Alberta Doctors' Digest archive

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This archive will always contain four years of back issues of the Alberta Doctors’ Digest. For older issues, please contact:

Daphne C. Andrychuk
Communications Assistant, Public Affairs
Alberta Medical Association
T 780.482.2626, ext. 3116
Toll-free 1.800.272.9680, ext. 3116

2017 (Volume 42)

September/October - Number 5

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  • Cover Feature
    • PFSP: Our #GOATs are doing great things to promote physician wellness
  • From the Editor
    • When breath becomes air
  • From the Editor-in-Chief
    • Put on your own oxygen mask first and what's up with eADD?
  • Letters
  • Health Law Update
    • High times ahead: How will cannabis legalization affect physicians?
  • Dr. Gadget
    • The best gadget is the one that’s with you
  • In a Different Vein
    • Doing good in Minute Particulars
  • Features
    • PFSP: Anxiety in our children
    • Over $69,000 raised for medical student bursaries
    • Closing the gap between primary and specialist care
    • Income for the soul
    • Creating life-changing results
    • Taking it to the community
    • Private corporations and tax planning under review
    • Emerging Leaders in Health Promotion grant program
      • CALL ME – Canadians Alleviating Loneliness and Longing by Mingling with the Elderly

July/August - Number 4

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  • Cover Feature
    • Health information sharing
  • From the Editor
    • Anger and beyond
  • Health Law Update
    • Some pitfalls when using electronic medical records
  • PFSP Perspectives
    • e-health literacy: Creating our best selves
  • Dr. Gadget
    • Point of care drug interaction checkers
  • In a Different Vein
    • Interview with Captain Canada at 150
  • Features
    • AHS Clinical Information Systems
    • Should study of the history of medicine be a requirement for medical trainees?
    • Patient portals and secure messaging
    • AMA Youth Run Club teams up with ParticipACTION 150 Play List
    • Members tell the AMA these are uncertain times
    • Community Information Integration
    • How do patients feel about accessing their health information through an online portal?
    • Many Hands™ on the front lines

May/June - Number 3

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  • Cover Feature
    • AMA Advocacy Night
  • From the Editor
    • Inequity and our discontent
  • Health Law Update
    • Should BC residents have the right to purchase health insurance to fund privately secured medical services?
  • Insurance Insights
    • Mystery solved! How property insurance is calculated
  • Dr. Gadget
    • Made-in-Alberta consumer health websites
  • Residents' Page
    • Burnout: Is it happening to you?
  • PFSP Perspectives
    • Medical assistance in dying
  • In a Different Vein
    • In the red corner … personalized medicine.
      In the blue corner … realistic medicine.
  • Features
    • Distribute electrons, not atoms
    • Tartans, kilts and slippery surfaces
    • Danger, Will Robinson! Danger!
    • AMSCAR promotes student wellness and collegiality
    • Youth Run Club – Live Active Community Fun Run
    • The Wallaces of Wainwright and the Battle of Vimy Ridge
    • What new tax rules could mean for incorporated physicians

March/April - Number 2

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  • Cover Feature
    • My daring idea for health care in Alberta: Standardization of refugee care across the province 
  • From the Editor
    • Old dogs and new tricks
  • Health Law Update
    • Dear Minister: Please clean up your acts
  • Insurance Insights
    • The art and science of underwriting: Analysis of the whole picture
  • PFSP Perspectives
    • Managing fatigue, relationships and digital technology
  • In a Different Vein
    • Genies in bottles and my daring idea for Alberta
  • Features
    • A tribute to Dr. Gerald L. Higgins
    • The 2017 Tarrant Scholarship opportunity is here!
    • My daring idea for health care in Alberta:
      • Recognizing that community and the health care system are both important at end-of-life
      • Dr. Gadget: Let’s consider how technology affects our relationships
      • Multidisciplinary chronic disease management
      • Physician health ambassadors in schools across Alberta
      • Let's change the lens on seniors' care
      • Investment in multidisciplinary care for rheumatoid arthritis patients
    • A daring idea in action: Pregnancy Pathways helps homeless pregnant women build a better future

January/February - Number 1 

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  • Cover Feature
    • Priming our brains for 2017
  • From the Editor
    • It's a new year. We can all sharpen our focus.
  • Health Law Update
    • I get high with a little help from my... prime minister?
  • Insurance Insights
    • AMA Term Life Insurance. Even more competitive in 2017.
  • Dr. Gadget
    • Is there a good app for that? 
  • PFSP Perspectives
    • Wellness for women physicians
  • Residents' Page
    • PARAdime: Resident physicians support some of Alberta’ most vulnerable through annual community campaign
  • In a Different Vein
    • Doctor in the house of cards
  • Features
    • Alberta Medical Association Board of Directors 2016-17
    • AMA seeks 2017 nominations for our highest awards
    • Cheese and crackers; sunshine and water; physicians and schools 

