June 4, 2020
Vote now - WCB-AMA Agreement

Electronic voting opened May 28; members were notified via email from AMA President Dr. Christine Molnar. Voting will close at 4 p.m., Tuesday, June 16, at which time the ballots will be counted.
If you haven't yet voted, we encourage you to vote now. Full details are available on the AMA website (member login required).
Vote now

AMA-WCB Advisory Committee seeking a family or emergency physician

The deadline to apply is June 30
The AMA-WCB Advisory Committee is looking for a family or emergency physician to join the committee.
The AMA-WCB Advisory Committee is established to enhance the relationship between the AMA and WCB in relation to the diagnosis and treatment of injured workers in Alberta, and to provide mechanisms for the ongoing management and implementation of the Agreement.
If you are interested, please visit the AMA committee recruitment web page (member login required) to view the posting and apply.
Apply now

The resumption of screening mammography at community Diagnostic Imaging clinics
A message from Alberta Society of Radiologists/Section of Diagnostic Imaging
As you may know, screening mammography resumed at community Diagnostic Imaging clinics on May 19. Since being temporarily suspended in late March, screening mammography normally would have seen approximately 500 breast cancers in Alberta over this past period, which are now delayed diagnoses. The Alberta Breast Cancer Screening Program (Screeningforlife.ca) will be advising patients and physicians that screening mammography is being resumed.
This decision was reached by consensus of Provincial DI leadership and is in accordance with: CMOH order 16-2020.
DI clinics have already implemented strict infection prevention and control measures including masking of both staff and patients, physical and temporal spacing, and disinfecting routines. 
Women 50–74 can self-refer for screening mammography. Women 40–49 require an initial referral into the program and can then self-refer for screening exams. Women over 75 may require your assistance in determining whether they should start or continue screening.
Questions or concerns? Please contact us at our clinics or you can address issues with the Alberta Society of Radiologists/Section of Diagnostic Imaging, AMA at 780.447.3375 or execdir@radiologists.ab.ca.

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Seeking expressions of interest for breast cancer screening CPG committee

The deadline to apply is June 15
The Alberta Breast Cancer Screening Clinical Practice Guideline Updating Committee is seeking expressions of interest for its committee. The commitment is approximately eight months; up to six virtual meetings; 1-1.5 hours each; plus pre-meeting documents review. Honoraria will be provided.
The Alberta Breast Cancer Screening CPG will focus on screening recommendations for at-average-risk Albertans, and provide guidance on higher and high-risk screening criteria, in addition to breast density and new screening technologies. The project is facilitated by the AHS Alberta Breast Cancer Screening Program and AMA Accelerating Change Transformation Team.
Apply if you have the following interest, skills, experience and expertise:
  • Understand CPG scope including key clinical questions used to guide evidence searches.
  • Knowledge of breast cancer screening evidence and/or experience with screening.
  • Ability to develop evidence-informed recommendations included in the CPG (recommendations must be based on grading quality of evidence).
  • Review drafts, provide feedback, accept committee consensus and sign-off on final CPG content prior to publication.
  • Willing to declare any/all competing/conflicting interests verbally and in writing, and willing to publish your name, affiliation and any/all competing interests in this CPG.
If interested, please send name, affiliation, practice location, contact information and a short description stating how you can contribute to: MaryAnne Zupancic, ACTT consultant maryanne.zupancic@albertadoctors.org.

Internal Med - Geriatric Medicine added to eReferral Advice Request in the Calgary Zone

Physicians and their clinical support staff can now submit non-urgent clinical questions to Internal Med - Geriatric Medicine in the Calgary Zone through eReferral Advice Request and receive a response from a specialist within five calendar days. Common questions could include diagnosis or management of Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia, falls or medication reviews.
To get started, read the eReferral Advice Request quick reference or watch the Advice Request eTraining video. If you need additional support, contact eHealth Netcare Support Services at 1.855.643.8649 or email ehealthsupport@cgi.com.

Connecting Patients and Physicians with Virtual Care
Virtual Care has tremendous potential in improving the physician-patient relationship and patient engagement.
There are many solutions that enable secure messaging and video conferencing between patients and their physician(s), and the AMA encourages physicians to choose a regulatory compliant solution that best meets the needs of their patients and practice.
Alberta Health recently launched MHR Secure-Mail; a secure messaging solution that patients can access through My Health Records. Like other secure messaging solutions, both physician and patient must be registered and the patient will not have to pay for the service.
The AMA sees these secure messaging solutions as a first step toward fully integrated, secure and seamless information exchange between patients and providers across multiple platforms.
For further information on Virtual Care tools and incorporating Virtual Care into your clinic, visit the AMA Virtual Care web page.
Visit the AMA Virtual Care web page

Survey Corner

Health care partners and other organizations often seek physician feedback through surveys. This month, the following are available for your consideration:
Survey for Albertans on experiences during the pandemic. Conducted by the Health Quality Council of Alberta.
Research study conducted by the University of Calgary Department of Medicine researchers.
Research study on physician practice patterns in relation to the recently released AB TraceTogether application. Conducted by University of Alberta researchers.
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 medical students in Alberta Doctors' Digest:
Students for Health Innovation and Education (SHINE) is a medical student-led, project-based initiative at the Cumming School of Medicine at the University of Calgary, where teams work with local under-served communities.

MD Scope Classifieds
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