We are the AMA

Finola Hackett, MSA observer

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 and student affairs to the AMA Representative Forum (RF) and committees. Get involved and tell us what issues are important to you and your fellow medical students.

The AMA Committee on Student Affairs

The Committee on Student Affairs advises the board and RF on issues affecting student members. The committee is responsible for:

  • Reviewing all applications for AMA student sponsorships. (The AMA allocates a budget annually for support of University of Alberta (U of A) and University of Calgary (U of C) student-run initiatives that foster student development.)
    Learn more about student sponsorships
    Review the guidelines for student sponsorships  
  • Relaying events or the outcomes of meetings back to students.
  • Keeping students informed about AMA scholarship/bursary deadlines and winners.
  • Creating opportunities for students to connect with the AMA (e.g. Meet-the-President sessions at the universities, Lunch/Dinner with Six, etc.).
  • Assisting students with bringing issues to RF.

Representatives are selected by student executives. The committee is composed of:

  • Two RF student representatives.
  • Five other student representatives, three from the U of A, two from the U of C.

Your current Student Affairs committee is:

  • Rachel Bethune, U of C
  • Mackenzie Grisdale, U of C
  • Finola Hackett, U of A
  • Keon Ma, U of A  (Chair)
  • Vishal Puri, U of A
  • Zohaib Siddiqi, (U of A)
  • Stephanie Smith, U of C

Lunch/Dinner with Six

Once per semester at both medical schools, the AMA president lunches/dines with six students. We’re buying, you’re talking. It’s an informal chance to interact with the president, ask questions about what’s happening in the system, the AMA or whatever happens to be on your mind.

For more information, contact your representatives to the AMA Committee on Student Affairs.

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 Health Issues Council, 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

AMA Youth Run Club

The AMA Youth Run Club is an award-winning program for school-aged children and youth in Alberta. Established by the AMA and Ever Active Schools, this Many Hands™ initiative is offered free to schools and students and takes a walk/jog approach, making it accessible for everyone to participate.

If you want to help out with an AMA Youth Run Club, we can offer you all kinds of support. Learn more about the AMA Youth Run Club

Student delegates to the AMA Representative Forum

Two student representatives, one from each medical school in Alberta, are eligible to attend the RF and have voting privileges. Student representatives are elected or appointed by their respective medical student associations.

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
  • College of Physicians & Surgeons of Alberta
  • Universities
  • Professional Association of Residents of Alberta (PARA)
  • Students

Your current student RF delegates are Mackenzie Grisdale, U of C and Finola Hackett, U of A.
Catch up on RF reports and resolutions

Student observers on the AMA Board of Directors

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

The board develops and implements policy, 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 student observer to the AMA Board of Directors

Student 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 student representative on the RF. If more than one student 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 student representatives

  • Constitution and Bylaws
  • Health Issues Council
  • Student Affairs

Advisory committees with student representatives

  • Physician and Family Support Program Advisory Committee

External committees with student representatives

  • Physician Practitioner Workforce Planning Sub-committee (PPWPS) – Involved in collecting data from multiple sources to produce a report in September 2014 to help students make future career decisions and guide them in specialties or areas that will need physicians.

Learn more about AMA committees

Medical students and the CMA

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

The CMA learns about student concerns through the national student 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 medical students on a national level through:

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

Learn about additional ways you can get involved with the CMA.

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