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  • Where's my CPS? | Alberta Medical Association
    the book s bulk This year the CPS did NOT arrive at my office Instead I received an email from the Canadian Medical Association CMA inviting me to download a new app free of charge to me through my membership called RxTx Mobile This app available for iOS and Android devices is CPhA s mobile application providing offline access to all 3 000 plus pages of the CPS Rx as well as drug choices Tx Health Canada Advisories some medical calculators and other information the publishers felt might be useful to readers Of particular use to many physicians is the relative cost feature available for over 2 200 drugs which was designed to illustrate the comparative costs of therapy for a given condition The app updated every two weeks with a combined value of over 500 is available to all CMA members who are residents and practicing physicians 1 The design of RxTx Mobile on both my phone and my tablet is simple and very efficient allowing me very quick access to monographs and several therapeutic choices with a good search function for both generic and brand names Drug choices are particularly helpful for searches such as the most recent treatment for bipolar disorder or the red eye Through the Health Canada Advisories button I was interested to learn among other things that multiple distributors were selling unlicensed home use HIV test kits via amazon ca The calculators available through RxTx Mobile will not be particularly useful to most physicians and I was unable to locate pictures of medications to identify that little blue pill The app does contain drug interactions within the monographs but unfortunately does not include an interaction checker a tool that I find very useful There are other excellent alternative apps available to physicians The National Physician Survey published in December 2014 suggested that one of the most popular apps in Canada is Epocrates This app produced in the United States of America USA includes a very well designed interface a drug drug interaction tool medication pictures and several useful medical calculators among other things Unfortunately the interaction check lacks some important details and because it is USA centric the app does not include Canadian brand names or drugs available only in Canada Lexicomp my preferred app in this category is available to all Canadian physicians after logging on to the CMA website 2 This excellent resource provides drug monographs an interactions database laboratory tests natural products and poisoning and toxicology information Lexicomp also includes Canadian drug names Adverse reactions to medications are clear and often ranked in order of frequency The current CMA subscription allows for web access only through your mobile device but a very well designed app is available for offline use at a cost Many physicians may already have access to the Lexicomp app through university or primary care network affiliation These apps and others not mentioned here have greatly improved access to important medication information Information that previously was available only

    Original URL path: https://www.albertadoctors.org/news/news-archives/Dr-Gadget-Wheres-my-CPS (2016-02-01)
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  • New Mega Menu | Alberta Medical Association
    Forgot your password Login help Alberta Medical Association Member Sign in AMA member number Password Forgot your password Login help About the AMA Leaders Partners Member services Patients First Home News News archives New Mega Menu Try out our new website menu March 16 2015 With the new website Mega Menu Yes that s a real term we didn t make it up you will find what you re looking for that much faster The new biggie sized navigation menu gives you a snapshot of each section of the site About the AMA Leaders Partners Member Services Advocating for Patients First when you hover over the main navigation tab This lets you quickly and intuitively find a page that may be several clicks deep or better yet see if the section is worth exploring at all for the information you need Just hover your mouse over one of the tabs above to try it out If you have any other suggested improvements for the website please let us know at webmaster albertadoctors org Website feedback News News archives October 2015 September 2015 August 2015 July 2015 June 2015 May 2015 April 2015 March 2015 February 2015 January 2015 December 2014 November 2014 October 2014 September 2014 August 2014 July 2014 June 2014 May 2014 April 2014 March 2014 February 2014 January 2014 December 2013 November 2013 October 2013 September 2013 August 2013 July 2013 June 2013 May 2013 April 2013 March 2013 February 2013 January 2013 December 2012 November 2012 October 2012 September 2012 August 2012 July 2012 2015 16 Winter Holiday Hours Introducing your Member Dashboard Procedured during the two business days following issuance of IFHP eligibility The Alberta Medical Association stands as an advocate for its physician members providing leadership support for their role in the provision of

