August 20, 2020
Patient's Medical Home in Action:
A Tale of Continuity with Dr. Karen Seigel
On the latest episode of the One Nail at a Time Podcast, family physician Dr. Karen Seigel shares her story with hosts Lori Choma and Michele Hannay, about the work she and her team have undertaken with her chronic obstructive pulmonary disease patients.
In this episode, you’ll learn:
  • how the clinic team used their electronic health record and Health Quality Council of Alberta reports to identify high-risk COPD patients;
  • how large of an impact relational continuity can have on hospital admissions;
  • some simple steps teams can take to improve relational continuity;
  • and much more!
Listen to Episode 18 of One Nail at a Time

What do you think of eReferral's usability?

Survey closes on October 10
eReferral users are invited to complete the annual eReferral User Experience Survey to share feedback on eReferral’s usability, i.e., its effectiveness, efficiency, flexibility and more. Information shared through this survey will help identify future areas for improvement that can benefit all users and enhance referral-consultation processes for better patient care in Alberta.
The survey should take approximately 15 minutes to complete and all answers are anonymous. There is a voluntary option to enter your name into a draw for a chance to win one of two prize packs. Winners will be named at the end of October.
Learn more and complete the
eReferral User Experience Survey

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Do RNs conduct cervical screening in your practice?
It is the 20th anniversary of the Alberta Health Services Alberta Cervical Cancer Screening Program. To mark the occasion, AHS has improved the provincial approach to support registered nurses who perform cervical cancer screening. These services are within scope of practice for RNs, and they have an important role. This enhanced approach increases consistency across practice settings and streamlines processes, reducing additional administrative work for physicians.
If RNs conduct cervical cancer screening in your practice, please be aware of the following:

RNs performing Pap tests can now submit samples using their CARNA ID. This process improves quality assurance by monitoring samples based on each ID. RNs must register with the lab as a new health care provider before submitting samples.

Resources available on to support RNs in this capacity and enhance quality of care:
Questions? Contact

Survey Corner

Health care partners and other organizations often seek physician feedback through surveys. This month, the following are available for your consideration and possible participation:
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).
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:
For our Shine A Light initiative, we profiled Dr. Joni McNeely, Gleichen family physician.
Student Spotlight: University of Calgary medical student Alex Corrigan lead to the launch of the Students for Healthcare Providers initiative.

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

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