Dr. Paul Parks

Dr. Paul Parks

Dr. Paul Parks is an emergency physician in Medicine Hat.

Dr. Parks is the AMA's president for 2023-24.

The benefits of belonging to and working with the AMA are the ability to work collectively with engaged colleagues to work on system wide improvement. We are better and stronger united. Within the AMA there are so many engaged and phenomenal leaders to learn from, and the AMA staff are nothing short of phenomenal.

- Dr. Paul Parks

An active AMA member

Dr. Parks has a long history of service with the AMA, having joined in 2001 during his residency. Beyond that, he has spent over 15 years actively involved in AMA work including:

  • WCB Negotiating Committee
  • Information Management/Information Technology Coordinating Committee and Task Force
  • Nominating Committee
  • Joint AMA/CPSA Executive
  • Physician Advocacy Group
  • Government Affairs Committee
  • Representative Forum delegate
  • Two terms on the AMA Board (2012-2015; 2015-2018)
  • Board representative to the Executive Committee (2013-2014; 2015-2016)
  • Active member of the Section of Emergency Medicine (SEM) since 2007
  • SEM executive since 2009 and has served multiple terms as SEM president

Favorite AMA memory?

Dr. Parks has so many favourite memories that it is hard for him to pick, especially after having served six years on the Board!

"One memory that does jump out at me as particularly memorable was when I was first thrown into the maelstrom of media frenzy in October 2010. It was when emergency overcrowding cases were leaked, and many emergency meetings and press conferences were held. The AMA staff were a tremendous resource to help with this critical advocacy work, and helped immensely in making sure I didn’t trip myself up with government and media!" - Dr. Paul Parks

On a personal note

Dr. Parks is dedicated cinephile and is working his way through the entire collection of Roger Ebert’s 4 Star and Great Movies. He is also an avid craft beer lover and co-founder/co-owner of Hell’s Basement Brewery in Medicine Hat" "...if you are ever in town give me a shout and I’ll buy you a fresh craft beer and we can sit down and solve all the problems in the health care system/world!" - Dr. Paul Parks

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