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  • Take part in the AHS/Accreditation Canada Patient Safety Culture survey | Alberta Medical Association
    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 Take part in the AHS Accreditation Canada Patient Safety Culture survey Take part in the AHS Accreditation Canada Patient Safety Culture survey April 11 2014 Patient safety is a top priority for Alberta Health Services AHS and physicians play a key role They have a keen understanding of patient safety what works well and where there needs to be improvement AHS is hoping docs will complete the AHS Accreditation Canada Patient Safety Culture survey running from March 24 until April 21 Take the survey online The survey may take a few seconds to load but should only take six to eight minutes to complete The results of the survey will be provided to physicians and will be used to develop plans at the local level to improve patient safety across AHS 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

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  • As new marijuana rules take effect, CMA preaches caution | Alberta Medical Association
    prescribe a substance that has not been clinically tested runs contrary to our training and ethics The new regulations will require that all marijuana used for medical purposes be purchased through licensed producers previously medical users could buy it from Health Canada or seek permission to grow it for personal use Dr Francescutti said the CMA has been raising physicians concerns with the federal government since before the first regulations concerning medical marijuana were developed in 2001 Since then it has issued 11 additional briefs resolutions and policy documents and met with Health Canada officials numerous times We were saying the same things about marijuana in 2001 that we are saying today that we do not have the information we need concerning proper dosage for medical purposes for instance or on how it interacts with different medications said Dr Francescutti Our message has always been the same physicians should exercise significant caution when it comes to medical marijuana The Canadian Medical Protective Association CMPA agrees Advice it released last October states that physicians are not obliged to complete a medical document for medical marijuana if they are unfamiliar with its treatment use or feel it is medically inappropriate The CMPA does say that physicians should be aware of the regulations and policies released by their respective regulatory colleges However most colleges with the exception of Alberta and Saskatchewan do not have policies on marijuana use for medical purposes Editor s note The College of Physicians Surgeons of Alberta concurs with the CMA and CMPA Although the number of authorizations for using marijuana for medical purposes has been increasing it stood at 38 507 in November 2013 two jurisdictions account for 78 of the users 19 265 in British Columbia and 10 876 in Ontario The CMA has surveyed the public and its members about the issue A 2013 poll of Canadians found that 85 think marijuana should undergo the same testing and approval processes required for other prescription medication A June 2012 survey of CMA members found that 70 of respondents had seldom 42 or never 28 been asked about marijuana by patients The vast majority of respondents 85 said information on potential risks and benefits of the drug would be useful or very useful The CMA will continue to follow the issue closely It is waiting for Health Canada to release a consensus statement on marijuana later this year but cautions that this will be based on the limited evidence currently available As for the present our existing policy stands Until we have seen scientifically valid evidence we will not support its use Dr Francescutti said There will be an information session at the CMA s annual meeting this August to ensure that members input on this issue is gathered To help physicians understand the marijuana issue the CMA has up to date information and resources about the medical use of the drug on cma ca including the CMA s policy If patients ask about the new regulations regarding

