November 20, 2020
In this issue
  • Vote now for your zonal/regional RF delegates
  • Six delegates elected by acclamation
  • Taxes webinar: Making up for reduced income
  • Student bursary applications due Dec. 31
  • Congrats, Tarrant Scholarship recipients!
  • Adult vaccines update
  • Dr. Truong and his Patient's Medical Home
  • Patients with inflammatory bowel disease?

Vote now: 2020 RF delegate zonal/regional elections
Elections are underway for Regions 1, 2, Calgary, Region 4 and Edmonton zonal/regional delegates. Electronic voting opened today (November 20) to respective zonal members. Voting will close at 4 p.m., Monday, December 21 at which time the ballots will be counted. 
If you are a member of one of these zones and haven't yet voted, please vote now (member login required).
Vote for your zonal/regional delegate

Meet your new RF delegates
The AMA recently held a call for nominations for zonal/regional delegates to the AMA Representative Forum. The deadline to submit nominations was November 13, 9 a.m. With the close of nominations, six delegates were elected by acclamation.
Congratulations to new and returning RF delegates. The AMA is grateful for the generous support of time and expertise from our physician leaders!
Who are the new RF delegates?

Apply today for the 2020-21
TDIMM/AMA Medical Student Bursary
Applications are due December 31
Online applications are now being accepted for the 2020-21 TD Insurance Meloche Monnex/AMA Medical Student Bursary. Please submit your online application by December 31, as applications received after this date will not be accepted. AMA student members who qualify will be awarded a $1,500 bursary in spring 2021.
The TDIMM/AMA bursary program helps to reduce financial pressure from escalating medical school tuition fees so that every qualified student can afford to attend medical school. Since 2001 this program has awarded 1,229 bursaries for a total of $1,845,000. The bursary is made possible through a significant contribution by TD Insurance Meloche Monnex as well as donations from generous physician members.
Learn about eligibility and apply today

2020 Tarrant Scholarship: Congratulations Chantal Serwatkewich and Rodger Craig!
This year the Tarrant Scholarship was awarded to Chantal Serwatkewich from the University of Calgary and Rodger Craig from the University of Alberta. They accepted their scholarships via a virtual Zoom presentation on October 14.
The annual Michael Tarrant Scholarship is awarded each fall by the Alberta Medical Association Section of Rural Medicine. The scholarship funds one year of tuition and related fees for third-year medical students from the U of A and the U of C who demonstrate a strong interest in and dedication to rural medicine.
Read more about Chantal and Rodger

Adult immunization update: dTap will replace Td vaccine

Effective January 1, 2021 the dTap (diphtheria, tetanus, acellular pertussis) vaccine will replace the Td (tetanus, diphtheria) for routine adult immunization. This will facilitate the provision of pertussis containing vaccine for adults who present for routine immunization and for wound management. As well, this will provide additional protection to infants and individuals who are more at risk for complications related to pertussis disease. Several jurisdictions in Canada have already made this transition.
The immunization reporting requirements outlined in the Public Health Act, Immunization Regulation come into effect January 1, 2021. This section of the regulation requires all immunization providers to report immunizations electronically to Alberta Health (regardless of whether a vaccine is provincially funded or privately purchased).
Although electronic reporting can technically occur through a system-to-system mechanism (EMR to Imm/ARI), this is not currently an option with most community EMRs. Most physicians will be using the Immunization Direct Submission Mechanism via web browser. IDSM registration and training information are available on Alberta Netcare.
Please see Immunization Reporting by Electronic Means for specific information.
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Want your family practice to be a "Patient's Medical Home?" CII/CPAR can help.
Dr. Barney Truong, a member of Mosaic Primary Care Network, was drawn to CII/CPAR because of its many advantages, including better communication, better coordination between health care providers, increased patient and provider satisfaction and improved patient outcomes. With his clinic now using CII/CPAR, Dr. Truong recognizes the fundamental gap it fills between electronic medical records and Alberta Netcare. Although most of the health care in Alberta is provided by primary care, most primary care providers cannot add their valuable patient information to Netcare.
“My overall experience has definitely been a positive one. Has [CII/CPAR] been adding a lot in terms of extra work? No. Overall, it has definitely improved patient care and has helped me feel better about being able to add information to Netcare and being able to provide information that only I have about my patients.”
Is your clinic interested in CII/CPAR? The key prerequisites are Netcare access, being panel ready and having an up-to-date Privacy Impact Assessment.
Interested in participating? Learn more.
To learn more how CII/CPAR, Netcare and Connect Care work together, read these Frequently Asked Questions.
Are you a primary care provider who has patients with IBD?
Inflammatory Bowel Disease (IBD) specialists in Alberta (in collaboration with the Digestive Health Strategic Clinical Network) have developed, and would like to share, several evidence-based protocols that can help improve the quality of life and management of patients with IBD; Crohn's Disease and Ulcerative colitis. These protocols include vaccination schedules, health maintenance guidelines and iron and vitamin D monitoring. You can find these resources and more at
Feedback and collaboration for other unmet needs for these patients is welcomed!
Visit to learn more

MD Scope Classifieds
In the November 20, 2020 MD Scope Classifieds you'll find listings for:
- Physicians wanted
- Space available
- For sale
- Services

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