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The Board invites all members to participate in the virtual AGM at 7 p.m. on Monday, October 3, 2022. 

This will be a chance to engage with the president and officers of the Alberta Medical Association about the latest state of affairs with government and other matters affecting the profession and our patients in the year ahead. This report is the account of the Board of Directors to the membership for the year October 1, 2021 to September 30, 2022.

There are three parts to this report:

  • A year in review is largely a recounting of the events of the year around three key themes.
  •  Advocacy provides an overview of the issues and strategies applied to remain united and support members to help Albertans understand what is happening in the health care system.
  • Performance and the business plan provides highlights of what we did – and how well we did – under the business plan that articulates the direction, dollars and staff made available for members throughout the year and all related activities.

A YEAR IN REVIEW: How the AMA supported members in 2021-22

The 2021-22 fiscal year was challenging for the AMA in many ways. From the ongoing pandemic to the continued challenges in our relationship with government and Alberta Health Services, the AMA had to be nimble and responsive on many fronts in order to effectively support and represent members. 

The following section details multiple events and challenges over the past year – in chronological order – and how the AMA consistently responded and supported members by:

  • representing members and restoring the relationship with government
  • responding to the pandemic and the care deficit

The report will also outline the AMA’s continued pursuit of important activities under our business plan that are key to our mission and vision. 

Representing members and restoring the relationship with government

October 21, 2021: Supporting members impacted by proposed changes to AHS stipend payments

In October 2021, the AMA was working hard to support members with respect to AHS stipend payments. Alberta Health and AHS had said that they would be ending stipend contracts with approximately 1,900 physicians on December 31, as they had done similarly in August and April of that year.

At this point in time, there was little productive discussion with respect to developing agreeable, viable alternatives, and the Stipend Action Committee was advocating for an extension past December 31 in order to allow for a fair and collaborative process for developing viable physician compensation arrangements.

The AMA continued to remind health care partners that the best way to accomplish this would be through a comprehensive and integrated framework that encompasses all aspects of physician compensation.

November 15, 2021: Negotiations continue with some positive signs

Negotiations with government continued throughout the fall and in November 2021 we were seeing some positive signs. The new minister advanced a move toward interest-based bargaining as a way of breaking the standstill in negotiations. From the AMA’s perspective, this approach was welcomed. We believed it would encourage a constructive and collaborative approach and could improve relationships.

Another positive sign was government’s follow-through on a commitment to not restrict billing numbers (PRACIDs) on April 1, 2022 – as was provided for in 2019 legislation. The government tabled an amendment to the Alberta Health Care Insurance Act to formalize that promise. This pause allowed productive discussions to continue.

November 25, 2021: AMA recognizes member achievement and service

One of the high points of the 2021-22 year was bestowing our highest honours for long service and distinguished achievement. The 2021 AMA Achievement Awards were presented at the virtual Annual General Meeting on September 28. These awards carried extra meaning, given that in 2020 the program was placed on hiatus due to the COVID-19 disruption. We were pleased to receive an excellent set of nominations from which our Committee on Achievement Awards selected honourees for approval by the Board.

This video highlights the AMA Achievement Award winners and Alberta-based honourees of the Canadian Medical Association. For thoughts from these individuals and more recipients of other AMA honours, please review the awards booklet.

December 3, 2021: Z-code deadline delayed 

For many physicians the January 1, 2022 date for implementation of the proposed Z-codes and AHS overhead policy was a great concern. On December 2, Alberta Health released a bulletin stating that the implementation date for both of these items would be delayed: Z-codes to October 2022 and AHS overhead was targeted for June 2022. We had been actively advocating on these issues and were pleased to know many members who were already struggling with so many challenges would have a reprieve.

While it was appreciated, the delay itself was not a solution. The AMA was still firmly advocating to align AHS overhead policy with other parts of the compensation environment.

December 10, 2021: Delay in AHS stipend changes allows time for a comprehensive approach

With the support of the AMA and the Stipend Action Committee, physicians and stipend groups sent letters to government and AHS leaders highlighting their concerns around stipend payments ending and the looming implementation date. These letters were unique to each group and described the real-life patient and health system impacts that would occur on December 31 if stipends were to end without a viable alternative in place.

On December 8, physicians working in AHS facilities, particularly those involved with programs remunerated by AHS stipend arrangements, received an email from Dr. Francois Belanger, AHS Vice President, Quality and Chief Medical Officer, confirming that an extension had been granted to many AHS clinical stipend programs that were set to end on December 31.

The Stipend Action Committee prepared a detailed SAC Update with more detailed information for impacted physicians.

December 22, 2021: Negotiations toward a new agreement continue

We continued to see encouraging signs from the minister and Alberta Health negotiators with respect to interest in a collaborative relationship and negotiations designed to solve problems instead of just taking positions.

We continued to push for aligning all elements of physician compensation into a comprehensive and integrated framework. Including fee-for-service (and virtual care codes), clinical ARPs, AHS stipends, overhead policies or any other alternative funding arrangements, as well as Physician Compensation Advisory Committee processes. The AMA maintained that a framework like this should be part of a negotiated agreement that provides for a consistent, strategic approach to compensation. For the AMA, that meant knowing not only how we are paid and how much, but also what we are trying to achieve for patient care with respect to the payment method.

December 22, 2021: Advocacy around the opioid crisis

Sadly, opioid deaths continued to climb during the pandemic. Statistics were showing that, year-over-year, the death rates in many jurisdictions were much, much worse. The AMA’s Section of Addiction Medicine worked with government on developing strategies to deal with the crisis. The AMA was also building on motions from the Representative Forum and coordinating with stakeholders, such as the Edmonton Zone Medical Staff Association’s Opioid Poisoning Committee. The opioid crisis was a frequent topic for commentary on AMA social media platforms.

December 30, 2021: Increase to priority virtual care codes

To make the provision of virtual care more financially sustainable, government and AMA announced changes to some priority virtual care codes through a joint media release.

These changes were the result of AMA advocacy and a report from a virtual care working group that included Alberta Health, Alberta Health Services, the College of Physicians & Surgeons of Alberta and the AMA. Looking at both short- and long-term considerations around virtual care, the working group identified a number of priorities, but adjustments relating to indirect patient care time and complex modifiers were seen as the most urgent priorities at the time.

January 20, 2022: Discussions with government enter a new phase

For a number of months, government and the AMA had been exploring a return to formal negotiations toward a provincial agreement for Alberta physicians.

Before returning to negotiations, the parties agreed to act on some high-priority issues to provide some stability in the system. This included:

  • Implementing virtual code changes (announced on December 30).
  • Delaying the December 31, 2021 implementation of AHS stipends, Z-code fee reductions and AHS overhead policy.
  • Closer collaboration between government and the AMA on the province’s COVID response.

Rick Wilson was appointed as a facilitator to assist both parties in engaging in interest-based negotiations. This was a positive step as both parties saw this approach as a way to find wins for both sides, addressing root problems instead of simply presenting positions.

February 10, 2022: AMA holds true to physician needs as formal negotiations begin

As formal negotiations began, the AMA held true to what physicians told us they needed: stable practices and the ability to deliver the care that patients need. In essence, we sought value for patients and fairness for physicians. The physician interests (developed through extensive member engagement) identified by the AMA included high-quality care; addressing economic concerns; providing dispute resolution; establishing continuance for agreements and programs; and ensuring strong representation, including in fee-for-service, alternative relationship plans and the Academic Medicine and Health Services Program. The AMA also sought to address health policy issues, such as physician resources and support for primary care as the backbone of the system.

March 2, 2022: AMA calls for AHS overhead charges to be dealt with at negotiating table

In a letter from AHS to physicians, AHS provided notice that on July 1, 2022, it would implement a framework “for assessing and recovering physician overhead costs that will be a consistent approach for AHS physician overhead across all zones, and in all facilities; urban, regional and rural.”

The AMA had been providing feedback to AHS regarding the overhead policy and consistently advised that:

  • There must be sensitivity applied to matters that negatively affect physician compensation - particularly at this time. The pandemic has significantly affected the viability of practice for nearly every physician in Alberta and with a care deficit to address, we need to be looking for ways to improve access to medical services.
  • AHS overhead policy, along with all other areas where changes to physician compensation are being contemplated, belong under the umbrella of our provincial negotiations. 

In the face of this AHS notice, the AMA responded strongly; advocating for stability and the mechanisms needed to ensure that compensation arrangements are equitable and consistent. With this new deadline looming, the AMA made the same argument as we did in December 2021:

“In our view, these matters need to be discussed in negotiations leading to a provincial agreement and a framework that deals with all aspects of physician compensation."

March 25, 2022: Enhanced virtual care codes improve access to mental health care

The AMA and Alberta Health jointly announced changes to virtual care billing codes that will allow psychiatrists to provide additional virtual care for:

  • Indirect care as part of a psychiatric consultation.
  • Time spent discussing a child’s treatment with their guardian (currently, psychiatrists can only bill when talking with a patient directly).

Implementing appropriate virtual care codes like these was a priority issue that AMA and government agreed to have addressed and they helped to fill a gap in mental health care delivery and improved practice stability for psychiatrists.

April 1, 2022: Alberta Health agrees to pause stipend changes during negotiations

The AMA continued to raise stipends, AHS overhead charges and other issues with Alberta Health and AHS with the goal of bringing all aspects of compensation to the broader negotiations table so that they could be dealt with through a comprehensive physician compensation framework. To do this, however, both parties needed to agree that changes to the status quo would not occur while negotiations were underway.