2016 (Volume 41)

November/December - Number 6

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  • Cover Feature
    • Fall Representative Forum/Annual General Meeting
  • From the Editor
    • Oh, nostalgia!
  • Health Law Update
    • Employees, contractors, partners, the government
  • Dr. Gadget
    • The power of the whiteboard
  • PFSP Perspectives
    • Medical professionalism and social media: Danger or opportunity?
  • In a Different Vein
    • Does Hercules really need to slay the Hydra?
  • Features
    • We asked. Here's what you said.
    • AMA Award for Compassionate Service
    • 400 schools in four years
    • Calling for 2017 TD Insurance Meloche Monnex/AMA Scholarship applicants

September/October - Number 5

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  • Cover Feature
    Stewardship in an integrated health care system
  • From the Editor
    On luck
  • Health Law Update
    More thoughts about the Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner
  • Insurance Insights
    New travel insurance option available to Alberta Medical Association members
  • Dr. Gadget
    Made in Alberta medical resources
  • PFSP Perspectives
    Our humanity is more powerful than our expertise
  • In a Different Vein
    For better, for worse: a 40-year review
  • Features
    • Stewardship in an integrated health care system
    • Emerging Leaders in Health Promotion grant program: Addictions & Teenagers: Junior High Health Promotion
    • Emerging Leaders in Health Promotion grant program: CalgaryRefugeeHealth.com
    • North/South Doctors’ Golf Tournament a swinging success
    • Serving in the Great War. Surviving diabetes. Making an outstanding contribution to medicine in Alberta.
    • It’s that time of year! Alberta Medical Association Youth Run Club hits its stride
    • New infection prevention and control general standards now in effect

July/August - Number 4

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  • Cover Feature
    Support is growing for an Indigenous health revolution
  • From the Editor
    The end of doom 
  • Letters
    • Mortal rigors 
    • The role of a physician 
  • Dr. Gadget
    Do I need a medical calculator?
  • PFSP Perspectives
    Out of the shadows: Shining light on physician suicide
  • Health Law Update
    Health Information Act could use a few more teeth
  • In a Different Vein
    Calling a spade a spatulous device
  • Features
    • Canadian Medical Association responds to a need for action on Indigenous health
    • Voices for Indigenous Peoples
    • Why bother with history of medicine?
    • Emerging Leaders in Health Promotion Grant program – project profiles
    • Preaching to the converted in Cochrane

May/June - Number 3

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  • Cover Feature
    Are you conducting a risky business?
  • From the Editor
    Mortal rigors
  • Letters
    • Open letter to the Chief Justice of Canada
    • Accepting transgendered individuals
  • Health Law Update
    Physician-assisted death: One more reflection
  • Mind your Own Business
    Results are in! 2015-16 provincial pay survey for clinic staff positions
  • Insurance Insights
    Final year medical students and residents: June is the time to act
  • Dr. Gadget
    Data rich or data poor?
  • PFSP Perspectives
    How is the nature of our care affected by the mode of communication we use?
  • Resident's Page
    Putting resident physician wellness first: Resident Physician Wellness Week
  • In a Different Vein
    Shimmying with sharks
  • Features
    • We said what?
    • Alberta Medical Students’ Conference and Retreat
    • Helping Edmonton seniors to become more health savvy - Emerging Leaders in Health Promotion Grant program
    • AMA Youth Run Club welcomes new sponsor

March/April - Number 2

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  • Cover Feature
    Leading by stewardship: We have an image(ing) problem
  • From the Editor
    On illness and other matters
  • Health Law Update
    You are a steward of health system resources – choose wisely
  • Mind your Own Business
    Agenda item: Do you prefer death by meeting or effective collaboration?
  • Insurance Insights
    TD Meloche Monnex: New improvements for you!
  • Letters
    Re: “An Open Letter to the Chief Justice of Canada” January-February, 2016 Alberta Doctors’ Digest
  • Dr. Gadget
    Are you consultation impaired?
  • PFSP Perspectives
    To err is human
  • Resident's Page
    Alberta’s resident physicians: Future leaders in health care
  • In a Different Vein
    Of managers and leaders: Too often missing the boat
  • Features
    • Leading change in tough times
    • Seeking one’s glass slipper
    • Leadership by design
    • Connecting with Nature - Emerging Leaders in Health Promotion Grant program
    • Lungs are for Life Smoking Prevention Program and Workshop Kit - Emerging Leaders in Health Promotion Grant program
    • In Flanders Fields
    • The 2016 Tarrant Scholarship opportunity is here!

