April 8, 2021
In this issue
  • Axillary adenopathy in breast cancer screening after COVID vaccine
  • AMA committees: online applications now being accepted!
  • Video: Learn how to submit your consult reports directly from your EMR
  • Webinar: Improve Patient Care - Send your consults to Netcare
  • Medical history grants and scholarships available: apply today!
  • CMA seeking to fill committee positions
  • Webinar: Insurance for physicians with ADIUM and MD
  • Flexible mortgage solutions for physicians
  • Are you a primary care provider who has patients with IBD?
  • Survey Corner: Healthy Professional Worker Survey

Breast cancer screening following COVID-19 vaccination
The Alberta Breast Cancer Screening Program has received questions from the public and health care providers about COVID-19 vaccines and breast cancer screening. Women who screen for breast cancer shortly after receiving the COVID-19 vaccination have been experiencing higher rates of axillary adenopathy. This appears to be particularly common with the Moderna and Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccines. An FAQ has been posted on screeningforlife.ca recommending that women try to book their screening before their vaccination or four to six weeks after. However, this may not always be practical.
COVID-19 vaccination needs to be part of the differential diagnosis for women who were recently vaccinated and present with adenopathy. This recent paper may help to provide further details: Unilateral axillary Adenopathy in the setting of COVID-19 vaccine.
The adenopathy should also be reported as an adverse event following immunization, if it meets the following criteria:
  • Enlargement of one or more lymph nodes, > 1.5 cm in diameter;
  • Draining sinus over a lymph node.
  • Onset is within seven days following immunization with an inactivated vaccine, or occurs between five and 30 days following immunization with a live vaccine.
View Alberta Health’s Adverse Event Following Immunization policy

We need you for AMA's committees: online applications now being accepted!
Application deadline: May 17
The AMA is currently recruiting to fill upcoming fall vacancies on the following committees. Terms for these committees will be from October 2021 to September 2024.
  • Allocation Working Group
  • Committee on Financial Audit
  • Committee on Uninsured Services
  • Compensation Committee
  • Fees Advisory Committee
  • Health Issues Council
  • Peer Review Committee
The AMA is committed to diversity and inclusion in its committee appointment process.
To view the committee descriptions and apply, please visit the AMA committee recruitment web application (login required).
Apply today

Video: Learn how to submit your consult reports directly from your EMR
Hear why Dr. Scott Wilson, a community-based neurologist, signed up for Community Information Integration (CII) to submit consult reports directly from his EMR to Alberta Netcare. Dr. Wilson explains in this short video: Better Care Integration by Submitting Consult Reports to Netcare.

Webinar: Improve Patient Care - Send your consults to Netcare

Join Drs. Scott Wilson and Neil Cooper and AMA ACTT for a 30-minute webinar that will provide specialty care physicians and their team members with information on:
  • why they should sign-up for Community Information Integration (CII),
  • how CII works with their EMR and
  • how to get started.
The webinar will be interactive and there will be time for Q & A. Learn more and register.

Medical history research scholarships and project grants available! Apply today.

Application deadline: May 15
We are accepting applications for the following:
Margaret Hutton History of Medicine and Health Care Student Research Scholarship
This scholarship is to encourage original research by undergraduate medical trainees, post-graduate medical trainees and undergraduate and graduate students in the history of medicine and health care. Two scholarships of $2,000 are given annually. Learn more about eligibility and application requirements.
Alberta Medical Foundation Charitable Fund Project Grants
These grants are to promote interest in Alberta’s medical history. Up to $10,000 is provided to qualified scholars for original projects in the history of medicine and health care in Alberta. Learn more about eligibility and application requirements.
Please submit applications to Ali Taliani, ‎Corporate Controller, AMA – ali.taliani@albertadoctors.org.

Interested in serving on CMA committees?
Application deadline: April 22
The CMA is currently looking to fill the following positions:
For more information on these positions and how to apply, please contact CMAElections@cma.ca.

Webinar: Insurance for physicians with ADIUM and MD Financial Management
Over the past year, the COVID-19 pandemic has reminded us that risks are not always easy to anticipate. As a physician, you’re no stranger to managing the unexpected – but have you fully considered the best ways to protect yourself, your family and your wealth?
Join us and MD Financial Management for a webinar designed to show physicians and their families how to mitigate different types of risk throughout your career stages, and the insurance you need for your personal circumstances.
MD Financial Management provides financial products and services, the MD Family of Funds and investment counselling services through the MD Group of Companies. For a detailed list of these companies, visit md.ca. MD Financial Management and Scotiabank are proud sponsors of the AMA Youth Run Club.

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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 ibdclinic.ca/ibd-ccp.

Feedback and collaboration for other unmet needs for these patients is welcomed! To contact the team please email ibdpaths@ualberta.ca.

Survey Corner
Health care partners and other organizations often seek physician feedback through surveys. This month, the following is available for your consideration:
Healthy Professional Worker Survey
This study examines the relationships between mental health, leave of absence and return to work in the context of a variety of influences at the individual, family, work/organizational and system levels. Study conducted by the University of Ottawa.
Seeking AMA member participation in a survey?
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.

Don't forget!
Have you submitted your nominations for the AMA Achievement Awards?
Nominations must be submitted by April 30. Awards to be presented at the AMA 2021 AGM.

MD Scope Classifieds
In the April 8 MD Scope Classifieds you'll find listings for
- Physicians wanted
- Space available
- For sale
- Services
View MD Scope Classifieds

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