September 18, 2020
AMA Senior Management Team news
Following the retirement of Dr. Lyle Mittelsteadt, we would like to announce that Gayle Burnett, Chief Strategy Officer has assumed the key responsibilities of the Alberta Medical Association Assistant Executive Director, Professional Affairs on an interim basis effective September 1. Her title will be Chief Strategy Officer/Interim AED, Professional Affairs.
Assumed responsibilities include managing Professional Affairs staff, overseeing the Physician and Family Support Program and handling other Professional Affairs initiatives such as the Indigenous Health Committee, Health Issues Council, AHS Medical Staff Bylaws review, Health Professions Act review, etc.
Cameron Plitt, Chief Financial Officer will assume responsibility for overseeing Physician Locum Services.

Calls for Applications: Health Issues Council, Indigenous Health Committee & SZMSA ZAF
AMA representatives are needed to sit on the following committees:
  • South Zone Medical Staff Association (SZMSA) – Zone Advisory Forum (ZAF)
    (Deadline: September 30)

  • Health Issues Council
    (Deadline: September 30)

  • Indigenous Health Committee
    (Deadline: October 2)
Visit the AMA Committees web page and log in to view the postings and apply.
Apply online

Dr. Finola Hackett (R) ELiHP grant recipient for 2017-18 project
“Integrating Healthy Living for New Canadians”

Students and residents: Get funding for health promotion!
Students and resident physicians: Apply by October 30 for funding for your great health promotion initiative!
Grant amounts are flexible (minimum of $500 per grant) and there is a budget of up to $20,000 available to distribute among deserving projects for 2020-21! 
Get more information and apply today

Newborn screening best way to identify treatable conditions before symptoms arise
September is Newborn Screening Awareness Month and Alberta Health Services is reminding health care providers about the importance of screening and the provincial programs available to give Alberta infants the best start to life possible. Finding and treating screened conditions early helps prevent health problems, improve health and development, and save lives.
An infant may have one of the following conditions even if there is no family history. Screening is quick, safe and offered free of charge.
  • Alberta’s Early Hearing Detection & Intervention Program identifies permanent congenital hearing loss as early as possible. Parents receive results right after the test.
  • Alberta’s Newborn Metabolic Screening Program screens for 21 conditions shortly after birth. Results are available on Netcare. In the case of abnormal results, the newborn screening laboratory will notify ordering health care providers by phone.
Remember to speak with patients who are new or expectant parents about the importance of newborn screening. Screening continues to be safe during the COVID-19 situation; AHS follows all public health recommendations and infection prevention and control measures to reduce the risk of COVID-19.

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Are you an experienced medical educator?

Do you also have an interest in physician competence and continuing professional development?

The College of Physicians & Surgeons of Alberta is recruiting three new members for its Competence Committee.
Under the Health Professions Act, the Competence Committee makes recommendations to CPSA’s Council about general and competence assessments and continuing professional development. As a committee member, you will provide direction and guidance on the development, implementation and evaluation of these programs, in both quality improvement and assurance.
Learn more about the committee and apply

Screening mammogram result letters to include breast density score
Beginning in October, Alberta’s screening mammogram client result letters will start including a woman’s breast density score. Until now, result letters mentioned breast density, but encouraged women to speak to their health care provider to find out their score. This change allows for more transparency and directly gives women more health information.
Breast density and screening – what to know
Approximately 50% of women aged 50 to 74 have either heterogeneously or extremely dense breasts. Although breast density can be a risk factor, other factors (e.g., sex, age and family history) have a more significant impact on breast cancer risk. Women are encouraged to talk to their health care provider about their breast density score and personal risk. Breast density information for patients is available on
More information and
mobile screening services update

Survey Corner
Health care partners and other organizations often seek physician feedback through surveys. This month, the following is available for your consideration:
Survey to measure who is working in Alberta as a physician and their experiences of harassment and discrimination in the workplace. The survey takes between 10 and 15 minutes to complete and asks questions about identity. Responses are anonymous and viewed only by researchers. Study conducted by researchers from the University of Calgary and has been approved by the University of Calgary Conjoint Health Research Ethics Board (REB20-1183).
Research study to determine the effectiveness of using the newly developed PPCC tool. Participants will be asked to use PPCC and complete two surveys. Study conducted by University of Toronto Faculty of Medicine
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.
Send us your survey for consideration
Your colleagues make a difference
We recently profiled two AMA members in Alberta Doctors' Digest:
Edmonton emergency physician, Dr. Erica Dance gets our Physician Wellness #GOAT (Greatest of All Time).

MD Scope Classifieds
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