On April 1, the AMA and Alberta Health jointly announced that any pending changes to payment rates or programs would be halted until negotiations conclude.

April 5, 2022: AMA hosts webinar to inform members about negotiations

As negotiations continued to move forward, the AMA remained committed to keeping members apprised of the progress being made at the table, the interests that were being brought forth on their behalf and the major sticking points between the parties.

Hosted by the sections of Family and Rural Medicine, as well as the Specialty Care Alliance, the Negotiations Update webinar was open to all AMA members and included a panel presentation, followed by a Q & A session with all attendees. Members were provided with:

  • An update on our interest-based negotiations with Alberta Health and other issues.
  • A progress update on the AMA's lawsuit.
  • Information about the latest progress on the Income Equity Initiative.

A recording of the negotiations webinar (login required) was made available on the AMA website for any member to view, as was a synopsis of questions and answers (login required) arising from the Q & A portion of the webinar.

May 1, 2022: The AMA celebrates National Physicians Day

May 1 is Canada’s day to celebrate the contributions of physicians to their patients, communities and the profession. The AMA recognized the hard work, passion and dedication of Alberta's physicians, resident physicians and medical students by shining a spotlight on some specialty areas of medicine, including general pathology, medical genetics, palliative care, rural family medicine and women's health.

May 26, 2022: AMA keeps physician and patient interests top of mind as Connect Care rollout continued

Wave 4 of the Connect Care launch took place on May 28 at sites in both Edmonton and Calgary zones. As the clinical information system for all AHS medical records, prescriptions and care history at AHS facilities, AHS physicians were most directly impacted by Connect Care’s rollout. However, these systemic changes would also impact the flow of information to community physicians, and physicians recognized the risk of adverse outcomes to patients if this flow is interrupted.

The Non-AHS Community Provider Advisory Group was created in 2019 (prior to Wave 1) to address this gap. With representation from physician leaders, AMA staff and AHS, the advisory group focused on identifying and addressing Connect Care impacts, specifically on community physicians, prior to each launch phase.

The group focused on technical issues, including results routing and the challenges that faced physicians who practiced in both AHS facilities and the community. With the support of the AMA, AHS met with the sections of Family and Rural Medicine in December 2021 to identify key areas of concern.

While there is still work to be done toward a fully integrated solution, this collaborative approach led to progress in resolving technical issues and provided clear communications and dedicated avenues to better support community physicians.

June 1, 2022: Alberta cancer care physicians ratify agreement with AHS

On May 27, Cancer Care Alberta (CCA) physicians ratified an agreement between the AMA (representing CCA physicians) and AHS, effective July 1, 2021. During the voting period, 60.6% of eligible CCA physicians cast a ballot and of those voting, 62.8% voted yes and 37.2% voted no.

It took several years for the negotiating team to reach this agreement and – like any agreement – there were many pros and cons to consider. The eventual outcome represented successful work by the two parties and affirmed a strengthened relationship between AHS and cancer care physicians. This successful ratification demonstrated that it was possible to make progress – even in difficult times.

June 17, 2022: Further progress toward income equity

In the fall of 2021, the Representative Forum directed the Board to develop an interim approach to make progress toward income equity using best available evidence, while remaining committed to the completion and implementation of the full Income Equity Initiative (IEI). In close consultation with sections, the AMA Compensation Committee (AMACC) developed an interim measure, which was approved at the Spring RF meeting in Calgary.

The interim measure was designed to help quantify progress toward achieving income equity and to guide the allocation of any new monies obtained in an agreement with government. The AMA requested that if any such allocation was given, that five sections receive particular attention due to their low ranking in the interim income equity calculations (Family Medicine - including Generalists in Mental Health, Neurology, Obstetrics and Gynecology, Pediatrics and Psychiatry).

The AMA recognized that calculations for the interim measure use the best information available at a specific point in time and that calculations may change over time as data evolves, for example once the AMA Hours of Work Study results are available.

The AMACC developed an illustrative video to help explain IEI, the interim measure and the factors used to compute each section's equity measure.

June 21, 2022: Government further delays changes to stipends to allow discussions to continue

Many physicians would have been impacted by the June 30 planned deadline for changes to stipend contracts, but to support the ongoing discussions between government and the AMA, the parties jointly announced that no action would be taken on June 30 with respect to AHS stipends or overhead.

June 24, 2022: AMA weighs in on Roe v. Wade decision

On June 24 the Supreme Court of the United States struck down the landmark Roe vs. Wade ruling. The AMA has always strongly supported access to safe and timely health care for all. For women, there is no more important dimension than access to reproductive care and treatments.

Dr. Warren issued a President’s Letter to provide comment on the controversial decision and the denial of fundamental constitutional rights of 50% of the American population. Dr. Warren commented on the risks that could arise for patients and physician colleagues in the United States and called for safe and equitable health care to meet the needs of women.

The AMA also recognized and began looking into possible implications for Alberta-based physicians who provide services to American patients, particularly in border communities and larger cities.

July 15, 2022: AMA encourages caution with respect to pilot project pharmacy clinic

As many communities were increasingly struggling with the loss of physicians in primary and specialty care, a pilot project saw Lethbridge’s Real Canadian Superstore become home to Alberta’s first walk-in health clinic led by pharmacists.

While the AMA was painfully aware that many Albertans could not find a family physician and that more support for primary care was desperately needed, we were concerned about the lack of integration in this stand-alone model. With no way to bring together the data and outcomes of patient encounters, the concern was that the patient would end up being responsible for holding all knowledge of their care without anyone to help them manage it.

The AMA continued to advocate for every Albertan to have a Patient’s Medical Home of their own – a place where a family physician is the most responsible provider of their medical care and works collaboratively with a team of health professionals, which may include nurses, pharmacists, nutritionists and others as required. Patients deserve coordinated comprehensive health care services and continuity of patient care.

July 29, 2022: New UCP leader needs a plan for health care

As the United Conservative Party engaged in an election process to choose their new leader, the Board discussed the need to hear from the candidates about their future plans for health care, as well as their ideas for solving the significant health care issues facing Albertans.

The winner of this leadership race will go on to become premier of Alberta and to direct government with whom Alberta physicians were hoping to rebuild a constructive working relationship. As such, the AMA wanted to engage with the candidates by raising important questions from Albertans (through our online patient community, and from our members.

Members were asked to submit their questions for the leadership candidates via email and patients were asked to do so via a form sent through the website. The AMA committed to sharing the final set of questions and responses from each candidate with members and the public.

August 12, 2022: Health care questions for UCP leadership candidates

Many members responded to the call for health care related questions that the AMA should ask the UCP leadership candidates to answer. We also heard from over 1,100 Albertans through our website.

After reviewing all submitted questions, it was determined that 10 questions would be posed to the leadership candidates with an explanation that the questions – and their answers – would be shared with members, our community and the public at large to encourage wider engagement and conversation around these important topics.

August 19, 2022: Alberta physician Dr. Alika Lafontaine, becomes CMA’s first Indigenous president

With Canada’s health care system on the brink of collapse, on August 22 Dr. Alika Lafontaine officially took the helm of the CMA at one of the most challenging times in recent history.

Dr. Lafontaine — who is the first Indigenous president in the CMA’s 155-year history — has spent his career working to transform Canada’s health care system, particularly in service of marginalized communities. He is an award-winning physician who practises anesthesia in Grande Prairie. He was born and raised in Treaty 4 Territory (Southern Saskatchewan) and has Anishinaabe, Cree, Métis and Pacific Islander ancestry.

‘We can imagine a different future’: Introducing CMA President Dr. Alika Lafontaine.

August 26, 2022: Advocacy letters – AMA opinion/editorial coverage

In August, the AMA garnered earned media coverage through opinion/editorial coverage. Dr. Warren wrote three opinion pieces that were published (or in the process of being published at time of writing) in Postmedia outlets.

  • Opinion article regarding pharmacist-led clinics
  • Letter to editor regarding primary care under Alberta Health Services management
  • Opinion article regarding nurse practitioners and siloed care

September 9, 2022: Members vote on potential agreement

During the summer months of 2022, the AMA and Alberta Health had made tangible progress at the negotiating table, overcoming some major philosophical obstacles. After many weeks of intense negotiations, a potential ratification package was brought forward for membership ratification.

Responding to the pandemic and the care deficit

October 7, 2021: A call for stronger measures to combat COVID-19

At the Fall Representative Forum, the Board received clear direction from RF delegates that the AMA needed to strongly – and publicly – advocate for a stronger response to the COVID-19 crisis Alberta was facing.

A media release was issued on September 27 in response to the most urgent COVID-related motion passed at RF. The media release called on government to institute timely, effective public health measures – commonly referred to as a "fire-breaker" – to aggressively control COVID-19 cases to protect our health care system and keep Albertans safe.

October 29, 2021: Physicians surveyed to help measure the care deficit

We surveyed members to learn what they were observing in their practices with respect to the impact of the care deficit. The firsthand information we collected was very concerning:

  • We asked: To what extent are you observing COVID-19 care deficit effects in your practice/in your patients.
    • 59.7% said the effects are often or almost always present in patients
    • 29.7% said sometimes
    • 10.5% said seldom or never
  • We asked: Do you feel equipped to assist patients with their care deficit issues?
    • 46.2% said they seldom or never felt equipped
    • 37.6% said sometimes
    • 16.2% said yes, almost always or often

Media outlets were beginning to cover the care deficit issue in earnest:

November 25, 2021: Albertans thank physicians 

Part of the AMA’s work to explore the COVID-19 care deficit included gathering video testimonials from Albertans about how the pandemic was affecting them. In the course of that work, we also collected some messages of gratitude and satisfaction for the care that health care teams – and doctors in particular – provided through the pandemic. We compiled those messages in a short video that was shared with members.

