping, recovery, growth and sustained vitality) in Seniors’ Mental Health in Canada.

Calgary Liver Disease Course 2019

November 2, 2019

A focus on the diagnosis of chronic liver diseases, how they can be managed in their medical home and when referral to a specialist is recommended. Integrating the Choosing Wisely recommendations for Hepatology, this course will focus on the appropriate investigations of abnormal liver tests, elevated ferritin, benign liver tumours and will “demystify” the interpretation of hepatitis B serology.

Resident Wellness Conference - Edmonton

November 21, 2019

Registration is now open! The Resident Wellness Conference is a PFSP-sponsored event to provide residents with wellness information and learning. This year's conference, Resident Physician Health: A Shared Responsibility, will focus on recognizing the importance of culture change and personal resilience to support the health of resident physicians in Alberta.

Women’s Mental Health (Psychiatric Quarterly Updates: Session Four)

November 29, 2019

This series of updates aims to provide health care professionals with an evidence-based overview of multiple areas 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. At the end of this course, learners will be equipped to: recognize the challenge perfectionism poses to mental health treatment and describe how to work with it, differentiate and utilize psychiatric medications in the context of pregnancy.

Evening Course for Primary Care (Series)

Wednesday Evenings: September 18 - December 4, 2019

Evening Course for Primary Care provides practice pearls that can be used every day. At the end of this course, learners will be equipped to: review the diagnosis and management of problems commonly seen in Family Medicine, exchange information and develop informal inter-professional communities of practice, and stay up-to-date on CFPC priority topics

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Update on first months with a new government

August 19, 2019

PRESIDENT'S LETTER: The Alberta Medical Association advances patient-centered, quality care by advocating for and supporting physician leadership and wellness. Most of the time, this requires collaboration with others in the system. Relationships matter – and the one between the profession and the Government of Alberta is one of the most important. As I look back over the past few months with our new government in place, I wanted to share a few thoughts with you. My first observation is that the new government has been very active, including in health care where they have launched reviews of Alberta Health Services, laboratory services and Connect Care.

Advisor (Communications), ACTT

August 13, 2019

The Alberta Medical Association is looking for a talented and creative communications professional to join our Accelerating Change Transformation Team (ACTT) in the role of Advisor. The AMA Accelerating Change Transformation Team supports physicians and other clinical team members advance care delivery within their practice environments.

Overhead Working Group report and what comes next

August 6, 2019

PRESIDENT'S LETTER: I’m writing as promised in my July 9 President’s Letter to provide all members with a copy of the Overhead Working Group Assessment and Review Report regarding the overhead study commissioned by AMA and Alberta Health for the Income Equity Initiative. It is available here: (member login required).

Senior Consultant, ACTT

August 2, 2019

We are recruiting for two positions of Senior Consultant to join the Accelerating Change Transformation Team (ACTT). This position can be based in Edmonton or Calgary but travel throughout the province, including overnight travel, is a core requirement in this position.

AMA holiday office hours

August 2, 2019

The AMA offices and phone lines will be closed Monday, August 5. Regular business hours will resume Tuesday, August 6.

We need your feedback to improve our websites and apps!

August 1, 2019

What do you think of the AMA’s websites and self-service applications? Is there anything you would like to see on our website and other digital apps in the future? Take our survey and be entered for a chance to win!

Changes to AMA Bylaws and Notice of Elections

July 30, 2019

Members are advised of proposed changes to the AMA Bylaws and elections taking place Saturday, September 28 at the 114th Annual General Meeting at the JW Marriott ICE District, Edmonton. View the amendments and election information. Nominations are due by 9 a.m., August 29.

About laboratory services

July 26, 2019

PRESIDENT'S LETTER: In June, the government cancelled construction of the Edmonton laboratory hub lab project and is currently exploring the needs of the province for laboratory services. Yesterday, the Canadian Society for Medical Laboratory Science added its voice to support appropriate investment in this area. We wanted to update members with our own assessment of the situation and to let you know what the AMA and Section of Laboratory Physicians have been doing.

Are you an IFHP approved provider? Read this.

