Eligibility for Continuing Medical Education (CME)

Find out which Alberta Medical Association (AMA) members and what expenses are eligible for the CME program.

Who is eligible?

You are eligible for this benefit if you are:

  • A resident of Alberta with a active Alberta home address.
  • Licensed and practicing medicine in Alberta and providing eligible services during the calendar year.
  • An AMA member in good standing in category:
    • 05 or 15 (Insured Services).
    • 14 (First Year in Practice). 
  • A non-AMA member who has paid an administrative fee equal to category 05 membership (e.g., to receive the 2017 benefit you must be a 2016-17 member or have paid the administration fee equal to 2016-17 membership).
  • Providing eligible services during the calendar year.

Eligible services include:

  • Insured Services, whether billed on a fee-for-service basis or paid through Alberta Health Services (AHS) or another agency.
  • Clinical services provided through an Alternate Relationship Plan (ARP).
  • Services provided through the Physician On-Call Program.
  • Services provided through AMA Physician Locum Services®.
  • Public health services provided through AHS.

Eligibility Status Form

If you are not billing on a fee-for-service basis but are still providing insured services or public-health services paid by AHS, print out and complete the Eligibility Status Form:
Complete the Eligibility Status Form

Mail or fax your form to AMA Benefits Administrators

Who is not eligible?

Physicians in the following membership categories do not qualify for the CME reimbursement program:

  • Administrative
  • Resident
  • Retired
  • Under-Graduate
  • Medical Student
  • Non-Resident

If your status changes during the membership year, you may wish to upgrade your fee category to Insured Services or First Year in Practice to potentially qualify for these benefits.

To be eligible for benefits in the next calendar year, you must upgrade your membership by September 30 of the previous year.

If you become ineligible for the CME program (e.g., you are no longer practising) you may still submit claims against unused allotments provided the expenses were incurred while you were eligible.

What expenses are eligible?

The following expenses are eligible for the CME benefit.

Registration fees

Proof of payment (including course dates, location and description) is required for:

  • Conventions or meetings, including conferences outside Canada, provided there is a recognizable medical education component.
  • Computer-related courses and Internet charges incurred to access CME.
  • Preparation materials for physicians presenting scientific papers.
  • Preparation materials for physicians teaching or otherwise providing CME.
  • Self-assessment programs, literature searches and registration fees for the University of Alberta/University of Calgary Medical Information Service.

College fees

College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC) and Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (RCPSC) fees are eligible, including:

  • Fees charged by the CFPC or RCPSC for participating in the MAINPRO® or MOC/CPD programs.
  • CFPC and RCPSC membership dues up to the MAINPRO® or MOC/CPD fee amount.

Transportation costs

Copies of receipts are required for:

  • Economy airfare, taxi, rental car and parking.
  • Automobile travel costs at $0.55 per kilometer for out-of-town travel.

Maintenance

Proof of registration or attendance is required for the following:

  • An allowance of up to $270 per day for items like meals and accommodation for out-of-town events. This applies to days attending the CME function and up to two travel days per course.

Overhead costs

An allowance of up to $50 per approved Continuous Professional Development credits earned either through the:

  • College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC) MAINPRO® program, or
  • Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons (RCPSC) MOC/CPD program.

Computer hardware purchases

(50% of the CME allotments may be used)

Copies of receipts are required for the following expenses:

  • Computer hardware purchases.
  • Digital cameras, handheld computers (e.g., Blackberry, iPad, iPhone), scanners, printers and laptops (reimbursable if used for educational purposes).

Labor/maintenance charges and accessories such as cases are not reimbursable.

Reference materials

Copies of receipts are required for the following expenses:

  • Literature, books, subscriptions (e.g., Up to Date), CDs.

Non-reimbursable expenses

Items not listed above are ineligible for reimbursement.

Questions?

Contact:
Deanna J. Longmuir
Benefits Administrator
Alberta Medical Association
12230 106 Ave NW
Edmonton AB T5N 3Z1
T 780.482.0324
Toll-free 1.866.714.5724 (ext. 5324)
F 780.482.5445
Email Deanna J. Longmuir

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