MD Scope archive

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2024

April 25

  • April 2024 changes to the SOMB
  • It's time to prepare for wildfire season
  • Does your practice see a high proportion of injured workers?
  • Fecal Immunochemical Tests: Are you FIT to order?
  • Student-led health care project aims to improve patient safety experience
  • AMA Achievement Awards: Nomination deadline extended to May 15
  • New MD Culture Shift: April issue
  • AHS Updates
    • Measles updates from AHS and APL
    • COVID-19 vaccine update
    • Goals of Care Designations
    • Netcare eReferral changes
    • ADAPT project: Get support to improve transitions for patients with chronic diseases
  • MD Financial
    • How new trust reporting requirements for bare trusts could impact you
  • Community Connections

April 11

  • Important measles updates from AHS and APL
  • WCB fee increase update
  • AMA committee openings: Online applications now being accepted
  • Are you eligible for Canada Student Loan forgiveness?
  • Interested in a +1 program? RSVP for the Enhanced Skills virtual information evening
  • MD Financial
    • Webinar for AMA members - register now to learn about the Medicus Pension PlanTM
  • Community Connections

March 28

  • Provide your input on working with WCB-Alberta
  • AMA President-Elect 2024-25: Call for nominations
  • Use your CME dollars! Deadline is March 31
  • New MD Culture Shift: March issue
  • MD Financial
    • Investing through 2024 and beyond with robust portfolios
  • Community Connections

March 14

  • Optmized Prescribing with Seniors: Medical management of BPSD
  • Read two important lab updates: supply ordering and microbiology requisitions
  • March is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month
  • Three new Enhanced Skills programs taking on their first residents in July 2025
  • PFSP invites original physician poetry submissions
  • Nominate a health hero for induction into the Canadian Medical Hall of Fame!
  • MD Financial
    • AMA members, pay the right amount of taxes
  • Community Connections
    • Perceived distinctions between research, medical, clinical and surgical innovation and their impact on professional practice

February 29

  • Wanted: Physician input on WCB-Alberta experiences
  • Declare yourself "in" for panel management support funding
  • FAST expands general surgery province-wide on February 26
  • Thank a colleague! JPAC Shine On Gratitude Program.
  • AMA seeks nominations for our highest awards
  • MD Financial
    • Get a tailored investment plan
  • Community Connections:
    • ADAPT study on follow-up care recruiting family physicians

February 15

  • Good faith claims billing information session
  • Updated fax number for Calgary zone urology referrals issue
  • You're making a difference! Enhanced lipid reporting a success
  • Taking additional training? Are you eligible for a $7,500 scholarship?
  • Applications for the 2024 Student Sponsorship Program are now open!
  • New: MD Culture Shift - February issue
  • MD Financial
    • Tax changes for 2024
  • Community Connections:
    • Alberta Health Technology Survey

January 25

  • Share your voice to help government and the public understand the crisis in family care
  •  AMA Strike Team: Improving comprehensive primary care
  • FIB-4: New test in Alberta to risk stratify patients of developing liver fibrosis
  • General surgery to join FAST province-wide
  • Alberta's Pathways Hub - Feedback wanted
  • Now available province-wide: Family medicine - Menopause symptom advice request reason for referral
  • Election results: Meet your new zonal/regional RF delegates!
  • Want to help celebrate medicine's achievements? Apply now!
  • Applications now open for Health Technology Innovation Program
  • MD Financial Management
    • Should I invest in a TFSA or leave excess funds in my corporation?
  • Community Connections
    • Your input is needed on assessing FASD in Canada

January 11

  • Optimized Prescribing with Seniors: Part 2 - Emerging acute or decompensated heart failure
  • Patients requesting Novavax vaccine?
  • TD Insurance/AMA Medical Student Bursary: Application deadline extended to January 14
  • Register today: Online session on physician wellness and mental illness
  • Physicians needed to interview applicants for the U of A Doctor of Medicine Program
  • Expressing our gratitude
  • HQCA now publicly reporting hospital care measures
  • 2023 EMR Survey - the results are in!
  • Join the History of Medicine Committee: online applications now being accepted
  • New MD Culture Shift January issue
  • MD Financial Management
    • U.S. tax planning considerations for Canadian "snowbirds"

2023

December 14

  • CMA leadership opportunities closing December 29: Apply ASAP!
  • Register for CaRMS interview prep
  • Provincial Pathways Unit is looking for help from primary care providers
  • Vascular surgery joins FAST
  • New: MD Culture Shift December issue
  • MD Financial Management
    • Here are some financial FAQs for medical students
  • Community Connections
    • Chiropractors want to understand your perception of chiropractic care in Alberta