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  • Getting down to basic values | Alberta Medical Association
    discussed the daily tension many physicians experience trying to balance the demands of patient care with their own health needs Dr Clarke s remarks were informed by the work of Deci and Ryan 1 who consider fulfillment of our psychological needs for competence relatedness and autonomy as essential to our well being A dilemma arises for many physicians in our fiduciary duty to patients while trying not to neglect ourselves The situation is complicated by our desire to feel part of a greater whole Many of us also demand a degree of self determination which we express through making choices or setting limits in how and how much we contribute It is hard to do all these things well even with a clear understanding of our needs or values and those of our patients Dr Clarke referred to Schwarz s research 2 of common clusters of values that are shared across cultures and geography although priority ranking of them may vary from person to person and situation to situation He spoke about the difficulty at times in reconciling one s own values with those of patients Being able to reflect on prioritize and express one s own values has the potential to make communication between physician and patient less stressful and increase mutual understanding Dr Clarke proposed the expression relationship centered care as an alternative to patient centered care to encapsulate this re framing of the doctor patient relationship Taking care of boundaries Saying no and hearing no Dr Clarke s keynote address was complemented by a breakout session Taking Care of Boundaries Saying No and Hearing No in which he discussed some of the practicalities of these collisions over values for example how to say no to a patient s requests for services that are not medically indicated Physicians for Physicians Examining both ends of the Stethoscope At this year s scientific assembly Drs Elizabeth Monaghan and Lil Miedzinski two of PFSP s assessment physicians presented a brief workshop entitled Physicians for Physicians Examining both ends of the Stethoscope The presentation considered the complexity and rewards of looking after or being looked after by a colleague Values and assumptions may complicate the relationship between the physician clinician in the white coat and the physician patient in the blue gown Notes Deci E L Ryan R M Eds 2002 Handbook of self determination research Rochester N Y University of Rochester Press Schwartz S H Are there Universal Aspects in the Structure and Contents of Human Values 1994 Journal of Social Issues Vol 50 4 19 45 Each year PFSP sponsors a number of local national and international speakers on physician health topics at various annual conferences section department and PCN retreats and resident half days If you are interested in adding a physician health theme to your education or professional development event contact Diane Bird PFSP education coordinator pfsp albertadoctors org Website feedback News News archives October 2015 September 2015 August 2015 May 2015 April 2015 March 2015 February 2015

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  • Top billing! Register for an AMA billing seminar-Scope | Alberta Medical Association
    help About the AMA Leaders Partners Member services Patients First Home News News archives Top billing Register for an AMA billing seminar Scope Top billing Register for an AMA billing seminar April 11 2014 This May and June Alberta Medical Association AMA billing seminars will be taking place at locations across the province Don t miss out register now There are general billing seminars coming up in Red Deer April 23 Rocky Mountain House May 1 Brooks May 7 Lloydminster May 14 Wainwright May 15 Lethbridge May 21 The AMA s general billing seminars offer an overview on billing and a chance to catch up on recent billing changes The AMA can also provide customized billing seminars tailored to your practice s specific billing needs they are available to PCNs general practitioners and specialists These usually last two hours and have no upper limit on participants Please note that private seminars are booked three months in advance To find out more about AMA billing seminars and to register visit the Billing seminars webpage For more advice from AMA staff on any billing issues please email AMA billing staff or visit Billing help 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

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  • Dr. Gadget likes toys | Alberta Medical Association
    Since then I have owned a variety of PDAs personal digital assistants including Pocket PCs Palm and Windows Mobile Classic devices all of which had rather short lifespans but provided hours of enjoyment to this toy lover I embraced with joy the evolution of the phone from the party line to rotary dial to touch tone phones and was absolutely overjoyed when a cellular phone would allow me to leave the confines of my home when I was waiting for the next imminent delivery My first cell phone was actually a suitcase which I willingly and happily carried from place to place I have been witness to the progressive miniaturization of this device to ridiculously small sizes before growing a little and becoming today s smart phone combining mobility with computing power not to mention even more fun The internet and exponential growth The mid 1990s brought the Internet opening to me a new although somewhat limited world which grew exponentially over the next few years Email users initially comparable to Ham radio operators became mainstream My mid 1980s two piece 12 pound video camera became much smaller and eventually digital allowing for significantly easier editing and distribution My first digital still camera in the late 1990s was expensive and poor quality but very cool I was still dependent on strategically placed textbooks and journals for day to day reference material in my practice Then in June 2007 I purchased my first iPhone This device which I could carry in my pocket allowed access to the Internet and email provided a camera which would take stills and video allowed for note taking and stored a large library of games music and audiobooks while providing the convenience of a cell phone As time passed infrastructure and technology improved providing an improved experience Digital books originally patented by Angela Ruiz in 1949 now became much more popular Toys as tools Less than two weeks after Stephen Colbert pulled an iPad from his suit during the Oscars on April 3 2010 I repeated the performance at an orientation meeting for the clerkship program which I direct this led to several photos of teenagers holding the device while I anxiously watched from a distance This tablet has improved and extended my experience with my iPhone and has resolved some of the headaches and visual discomfort related to focusing on its small screen Several iterations of this and other tablets have been introduced since then and brilliant minds have contributed apps that have become so useful that they are almost indispensable My toy has become a tool the best possible scenario I now find myself with a very portable device that I enjoy for both personal and professional use I now carry many electronic textbooks in my pocket I am able to access the web collect and search articles and videos of interest manage email and texts read books access my electronic medical records take pictures and video check traffic access a global positioning system