January/February - Number 1

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  • Cover Feature
    Crossing borders
  • From the Editor
    Better or worse?
  • Health Law Update
    The unrepresented litigant
  • Mind your Own Business
    Performance and employee management
  • Letters
    An open letter to the Chief of Justice of Canada
  • Insurance Insights
    OK, you survived. But what about critical illness insurance to keep your finances healthy?
  • Dr. Gadget
    A picture is worth a thousand words...
  • PFSP Perspectives
    Shining light on the importance of healthy medical relationships
  • Resident's Page
    PARAdime. Alberta's resident physicians reach out to support the most vulnerable
  • In a Different Vein
    Oranges, lemons and muktuk
  • Features
    • Alberta Medical Association Board of Directors 2015-16
    • Calling for 2016 TD Insurance Meloche Monnex/AMA Scholarship applicants
    • Lace up! AMA Youth Run Club 2015-16 season has begun
    • MD Financial Management steps up for Youth Run Club and healthy communities
    • AMA seeks 2016 nominations for our highest awards
    • Tarrant Scholarship 2015. The future of rural Alberta medicine is in good hands
    • TD Insurance Meloche Monnex/AMA Scholarship 2015 winners

2015 (Volume 40)

November/December - Number 6

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  • Cover Feature
    Canadian Medical Association favors principles-based recommendations for a Canadian approach to assisted dying
  • From the Editor
    Bad ideas
  • Health Law Update
    Carter vs. Canada (Attorney General): What next?
  • PFSP Perspectives
    Can we continue to be the writers of our own story at end-of-life?
  • Mind your Own Business
    Say "I do" and put it in writing
  • Dr. Gadget
    Paper cuts and saving trees
  • In a Different Vein
    Booze and the boomers
  • Features
    • Caution and respect for patient autonomy frame College of Physicians & Surgeons of Alberta (CPSA) advice on physician-assisted death
    • Assisted death: an altered landscape
    • Alberta blue in a sea of red
    • Lice. The Orr disinfestor. Venereal disease.

September/October 2015 - Number 5

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  • Cover Feature
    Are you prepared for the mobile health tsunami?
  • From the Editor
    Career choices
  • Health Law Update
    Refusal of medical treatment
  • Mind your Own Business
    Top three actions to ensure physician office employees maintain confidentiality
  • Insurance Insights
    AMA Health Benefits Trust Fund Why has such a chintzy plan been so popular with AMA members?
  • Dr. Gadget
    AMA Fee Navigator™ guides your course through the billing seas
  • PFSP Perspectives
    International medical graduates are a big part of Alberta medicine. What was the journey like?
  • Residents' Page
    Sickness of the mind?
  • In a Different Vein
    Game of moans
  • Features
    • Dealing with disruptive physician behavior
    • North/South Doctors’ Golf Tournament a swinging success

July/August 2015 - Number 4

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  • Cover Feature
    What are our seniors worth?
  • From the Editor
    Changing things
  • Health Law Update
    Organ transplants: Owners, ethics and an aging population
  • Mind your Own Business
    Considering winding down or closing your practice?
  • Insurance Insights
    What do physicians really think about ADIUM Insurance Services?
  • Dr. Gadget
    I'm not 87 yet...
  • PFSP Perspectives
    Caution: Tsunami approaching
  • In a Different Vein
    Aging - enjoy it!
  • Features
    • Want to know the real reason for caregiver burnout?
    • Our health care system must support the triumph of aging
    • High drama!
    • A coalition, a conference and a conversation
    • The Physician Learning Program is celebrating a big birthday
    • What's new on the web?

May/June 2015 - Number 3

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  • Cover Feature
    Mum's the word: Confidentiality and the Physician and Family Support Program
  • From the Editor
    Pen and Paper
  • Health Law Update
    BC constitutional challenge will have its day in court
  • Mind your Own Business
    Succession ─ if you fail to plan, you plan to fail
  • Dr. Gadget
    Medical apps eh? Made in Canada
  • Residents' Page
    Do leaders need to change the world? Nice idea. Not necessary.
  • In a Different Vein
    Beat glossophobia ─ take the 12 steps
  • Features
    • Connecting Aboriginal youth to their community
    • Starting early with healthy eating smarts
    • Kids and infectious diseases: (not) all fun and games
    • Advocating healthy family choices; family first, individual second
    • Canadian Medical Association steps up
    • Red, blue and yellow: The colorful use of color in anatomical illustration