December 15, 2021: Care deficit advocacy continues as AMA prepares to seek solutions

The public weighed in on the COVID-19 care deficit through and helped us to understand the ways in which they were personally affected. Patients sent us short video messages telling us about their personal care deficits. Many of their testimonials were heartbreaking and we turned our attention to asking: How do we get patients the care they need? How can we deliver the referrals, procedures, diagnostic services, community support and continuity of care that will be required as we shift from pandemic to endemic at a time that no one can predict? How can we make our system better during this time of significant challenge when it was challenged even before COVID-19?

We knew then that it would take all of us, working together, to recover from the care deficit and we called for health system partners to collaborate in identifying new, innovative solutions. We could not simply keep doing the same things we had always done in the system. We knew the effects of the pandemic were already so widespread and so deep that it would take great focus, resources and support from all parties in the health care system to even attempt recovery. 

December 22, 2021: AMA and Alberta College of Family Physicians host emergency Omicron meeting 

The AMA and Alberta College of Family Physicians co-hosted a webinar on December 23 to discuss the latest developments with respect to the Omicron variant in Alberta and how primary care physicians could best prepare. The webinar focused on primary care but was open to all members and a recording was made available on the AMA website.

December 30, 2022: AMA leadership pens op-ed; Community care is key to helping get us through Omicron

AMA leaders published an op-ed submission with Postmedia about the importance of supporting community care in order to effectively respond to Omicron. The submission called for increased support for primary care as Alberta found itself on the brink of a fifth pandemic wave and was jointly signed by the AMA president, the presidents of the sections of Family, Rural and Emergency Medicine and the co-chairs of the Specialty Care Alliance.

February 3, 2022: Advocating to heal our health care system

Through our August 2021 member survey, members told us they wanted the AMA to advocate and help explain the state of health care to Albertans, including advocating for sustainability of family medicine/primary care, the importance of the Patient's Medical Home and the serious situation in rural medicine where COVID-19 had worsened ongoing gaps in local health care teams.

Physicians wanted patients to know that they were still there for them, but also that they were under enormous strain, pressure and burnout. The AMA developed materials to help physicians have conversations with their patients about the state of primary care and how they could help:

February 10, 2022: AMA responds to government easing public health restrictions

On February 8, Premier Jason Kenney, Health Minister Jason Copping and Dr. Deena Hinshaw, Alberta's chief medical officer of health, announced Alberta's plan to lift COVID-19 public health restrictions. This easing of restrictions included expiration of Alberta's proof-of-vaccination system and removing rules that required students to wear masks in schools.

The AMA recognized that there were differing opinions about the right time to go from pandemic to endemic but cautioned that hospitals were still under great strain and that people should continue to stay safe and keep those around them safe by getting vaccinated, masking and social distancing. The president did several media interviews in which she focused on stabilizing our hospital system in order to live with COVID.

March 24, 2022: A new phase of AMA advocacy around the growing care deficit 

Made up of specialists and primary care leaders – formerly known as the Joint Task Force – the Joint Physician Advocacy Committee (JPAC) introduced a new phase of AMA advocacy in March 2022 with the Care Deficit Assessment Series.

To help Albertans better understand the care deficit and its far-reaching impacts in our province, physician experts shared insights from the frontlines and opportunities they saw for improvement. JPAC’s vision for the Care Deficit Assessment Series was to generate discussion among physicians, patients and health system partners to help find a way forward.

The first topic of focus was pediatric mental health and included an executive summary, a full-length paper and a one-page set of physician talking points.

To kick off this work, Dr. Warren created a short video to describe the focus on the COVID-19 care deficit and what we were trying to achieve. The main message was: It will take all of us, working together, to recover from the care deficit.

May 2, 2022: Care Deficit Assessment Series focuses on women’s health

JPAC turned its attention to the impact of the COVID care deficit on women’s health, encompassing obstetrical and gynecological care, but also the impact on women with respect to the multiple roles they play and the social, economic and health-care consequences they have faced during the pandemic. 

This second topic in the Care Deficit Assessment Series included an executive summary, a full-length paper and a one-page set of physician talking points.

May 12, 2022: Care Deficit Assessment Series focuses on care of the elderly

This topic in the Care Deficit Assessment Series considered the heartbreaking deficiencies in the care of the elderly that the pandemic exposed in every jurisdiction. Some proposed solutions for Alberta were included, as well as the usual list of resources and information for patients and families.

This third topic in the Care Deficit Assessment Series included an executive summary, a full-length paper and a one-page set of physician talking points.

May 17, 2022: Representative Forum calls for urgent care for a system in crisis

At the spring Representative Forum, delegates stressed over and over that the system was in crisis. While COVID and the resulting care deficit were a big part of the crisis, delegates pointed out that most issues predated the pandemic and were now much worse.

We heard from many physicians who were facing complex and overwhelming issues ranging from a severe shortage of family physicians – particularly in rural areas – to the ongoing opioid crisis. This was compounded by a terrifying lack of resources to adequately deal with escalating issues related to pediatric mental health.

Though the scale of this crisis was daunting, the RF passed several motions that empowered the AMA to act on many of these issues. These can be accessed through the RF Navigator by browsing by year – Spring 2022 (member login required).

May 20, 2022: Care Deficit Assessment Series focuses on the crisis in Alberta’s emergency departments

At the spring RF, delegates passionately agreed that Alberta’s already over-stretched health care system was in crisis. This made the advocacy the AMA was undertaking with patients and system partners about the challenges we face all the more critical.

The fourth topic in Care Deficit Assessment Series focused on emergency departments, which was particularly timely as the emergency department is the nexus where almost all care deficit issues were showing up. Most health issues intersect in the emergency department and the emergency medicine physicians who contributed to this paper laid out a powerful picture of the overwhelming strain that was on emergency care in our province. They also identified what they thought would be needed to calm the chaos in the EDs and improve the upstream and downstream deficiencies.

This fourth topic in the Care Deficit Assessment Series included an executive summary, a full-length paper and a one-page set of physician talking points.

May 20, 2022: provides patients with a place to share their care deficit stories

Whether patients were waiting for a doctor’s appointment, waiting for a procedure or service or struggling to find a family physician in the first place, physicians were seeing the detrimental effects.

The AMA set up as a place where patients could easily share their own care deficit experiences. The data that was anonymously collected was used to shine a light where improvements were needed and to encourage the public to stay alert and informed and help us call for solutions.

Good information about what patients were experiencing around the province was needed but was lacking. Through the AMA sought to make the system better by helping us to measure, track and better understand the care deficit. The AMA encouraged members to direct their patients to whenever they (or their staff) had to tell a patient that they weren’t accepting new patients or that the patient needed to wait for a service, test or specialist appointment.

June 1, 2022: AMA survey highlights shortfalls in pediatric mental health

Pediatric mental health emerged as one of the primary concerns of the care deficit. Pediatric patients were distressed, as were their families, friends and support networks.

To better understand what parents of unwell children were going through, we turned to our online research community Over 700 Alberta parents/guardians participated, and results showed:

  • 65% of parents say a child in their care has suffered deterioration in mental health from the pandemic.
  • Negative mental health consequences of pandemic response are directly related to, and increase with a child’s age.
  • 72% of parents say the overall quality of Alberta’s health care system in meeting their child’s needs is “bad” compared to only 16% who feel the system is doing at least a “good” job.

This story earned significant media coverage. Reporters were also hearing about a system that was falling short despite the tremendous efforts of physicians, health care teams and families.

June 14, 2022: Care Deficit Assessment Series focuses on dermatology

The fifth topic in the Care Deficit Assessment Series focused on dermatology and provided an interesting example of the care deficit manifesting in specialized care with the potential to affect many patients. The care deficit has severely impacted dermatology patients and has led to dangerous delays in diagnosis and treatment. This has left many Albertans living in pain and, in some instances of skin cancer, these delays in care may shorten lives. Although physicians have been doing all they can to help patients navigate the system and receive the care they need, it is difficult to meet the needs of patients in a timely, effective way.

This fifth topic in the Care Deficit Assessment Series included an executive summary, a full-length paper and a one-page set of physician talking points.

July 15, 2022: Survey confirmed that care deficit was holding on

In reviewing the results of the June 2022 member survey, it was quickly apparent that the care deficit was maintaining its grip.

In 2021, we asked how apparent the care deficit was to physicians. The 2021 results showed a significant prevalence (60.7%). That prevalence continued and even increased in some areas: physicians said the care deficit was now apparent in nearly two thirds (64%) of their patients. Survey results confirmed that patients were in need of care, many were sicker than they would have been without pandemic disruption and there was an increased incidence of more advanced disease and illness.

The AMA recognized that it would take time, effort and resources to find a way forward and committed to continuing to shine a light on issues and potential solutions with the help of the Joint Physician Advocacy Committee.

July 22, 2022: survey explores patient experiences in the emergency department

Our June survey explored patient experiences in the emergency department and some important themes.

Survey results showed that visits were higher among patients with chronic conditions who also tend to visit more frequently. It was interesting to learn about the level of “self-triage” that was occurring, whereby patients assess whether their situation is “serious enough” for a trip to the ED: 78% say they asked themselves that question and nearly half (49%) say they decided at least once not to go to the ED. Expecting to wait was also a deterrent to visiting an ED.

