February 11, 2021
In this issue
  • Deadline extended - apply for CMA committees by February 15
  • The life-saving potential of CII/CPAR in the time of COVID-19
  • Join the Connect Care working group
  • eReferral updates
  • Five privacy tips for virtual appointments
  • Early bird pricing for ACFP Family Medicine Summit
  • Adjusting your retirement plan to match the realities of pandemic fallout
  • Survey Corner:
    • Exploring clinical reasoning across different health professions

Deadline extended - apply for CMA committees by February 15
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 application deadline is February 15. To view the postings and apply, visit the AMA committee recruitment web app (member login required).
Apply today!

CII/CPAR eNotification leads to a better outcome during COVID-19
For Edmonton family physician Dr. Janet Craig, eNotifications provided to her electronic medical record through her participation in the Community Information Integration/Central Patient Attachment Registry (CII/CPAR) initiative have proven to have potentially life-saving impacts.
Early this year, a patient of Dr. Craig’s entered an emergency department with respiratory issues. He was discharged and sent home. What happened next is inspiring.
Listen as Dr. Craig picks up the story
To learn how Connect Care, Alberta Netcare and CII/CPAR work together, read this Frequently Asked Questions document.

Want to make an impact upon Connect Care?
An AMA representative is needed to co-chair the Connect Care Provider Portal Working Group.
Reporting to the Connect Care Portals Committee, the Connect Care Provider Portal Working Group is responsible for the design, deployment, policy review/adherence, evaluation and other due diligence of the Connect Care Provider Portal, including alignment with solutions used by community based physicians (i.e., electronic medical records).
The application deadline is February 26. To view the posting and apply, visit the AMA committee recruitment web app (member login required).
Apply today!

Review these important updates to eReferral
Internal Med - Clinical Pharmacology advice is now available province-wide through eReferral Advice Request. Physicians and clinical support staff can submit Advice Requests to the Clinical Pharmacology physician on call for:
  • Suspected adverse drug events (of any kind)
  • Medication regimen/management issues
  • Drug discontinuation syndromes
  • Drug interactions
  • Polypharmacy/overprescribing
On January 28, Incontinence was re-added as a Edmonton Zone Urology Consult Request reason for referral. In addition, changes were made to the requirements when creating a Urology Consult Request for Hematuria microscopic (greater than 3 rbc/hpf) and Peyronies Disease. For these important updates, please visit the Health Services Catalogue from the eReferral menu in Alberta Netcare.
For additional training support, please contact the eHealth Netcare Support Services team at 1.855.643.8649 or email ehealthsupport@cgi.com.

Five privacy tips for virtual appointments
As physicians, we have made leaps and bounds during the pandemic to support our patients and colleagues. One of the newest obstacles we have had to overcome is incorporating unfamiliar technologies into our roles in order to provide continued care to those who need us. While we’re all getting more comfortable navigating this digital world, it’s important to take time to review our clinics’ privacy practices. Here are five tips to make your virtual appointments more secure.
What are the five tips?

Register for the ACFP’s Family Medicine Summit - early bird pricing ends February 15!
Connect, learn and celebrate with your peers virtually March 5-7 at the Alberta College of Family Physician’s VIRTUAL Family Medicine Summit! Session topics include:
  • An MSK pre-conference program presented by the AMA's Section of Sports Medicine,
  • Anti-racism and allyship,
  • Electronic communications with patients,
  • Mental health impacts of COVID-19,
  • ADHD in adults, and much more!
This one-credit-per-hour program has been certified by the College of Family Physicians of Canada for up to 12.75 Mainpro+ credits.
Register for the ACFP Summit

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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:
Family medicine physicians are invited to participate in a study exploring clinical reasoning. Participation will involve responding to common clinical scenarios present in community practice. This study will provide researchers the opportunity to explore the behavioral underpinnings of clinical reasoning and how resultant clinical decisions are made. This study may take up to 1 hour to complete. All results will be completely anonymized and pooled for analysis. This study has been approved by the University of Calgary Conjoint Health Research Ethics Board under ID: REB20-1770.
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.
In case you missed them...
On January 28, the AMA experienced some technical issues such that not all members received a number of publications sent that day. In case you missed them, here they are:

We recently profiled six AMA members in Alberta Doctors' Digest:
Last issue's top stories
- AMA member profiles in the January-February Alberta Doctors' Digest

MD Scope Classifieds
In the February 11 MD Scope Classifieds you'll find listings for:
- Physicians wanted
- Space available
- For sale
- Services

View MD Scope Classifieds

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