March/April 2015 - Number 2

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  • Cover Feature
    What's our medical profession really like?
  • From the Editor
    Varieties of solitude
  • Health Law Update
    Physician (only) assisted suicide
  • Mind Your Own Business
    Are you still compliant with the Health Information Act?
  • Insurance Insights
    Batten-down your computer!
  • Dr. Gadget
    Peace at the point of care - clinical decision support tools
  • PFSP Perspectives
    Burning out? It just might happen unless you learn to become more resilient
  • In a Different Vein
    Medical austerity - Alberta style
  • Features
    • The 2015 Tarrant Scholarship opportunity is here!
    • The centennial of Dr. Harry G. Mackid
    • And the message is... "Don't give up!"
    • The beginnings of plastic surgery in Canada
    • Arming adolescents with knowledge about mental health
    • Mayhap you have met these menschen!

January/February 2015 - Number 1

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  • Cover Feature
    Youth Run Club ambassadors send a clear message where it's needed
  • From the Editor
    Coming of age
  • Health Law Update
    The three P's: Protection of privacy is paramount
  • Mind Your Own Business
    Need to manage change? Focus on what makes people tick
  • Insurance Insights
    Update on improvements - TD Insurance Meloche Monnex
  • Dr. Gadget
    Where's my CPS?
  • PFSP Perspectives
    Caring for yourself and your colleagues in the years ahead. How will you make it happen?
  • Residents' Page
    Remove those 3-D glasses; our health is 4-D
  • In a Different Vein
    Fighting the slings and arrows of outrageous fortune
  • Features
    • Alberta Medical Association Board of Directors 2014-15
    • Know someone outstanding? Speak up!
    • Calling all applicants! It's time to check out the 2015 TD Insurance Meloche Monnex/AMA Scholarship
    • Emerging Leaders in Health Promotion Grant Program
    • What's new on the web?
    • Thinking differently: Can physicians and patients learn?
    • Diagnosing schizophrenia
    • Want to participate in clinical research?

2014 (Volume 39)

November/December 2014 - Number 6

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  • Cover Feature
    Fall Representative Forum/Annual General Meeting
  • From the Editor
    Contingency plans
  • Health Law Update
    Conflicting regulations?
  • Mind Your Own Business
    Fraud alert!
  • Dr. Gadget
    Dog or fob?
  • PFSP Perspectives
    The beginning of wisdom
  • In a Different Vein
    The union and the re-union
  • Features
    • Don't just stand there!
    • Tarrant Scholarship focuses on rural commitment
    • Emerging Leaders in Health Promotion Grant recipient focuses on obesity in children
    • The role of Alberta physicians in the formation of the Medical Council of Canada

September/October 2014 - Number 5

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  • Cover Feature
    Mandatory influenza immunization? Two health professional views
  • From the Editor
    Our unmined creativity
  • Health Law Update
    I get high with a little help from my…doctor?
  • Mind Your Own Business
    Embracing a multi-generational workforce: Here’s how to do it
  • Insurance Insights
    You’re in control and we’re good with that: Making changes to your home or auto policy
  • PFSP Perspectives
    Is your life a battle or journey?
  • Residents' Page
    Help, help! My brain is leaking
  • Dr. Gadget
    As technology advances rapidly, our physicianpatient relationship remains our anchor
  • In a Different Vein
    The art of evergreening is costing taxpayers big moolah
  • Features
    • Physicians and nurse practitioners - Working collaboratively for better patient care
    • North/South Doctors’ Golf Tournament raises over $37,000
    • Are you what you eat?
    • AMA Readership Survey 2014

July/August 2014 - Number 4

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  • Cover Feature
    Rising to the challenge 100 years ago
  • From the Editor
    Deny, deny, deny
  • Health Law Update
    Electronic tracking of dementia patients
  • Mind your own business
    Patient Panel - What's it all about?
  • Insurance Insights
    TD Insurance Meloche Monnex ramps up customer service for AMA members
  • Dr. Gadget
    Apps, apps, apps
  • PFSP Perspectives
    Collegial role models make a big difference in your practice
  • In a Different Vein
    Going to pot in the clinic
  • Features
    • Going social
    • A brighter future for medical oncology
    • Running strong!
    • What do you think about our website?
    • What you need to know about privacy agreements

May/June 2014 - Number 3

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  • Cover Feature
    What do yoga and financial management have to do with being a good doctor?
  • From the Editor
    Our age of anxiety
  • Health Law Update
    Chaoulli not yet enforced in Alberta
  • Mind Your Own Business
    Hot off the press! Results of our first provincial pay survey for clinic staff positions
  • PFSP Perspectives
    Blunt reductionism versus fuzzy holism: What place do the arts and humanities have in medical education?
  • Residents' Page
    Can physician mentorship mold a future generation of leaders?
  • Dr. Gadget
    Digital omnivores
  • In a Different Vein
    Death with and without Dignitas
  • Features
    • Physician disruptive behavior
    • Build a panel, build a medical home
    • A brief history of our profession and the Alberta government
    • Know some outstanding rural colleagues?
    • We said what? AMA tracker survey measures your opinions
    • What’s new online?