Almost one-half (46%) of patients – most commonly in those with lower incomes who are under the age of 45 – report that in the past five years, they have personally visited an ED for care because they had no other options available to them at the time (e.g., after hours, didn't have a family doctor/walk-in clinic not available, etc.).

The survey confirmed what the Section of Emergency Medicine and other physician leaders had been saying: Lack of access to integrated primary care in the community, upstream of the ED, was a significant contributor to patient loads in the ED. The AMA continued to push for strengthening our primary care system to reduce the burden on emergency medicine and improve the interaction between primary care and secondary/acute care.

August 19, 2022: Initial data from paints a picture of what patients were experiencing

In May, the AMA launched a public survey via to better understand the ongoing health care deficit and how it was impacting Albertans. By August, over 8,000 Albertans had completed the survey, bringing the patient voice to the conversation with their firsthand accounts of what they had experienced in the system. This initial report provided invaluable information about the ways in which Albertans were waiting for health care

As a place where patients could easily share their own care deficit experiences, was beginning to generate powerful information that could be shared with government, AHS and other system partners to make the system better.

August 26, 2022: Advocacy tools for physicians

As the AMA was promoting with paid advertising, the Joint Physician Advocacy Committee recommended involving front-line physicians in encouraging patients to participate in the survey.

All full-time practicing members received two pocket-sized pads of tear-away sheets that contained a QR code and the website address. Physicians and their staff were asked to use the tear-away sheets to refer patients who were waiting for care to

The AMA also provided an office poster that could be displayed in offices, as well as talking points for use when speaking with patients by phone.

ADVOCACY: Advocating to heal our health system

Joint Physician Advocacy Committee (JPAC)

Advocacy, public and government relations activities were ongoing throughout 2021-22.

As the Board and senior staff worked in various ways to repair our relationship with government, the Joint Physician Advocacy Committee helped the AMA prioritize topics for advocacy by feeding in concerns from grassroots members and letting us know what they were seeing on the ground in their own practices and specialties. Formerly the Joint Task Force, JPAC had been working in a new and larger role since the fall of 2021, bringing specialists and primary care together to support and advise on AMA advocacy activities. 

Care deficit advocacy 
As JPAC continued its work to draw attention to the issues impacting our health care system, patients and the profession, their overall focus was on identifying areas of concern in the system and laying out what recovery from the COVID-19 care deficit would involve. JPAC liaised with many different physicians across Alberta, from differing specialties, to get a true sense of what was happening in physician practices and how patient care had been impacted.

JPAC facilitated the collection of stories and information from different parts of the profession. These stories were presented as a series called the Care Deficit Assessment Series and were designed to help patients and stakeholders unpack what was happening in health care, and identify ideas for resolution, innovation and solutions. A wide array of topics were covered, including:

  • Opioid drug poisoning crisis
  • Dermatology
  • Emergency departments under strain 
  • Advocacy for the care of the elderly
  • Women's health in the care deficit 
  • Pediatric mental health

Each topic included an executive summary, a full-length paper and a one-page set of physician talking points (links to series documents included above under Responding to the pandemic and the care deficit).
As we began to repair our working relationship with government and entered into interest-based negotiations, the AMA pivoted the focus of the community. While this activist community was initially established to help call on government to reach an agreement with the AMA, in 2021-22 we turned their attention to helping us to explore the care deficit.

In May, the AMA launched a public survey via to better understand the ongoing health care deficit and how it was impacting Albertans. Our intent with was to shine a light on where improvements were needed and encourage the public to stay alert and informed and help us call for solutions.

At time of writing, over 8,200 Albertans had completed the survey and we had already started to report to the public and our system partners on what we were learning. The initial report (published August 19) provided valuable insight into the ways in which Albertans were waiting for health care.

At the end of August, all full-time practicing physician members who regularly interact with patients were direct-mailed a letter from the AMA president as well as two pocket-sized pads of tear-away sheets that contained a QR code and the website address. We asked physicians and all primary care network staff to refer patients who were waiting for care to via the tear-away sheets.

In addition to the tear-away pads that were direct-mailed to members, we also developed talking points for physicians and clinic staff to use in conversations with patients. A poster was also made available on the AMA website to print and display in offices.
The AMA online community stood at just over 14,000 members at time of writing. The population is more than sufficient for general statistical soundness, and we believe it is the largest patient panel of its sort in Canada.

In 2021-22, the community continued to provide important patient perspectives for the Board and various initiatives. It was also a key support tool for the Joint Physician Advocacy Committee in its mandate to advocate toward recovery from the COVID care deficit.

Pediatric mental health emerged as one of the primary concerns in the care deficit. These young patients were distressed. Adding to that toll were the families and friends of unwell children who are their support networks.

To better understand what parents were going through, we conducted a survey in May 2022 and over 700 Alberta parents/guardians participated. The data showed that:

  • 65% of parents say a child in their care has suffered deterioration in mental health from the pandemic.
  • Negative mental health consequences of pandemic response are directly related to, and increase with, a child’s age.
  • 72% of parents say the overall quality of Alberta’s health care system in meeting their child’s needs is “bad” compared to only 16% who feel the system is doing at least a “good” job.

These numbers show a pediatric mental health system that is falling short, despite the tremendous efforts of physicians and our health care teammates to provide the care and services these children deserve. Focused attention, with all our system partners, is required to work toward the solutions recommended in the pediatric mental health issue paper.

View the full results and a news story on this issue.

In June of 2022, we conducted a survey through that explored patient experiences in the emergency department. We had over 4,300 Alberta patients respond, and the data showed that:

  • Visits were higher among patients with chronic conditions who also tend to visit more frequently.
  • With respect to the level of “self-triage” that occurs, whereby patients assess whether their situation is “serious enough” for a trip to the ED: 78% say they asked themselves that question and nearly half (49%) say they decided at least once not to go to the ED.
  • Almost one-half (46%) of patients – most commonly in those with lower incomes who are under the age of 45 – report that in the past five years, they have personally visited an ED for care because they had no other options available to them at the time (e.g., after hours, didn't have a family doctor/walk-in clinic not available, etc.).

What patients told us in the survey matched up to what the Section of Emergency Medicine and other physician leaders had been saying: Lack of access to integrated primary care in the community, upstream of the ED, was contributing significantly to patient loads in the ED. Our survey showed that almost half of patients went to an ED as a last resort.

View the full report and a summary of important themes.

Social and earned media
The AMA continued to use social media to share information and amplify important conversations. We took the opportunity to post about care deficit issues such as the opioid crisis; local physician resources and emergency department closures; the Edmonton Zone hallway medicine protocol; a lack of obstetric services in select communities; the national health human resource shortage; the importance of vaccinations and COVID booster availability; and more.

We amplified important messaging from health partners like the Canadian Medical Association on issues that matter and significant milestones, including the installation of the CMA’s first Indigenous president, Dr. Alika Lafontaine, an anesthesiologist from Grande Prairie.

Our increased social media presence during 2021-22 helped position the AMA as a trusted voice advocating for the health issues that matter to Albertans.
In addition, AMA social media channels were used to*:

*Note: The above hyperlinks are intended to provide a small sampling of the breadth and depth of the AMA’s social media posts in 2021-22. The list is not exhaustive. 

Government relations
While most of the AMA’s public advocacy work in 2021-22 focused on the care deficit and informing Albertans about the state of our health care system, the AMA was prepared for the possibility of negotiations with government breaking down and the return to a more hostile relationship between the parties.

In case this situation happened, the AMA prepared a campaign that would use both paid and unpaid tactics to advocate for physicians. At time of writing, negotiations discussions were still in progress.

In the midst of the leadership race for the United Conservative Party, we worked to ensure that health care issues were front and centre with candidates. We invited members to share health care questions they wanted to pose to candidates, and we asked our 40,000+ members of to do the same.

After reviewing the submitted questions, it was determined that 10 questions would be posed to the leadership candidates. These questions were utilized by the AMA president during a series of meetings that were held with leadership candidates throughout August and September.

The AMA committed to sharing all responses with members and the public. At time of writing, four candidate responses had been received. Responses will be posted on the AMA website as they are received.

PERFORMANCE AND THE BUSINESS PLAN: Highlights and updates related to the AMA’s Business Plan performance

The following content addresses and reports on the AMA Business Plan for the 2021-22 fiscal year (October 1, 2021 to September 30, 2022). The business plan was developed by senior staff with oversight and approval of the Board of Directors.

With members and the AMA under significant threat, the plan focuses on the essential deliverables identified by the Board, while continuing to support activities that forward the longer-term goals established by the Board. The business plan also maintains the significant savings and efficiencies captured last year so that available resources can be focused on these essential deliverables.

Context for the 2021-22 Planning
With members choosing not to ratify the tentative agreement, the two-year business plan developed by management and approved by the Board of Directors in 2020/21 remained substantively in place. With members and the AMA under significant threat, the plan focused activity and resources around several essential deliverables identified by the Board:

  • Support for representation on compensation matters
    Without an AMA agreement, discussions on physician compensation matters took place in many venues and often in somewhat different ways. This included existing models of payment through fee-for-service and alternative relationship plans (clinical and academic), but also whole new models that have come out of recent legislation. The AMA supported its members in achieving fair rates and terms of compensation in all settings.
  • Member engagement
    Members are the AMA; owners, leaders, workforce, etc. Given the changing relationship with government, the impact of COVID-19 and the rise of new technology, there were new ways to engage with members to get input and learn. It has been key that we develop and leverage our listening capabilities and be responsive to member needs. Alignment between member interests and the association is what member engagement is all about.
  • Advocacy (public and lawsuit) 
    Our goal continued to be achieving a negotiated agreement with government, but we needed to be ready for the possibility that activities at the negotiations table would not be adequate to bring that about. Resources were included in the business plan for activities that inform the public and politicians in support of that goal.
  • Government relations
    While there were significant efforts to form a strong and effective partnership with government, it has been challenged over the last while. Efforts here related to both better understanding government’s perspective and improving the relationship with them where possible.
  • Alliances with other key stakeholders
    The AMA relies on relationships to satisfy the needs of members, especially in these uncertain and challenging times. Understanding the interests of other organizations and aligning activities with theirs continued to be important throughout the year.
  • Physician compensation principles and policies including income equity
    The recent past has taught us that this government advances major policy initiatives with little discussion or engagement with the profession. We needed to continue educating government and the public on the complexities of physician payment and be ready to respond as new policy came forward from government.