July 15, 2019

Please read this notice if you are an approved Interim Federal Health Program (IFHP) provider and do not wish your contact information published on the Medavie Blue Cross IFHP website or accessible by third-parties for the purpose of data-collection (surveys) and measuring your satisfaction with IFHP services.

July-August 2019 Alberta Doctors' Digest now online

July 10, 2019

Highlights in this issue: Healthy working environments; Our Equity in Medicine Community of Interest; Do your patients experience gaps in care? ...And a lot more!

Overhead Working Group and Physician Compensation Committee

July 9, 2019

PRESIDENT'S LETTER: You may have seen an update bulletin from the Physician Compensation Committee today, including reference to the recent Deloitte overhead study and the committee’s discussion. As I wrote to you April 25 in a President’s Letter, the Board of Directors formed a small working group in response to concerns raised by the Representative Forum and sections about the results provided by Deloitte. The working group was asked to review what has been provided and then recommend (i) what, if any, elements of the study are usable and (ii) the next steps for ensuring usable overhead information in the Income Equity Initiative.

Are you interested in improving cirrhosis care in Alberta?

July 9, 2019

We are looking to interview primary and specialty care physicians to better understand the decision-making processes that take place when caring for and coordinating the care of patients living with cirrhosis. The information provided will inform a larger multi-component quality improvement initiative called the Cirrhosis Care Alberta Program.

Too dizzy to walk: Managing dizziness in the elderly

July 4, 2019

Ms Abawi is an 85-year-old woman with long standing history of dizziness. She presents with worsening dizziness post fall three months ago. Brain imaging post fall showed small vessel ischemic changes with no acute abnormalities. Her past medical history is significant for GERD, hypertension, osteoarthritis, osteoporosis, type 2 diabetes mellitus and depression. Ms Abawi is concerned about ongoing dizziness, poor balance and decreasing mobility so is seeking treatment from you.

Call for applications: Indigenous Health Care Award, ADHD interest

July 3, 2019

Do you work with the Canadian Indigenous population and have an interest in attention deficit hyperactivity disorder? The Canadian ADHD Resource Alliance (CADDRA) is seeking applications for its annual Indigenous Health Care Award, which will be presented at the 15th Annual CADDRA ADHD Conference in Toronto, October 5 to 6.

2019-20 GGP Fellowship Call for Applications

July 2, 2019

The NAPCRG Grant Generating Project is calling for applications for the 2019-2020 Fellowship. The fellowship is open to all American and Canadian primary care faculty interested in pursuing independent research on topics of interest to family medicine.

Are you our next Dr. Gadget?

June 10, 2019

Are you an AMA member interested in medical technology? We're searching for a writer for our popular Alberta Doctors' Digest column, Dr. Gadget!

Office building code changes: What physicians should know

June 10, 2019

As of April 1, 2019, the province of Alberta has changed its building code to improve the accessibility of doctors’ offices for people with physical and auditory disabilities. The changes make it easier for people with disabilities to enter the doctor's office and exam area, but also make examining a patient - especially a person with a physical disability - more appropriate for both patient and doctor. What will these changes look like?

Who won the 2019 AMA student sponsorships?

June 3, 2019

The Committee on Student Affairs recently met to review sponsorship applications. Based on funding criteria and the individual components of the application, the committee chose the following projects/events to receive funding.

High Level Fire Update

May 31, 2019

UPDATED! AMA members may be wondering how colleagues from High Level are fairing in the current wildfire evacuation. As the second week of the evacuation of High Level comes to an end, I wanted to touch base. The AMA Board of Directors is meeting today and your plight was discussed. You have our sympathy and best wishes for a swift, safe return to your community. In the meantime, we can continue to offer information that may be helpful:

AMA Youth Run Club volunteer opportunities for 2019

May 22, 2019

Calling all interested AMA members! There are several school-based, YRC Fun Runs scheduled across the province in May and June. Find out more about these volunteer opportunities that require minimal time and deliver maximum reward.:

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.

The AMA advances patient-centered, quality care by advocating for and supporting physician leadership and wellness.