    Original URL path: https://www.albertadoctors.org/news/news-archives/New%20Mega%20Menu (2016-02-01)
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  • Clinical research - steps to success | Alberta Medical Association
    Code of Ethics provides the ethical framework under which Alberta physicians practice and it states Consider first the well being of the patient This ethical principle applies equally when the patient is involved in a research study Other sources of legal obligation include the regulations under the federal Food and Drugs Act which outlines requirements applicable to all clinical trials involving human subjects in Canada In addition the CPSA s Administration of Practice states that physicians must have their research proposals reviewed and approved by one of the applicable research ethics boards operating in the province of Alberta i e the Health Research Ethics Board of Alberta or the Health Research Ethics Board at the University of Alberta or the Conjoint Health Research Ethics Board at the University of Calgary and must comply with the requirements of the board The CPSA also has a Standard of Practice on Relationships with Industry aimed at ensuring physicians avoid potential conflicts of interest and that they maintain their professional autonomy The standard stipulates for example that physicians are to disclose any relationships with industry they should participate only in ethical and scientifically valid industry sponsored research and they should not accept gifts from industry To further reduce the possibility of conflicts of interest physicians should review the research protocol carefully to ensure it does not compromise their professional autonomy Consent Research subjects must consent to participating in or receiving treatment considered experimental or part of a research study Courts have held that the standard of disclosure for consent to participate in research is generally higher than for other medical treatment While the information to be disclosed varies based on each study the CMA Code of Ethics generally requires that at a minimum the potential subject be informed about the purpose of the study its source of funding the nature and relative probability of harms and benefits and the nature of the physician s participation including any compensation Consent to participate in a study should preferably be obtained in writing Specific issues related to participation in the research study should be discussed with the research subject or substitute decision maker and documented in the medical record Confidentiality Physician researchers generally owe a duty of confidentiality to research subjects Alberta s Health Information Act and regulations establish the rules that must be followed for the collection use disclosure and protection of health information in the province Before identifiable personal health information may be disclosed the research proposal must have been assessed by a research ethics board the researcher must agree to comply with conditions stipulated in the Health Information Act and the researcher must enter into an agreement with the information custodian More information about researcher obligations concerning confidentiality can be found in the Health Information Act Guidelines and Practices Manual Clinical trial agreements Many of the issues identified here may be addressed in a clinical trial agreement between the study sponsor and participating physicians Physicians asked to sign a clinical trial agreement should carefully

    Original URL path: https://www.albertadoctors.org/news/news-archives/Clinical-research-steps-to-success (2016-02-01)
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  • Caring for yourself and colleagues | Alberta Medical Association
    To foster a healthy medical community one thing we need to appreciate is the dynamic nature of our identities most days we are physicians providing care but there are some days when we morph into patients with our own health problems An appreciation and acceptance of these complementary identities can facilitate healthier doctor patient relationships and specifically healthy physician for physician patient relationships National Physician Survey 2014 demographic data With Jane Jacob s insights on culture and community in mind I reviewed some of the demographic data contained in the 2014 National Physician Survey 3 The average age of physicians in Canada is close to 50 Half of male physicians and 30 of female physicians are over 55 nearly 32 000 in total Look ahead 15 or 20 years Although the average age of physician retirement approaches 70 Pong 2011 4 we can anticipate large numbers of this 55 plus physician group reducing to part time reconfiguring or limiting their practices in other ways before eventually retiring What do all those numbers mean This demographic portrait of Canadian physicians suggests two things to me Numerous physicians have already witnessed the retirement or relocation of their family doctor The frequency of such occurrences is likely to increase At the same time many of these older physicians will be confronting serious illnesses some for the first time in their lives Just like many of their fellow Canadians physicians may wonder who will be there to look after them Who will be there to organize our care in the way that we have organized the care of many patients physicians and non physicians alike And how should we view these physicians for physicians initiatives Some consider them a form of preferential treatment others argue they are a legitimate benefit that arises from mutual concern for members of our physician community One of PFSP s key messages is our belief in the value of physicians caring for colleagues PFSP maintains a dynamic network of family doctors and psychiatrists who support physicians residents and medical students with physical and mental health problems If you have an interest in providing care to members of our medical community and would like to join this network please contact PFSP at pfsp albertadoctors org PFSP education sessions PFSP sponsored two education sessions this past autumn one in Edmonton the other in Calgary as part of our P4P initiative Physicians for Physicians PFSP assessment physicians Dr Lil J Miedzinski and Dr Elizabeth M Monaghan led these information and orientation sessions The feedback received was mostly positive First of all the physicians valued and enjoyed the opportunity to have a facilitated conversation with peers about the rewards and challenges of looking after a colleague Participants welcomed the opportunity to discuss setting boundaries and reviewing generic case studies especially those with complex care issues Family physician Dr Margaret Anne T Churcher attended the Calgary session and shared with the group her approach in the office to welcoming a physician as a new