The two-year plan struck a balance between operational savings and the use of reserves, to ensure the needed resources were available in the essential areas identified by the Board.

Cascading from the AMA mission are the Board-established goals for the organization, which are categorized in three broad Key Result Areas:

  1. Financial Health for physicians and their practices
  2.  Well Being (personal, workplace, community)
  3. System Partnership and Leadership

There were nine overarching goals (three under each Key Result Area) with related activities. The purpose of the goals was two-fold: they expressed how the Board wanted to deliver value to physician members and also what was felt to be most important in moving toward the association’s vision. Connected to each goal were the related activities that were planned for the 2021-22 fiscal year. These were developed by staff with Board oversight.

Achieving the goals under the three Key Result Areas requires a healthy, vibrant and sustainable AMA. “Healthy AMA” underpins the entire business plan and focuses on core organizational capabilities in the areas of governance, workforce, financial, relationships and knowledge.

Activity continued toward achieving each of the AMA’s goals, however, the focus for the two-year planning period remained on the essential deliverables with investment in other activities being reduced. The following content provides a summary of the activities under each goal within the Key Result Areas, including highlights, progress and challenges.

Key Result Area 1 – Financial Health

The goals under Financial Health were:

  1. Physicians are fairly compensated for their skills and training in comparison to other professionals.
  2. Physicians’ practice management decisions are based on sound management advice and best practice.
  3. Reliable and best-in-class financial products are available to all members.

Goal 1: Physicians are fairly compensated for their skills and training in comparison to other professionals.

Negotiation toward fair compensation remained a core competency for the AMA.

Master agreement negotiations
In January 2022, the parties entered into interest-based negotiations as a way to move forward discussions for a provincial master agreement. Mr. Rick Wilson (a labour and management facilitator) was appointed by the parties to facilitate these discussions. Numerous joint meetings were held in February, March, April and May.

In February, the parties entered into formal interest-based negotiations. Both parties expressed a common desire for improved trust and interactions with the goal of reaching a provincial agreement, and the AMA held true to what physicians told us they needed in an agreement. The negotiating team advocated strongly at the table for the following physician interests:

  • Physicians need financial stability so they can manage their practices and plan their businesses from month-to-month and year-to-year, while their revenue should fairly reflect the realities of what happens in their practices.
  • Clearly defined and transparent processes are needed for establishing payment and resolving disputes.
  • Relative payments should be based on relative comparisons of time, training, input and overhead as well as market factors. Applying the solid work of the Income Equity Initiative allows for consideration of internal equity vs. reliance on comparisons to what is done in other jurisdictions. Matters related to gender equity also require attention.
  • Physicians can only manage those things over which they have direct control. Physicians are fully aware of the province’s fiscal difficulties, exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic, and are willing to do their part. They should not, however, be held accountable for all aspects of increased expenditures.
  • All physicians need to be free to move to or from alternative methods of payment. Clear principles should apply, along with due process and availability of dispute resolution when there are disagreements between payers, groups and individual physicians.
  • Physicians need to be supported in their roles as system leaders, clinicians and advocates. They need meaningful ways to contribute to decision-making in the health care system and they need to see joint problem-solving at work, where their input is heard and makes a difference.

At time of writing, a potential ratification package was brought forward for membership ratification. Voting opened at 6 a.m. on Tuesday, September 13 and is scheduled to close on Wednesday, September 28 at 4 p.m.

AMA lawsuit
Work on the lawsuit continued throughout the year, even without an agreement. In October 2021, legal counsel for government began its questioning of AMA representatives and in May 2022, a case management meeting was held. Case management is a process by which the Court of King’s Bench appoints a judge to help ensure the lawsuit moves along in a timely manner and to settle disputes between the parties as they arise. Following the case management meeting, the parties resumed the questioning process and continued to take the steps necessary to set the matter down for trial.

The AMA Board continued to receive regular updates relating to the lawsuit. Updates on the status of the claim were also provided to the membership through issues of the President’s Letter.

Other negotiations and payment discussions
The AMA supported members in local compensation discussions including AHS-paid stipends, Physician on-call, contractual arrangements for laboratory, diagnostic imaging and cancer care and other physician AHS-contracted services. The AMA also contracted several experienced ARP consultants to assist physicians with immediate clinical ARP exploration, development and implementation needs.

Several physician groups requested and received assistance with stipend discussions with AHS and/or clinical ARP discussion with Alberta Health. This continued to be an area of greater focus and resource requirements for AMA’s Health Economics staff.

As reported on above under Representing members and restoring the relationship with government, on June 21, 2022, AMA and government jointly announced that, “no action will be taken on June 30, 2022, with respect to AHS stipends or AHS overhead. Any future actions Alberta Health or AHS make relating to either stipends or overhead, will only be taken after appropriate notice has been provided to the AMA and impacted groups to consider their options.”

This was a welcome announcement as the AMA continued to advocate for a comprehensive physician compensation framework that considered all aspects of physician compensation, including stipend payments.

The Stipend Action Committee was assembled in 2021 to address, at a provincial level, the concerns expressed by various groups being impacted by changes in AHS stipend arrangements. Intended to complement the one-on-one level support provided by AMA Health Economics staff, this physician leadership group met regularly to discuss and plan advocacy, and provided progress updates to members.

Non-fee-for-service arrangements
The AMA hired a consultant to determine the optimal resourcing, structure and methods for providing AMA representation and support to physicians in all non-fee-for-service payment arrangements. This included clinical ARPs, the Academic Medicine and Health Services Program (AMHSP), AHS payment arrangements, new ARP models and any new contract payment arrangements arising out of Bill 30.

The AMA had some limited engagement in the Invictus ARP rate review project through discussions with Alberta Health and Invictus. The AMA continued to raise awareness of the complexities of physician payments and other pressing challenges. At time of writing, the AMA was awaiting results from the review project.

Academic Medicine and Health Services Program
The AMA’s AMHSP Council continued to focus on providing the perspective of academic medicine physicians to Alberta Health, the faculties of medicine and AHS. In May 2022, AMA AMHSP Council representatives presented AMHSP’s 15 negotiations interests to Alberta Health, the faculties of medicine and AHS. These interests were previously developed by council and had been discussed with the parties in the past, although representatives were different at that time. Follow-up discussions with Alberta Health occurred in early July, with another meeting scheduled for early September to continue to present the AMA’s negotiating interests and understand the other parties’ goals and interests.

Guided by the previously prepared negotiations interests and AMA member survey results relating to conditions of work, the AMHSP Council continued to press for engagement in AMHSP policy work related to full-time equivalent, clinical compensation rates, included/excluded work, working environment and other areas that were impacting AMHSP physicians and their compensation. A consultant was hired in March 2022 to refresh and update these interests (originally developed in 2020).

A consultant was also engaged to support the AMA in discussions regarding AMHSP rates and clinical draw from the Physician Services Budget. These discussions were focused on fair and appropriate clinical payment draw rates from the Physician Services budget. This work was delayed due to discussions regarding the master agreement.

As part of ongoing refreshment and renewal of membership, five new members were appointed to the AMHSP Council and three members were re-elected.

Bill 30
The AMA recommended the following principles to government around third party contracting:

  • All third-party arrangements must continue to support a strong and vibrant public health care system.
  • Funding from the Physician Services Budget should flow to the physician who is then free to negotiate the local terms and conditions of a contract with the third party. Much like how this works with ARPs, the physician(s) could choose to assign their billings to the third party in exchange for administrative or other services negotiated between the parties.
  • Physicians could use established payment mechanisms (i.e., FFS, ARPs) along with the established payment rates and workload measures. In addition, groups should have the ability to advance payment/workload models that currently do not exist (e.g., case rate).
  • A contract with a group should not prevent or inhibit others from being able to practice in Alberta.
  • AMA representation of physician groups.

Laboratory physicians
Laboratory physicians requested support and formal representation though the AMA. A Laboratory Physician Representation Group (LPRG) was formed to represent the interests of laboratory physicians in all matters related to the reorganization of community laboratory services. The LPRG included physicians who were under a current contract with DynaLife, as well as physicians who could potentially come under contract.

Goal 2: Physicians’ practice management decisions are based on sound management advice and best practice.

Peer Review
The work of the AMA Peer Review Committee was put on hold pending negotiation of a new AMA agreement. AMA staff continued to support section-driven peer review activities and many sections increased their level of commitment to appropriate billing practices and stepped-up communication regarding unique billing situations in their section.

As a result of some of the section-based peer review work, staff supported sections in the development of future Schedule of Medical Benefits (SOMB) changes that will modernize the fee schedule.