November 30

  • Vote now: 2023 RF delegate zonal/regional elections
  • Lung cancer screening available to eligible Albertans
  • New online clinical decision support tool for patients in Alberta
  • New pediatric functional GI education website
  • Apply for the TD Insurance AMA Medical Student Bursary
  • MD Financial Management
    • Preparing for the family meeting: How to talk to your children about your estate plan
  • Community Connections
    • U of C CME&PD 2023-2024 needs assessment
    • Participate in a study on pregnancy care referral

November 16

  • Your issues, media coverage, AMA in the news
  • Vote now: 2023 RF delegate zonal/regional elections
  • Are you contemplating retirement or are already fully retired?
  • Optimized Prescribing with Seniors: Emerging acute or decompensated heart failure?
  • Changes to lipid reporting and the LDL-C equation in Alberta
  • Want to advise the health minister on health information management?
  • Reminder: Community providers take action to receive results without delay
  • New: MD Culture Shift November 2023 issue
  • MD Financial Management
    • Preparing for the family meeting: How to talk to your children about your estate plan
  • Community Connections
    • Research study: Medical education needs of myalgic encephalomyelitis
    • Disability and accessibility in First Nations health centre survey
    • Research study: COPD care
    • Talent Research Roundtable: Health technology in Alberta

October 26

  • Help Alberta get immunized: Alberta's fall vaccine program has launched
  • Call for applications: AMA Income Equity Initiative Dispute Resolution Committee
  • 2023 Tarrant Scholarship: Congratulations Hailea Purcell and Tina Nash!
  • Turning lost minutes into patient care: the Health Care Unburdened Grant program
  • Does your President's Letter come from a former president?
  • MD Financial Management
    • Why it's ok to delegate your financial responsibilities
  • Community Connections
    • Seeking physicians to discuss pregnancy and reproductive services for women with disabilities
    • CanMeds open call for public consultation on physician training and practice
    • Research study: Culture and positive regard

October 12

  • Local doctors, local issues town hall meetings begin October 16
  • Call for nominations: Zonal/Regional RF delegates
  • Apply today: AMA Informatics Committee
  • Alberta's Pathway Hub now live
  • Follow these steps to ensure you get lab, specimen and imaging results
  • Alberta Medical Association/TD Insurance Stabilization Fund
  • Presidential ghosts in your inbox?
  • October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month
  • New: MD Culture Shift October 2023 issue
  • MD Financial Management
    • Practice management team: Assemble!
  • Community Connections
    • Are you interested in shared care planning with complex patients?

September 28

  • National Day for Truth and Reconciliation
  • 2023-24 AMA membership: United for the health of the profession
  • AMA staff announcements: Service milestones and retirement
  • Family physicians needed for Caregiver-Centered Care: Physician Education Advisory
  • Apply for leadership opportunities with the CMA
  • MD Financial Management
    • Meet Dr. Franco Rizzuti, AHS medical health officer and member of the MD Physician Council
  • Community Connections
    • Call for Abstracts - Pediatric Academic Societies

September 14

  • Optimized Prescribing with Seniors: Nocturia
  • Giving Alberta infants the best start to life possible
  • Meet this year's recipients of TD Insurance AMA Scholarships
  • New resource guide for physicians for National Day for Truth and Reconciliation
  • Congratulations to AMA Executive Director Mike Gormley on his retirement!
  • New: MD Culture Shift Issue #24
  • MD Financial Management
    • Should I invest in a TFSA or leave excess funds in my corporation?
  • Community Connections
    • Focus on Caregivers: Active wellness for Calgarians under age 65 with dementia

August 31

  • AMA committee openings closing soon: Apply online ASAP!
  • AMA reps needed for Alberta Breast and Cervical Cancer Screening Programs’ Advisory Committee
  • CMA Awards: Nominate in one-step
  • MD Financial Management
    • Investing as a physician: a primer
  • Community Connections
    • COVID-19 related Moral Injury in Health Care Workers

August 17

  • Notice of elections and changes to AMA Bylaws
  • Members needed for several important committees. Apply online today!
  • Register for town hall Connect Care conversation with Alberta physicians
  • Do you have an up-to-date Privacy Impact Assessment? Time-limited offer.
  • Thinking of a +1 residency in 2024-25?
  • CMA Awards: Submit a one-step nomination today!
  • Curl with colleagues this winter
  • MD Financial Management
    • Bank of Canada: Another 0.25% hike, target overnight interest rate now 5.0%
  • Community Connections
    • Level 2 Advanced Caregiver-Centered Care Education – all six domain modules now online

July 27

  • Don't miss out! Claim up to $2,200 in CME reimbursement before July 31.
  • Members needed for important committees. Apply online today!
  • MD Financial Management
    • Canadians are living longer. How does that impact my retirement savings?
  • Community Connections
    • Is Alberta's surgical referral system working for your and your patients?