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  • Registration for Alberta Seniors Care Coalition Conference now open | Alberta Medical Association
    help Alberta Medical Association Member Sign in AMA member number Password Forgot your password Login help About the AMA Leaders Partners Member services Patients First Home News News archives Registration for Alberta Seniors Care Coalition Conference now open Registration for Alberta Seniors Care Coalition Conference now open February 25 2015 This inaugural conference will emphasize relevant practice based learning sessions with a focus on seniors health innovative models of service delivery dementia palliative and end of life care The conference is applicable to a variety of disciplines including physicians pharmacists nurses nurse practitioners and other health care professionals and will foster collaboration among a passionate community of practice Please take a moment to view the preliminary program and register today utilizing the following link seniors conference registration Early bird reduced price registration ends March 15 and on March 17 there will be a draw for one lucky attendee to win back their registration fee Please contact jody berube acfp ca for additional information The Alberta Medical Association is a proud member of the Alberta Seniors Care Coalition Website feedback News News archives October 2015 September 2015 August 2015 July 2015 June 2015 May 2015 April 2015 March 2015 February 2015 January 2015 December 2014 November 2014 October 2014 September 2014 August 2014 July 2014 June 2014 May 2014 April 2014 March 2014 February 2014 January 2014 December 2013 November 2013 October 2013 September 2013 August 2013 July 2013 June 2013 May 2013 April 2013 March 2013 February 2013 January 2013 December 2012 November 2012 October 2012 September 2012 August 2012 July 2012 2015 16 Winter Holiday Hours Introducing your Member Dashboard Procedured during the two business days following issuance of IFHP eligibility The Alberta Medical Association stands as an advocate for its physician members providing leadership support for their role

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  • New WCB-AB process for Tx of patients affected by occupational BBFE | Alberta Medical Association
    Member Sign in AMA member number Password Forgot your password Login help Alberta Medical Association Member Sign in AMA member number Password Forgot your password Login help About the AMA Leaders Partners Member services Patients First Home News News archives New WCB AB process for Tx of patients affected by occupational BBFE New WCB Alberta process for treatment of patients affected by occupational BBFE February 24 2015 Occupational Blood and Bodily Fluid Exposures BBFE Effective March 1 2015 the Workers Compensation Board WCB Alberta will implement a new process for treatment in the Emergency Room ER of patients who have probable exposure to blood and bodily fluids in an occupational setting This new process expedites the pre authorization of initial prophylactic medication for an eligible worker so his her ability to pay is not a barrier to timely treatment Understanding your role as a treating physician will help you take the necessary steps when an occupational exposure occurs Read the full notice from WCB Alberta Website feedback News News archives October 2015 September 2015 August 2015 July 2015 June 2015 May 2015 April 2015 March 2015 February 2015 January 2015 December 2014 November 2014 October 2014 September 2014 August 2014 July 2014 June 2014 May 2014 April 2014 March 2014 February 2014 January 2014 December 2013 November 2013 October 2013 September 2013 August 2013 July 2013 June 2013 May 2013 April 2013 March 2013 February 2013 January 2013 December 2012 November 2012 October 2012 September 2012 August 2012 July 2012 2015 16 Winter Holiday Hours Introducing your Member Dashboard Procedured during the two business days following issuance of IFHP eligibility The Alberta Medical Association stands as an advocate for its physician members providing leadership support for their role in the provision of quality health care About the AMA We are