Virtual care codes
AMA staff continued to work with Alberta Health staff to improve virtual care codes. In December, the AMA and Alberta Health announced that when billing for high priority virtual care services, such as visits and consultations, physicians could now include the time spent on indirect care like charting and completing referrals. Previously, physicians were permitted to bill only for the time spent on a phone or video call. Physicians would also now bill for longer visits (e.g., family physician visits lasting longer than 14 minutes), using a complex modifier code.

In March, the AMA and Alberta Health jointly announced changes to virtual care billing codes that allowed psychiatrists to provide additional virtual care for:

  • Indirect care as part of a psychiatric consultation.
  • Time spent discussing a child’s treatment with their guardian (currently, psychiatrists can only bill when talking with a patient directly).

Further details are provided above under Representing members and restoring the relationship with government.

Fee Navigator®
The Fee Navigator® continued to evolve and expand information relevant for physicians and their staff. From July 20, 2021 – July 20, 2022 there were 1,498,690 pageviews. For context, Google Analytics defines a pageview as an instance of a page being loaded (or reloaded) in a browser.

Goal 3: Reliable and best-in-class financial products are available to all members.

On December 1, 2021, a Sponsorship and Referral Agreement was finalized between the four western provincial medical associations, the Northwest Territories Medical Association and The Bank of Nova Scotia and MD Financial Management Inc. The five-year agreement specifies how the parties will work together to optimize the offering of insurance and wealth/financial products for our mutual members/clients while providing unparalleled value and service.

On January 1, 2022, the AMA Health Benefits Trust Fund converted from a Health and Welfare Trust to an Employee Life and Health Trust, as required by federal legislation passed in 2021. The ELHT legislation reduced the amount of medical expenses an incorporated physician can claim as a business expense, while increasing the amount that a sole proprietor can claim. Incorporated physicians and sole proprietors are now aligned on the amount that they can claim as a business expense. With the successful conversion of the plan, participation remained at pre-conversion levels indicating the value members continue to see in the health and dental benefit offering.

Key Result Area 2 – Well Being (personal, workplace, community)

The goals under Well Being were:

  1. Physicians are supported in maintaining their own health and that of their families.
  2. The AMA is a broker in bringing together physicians, patients and families toward healthy communities. Physician and community contributions are supported and celebrated.
  3. The AMA is committed to working with and for physicians to address system issues which impede attaining a safe, healthy and equitable working environment.

Goal 1: Physicians are supported in maintaining their own health and that of their families.

Physician and Family Support Program
During a year that was immensely challenging for the profession, the AMA’s Physician and Family Support Program continued to be a source of support for physicians and their families.

The PFSP Assistance Line continued to see growth in the first eight months of 2022. Access to the PFSP Assistance Line saw an increase of 15% over 2021. While 2021 had several record-breaking months in terms of call volume, this is now typical for monthly call volumes.

Interestingly, in the first eight months of 2022 the number of new callers to the assistance line exceeded the number of existing callers – a trend PFSP had not seen in some years.

In the first eight months of 2022, referrals to family physicians via the assistance line saw an increase of 85% over this same period in 2021 with the demand for family physicians primarily existing in Calgary and Edmonton.

PFSP saw a 6% increase in therapy hours over this same time period in 2021 (January – August). This increase accounts for the therapy hours used and the administrative time to manage each case file for both the assistance line and case coordination services.

The PFSP Case Coordination service supported 13 new clients in 2022. This is a decrease from the 29 new clients the program supported in the same time frame in 2021. While difficult to identify root causes for this, the decrease was a result of a reduced number of medical students and resident physicians participating in case coordination. Overall active case numbers remained stable at 92.

PFSP’s education, prevention and promotion activities continued to remain responsive to the changing landscape of physician health. This has been achieved through collaboration with other organizations that support the physician community.

To inspire, validate and build community amongst physicians, PFSP hosted a virtual keynote session featuring General Roméo Dallaire – Hope and Healing after Trauma: Reflections for Physicians. 125 people attended the event and feedback indicated the session was engaging and General Dallaire’s messages were relevant and validating for physicians and their families.

Affinity fund
Between September 2021 and August 2022 PFSP provided services to 27 physicians and nine family members.

PFSP is positioning itself to move forward with its primary program under the agreement which will see an in-house psychiatrist added to the PFSP team to better serve PFSP case coordination clients.

In 2021-22, several components of The Scotiabank and Canadian Medical Association Affinity Fund agreement with the AMA were underway. Specifically, service provision is in place for those physicians who fall outside of the eligibility criteria listed in the Grant Agreement. This helped ensure that retired physicians and those who may have been too ill to work in the past 12 months are able to receive support.

In early September, the AMA was pleased to announce the receipt of $1 million in funding - dispersed over six years - from the Physician Wellness+ Initiative, a partnership of the Canadian Medical Association, Scotiabank and MD Financial Management (the Affinity collaboration). The funding will be used to enhance the services available through the Physician and Family Support Program, which is fully funded by Alberta Health. The AMA was grateful for this funding and we will be applying it to new programming initiatives to better serve members.

PFSP continues to work toward operationalizing other physician wellness programs that have been developed within the CMA Affinity Fund Agreement project plan.

Well Doc Alberta
Well Doc continues its excellent work helping physicians to remain resilient and well. The AMA’s PFSP and Well Doc continue to collaborate on educational sessions and peer support training. As a part of their new funding agreement with the Canadian Medical Association, Scotiabank and MD Financial Management and the Well Doc Alberta team will be working with physician health partners in other provinces through the Well Doc Canada pilot project.

Goal 2: The AMA is a broker in bringing together physicians, patients and families toward healthy communities. Physician and community contributions are supported and celebrated.

Shine A Light
The AMA is proud to celebrate physician engagement in their communities. Nominations for Shine A Light slowed somewhat during the pandemic, but there were two profiles during the year: Dr. Neha Chadha and Dr. Shamir Chandarana. Honourees were also recognized across our social media platforms and featured in Alberta Doctors’ Digest.

Emerging Leaders in Health Promotion (ELiHP) grant program
The ELiHP grant program continued to encourage public health advocacy and mentorship. Four applicants were successful recipients of the 2021/22 grant program. A total of $11,617.63 was awarded to the recipients. A decision was made to postpone the awards for fall 2022 due to declining applications and resourcing pressures.

AMA Youth Run Club
The ninth year of the AMA Youth Run Club saw students returning to schools in a post-COVID environment and the AMA Youth Run Club looked for ways to support teachers and schools with programs and activities that could be safely performed. The YRC found that there was still an appetite for the virtual and individual events that the program delivered in earlier pandemic times.

To support teachers, coaches and mentors, the YRC Shaping the Future Breakfast was held in Kananaskis in the spring. The AMA president attended and highlighted the importance of this program for healthy kids and communities.

The YRC was the beneficiary of a fun run in Edmonton on May 15 in partnership with several sponsors. The event featured a one-mile team race and funds went to Ever Active Schools initiatives, including the YRC.

Goal 3: The AMA is committed to working with and for physicians to address system issues which impede attaining a safe, healthy and equitable working environment.

Healthy Working Environments Advisory Committee
The Healthy Working Environments Advisory Committee was given access to NorQuest training modules focused on inclusion at work. Their feedback will be used to inform decisions regarding the use of these materials more broadly.

The Quadruple Aim was advanced during negotiations to frame AMA interests related to physician wellness at the negotiating table.

Under the direction of the HWEAC, an environmental scan was undertaken to outline the supports available to physicians for navigating conflict.

The AMA Nominating Committee engaged an equity, diversity and inclusion (EDI) specialist to review and update committee descriptions (for all that report to the Nominating Committee) to further evolve EDI within AMA committees. The Nominating Committee also had the opportunity to test drive these NorQuest training modules and the response was positive.

The AMA received $200,000 in funding for the Physician Leadership and Professional Development initiative (PLPD). Two cohorts of physicians participated in a series of four Physician Leadership Institute Joule courses over the 2021-2022 calendar years:

  • Engaging Others: September 2021 and January 2022
  • Leading Effective Meetings: November 2021 and February 2022
  • Managing People Effectively: January 2021 and April 2022
  • Leading High-Performance Culture: April 2022 and June 2022

To date, over 100 applications have been received and 57 physicians have completed at least two courses. This current program will be wrapping up by summer 2023.

Indigenous Health Committee
The Indigenous Health Committee identified several priority areas for 2022 including:

  • Data and information gathering and sharing
    • Highlight the differences between Indigenous and non-Indigenous standards of care.
    • Identify problems posed by jurisdictional issues.
  • Education
    • Support Indigenous training for medical trainees and physicians.
    • Support mentorship for medical trainees with Indigenous physicians.
  • Physician recruitment and resource delivery
    • Consider how to improve physician recruitment to minimize barriers to care for Indigenous people.
    • Encourage the presence of the Indigenous perspective into policy and at provincial tables.
  • Well being and holistic health
    • Acknowledge the grief and loss of the Indigenous community.
    • Facilitate learning about traditional medicine.

Work continued to ensure that an Indigenous representative was appointed to the HWEAC and that the AMA recognized National Day for Truth and Reconciliation.

Key Result Area 3 – System Partnership and Leadership

The goals of System Partnership and Leadership are:

  1. Working with Alberta Health, AHS and other partners, lead and influence positive change in the delivery of services.
  2. Key incentives and supports for physicians are aligned with the delivery of care and toward overall system objectives of timely access for patients to quality care.
  3. Physicians and the AMA, in partnership with patients, play a leadership role in advocating and promoting a system characterized by Patients First®.

There are several different streams of activity under KRA 3, and various strategies were undertaken to promote physician leadership in a high-performing health care system. The business plan lists these things separately for purposes of reporting, but in practice, the Board found that we need to treat them as being dynamically and closely intertwined. Success in any one dimension is not possible without support from the others.

