January 28, 2021
In this issue
  • What does the future hold for AMA's PFSP?
  • Alberta, This is Going to Hurt
  • COVID-19 tests: Here's how to receive more patient results
  • Looking for the latest on COVID-19 care?
  • Over 1,000 family physicians and specialists are on CII/CPAR. Are you?
  • Apply by February 5 for CMA committees
  • We need your help celebrating Alberta's physicians
  • Privacy and Contact Tracing: What does this mean for your clinics?
  • Time to catch up on your TFSA contributions
  • Survey Corner:
    • Developing an e-prescription system using machine learning and blockchain to minimize medication errors
    • Perceptions and use of PALS course cognitive aids

Wondering about the future of AMA’s PFSP?
To raise awareness of the Alberta Government’s plan to review the administration of the program by March 31, Dr. Sue Reid shared her personal experience with PFSP in the most recent article of Alberta Doctors’ Digest. She highlights the critical role PFSP has played in her own life, shares the voice of other physicians in Alberta. 
Learn more

How are government funding changes threatening Alberta’s health care system?
The AMA Joint Task Force just launched a new podcast series, "Alberta, This is Going to Hurt,"!
This series is hosted by three Alberta physicians and will delve into how government's approach to change is hurting Alberta's health care system. Guests, patients and other health care experts will be invited to share their insights and explore the challenges, issues and decisions that are impacting our system and your health.
Check it out on Google, Apple, Spotifyor wherever you listen to podcasts

Things you can do to receive more patient COVID-19 test results
Technical and other efforts to improve the COVID-19 lab test result routing process are underway to help more results reach primary care providers. With respect to the COVID-19 online assessment/booking tool, there are steps primary care physicians and clinics can take to increase the number of patient test results received. 
Learn more

COVID-19 Resource Center for Physicians
Looking for the latest on COVID-19 care? We have been diligently adding and updating COVID-19 resources on our website as new information arrives. Visit our Resource Center to find new clinical information, vaccine resources, virtual care codes, zone-specific pathways and information targeted to community or hospital-based physicians. Visit Business Supports for information on support for your practice including the following. 
Small and Medium Enterprise Relaunch Grant
Updated January - second payment now available

Guide for COVID-19 Relief for PCNs and Clinics
Updated January

Learn more

New Year – New Progress for the CII/CPAR initiative
Growing participation in Community Information Integration and the Central Patient Attachment Registry (CII/CPAR) is making a difference to continuity of care for Albertans.
Do you want to join over 1,000 other family physicians and specialists who are engaged in the initiative? See the latest progress and read more about the opportunities to participate.
To learn how Connect Care, Alberta Netcare and CII/CPAR work together, read this Frequently Asked Questions document.

Need to add more committee experience to your CV?
AMA representatives are needed to sit on the following Canadian Medical Association committees:
  • CMA Governance Committee:
    member-at-large, two positions available

  • CMA Nominations Committee:
    mid-term position to complete a 2021 term. Possibility of a further three-year term.

  • CMA Vice-Chair of AGM/Deputy Speaker
The deadline to apply is February 5. Our online application process makes it easy to apply! To view the postings and apply, visit the AMA committee recruitment web app (member login required).

Have you submitted your nomination yet?
The AMA is seeking nominations for the following:
AMA Achievement Awards
Deadline: April 30
  • Medal of Honor
  • Medal for Distinguished Service
  • Award for Compassionate Service
AMA Member Emeritus distinction
Deadline: February 1

Canadian Medical Hall of Fame Laureate
Deadline: February 15

Learn more about how we celebrate exceptional physicians and submit your nominations today!
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What Your Clinic Must Know About Privacy and Contact Tracing
While AHS is diligently working to provide contact tracing services, their capacity has been limited and as clinics, you are responsible for monitoring movement within your practices. This is no small feat for you and your team! As you continue to valiantly support the pandemic efforts, it’s important to ensure that your clinic is remaining privacy compliant – including with contact tracing protocols. Read more about privacy and contact tracing in your clinic now.
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Survey Corner
Health care partners and other organizations often seek physician feedback through surveys. This month, the following is available for your consideration:
Survey aims to evaluate the proposed e-prescription system. Research study conducted by Bader Aldughayfiq, a PhD student under the supervision of Dr. Srinivas Sampalli at Dalhousie University in Halifax.
Alberta physicians are invited to take part in a short survey (approximately 10 minutes) on assessing and improving the current PALS cards for pediatric resuscitation. More information. Information gathered will be used to complete a needs assessment, address deficiencies and areas of improvement in the current card and create a new version of the PALS card which will be tested for efficacy. This study has been approved by the University of Alberta Human Participant Research Committee for ethical acceptability (Protocol 00089889).
Send us your survey for consideration
Editor's note: "Survey Corner" presents survey requests received and reviewed by the AMA, that may be of interest to our members. We will publish new opportunities as we receive them.
We recently profiled six AMA members in Alberta Doctors' Digest:

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