October 1, 2020
In this issue
  • It's time to renew your AMA membership
  • Register today for the AMA AGM
  • Have your say on physician fees
  • Tarrant Scholarship needs your help
  • Do you have a great health promotion idea?
  • Get extended health & dental coverage
  • Retirement webinar
  • CPSA elections & Consultation 019
  • Improved maternity case coordination
  • Workplace Violence & Canadian Physicians

It's time to renew your AMA membership
Why renew?
The AMA’s ability to support physicians as you stand together on behalf of patients and each other will be determined by continued membership with us. The next two years will be pivotal. Practically speaking, every single membership makes us more able to fight back against government changes that we know threaten our profession and health system. Renewing your membership is the first and most important way that you and every doctor in Alberta can contribute to this fight. Take a look at how your membership dues will make a difference.
Visit the AMA website to renew your membership. While you're there, you can also sign up for pre-authorized payments (PAP) or update your PAP profile and banking information. If preferred, you may print a PDF of the form then complete and mail or fax it to the address or fax number noted below. Please contact Kirsten Sieben, Membership and Benefits, for a copy of the form.
Mail: Alberta Medical Association,
12230 106 Ave NW, Edmonton AB,  T5N 3Z1
Fax: 780.482.5445 
CMA optional membership
Although CMA membership is optional we encourage all AMA members to maintain joint membership in the AMA and CMA as it offers excellent value by providing many benefits and services. If you do not wish to carry forward your CMA membership, you may deselect as indicated on the renewal form.
Membership questions?
Contact: Kirsten Sieben, T: 780.482.0323
Toll-free: 1.866.714.5724, ext. 5323

You're invited to attend the AMA AGM
The 115th Annual General Meeting of the Alberta Medical Association will be held 7 - 9 p.m. on Monday, October 5, 2020 via Zoom.  
The AGM will feature a look at the year just passed and will include a panel discussion with AMA President Dr. Christine Molnar, President-Elect Dr. Paul Boucher and Executive Director Mike Gormley, regarding the difficulties we are facing as a profession. We will look at the AMA Board of Directors' perspective on takeaways from this past year as well as our plans for the year ahead, including how the AMA is adapting and refocusing to deliver on the things at which we absolutely must succeed.
More than ever it's important for members to hear what we have to say and provide feedback at our annual meeting. We hope to see you there; please register today! AMA member login required.

Apply today: Fees Advisory Committee 
AMA representatives are needed to sit on the following committee:
  • Fees Advisory Committee 
    (Deadline: October 18)
Visit the AMA Committees web page and log in to view the postings and apply.
Apply online

Contribute to the Tarrant Scholarship
Over the past few years, the Section of Rural Medicine has partnered with AMA and the Canadian Medical Foundation to enable members to contribute, on a charitable basis, to the Tarrant Scholarship program.
The Tarrant Scholarship is awarded to third-year medical students who demonstrate an interest in rural medicine. The ultimate goal and purpose of the scholarship is recognizing and supporting a medical student’s commitment to helping and caring for the people who live and work in rural communities in our province. It is one of Alberta’s largest unrestricted medical school undergraduate awards and for over the past 17 years, has been awarded to 43 medical students translating to over $445,000 in scholarship funds bestowed!
The Tarrant Scholarship program accounts for approximately 30% of the Section of Rural Medicine’s budget, but would not be sustainable without the help of donations from our medical colleagues. We invite you to consider making a tax-deductible donation this year in order to help ensure the continuation of this important scholarship. Donations can be made by completing the “Donations” section of the AMA online membership renewal and by choosing to support the Tarrant Scholarship. Alternatively, you may contact Kirsten Sieben, Team Lead, Membership and Benefits at 780.482.0323 or kirsten.sieben@albertadoctors.org.

Two ways to engage with CPSA today!
CPSA Council Elections: Who will you vote for?
Voting is now open for the College of Physicians & Surgeons of Alberta’s Council Election. This year CPSA is filling two physician vacancies. See who is running and why, then cast your vote by October 14 via CPSA’s physician portal.
Only eligible voters will see the election link in the portal.
Questions? Email elections@cpsa.ab.ca.
Consultation 019: Open for feedback until Oct. 15
CPSA is seeking your feedback on three of their standards of practice up for consultation: Closing or Leaving a Medical Practice, Job Action and Relocating a Medical PracticeVisit the CPSA website to review the draft standards and share your thoughts by survey, online form or email.
Questions? Email consultation@cpsa.ab.ca.

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

Students & residents: Do you have a great health promotion idea?
Have you submitted an application for the Emerging Leaders in Health Promotion grant? If you have a great health promotion idea, be sure to send your application to us by Friday, October 30.
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

Get extended health & dental coverage from the AMA
Now is your opportunity to enroll in our popular AMA Health Benefits Trust Fund. Our annual open enrollment period runs until October 31.

The fund provides extended health and dental care not covered by the provincial health insurance plan. Depending on your needs, the fund can cover you and your immediate family and, optionally, your full-time employees as well. 
Learn more and enroll

CII/CPAR the key to case coordination for pre/postnatal care & challenges
Dr. Janet Craig is a family physician who provides pre/postnatal care and recently, two of her patients had given birth. Dr. Craig was notified of this automatically through Community Information Integration/Central Patient Attachment Registry (CII/CPAR) eNotifications in her EMR. These notifications enabled her to quickly follow-up with these new parents and hear back that both were having issues with breast feeding and jaundice. Were it not for her participation in CII/CPAR, Dr. Craig may not have even known when her patients had given birth let alone the post-birth challenges they were experiencing.
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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:
Canadian physicians and colleagues are invited to take a short (10-15 minute) survey regarding workplace violence experienced by physicians. Information gathered will be used to address barriers in accessing supports, and working toward systemic change in physician workplace safety. This study has been approved by the Saskatchewan Health Authority Research Ethics Board [REB-20-90- NER], and the University of Alberta Research Ethics Board [REB Pro00104485].
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 an AMA member in
Alberta Doctors' Digest:
Dr. Erica Dance, Edmonton emergency physician, gets our Physician Wellness #GOAT (Greatest of All Time).

MD Scope Classifieds
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