Goal 1: Working with Alberta Health, AHS and other partners, lead and influence positive change in the delivery of services.

One of the most powerful tools the AMA has to lead and influence positive change is the multi-faceted work of the Accelerating Change Transformation Team. In 2021-22 ACTT continued its work to strengthen the Patient’s Medical Home for all Albertans by supporting members, clinics and their PCNs.

ACTT undertook work to continue improving continuity of care for patients using the central patient attachment registry/community information integration (CPAR/CII) as an enabling tool. CPAR/CII functionality was leveraged in other areas including immunization, eReferral and the Alberta Surgical Initiative.

ACTT developed and supported guidelines, change packages and tools to support provincial initiatives:

  • Six Patient's Medical Home change packages available on the ACTT website.
  • Key messaging and communications plans developed.
  • A total of seven EMR vendors were supported to enable CII/CPAR.
  • Ongoing support was provided to vendors who are enabled for CII/CPAR (TELUS Wolf, TELUS PS Suite, TELUS Med Access, QHR Accuro and Microquest Healthquest).
  • Support was provided to two EMR vendors as they worked toward becoming enabled for CII/CPAR (TELUS Collaborative Health Record and EPIC/Connect Care).
  • Eight change packages were available on the ACTT website (panel processes, continuity, screening and prevention, ASaP+, opioid processes, care planning, Home to Hospital to Home {H2H2H} and Reducing Impact of Financial Strain {RIFS}).

ACTT supported PCN zones in implementing provincial targets for CII/CPAR:


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ACTT offered a number of training sessions and opportunities for network connections:

  • 20 EMR Network sessions with 594 participants.
  • Six Physician Champion Network sessions with 203 participants.
  • Nine CII/CPAR Open Space for Practice Facilitators webinars with 542 participants.
  • Eight Practice Facilitator monthly webinars with 767 participants.
  • Two Core Practice Facilitator training cohorts with 52 participants representing 29/40 PCNs.
  • 21/40 PCNs have used ACTT support at strategic Board planning sessions.

ACTT supported clinics in transitioning clinic practice changes in a blended capitation model. Eight clinics were interested, five clinics were live and a total of nine clinics attended the six BCM community of practice meetings.

ACTT continues to support the PCN Leads Executive group in monthly meetings, strategic sessions and work on task groups and committees.

ACTT supported activities that were designed to integrate care across the system and support the health neighborhood:

  • ACTT partnered with AHS in developing tools for hospital to home transitions improvement.
    • H2H2H Transitions Change Package:
      1. Testing plan as developed in Q3.
      2. Facilitated physician champion feedback on change package.
    • Co-facilitated information sessions with AHS on H2H2H IT Enablers Map; My Next Steps (patient tool).
    • Supporting zone Transitions of Care committees to operationalize H2H2H Transitions Guideline elements as capacity exists in each zone.
    • Development of change management practice level tools for H2H2H.
    • A PIN (provincial implementation network) structure under the Inter-Zone Implementation Coordination Committee (I-ZICC) has been co-developed with AHS.
  • ACTT has partnered with AHS (PHCIN), physician leaders, and the province on the Alberta Surgical Initiative
    • PCN zones have recruited primary care physician representatives for the working groups addressing orthopedics, urology and ophthalmology.
    • A new PCN physician lead executive representative was onboarded to ASI sponsorship role.
    • A Physician Community of Practice was created to support the primary care physicians on ASI zone and provincial working groups.
    • A Provincial Specialty Advice Model, a Provincial Pathways Unit Operation Model and Repository have been endorsed for development.
    • ASI Governance 2.0 has been populated with physician representation at the Executive Oversight Committee and the four sub-tables.
    • Six ASI physician leads (primary care) are in recruitment phase.
  • Support development of PCN zone service planning through support PCN physician leaders in the zone and being part of zone support team.
    • 5/5 zones have a zone service plan that aligns with the provincial priorities.
  • ACTT members are members of PCN physician advisory committees in all five zones.
  • ACTT supports physician leadership groups and committees such as: PCN Physician Leads Executive, Primary Care Alliance, Provincial Primary Care Networks Committee, the Specialty Care Alliance, the Inter-Zone Implementation Coordination Committee, PCN Zone Committees and others as required.

    Support includes strategy development, improving the sustainability of governance and visioning the future in areas such as rural sustainability, measurement and evaluation and the future of primary health care.

COVID-19 support
ACTT has supported physicians across the province and PCNs in responding to the COVID pandemic. ACTT has delivered educational webinars and has been supporting members and partners with personal protective equipment distribution, rapid antigen testing, new treatments, managing restrictions and advice, virtual care support tools and others as required.

Goal 2: Key incentives and supports for physicians are aligned with the delivery of care and toward overall system objectives of timely access for patients to quality care.

While the AMA has been working toward a new agreement, business as usual goes on in the background for the incentives and supports to benefit members.

The AMA’s Physician Compensation Strategy (login required) emphasizes value for patients and fairness to physicians, while identifying physician compensation objectives of equity, quality, access and productivity. The strategy also considers how other factors (such as informatics, peer review, modernization, relativity, etc.) have a role to play.

The AMA Board remains committed to the principles and aims of the Income Equity Initiative (login required), as contained within the compensation strategy. Although some timelines were impacted by the pandemic, IEI work continued throughout the year.

Hours of Work Study
The Hours of Work Study began on March 29, 2022. The contractor, Malatest, emailed randomly selected Alberta physicians and invited them to participate. Participants were asked to log their work activities for one week a month over four months using a web-based tool. The study ran from March 28, 2022 through to July 24, 2022. The section panel was provided with information on the study, including the study plan, communication plan, data collection process and use of results. Panel representatives were also invited to participate in the study. A short video was developed to explain the study.

Market Impact Study
The Institute of Health Economics is completing final edits on the market study which will be reviewed by the AMA Compensation Committee. A high-level summary is being developed to explain the findings and the impact on IEI.

Interim Measure
At the Spring 2022 Representative Forum meeting (Part 2), delegates passed a motion: 

THAT the RF supports the interim approach proposed by the AMA Board of Directors.

The interim approach was intended to take steps toward income equity using the best available information, while remaining committed to the completion and implementation of the full Income Equity Initiative.

Specifically, an interim income equity measure was developed to measure progress toward income equity and to guide the allocation of any new monies obtained in an agreement with government. With this approach, five sections would receive particular attention if any such allocation took place due to their low ranking in the interim income equity calculations. These sections were:

  • Family Medicine
  • Neurology
  • Obstetrics and Gynecology
  • Pediatrics
  • Psychiatry

The interim approach was intended to work with – not replace – the full IEI that is underway. Once completed, the full IEI work will replace the interim measures and approaches.

Differential allocation of new monies among sections is not new. Over the years, the AMA has used several formulas for developing an allocation recommendation to maximize value for patients and fairness to physicians.

As per RF direction, it was agreed there would be no movement of monies from one section to another (reallocation) until the full study was complete. This decision reflected that this was an interim measure and the full study – with member ratification – was yet to occur. Whether reallocation is required or desired will be considered again, along with the full completion of the overall IEI study.

A report was provided to each section’s executive in June, and it showed the section’s relative rank on the interim income equity measure and provided an overview of how the measure was calculated.

A short video was developed to review IEI and explain the interim approach.

eHealth modernization project
Alberta Health launched an eHealth modernization project to work toward a more comprehensive integrated eHealth ecosystem. The working group was co-chaired by the AMA informatics chair, and AMA physicians and staff were involved in a series of workshops to identify physician and provincial priorities. It is expected that work on the technology roadmap for immunization will fall under the eHealth modernization project and that the AMA will remain closely involved through the lifecycle of the project.

Connect Care
AMA physician leaders and staff continued to advocate for AMA members and work with the AHS Connect Care team on identifying challenges for community physicians. This collaborative work to minimize negative impacts to patient care will continue as Connect Care launches across Alberta over the next few years. Some improvements were made to eDelivery, and AHS continues to look for other opportunities for improvement to address some of the challenges. Delivery of results continues to be a priority and AMA and AHS are working with the sections of Family and Rural Medicine and others to better understand the issues.

PRACID restrictions
On July 2, 2021 through a joint statement between government and the AMA, government stated that the restriction on new billing numbers (PRACIDs) would not begin on April 1, 2022 (as provided for in 2019 legislation). In the fall of 2021, government tabled an amendment to the Alberta Health Care Insurance Act to formalize the above statement.

Physician supply
The AMA continued to work with stakeholders including medical student associations, PARA, training institutions and communities, to respond to any regulations that would restrict new billing numbers. The AMA, PARA, medical students and government met to discuss the issue of physician resource planning. The AMA also continued to advocate with government for the development of a needs-based physician resource plan for Alberta; discussions on this were taking place at the negotiations table.

Goal 3: Physicians and the AMA, in partnership with patients, play a leadership role in advocating and promoting a system characterized by Patients First®.

This activity is covered above under ADVOCACY: Advocating to heal our health system.

Indigenous health
The AMA supported and advocated for improved health care delivery for the Indigenous community. This involved outreach to Indigenous physicians and First Nations communities, participation in the Population Aboriginal Health Strategic Clinical Network and continued activity of the AMA Indigenous Health Committee.

The Indigenous Health Committee welcomed new community member representatives from Treaty 6 and the Métis Settlements General Council.

Healthy AMA

In 2021-22 the AMA continued to undertake activities to promote efficiency, reduce costs and improve member value.

