National Physicians Day 2023

May 1, 2023

National Physicians Day is a chance to celebrate the contributions of the extraordinary people who choose to serve in the medical profession. Physicians choose medicine for myriad reasons, but first and foremost it is to help people live in good health. They are their patients trusted confidant and safe space. They are the stewards of public health, communicators, advocates, teachers, experts and curious scientists. They are courageous, compassionate and committed. Personally, and on behalf of the Alberta Medical Association, I extend my sincerest thanks to all of my amazing colleagues in Alberta and across the country.

- AMA President Dr. fred Rinaldi

The AMA is marking National Physicians Day by featuring Shine A Light, Student Spotlight and PFSP Wellness #GOAT profiles of remarkable Alberta physicians, resident physicians and medical students.

We are also officially launching our new gratitude program: an initiative brought forth by the AMA’s Joint Physician Advocacy Committee that is designed to help lift the spirits of physicians and learners through the simple expression of gratitude.

Shine A Light

Initiated by Dr. Alison Clarke during her 2018-19 term as President, Shine A Light recognizes and profiles AMA member physicians who are making a difference by:

  • Spearheading projects that improve patient and/or community life
  • Diligently following/tracking patients to ensure coordinated care
  • Working long hours and adjusting schedules to meet patient needs
  • Contributing to Alberta’s vision of a high-performing health care system

View all Shine A Light profiles.

Dr. Cecile Phan

Dr. Cecile Phan is an associate clinical professor with the Division of Neurology at the U of A. She goes above and beyond for both her patients and colleagues, providing quality care to patients and support to physicians. The extra efforts Dr. Phan make have not gone unnoticed; she was nominated by a colleague who admires her dedication to her work.

Dr. Trevor Steve

The first thing Jude said about Dr. Trevor Steve is that he has a wicked sense of humour. Well, people say laughter is the best medicine. In Jude’s case, she also needed Dr. Steve’s expertise as a neurologist, and she credits him with saving her life.

Dr. Farhad Peerani

In the busy health care system, specialists feel the pressures of so many patients waiting to access care. With such hectic schedules, it’s no doubt difficult to present a calm and unhurried face to patients. One patient wants to applaud her gastroenterologist, Dr. Farhad Peerani, Assistant Professor of Medicine in the Division of Gastroenterology at the U of A, for being a calm presence in her long and difficult health journey.

Dr. Shamir Chandarana

Physicians are used to providing the care, so when the physician becomes the patient, they have a unique perspective on the health care system and those working within it. Recently, a physician found herself battling thyroid cancer and was referred to Dr. Shamir Chandarana, a surgeon with the section of Otolaryngology–Head & Neck Surgery (U of C), for treatment. While the patient wishes to maintain her privacy, she was compelled to ensure Dr. Chandarana was recognized for the excellent care he provided.

Dr. Neha Chadha

Recently finished her residency and a new family physician at Edmonton’s Nova Medical Clinic, Dr. Neha Chadha made a lasting impression on, and has a fan-for-life in, the patient who nominated her in June for recognition by the Shine A Light program. In her nomination, Paula describes how, as a new doctor, Dr. Chadha took on Paula as a patient, “complicated health portfolio … complex care plan … the ever-changing scenarios of autoimmune disease…” and all!

Student Spotlight

Inspirational and fascinating stories of medical students doing extraordinary things are featured in the Student Spotlight column in our digital magazine, Alberta Doctors’ Digest.

Want to submit your story? Please get in touch with us!

Student Spotlight: Are lifestyle changes more effective than potential new Alzheimer’s drugs?

Alzheimer’s disease (AD) is the most common form of dementia; it affects 10% of people over the age of 65. Despite having been discovered over 100 years ago, there has yet to be an effective cure. Instead, between 2000 and 2012, 99.6% of drugs tested in clinical trials for AD failed, which is a higher fail rate than cancer trials.

Student Spotlight: University of Calgary Mental Health Week

For Mental Health Week 2022, students at the University of Calgary offered something for everyone, including HIIT class, book swap, journaling, wellness talks, student advocacy and wellness office open house, park meet up, rock painting, free ice cream, art and music night, wellness resources info fair, yoga class, mindfulness session, therapy dogs and Zoom pizza cooking.

Student Spotlight: Calgary medical students explore the importance of advocacy

The University of Calgary Medical Students' Association hosted a club fair/advocacy symposium on August 19 to promote the many ways students can get involved in their community.

Student Spotlight: Recapping the Alberta Medical Students’ Conference and Retreat (AMSCAR) 2022

The 18th annual Alberta Medical Students’ Conference and Retreat (AMSCAR) was held January 21 and 22 over Zoom. The organizers created a well orchestrated weekend of learning and fun that allowed for an enjoyable virtual experience. There was a total of 246 students (179 medical students from the University of Alberta and 67 from the University of Calgary) who came together for a weekend of health and wellness – an especially important topic given the current climate.

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