We are the AMA

Dr. David R. Ward, PARA representative to the AMA RF

We are the AMA when we work together:

  • Caring for patients.
  • Advocating for quality health care.
  • Providing expert medical advice.
  • Learning, teaching and advancing medical education.
  • Managing our businesses.
  • Exemplifying professional standards.
  • Supporting each other and the medical profession.

Below are some of the ways you can engage with the Alberta Medical Association (AMA) and the Canadian Medical Association (CMA) and become an active part of your association.

From community advocacy to AMA governance (Representative Forum [RF], Board of Directors and committees) to participation on a national level: get involved and tell us what issues are important to you and your fellow resident physicians.

Emerging Leaders in Health Promotion Grant Program

Do you have a great health promotion idea? The AMA's Health Issues Council (HIC) wants to hear about it!

The HIC has committed funds to support a grant program for health advocacy initiatives of medical students and resident physicians. A partnership between the AMA, HIC, medical student associations and the Professional Association of Resident Physicians of Alberta (PARA), the grant is intended to:

  • Promote development of the physician's role as advocate for healthy populations.
  • Provide experience in health promotion as integral to medical practice.
  • Facilitate growth of leadership and advocacy skills in a mentored environment.

Grant amounts are flexible, with a minimum of $1,000 per grant.

Learn more about the health promotion grant program

PARA delegates to the AMA RF

Two resident physician representatives from the Professional Association of Resident Physicians of Alberta (PARA) are eligible to attend the RF and have voting privileges. These representatives are elected or appointed by PARA.

The RF is the ultimate authority of the AMA. RF provides direction to the Board of Directors and has over 125 physician member delegates representing:

  • Sections of medicine
  • provincial zones
  • AMA past presidents
  • the College of Physicians & Surgeons of Alberta
  • universities
  • PARA
  • medical students

Meet your current PARA delegates to RF

Catch up on RF reports and resolutions

PARA observers on the AMA Board of Directors

A resident physician representative is an observer (non-voting) at meetings of the AMA Board of Directors.

The board develops and implements policy, as advised by the RF. The 10 directors are elected by and from the members of the RF.

Officers of the board include the president, president-elect and immediate past president. The general membership elects the president-elect, who goes on to become president and then immediate past president. Each term is for one year.

Meet your current observer to the AMA Board of Directors

PARA representatives on AMA committees

Committee activities offer you the opportunity to get involved and provide input. Through AMA initiatives, members speak out for:

  • Patients and quality health care.
  • Physicians.
  • A provincial medical consensus on health care.

To volunteer, please contact your AMA PARA representative on the RF. If more than one resident physician volunteers for the same position, your representative will organize a selection-and-voting process before forwarding the name of the volunteer to the AMA.

Standing committees with PARA representatives

  • Constitution and Bylaws
  • Fees Advisory
  • Financial Audit
  • Health Issues Council
  • Nominating

Advisory committees with PARA representatives

  • Committee on Achievement Awards
  • Physician and Family Support Program Advisory Committee

Learn more about AMA committees

Resident physicians and the Canadian Medical Association

Don’t forget: The AMA is a provincial division of the Canadian Medical Association (CMA). Your membership entitles you to the benefits, services and advocacy of both associations.

The CMA learns about resident physician concerns through the national residents’ association, which has representation on the CMA Board of Directors and its five core committees.

You can get involved and help represent the views of resident physicians on a national level through:

  • The CMA Annual Meeting – Resident physicians can attend the CMA General Council meeting as observers at no charge.
  • The CMA Member e-Panel – Join this group of physicians, students and resident physicians who have agreed to be contacted by email (four to six times/year) for input on matters of importance to the profession.
  • The MD-MP Contact Program – This program connects CMA members with their Members of Parliament.  

Find out how you can get involved with the CMA

CMA physician leadership resources

The CMA provides a number of resources to help you become part of the next generation of Canadian physician leaders. These include the:

Learn more about CMA leadership resources

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The Alberta Medical Association stands as an advocate for its physician members, providing leadership & support for their role in the provision of quality health care.