March/April 2014 - Number 2

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  • Cover Feature
    Dr. Gadget likes toys: His new column is your guide to tech you can use
  • From the Editor
    Our digital distractions
  • Health Law Update
    Alberta’s new health charter and patient advocate
  • Mind Your Own Business
    From babies to aging parents: An employer's duty to accommodate
  • Insurance Insights
    Protecting your clinic against flood
  • PFSP Perspectives
    Living better through empathy
  • In a Different Vein
    Pilgrimage in technoland
  • Features
    • Who ARE those people? Things you didn't know about your AMA board members
    • Want to be a rural physician? There's a scholarship for that!
    • Out of options for resolving problems with intimidation in the workplace and patient advocacy?
    • What's new online?

January/February 2014 - Number 1

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  • Cover Feature
    From doctor to acute care patient to doctor again
  • From the Editor
    What should we eat? Just ask a hunter-gatherer
  • Health Law Update
    End of life decisions – what has Rasouli done for us lately?
  • Mind Your Own Business
    $ per sq. ft. is just one consideration
  • Insurance Insights
    From doctor to acute care patient to doctor again: How insurance helped Dr. Ian Rigby
  • Residents' Page
    Resident physicians partner with Alberta shelters for the PARAdime initiative
  • PFSP Perspectives
    Let’s make 2014 the unofficial year of the mentor: Here’s what’s in it for you
  • In a Different Vein
    The decline of decay: Dentistry then and now
  • Features
    • Meet the AMA Board of Directors 2013-14
    • AMA seeks 2014 nominations for our highest awards
    • Tans, tyrants and treats: Emerging Leaders in Health Promotion grant recipients teach children the importance of prevention
    • The AMA’s website and social media year in review - In a nutshell: explosive and unpredictable
    • Medical students lobby government for youth tobacco reduction
    • Calling for 2014 TD Insurance Meloche Monnex/AMA Scholarship applicants

2013 (Volume 38)

November/December 2013 - Number 6

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  • Cover Feature
    Fall Representative Forum/Annual General Meeting
  • From the Editor
    On time
  • Health Law Update
    Physician-assisted suicide: British Columbia Court of Appeal chooses precedent over passion
  • Mind Your Own Business
    What do those numbers mean?
  • Insurance Insights
    ADIUM Insurance Services Inc. What's new, what's better for 2014
  • PFSP Perspectives
    With a little help from my friends
  • In a Different Vein
    The ignis fatuus of queue jumping
  • Features
    • Are you Dr. Gadget?
    • Sharing and disclosing information responsibly
    • Law vs. licensure: Which shall rule - Lafferty vs. Lincoln test case an intriguing snapshot in history
    • What's new at albertadoctors.org?
    • Rural medicine rocks! Tarrant Scholarship winners 2013
    • Guidelines to Billing Uninsured Services now updated and online

September/October 2013 - Number 5

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  • Cover Feature
    We want your feet (We promise to give them back)
  • From the Editor
    Our technological discontent
  • Health Law Update
    When the time comes to start your practice, do you know how to choose your business model?
  • Mind Your Own Business
    Can you really afford these five common mistakes? Learn how to set staff wages without waving a magic wand
  • Web-footed MD
    Computer addiction: A career spanning punch cards to iPads logs out
  • Insurance Insights
    Smile. Your AMA health and dental plan just got better
  • Residents' Page
    What if a royal birth happened in Alberta?
  • PFSP Perspectives
    Stakes are high. Emotions are strong. Upcoming Canadian Conference on Physician Health to tackle issues crucial to your life
  • In a Different Vein
    Three museums and a flood: An August holiday week in Alberta
  • Features
    • Renew your AMA/CMA membership and continue to receive important benefits
    • Bugs, Band-aids and boo boos: Emerging Leaders in Health Promotion grant program receipients teach children about medicine
    • North/South Doctors' Golf Tournament a swinging success
    • What's new at albertadoctors.org?

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