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Be a part of the solution - Helping Albertans living with pain

November 18, 2021

The AMA Section of Chronic Pain has written a letter to Alberta’s physicians asking for help in establishing innovative and scalable actions to help Alberta’s chronic pain population.

Help shape a new direction in physician health and wellness

November 8, 2021

Practicing physicians, resident physicians and medical students are invited to take the Canadian Medical Association's 2021 National Physician Health Survey. Responses are due November 15.

Help improve collaboration between family physicians and pharmacists

October 18, 2021

Are you interested in improving collaboration between family physicians and pharmacists in coordinating chronic opioid therapy in Alberta? Enhancing Alberta Primary Care Research Networks is conducting a qualitative research study seeking to understand the thinking and decision-making processes involved when family physicians and pharmacists manage chronic opioid therapy for those with chronic pain and/or substance use disorders.

Alberta COVID-19 Immunization Program Update

October 21, 2021

An update from Alberta Health regarding the COVID-19 Immunization Program, including: co-administration of COVID-19 vaccines and others; and third dose of COVID-19 vaccine for high-risk groups.

Join CMA Appointments Committee as Member-at-Large

October 18, 2021

The Canadian Medical Association is currently seeking applications to fill an immediate vacancy for a member-at-large position on the CMA Appointments Committee. The role of the Appointments Committee is to bring recommendations to the CMA Board to fill certain vacancies on CMA committees/groups and nominees to several outside organizations/bodies.

Call for Applications: Health Issues Council

October 15, 2021

Are you interested in advocating on behalf of Albertans as new health issues arise? AMA's Health Issues Council is recruiting one member for a one year* + one three-year term, renewable once.

AMA calls for stronger measures to combat COVID-19, including mandatory vaccinations for public gatherings, schools and workplaces

October 7, 2021

On September 27 the Alberta Medical Association formally called on Premier Kenney and Health Minister Copping 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 is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October 5, 2021

The AHS Alberta Breast Cancer Screening Program is using this opportunity to share information with physicians about breast cancer screening in the province.

AHS Immunization of Workers for COVID-19 Policy

October 5, 2021

A message from Alberta Health Services: The Immunization of Workers for COVID-19 Policy requires all employees, medical and midwifery staff, students, volunteers and contracted health care providers to be fully immunized for COVID-19 by October 31, 2021. Staff have until October 16 to complete their Got My COVID-19 Immunization Form. Learn more.

Open letter to Albertans from AMA Section of Emergency Medicine

September 29, 2021

On behalf of the approximately 450 emergency physicians across the province, we feel compelled to add our voice to the increasing calls and pleas for an immediate firebreak to reduce the spread of COVID-19 across our province.

Open Letter to Albertans from the AMA’s Sections of Family and Rural Medicine

September 29, 2021

As your family physicians, we believe it is time to have a conversation about how dangerous our current health care environment has become. Alberta’s health care system has reached its breaking point and Albertans are at significant risk, not only of being impacted by COVID, but also from the increasing lack of available health care resources. Without immediate action, it is only a matter of time until someone you know, and love will be affected directly or indirectly by COVID.

Open letter to the unvaccinated from the AMA Section of General Psychiatry

September 29, 2021

Can We Talk? About this “Pandemic of the Unvaccinated”? I am very familiar with being dismissed. Let’s start the conversation there. I’m the youngest of five kids. I did an arts degree at University – worse yet, it was in philosophy. I’m ok with having a conversation where you’re 90% sure that at the end, you’re going to dismiss me. Let’s start there, unvaccinated person, but just know that I am not here to dismiss you. I know what that’s like.

Media Release: Alberta must act now: AMA calls for COVID-19 “fire-breaker” measures

September 27, 2021

The Alberta Medical Association is calling on Premier Kenney and Health Minister Copping to institute timely, effective public health measures – commonly referred to as a "fire-breaker" – to aggressively control COVID-19 cases in order to protect our health care system and keep Albertans safe. Coming out of their Representative Forum meeting this past weekend, Alberta’s physicians are formally calling on the government to put significant and immediate measures in place to help stop the spread of COVID-19 that has become so rampant in the province.

National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

September 23, 2021

On September 30, our offices will be closed as we commemorate National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. In honor of survivors, their families and communities, we hope you join us in reflecting on the history and legacy of residential schools in Canada, and what you can do to achieve mutually respectful relationships between Indigenous and non-Indigenous peoples.

Drop the Pre Op: reducing unnecessary preoperative chest X-rays

September 23, 2021

Choosing Wisely Canada suggests that routine preoperative x-rays should not be performed on patients undergoing low-risk surgical procedures because the risks outweigh the benefits. In support of AHS’ commitment to providing the most appropriate care for Albertans, Diagnostic Imaging and the Surgery Strategic Clinical Network have a goal to reduce the number of chest x-rays performed as part of routine surgical practices.