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  • Capacity Assessment Training for Physicians in Edmonton and Calgary | Alberta Medical Association
    First Home News News archives Capacity Assessment Training for Physicians in Edmonton and Calgary Capacity Assessment Training for Physicians workshops in Edmonton and Calgary Register today February 11 2015 Offered by the Office of the Public Guardian and Trustee OPGT these two day workshops in Edmonton and Calgary discuss the components required to complete decision making capacity assessments under the Adult Guardianship and Trusteeship Act AGTA for physicians interested in enhancing their assessment skills These workshops are offered only to physicians and are limited to 20 people per session Edmonton Friday April 17 and Saturday April 18 2015 Edmonton workshop information and location Calgary Friday October 23 and Saturday October 24 2015 Calgary workshop information and location CME credits available for these workshops For CFPC members This program has been accredited by the College of Family Physicians of Canada and the Alberta Chapter for up to 7 75 Mainpro M1 credits and 3 MainproC credits For RCPSC members It has been accredited for 11 5 MOC credits There is no cost to attend but registration is required To register contact Melanie Blackwell Capacity Assessment Policy Analyst Office of the Public Guardian and Trustee Phone 780 638 3252 melanie blackwell gov ab ca Website feedback News News archives October 2015 September 2015 August 2015 July 2015 June 2015 May 2015 April 2015 March 2015 February 2015 January 2015 December 2014 November 2014 October 2014 September 2014 July 2014 June 2014 May 2014 April 2014 March 2014 February 2014 January 2014 December 2013 November 2013 October 2013 September 2013 August 2013 July 2013 June 2013 May 2013 April 2013 March 2013 February 2013 January 2013 December 2012 November 2012 October 2012 September 2012 August 2012 July 2012 2015 16 Winter Holiday Hours Introducing your Member Dashboard Procedured during the two business days

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  • The rewards of reading: A literacy campaign | Alberta Medical Association
    0 11 years of SRC patients who are also residents of the shelter With the reading and literacy project s aim to have a positive effect upon the future health of children at the shelter Darby and Krystyna strived to connect the dots between health level of education socio economic status prosperity and life long learning We know that health status improves with level of education and we recognized a problem in that many of the children at the shelter were often experiencing a disruption in their schooling explains Darby We know too that education is closely tied to socio economic status and that effective education for children and life long learning for adults is key to health and prosperity she continues It s about getting off on the right foot getting equipped with the right tools and then it s easier to maintain that positive momentum through life via better employment better income and ultimately better health The premise of the project was to engage with the child and youth SRC patients while they were attending their clinic appointments With the reading and clinic spaces housed in one large room the project leaders were able to model good reading behavior to the children and their parents guardians Efforts were also made to send the children home with books in order to encourage reading with their families on their own time Equipped with books and educational materials acquired through FirstBook Canada s National Book Grant Program Darby and Krystyna set up a child care volunteer program with eight University of Calgary Health Sciences students During their monthly four hour shift the volunteer students would engage the children and youth through reading circles and arts and crafts with an emphasis on literacy enhancement Under the guidance of project mentor Dr Janette A Hurley head physician of the SRC and a family medicine practitioner in Calgary for 24 years Darby and Krystyna trained and worked with the volunteers to establish the reading and craft activities while working with the SRC s 20 clinicians and four executive members to set up the program Through these activities Darby and Krystyna met the requirement of the Emerging Leaders in Health Promotion Grant Program to facilitate growth of leadership and advocacy skills in a mentored environment Through the set up of this whole program we acted as educators both to our colleagues and to the children at the shelter says Krystyna We had to lead by example when it came to implementation of the reading circles and other educational projects As well we had to communicate effectively with all parties and were often looked to for advice and reassurance while the program was in its early stages With the support and involvement of the SRC s 20 student clinicians executive members three staff physicians and the volunteer Health Sciences students Darby and Krystyna s literacy campaign has effectively connected the SRC staff its patients and their families meeting the final requirement of the Emerging Leaders in

    Original URL path: https://www.albertadoctors.org/news/news-archives/rewards-of-reading-literacy-campaign (2016-02-01)
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