July 13

  • Optimized Prescribing with Seniors: Constipation in the elderly
  • Important committees: Members needed. Apply online today!
  • Are you an Edmonton and area physician? Two special events to celebrate you!
  • New MD Culture Shift Issue #23
  • MD Financial Management
    • A guide to TFSA stock trading rules
  • Community Connections
    • Is Alberta's surgical referral system working for your and your patients?

June 29

  • A step toward anti-racism and anti-discrimination
  • Medical students receive a boost from AMA's ADIUM Insurance!
  • Lung cancer screening program expanding
  • Want to help celebrate medicine's achievements?
  • MD Financial Management
    • Medicus Pension Plan: Canada's first multi-employer pension plan for physicians has launched
  • Community Connections
    • Educational needs assessment of Canadian health care professionals on myalgic encephalomyelitis
    • National survey of health care professionals' responses on domestic sex trafficking

June 15

  • Claim your 2023 Continuing Medical Education allotments by July 31
  • Connect Care surveys: Update from AHS and AMA
  •  AMA Committee on Achievement Awards: Online applications now being accepted
  • New MD Culture Shift Issue #22
  • MD Financial Management
    • How to use income splitting to keep more of your money
  • Community Connections
    • Educational needs assessment of Canadian health care professionals on myalgic encephalomyelitis
    • National survey of health care professionals' responses on domestic sex trafficking

May 25

  • Connect Care lab results: please use provider and submitter IDs on all requisitions
  • ABCs of Blended Capitation
  • Celebrate Rural Health Week from May 29 to June 2
  • Interested in assisting the AMA Board with the financial oversight of the association?
  • AMA mourns passing of past president, Dr. Christopher Varvis
  • MD Financial Management
    • Retirement timeline for physicians: How to prepare for a comfortable retirement

May 11

  • Recognizing physicians in politics
  • Optimizing Prescribing with Seniors: Focus on Parkinson's disease - Part 2
  • Say thanks to a colleague using the JPAC Shine On Gratitude Program
  • Your AMA Section: Three-question survey
  • Apply for available positions on the AMA-AH ARP Working Group
  • New MD Culture Shift Issue #21
  • MD Financial Management
    • Your investment strategy, transformed
  • Community Connections
    • Are you a female physician in Canada?

April 27

  • Dr. Shelley Duggan is AMA's 2023-24 President-Elect
  • Join the PFSP as an assessment physician!
  • UAlberta Mental Health Monologues: a memorable night for all involved
  • Reminder: AMA committee openings: Online applications now being accepted
  • Taking tuition down a notch: $110,500 awarded in medical student bursaries!
  • MD Financial Management
    • Financial literacy podcast: Physians and debt
  • Community Connections
    • Do you prescribe antibiotics? Want to know more about antimicrobial resistance? Sign up for a CPSA focus group!

April 13

  • How to prepare for Connect Care launch 6
  • Reminder: Call for nominations: AMA President-Elect 2023-24
  • Whom do you honour?
  • AMA committee openings: Online applications now being accepted
  • New MD Culture Shift Issue #20
  • MD Financial Management
    • Here's what you need to know about the Silicon Valley Bank situation
  • Community Connections
    • Research project: The views of internationally educated health care professionals in Canada on vaccinations

March 30

  • CII-CPAR: Improving patient care with virtually no changes to daily workflow
  • AMA President-Elect 2023-24: Call for nominations
  • AMA committee openings: Online applications now being accepted
  • Canada's national nature prescription program, PaRX, celebrates one year in Alberta
  • Quick tips for privacy breaches
  • WCB updates
    • Electronic reporting weekend interruption
    • Coming soon to myWCB: two-step verification
  • MD Financial Management
    • Financial planning strategies for incorporated physicians
  • Community Connections
    • Is Alberta's surgical referral system working for you and your patients? 

March 17

  • Optimized Prescribing with Seniors: Orthostatic hypotension
  • Diagnostic imaging reports available online for patients through My Personal Records
  • eReferral improvements implemented February 23
  • AHS newborn screening program has a new name
  • AMA Section of Pediatrics grants: Improving care through research and innovation
  • Call for applications: History of medicine scholarship and project grant 
  • New rate increases for auto insurance paused until December 31
  • New MD Culture Shift Issue #19 
  • MD Financial Management
    • Tax changes for 2023
  • Community Connections
    • Do you want to share your thoughts and co-design tools for cancer diagnosis?
    • Navigating children's best interests in child psychiatric inpatient settings during the height of the COVID pandemic 
    • Free counselling services to families with immigrant and refugee experience, and their children 

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