Continuing Medical Education

(CME)

Deanna Longmuir, AMA Membership and Benefits Administrator

This program is provided through an agreement between the AMA and Alberta Health

There are two separate CME benefits that are available to members: 

  • $2,100 benefit for CME expenses incurred between April 1, 2021, and March 31, 2022
  • $2,200 benefit for CME expenses incurred between April 1, 2022, and March 31, 2023

Details for each of these CME benefits are below. 

2021/22 CME Benefit

The 2021/22 CME program provides a benefit of $2,100 per physician and is being administered by Alberta Health. This program is for CME expenses incurred between April 1, 2021, and March 31, 2022. The claiming details for this program are available on the Alberta Health website. The web page outlines eligibility, reimbursement details and includes the online application form. Alberta Health has also issued a Medical Bulletin with more details on the 2021/22 CME program. Members have until January 27, 2023, to submit their claim to Alberta Health for the 2021/22 CME benefit program.

2022/23 CME Benefit

The 2022/23 CME Benefit program provides a benefit of $2,200 per physician and will be administered by the AMA. This program is for CME expenses incurred between April 1, 2022, and March 31, 2023. The program parameters for this program will be similar to the AH-administered program and will be shared with members early in 2023 – as soon as the grant agreement with Alberta Health is finalized. 

A reminder that to receive any of the benefit programs, physicians will need to be full members of the AMA or have paid an administration fee equal to full membership. Renew your membership as soon as possible to ensure there are no payment delays. Note that 2021/22 CME program will not have this requirement.

Tip for an easy and quick CME claim 

One simple tip that will allow most physicians to claim the full CME allotment each year, is to submit a claim for "overhead allowance." Physicians can claim $50 per MAINPRO+ or MOC CPD credit earned during the eligible benefit period (April 1, 2021 - March 31, 2022, for the 2021/22 CME Benefit; and April 1, 2022 – March 31, 2023, for the 2022/23 CME Benefit). Based on the current credit requirements for MAINPRO+ (a minimum 25 CPD credits each year and 250 over five years) and MOC (a minimum of 40 credits each year and 400 over five years), many physicians will earn enough CPD credits to claim the full benefit amount each year.

Simply log into the College of Family Physicians of Canada website or the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada website to get a report on the CPD credits earned during the eligible period and include those credits in your submission on the Alberta Health website.

Please remember that for the 2021/22 CME benefit, you can submit only one application, so you will need to include additional items in your application to use up the $2,100 benefit, if you are claiming fewer than 42 credits.

Contact us

If you require CME-related assistance, please email CME@albertadoctors.org or call 780-482-0324, toll free 1-866-714-5724 (ext.5324).

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