June 24, 2021
In this issue
  • Indigenous awareness learning for community and AHS physicians
  • AB pharmacists and family physicians take up arms against COVID-19
  • 19 to Zero public event: Vaccinations and overcoming the pandemic
  • Are you a PS Suite EMR user? Final article: CII/CPAR implementation series.
  • One-day CPSA Medical Chaperone course: Train your staff to comfort and reassure patients
  • One Nail at a Time: Strategies to improve timely access and continuity of care
  • Apply for the 2021 CADDRA Indigenous Health Care Award
  • Tax deductions: What can self-employed physicians claim?
  • Survey Corner:
    • Determining Barriers to HPV Vaccination
    • Physician Burnout Survey

Indigenous awareness learning for community and AHS physicians
The Alberta Medical Association and Alberta Health Services believe strongly that there is great value for all physicians in Alberta investing time to learn about Indigenous history and reflect on their Indigenous awareness. As June is National Indigenous History month, it's a good time to remind physicians of their ability to access online Indigenous awareness learning resources that the AHS Indigenous Health and Cultural Competence teams have created. If you are an AHS Medical Staff member, you can access these modules by logging in to MyLearningLink.ahs.ca and searching for Indigenous Awareness. If you are not an AHS Medical Staff member, you can create an account at Create Account | Primary Health Care Learning Portal (absorbtraining.ca) and then search for Indigenous Awareness to access the same resources.

Alberta pharmacists and family physicians take up arms to put COVID-19 behind us
On Monday, June 21, the Alberta College of Family Physicians, Alberta Pharmacists’ Association, Alberta Medical Association and Primary Care Networks launched a joint campaign to encourage vaccine uptake.
The campaign’s main messages are:
  • Physicians and pharmacists are working together to keep Albertans healthy.
  • Vaccines are safe, effective and our way out of the pandemic.
  • If you are unsure about getting vaccinated, your health care providers are a trusted source of information and are here to help you with any questions you may have.
Help build momentum and encourage vaccine uptake
The campaign is being shared via social media, so please feel free to share/amplify on your own social channels or contact us for access to the campaign graphics.
Read the joint statement from AMA, ACFP, PCNs and RxA

Upcoming public virtual event
Alberta Town Hall: COVID-19 and Vaccines
The COVID-19 pandemic may seem endless, but there is hope on the horizon. Join 19 to Zero as Dr. Christine Luelo and Dr. Heather Scarlett-Ferguson discuss the importance of vaccinations in overcoming the pandemic in Alberta.
Date: June 29
Time details: 7 - 8 p.m.
  • Provide up-to-date information on public health guidelines, mandates and recommendations
  • Answer questions about COVID-19, including the vaccine and vaccine roll-out
  • Discuss the role of the local Primary Care Network in the COVID-19 response
  • Address community needs, available supports and follow-up plan
Submit your questions to community@19toZero.ca
Learn more about 19 to Zero and register

Are you a PS Suite EMR user?
There are already 12 clinics using PS Suite that are fully live, and another 11 in progress to implement Community Information Integration/Central Patient Attachment Registry and connect their clinic EMR to the rest of the health system. This article is the fifth and final in a series to highlight CII/CPAR implementation experience with the five EMRs integrated with CII/CPAR.
Primary care providers can contribute their panels to CPAR and receive eNotifications when their patients have had a hospital admission, hospital or emergency department discharge or day surgery at an Alberta Health Services facility. TELUS is currently unable to represent encounters to the Community Encounter Digest. That is expected later this year.
Learn more or participate in CII/CPAR

One-day Medical Office Chaperone course
Help comfort and reassure patients by training your staff to be medical office chaperones.
Course date: July 16, 2021
Format: In-person, small group setting
Details: Offered by MacEwan University in association with the College of Physicians & Surgeons of Alberta. During this this one-day, interactive workshop, participants will learn how to provide chaperone support to patients and physicians, what constitutes a proper versus improper intimate examination, and how to observe and document interactions correctly.
Space is limited.
Learn more and register today

Here are some practical strategies to improve timely access and continuity of care
Are you following the One Nail at a Time podcast? In episode 19, hosts talk with Dr. Ernie Schuster about practical strategies that physicians and clinic teams can take to provide timely access to care and optimize the opportunity for continuity of care. This is part two on Tips for Enhancing Access. To listen to Part 1, go to Episode 11: Tips for Enhancing Access with Dr. Janet Craig.
Listen to both episodes

Apply for the 2021 CADDRA Indigenous Health Care Award
Application deadline: August 27
The Indigenous Health Care Award was started by the Canadian ADHD Resource Alliance (CADDRA) in 2018 and was initially awarded to a family doctor in Haida Gwaii. Last year, it was awarded to three health care practitioners from across Canada.
This year's award will be presented to three health care professionals at the 2021 CADDRA Virtual ADHD Conference on October 2-3. The award comprises complimentary registration to the conference and a one-year CADDRA membership. Award applicants must be working with a Canadian Indigenous population and should have an interest in ADHD.
Apply today

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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:
Determining Barriers to HPV Vaccination for Non-School Aged Individuals as Reported by Family Physicians, Obstetricians and Gynecologists, and Sexual Health Clinic Staff Across Canada
This survey intends to understand coverage rates of HPV vaccinations in Canada and barriers for non-school aged individuals to receiving immunization. The data collected may be used to guide a policy proposal to implement a more comprehensive catch-up program for HPV vaccination. Read the participant information sheet to learn more and complete the consent form.
Physician Burnout Survey
This study aims to evaluate the impact of burnout on medical students, residents and physicians in Alberta, and identify the individual, occupational organizational and COVID-19 pandemic related factors that influence burnout. Survey conducted by University of Alberta, Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry, Department of Psychiatry. Approved by research ethics board. Ethics ID: Pro00091436.

Seeking AMA member participation
in a survey?
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.
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