Students and residents: Get funding for health promotion!

October 6, 2021

Students and resident physicians: Apply by Friday, October 29 for funding for your great health promotion initiative! Grant amounts are flexible (minimum of $500 per grant) and there is a budget of up to $20,000 available to distribute among deserving projects for 2021-22.

Ministry of Transportation Medical Review Committee

September 23, 2021

The AMA is recruiting a Reviewing Officer for the Ministry of Transportation Medical Review committee. The Reviewing Officer plays a role in improving traffic safety on Alberta's roadways by the application of medical fitness standards for drivers wishing to obtain or maintain an Alberta Driver's License.

Contribute to the Tarrant Scholarship

September 9, 2021

Over the years, the Section of Rural Medicine has partnered with AMA and the Canadian Medical Foundation to enable members to contribute, on a charitable basis, to the Tarrant Scholarship program. The program accounts for approximately 30% of the Section of Rural Medicine’s budget, but would not be sustainable without the help of donations from our medical colleagues. If you are interested in supporting the continuation of this important scholarship, donations can be made by completing the 'Donations' section of the AMA online membership renewal.

Knee MRI for osteoarthritis? Read this before ordering

September 9, 2021

AHS Diagnostic Imaging is working with physicians to increase the appropriateness of referrals for the investigation of knee osteoarthritis. The collaborative efforts will ensure that MRI exams on the wait list are necessary and beneficial. Beginning October 4, in the Edmonton Zone, Diagnostic Imaging will be declining MRI knee requests for patients 55 years of age and older, that do not align with Choosing Wisely recommendations. Implementation in South and Central Zones and North Zone to follow later.

Registration for CMA AGM closes TONIGHT

August 16, 2021

Today is the last day to register (by 6 p.m. Alberta time) for the Canadian Medical Association Annual General Meeting to be held online on Sunday, August 22. Important issues will be discussed and voted upon such as substantive bylaws changes concerning governance and promotion of equity, diversity and inclusion. In preparation for the CMA AGM, members may wish to familiarize themselves with the CMA's Report to Members for the154th CMA Annual General Meeting, and Promoting equity and diversity: Overview of proposed CMA governance changes for 2021.

AMA holiday office hours

November 10, 2021

Please note the AMA phone lines will be closed Thursday, November 11 for Remembrance Day. Regular business hours will resume Friday, November 12. All physical AMA locations continue to be closed.

Influenza Immunization Program Update

September 24, 2021

This year, community physicians (primary care clinics and family physicians) participating in the influenza immunization program will receive vaccine from the wholesale distributor, Accuristix in collaboration with Alberta Health (AH), and order through the Alberta Vaccine Inventory (AVI) system. This process is similar to the one used for ordering COVID-19. Alberta Health has provided information for interested clinics on how to join and the new requirements for participating. Other community providers, including continuing care centers, OHS and corrections facilities must fill out the Influenza Vaccine Provider Registration Form.

Planned website outage: Saturday, May 22

May 21, 2021

Reminder: AMA IT services, including email, websites and online member self-serve applications (e.g., AMA Fee Navigator®), will be largely unavailable tomorrow (May 22) from 6 a.m. - 8 p.m. Some services will be restored by 9 a.m. and websites and self-service apps should be available later in the afternoon. Additional short outages may be required over the remainder of the long weekend. The outage is required to update our datacenter infrastructure which will improve website reliability, uptime, security and connectivity.

Choosing Wisely and Right Care Alberta: MRI Knee for Osteoarthritis

April 20, 2021

In alignment with Right Care Alberta, Diagnostic Imaging plans to help patients, families and health care providers choose and use quality health services that are evidence-based, necessary, respectful, safe and person-centered. Although every patient’s situation is unique, we want to ensure that diagnostic testing is necessary and beneficial to the patient outcome.

Apply today: Connect Care Provider Portal Working Group

February 11, 2021

An AMA representative is needed to Co-Chair the Connect Care Provider Portal Working Group. The deadline to apply is February 26.

Apply today: Health Information and Data Governance Committee

October 30, 2020

An AMA representative is needed to sit on its Health Information and Data Governance Committee. The deadline to apply is: December 4.

Have you checked out the CMA Physician Wellness Hub?

October 9, 2020

The CMA Physician Wellness Hub is a national online database filled with physician wellness content directly from CMA and other trusted sources. It aims to improve physician wellness individually as well as at the system level, and to promote a collaborative approach to physician health and well-being. Learn more!

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