The Board Working Group on Nominating Committee Processes worked toward the goal of allowing every member of the AMA to see themselves reflected in the leadership of the association. This is an evolutionary target, but in this business year we moved to implement some new processes to enable the Nominating Committee to better advance equity, diversity and inclusion. The training and development of Nominating Committee members was one strategy, and others were developed to improve the quality of the candidate pool, the processes for selecting slates of candidates and the volunteer/applicant experience.

Virtual venues like webinars and virtual town halls significantly increased the level of connection with members. As we return to in-person meetings, we will leverage both vehicles to continue connecting with members. The following virtual events took place in 2021-22:



Recognizing the many tangible and intangible benefits of meeting in person, the Board returned to in-person meetings early in 2022 and the May RF was held in-person for the first time in over two years. Members welcomed the opportunity to connect in person.

Using the CMA leadership development grants, the AMA offered two cohorts of four Physician Leadership Institute courses on Engaging Others, Leading Effective Meetings, Managing People Effectively and Leading High-Performance Culture.

In 2021-22, the AMA amended the work-from-home model that was initiated in 2020 in response to pandemic conditions. As case numbers and hospitalization rates dropped and public health restrictions were loosened, the AMA launched a hybrid work environment on May 1. This hybrid environment will reduce the AMA’s footprint over time, and it allowed staff to serve members through a combination of virtual and in-person approaches that best meet member’s needs.

The Board’s conservative two-year plan balanced savings and the use of reserves to ensure resources were available to deliver on essential elements, including representation, advocacy (public and lawsuit) and physician compensation matters. As a result of strong member retention and judicious use of resources, we will end the fiscal year in a much stronger financial position than budgeted.

The membership has shown strong support for the AMA with retention of full members at roughly 95% of the rates reached when the prior agreement with government was in place. With the current physician supply data showing a decline in the total number of practicing physicians in Alberta, we believe the actual retention rate to be roughly 98%.

Operating expenditures are comprised primarily of workforce (staff and physician volunteers) and facility costs. The operating budget incorporated roughly $3 million in direct savings including reductions in staff salaries, committee honoraria rates and travel and facility costs. Actual expenditures in these areas are expected to closely match the budget.

Budget provisions were made under priority projects to advance in key areas including:

  • Physician representation - Without an agreement with government, negotiations are more local and require increased resourcing to carry out. With interest-based discussions underway with government, we anticipate substantial savings in this area, although we are prepared and have resources available if we need to pivot our approach.
  • Income equity – We expect to complete the overhead, hours of work, training and market assessment studies this year.
  • Advocacy - Resources were included to support a broad range of activity to achieve a negotiated agreement with government, including social media, earned and paid media and grass roots activity coordinated through the Joint Physician Advocacy Committee. With interest-based discussions underway with government, we anticipate substantial savings in this area, although we are prepared and have resources available to launch a large-scale campaign if required.

Relationship with CMA: The strength of the AMA’s relationship with the CMA was critical during this challenging year. The AMA is very appreciative of the support and assistance the CMA demonstrated in many tangible ways.

We continued to work closely with the CMA and leverage funding provided in areas like physician leadership and physician health. The CMA also continued to provide financial support in our efforts to achieve a negotiated agreement with government.

Every year, the CMA holds nominations and election processes for the position of CMA president-elect. Last year, the president-elect was chosen from Alberta. Dr. Alika Lafontaine was elected and officially assumed his role as CMA president on August 22, 2022.

The 2022 CMA Annual General Meeting took place virtually on August 21. Meeting highlights, including CMA President Dr. Alika Lafontaine’s inaugural speech were made available on the CMA website.

The following AMA representatives attended the CMA’s 2022 virtual Annual General Meeting:

  • Dr. Paul Boucher
  • Dr. Catherine Boutet
  • Dr. Melanie Currie
  • Dr. Rob Davies
  • Dr. Wendy Dawson
  • Dr. Howard Evans
  • Dr. Jon Hilner
  • Dr. Craig Hodgson
  • Dr. Khalil Jivraj
  • Mr. Chaim Katz
  • Dr. Jill Konkin
  • Dr. Dennis Kunimoto
  • Dr. Richard Leigh
  • Dr. Usha Maharaj
  • Dr. Jaelene Mannerfeldt
  • Dr. Margot McLean
  • Dr. Scott McLeod
  • Dr. Shazma Mithani
  • Dr. Sam Myhr
  • Dr. Paul Parks
  • Dr. Gerry Prince
  • Dr. Doreen Rabi
  • Dr. Nathan Rider
  • Dr. Fredrykka Rinaldi
  • Dr. Michel Sauve
  • Dr. Serena Siow
  • Dr. Clint Torok-Both
  • Mrs. Giselle Tucker Belliveau
  • Dr. Ann Vaidya
  • Dr. Rick Ward
  • Dr. Don Wilson
  • Dr. Amukarram Zaidi

Relationship with AHS:
There are many issues on which we interact with AHS.

The Provincial Physician Liaison Forum (PPLF) is a senior advisory forum between AHS administration and the AMA. Representation from AHS includes the Vice President Quality and Chief Medical Officer, Dr. Francois Belanger, and a number of senior medical and quality affairs staff.

Representatives from AMA are:

  • Michael Gormley, Executive Director and Co-Chair
  • Dr. Vesta Michelle Warren, President, term ends September 2022 
  • Dr. Shelley Duggan, Board of Directors appointment, terms ends April 30, 2023
  • Dr. Luc Beniot, Council of Zonal Leaders, terms ends September 30, 2022 
  • Dr. Michelle Bailey, Representative Forum, term ends September 30, 2024
  • Dr. Jeffrey Cao, Representative Forum, term ends March 31, 2025

Following the Spring 2022 RF, PPLF met on June 17. The next meeting is scheduled for October 19.

The following items were discussed in June:

  • Stipends and overhead
  • Physician sponsorship/physician supply
  • Health advocacy: Opioid crisis
  • Health advocacy: Pediatric mental health

To enhance our understanding of members, our long-time research partner behind, ThinkHQ Public Affairs, has been working with us on some deep-dive research into the mindset and situation of members. A cross-province, interview-based, research project pilot in family medicine took place in the fall. At time of writing, we were conducting a similar exercise with hospital-based specialists. The Specialty Care Alliance assisted in developing the discussion guide and identifying sections to approach for the study.

We continue our replacement of core information systems aimed at improving efficiency and integrating information so that we can better understand member needs, and improve and enhance members services.

The AMA completed the procurement process for a vendor to support redevelopment of the AMA website, including adoption of a new content management system. Phase one of the redevelopment project, including visioning work involving consultation with members and key stakeholders, is expected to be complete at the end of the calendar year, with formal development of the new website to begin in 2023.

Procurement and development of a new learning website for members was completed in 2021-22. Learn@AMA was designed to support online learning and certification for members and partners.

This year saw significant focus on enhancing our social media involvement, through the hiring and training of additional resources and process development and refinement. The AMA formally launched Social Media News for Docs, a bi-weekly e-newsletter, to support physicians in monitoring and understanding key conversations happening on social media.

Board of Directors, Executive Committee and Representative Forum

During the 2022 AMA AGM, Dr. Fredrykka Rinaldi will be installed as president for the 2022-23 year. Dr. Rinaldi is a family physician based in Medicine Hat.

2021-22 Board of Directors

  • Dr. Vesta Michelle Warren, President
  • Dr. Fredrykka Rinaldi, President-elect
  • Dr. Paul E. Boucher, Immediate past president
  • Dr. Shelley L. Duggan, Board member
  • Dr. Howard Evans, Board member
  • Dr. Sadhana (Mindy) Gautama, Board member
  • Dr. Tobias Gelber, Board member (resigned June 30, 2022)
  • Dr. Sarah Hall, Board member
  • Dr. Robert Korbyl, Board member
  • Dr. Usha Maharaj, Board member
  • Dr. Shazma Mithani, Board member
  • Dr. Rick Ward, Board member
  • Dr. Donald Wilson, Board member
  • Dr. Catherine Boutet, PARA representative
  • Giselle Tucker Belliveau, MSA observer

Note that Dr. Derek Townsend and Dr. Jennifer Williams departed their AMA Board positions effective March 11, 2022. The vacancies were filled at the Spring 2022 RF (part 1) by Dr. Usha Maharaj and Dr. Donald Wilson.

The AMA Bylaws require that the Board meet at list six times per year and at the call of the president. Throughout 2021-22, the AMA Board of Directors met 15 times (both in-person and virtually). Meeting dates are available upon request.

2021-22 Executive Committee Officers

  • Dr. Vesta Michelle Warren, President
  • Dr. Paul Boucher, Immediate past president
  • Dr. Fredrykka Rinaldi, President-elect

Executive Committee Board Representatives

  • Dr. Robert Korbyl, Board member
  • Dr. Tobias Gelber, Board member (resigned June 30, 2022)

Throughout 2021-22, the AMA Executive Committee met 18 times. Meeting dates are available upon request.

2021-22 Representative Forum Information

Spring 2022 

  • Part 1 - March 11 (virtual Zoom meeting)
  • Part 2 - May 13-14 (in-person, Calgary Airport Marriott In-Terminal Hotel)

Fall 2022

  • September 8 Special RF, in-person at sites in Edmonton and Calgary with rural delegates attending virtually
  • September 23-24 (in-person, Hyatt Regency Calgary)

This concludes the report of the Board of Directors to the Annual General Meeting, 2021-22. We thank you for your support and hope to see you at the virtual AGM at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, October 3, 2022.

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