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  • How insurance helped Dr. Ian Rigby | Alberta Medical Association
    remarkable individual who has had to overcome extreme obstacles given his unfortunate accident Kling adds Dr Rigby is a highly motivated greatly skilled and committed medical professional to whom such funding isn t just an investment in his success but a point of pride about how the AMA insurance contract can go beyond words on a page in order to improve the lives of those whose needs are so pressing A perfect example of an abilities policy Kling s praise for Dr Rigby doesn t just reflect his return to Foothills Medical Centre In addition to his ER duties Dr Rigby teaches one day a week at Peter Lougheed Centre and he trains air ambulance flight crews through the non profit Shock Trauma Air Rescue Society STARS program STARS provides safe rapid highly specialized emergency medical transportation for the critically ill and injured He s also doing some further teaching with rural doctors Dr Rigby is a perfect example of how a disability policy can be transformed into an abilities policy says Kling A bad situation which was positive When summarizing his experience with ADIUM Insurance Services Inc and Sun Life Financial Dr Rigby says My family and I have been super grateful for the insurance The application process sailed through easily with no surprises and everyone has been delightful to deal with He adds It was a really bad situation which has been very positive Paying the price of ignoring your coverage John Sealey a disability claims consultant helps physicians medical students and residents with their AMA DI claims From making sure the claimant understands their coverage to helping them complete the required forms Sealey is available throughout the entire process When describing his experience with physicians during his 35 years as a DI consultant Sealey says I have only met two physicians who I believe were properly insured and that s because physicians usually buy Disability Insurance when they complete their residency and then never look at it again They also don t buy enough Professional Overhead Expense Insurance which is relatively inexpensive and tax deductible When something major happens that prevents a physician from practising Sealey says that s when many physicians realize they re going to pay the price for not reviewing their insurance coverage I ve witnessed physicians who learned they were going to experience a long recovery and then realized they didn t have enough money to live on or to keep their practice going he explains Sealey adds It s probably one of the biggest things to aid in your recovery to be properly insured knowing your office is still running you don t have to dip into your savings you re not laying off your secretary of 20 years and you can feed your family Physicians make two common mistakes Glenn McAthey director of AMA s ADIUM Insurance Services Inc which oversees the AMA group insurance plan confirms Sealey s experience McAthey says there are two common mistakes physicians make with Disability

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  • The decline of decay: Dentistry then and now | Alberta Medical Association
    honestly with him looming over you drill in hand The ordeal was easier if he injected the right spot but I d had a jag from him once in the wrong spot that and the size of the needle made it a toss up which was worse It was also hard to say Yep I ll have a local because that was admitting cowardice fleeing from the enemy being a softie The grinding of the drill bit The searing pain makes your eyes water Spit out blood and tooth chips And then the squealing whine of the fine drill that vibrated less but when it found a tender bit boy an exquisite lash of pain through the entire jaw radiating throughout the head and down the neck forcing out a shocked gasp And every so often the hissing of the spittle sucker inserted just in time sucking up the juices like a kid sucking the dregs of a drink through a straw This avoided a gallon of saliva cascading down the throat and into the trachea causing death by drowning I could see the headlines BOY DROWNS AT DENTIST S Then squeeze in the silver amalgam And at last that moment of relief as he unclips the gown There That s it Wasn t too bad was it now Mr Miller s disdain of local anesthetics was related to his golf tee time Local anesthesia slowed him down All things change The philosophy in those dark ages over 50 years ago was that dentistry was straightforward The tooth was either filled or extracted We even learned how to pull a tooth at Edinburgh Medical School in case we were going to practice in Moose Factory or Jabbalonga or do a locum in Balcarres Saskatchewan where I was asked to do an extraction in 1975 but declined sending the annoyed patient to Indianhead But Dr Smith can pull teeth he said Let me teach you You do not start pulling upwards You take your dental forceps in hand clamp them over the tooth and press down hard and firm Then jiggle the tooth back and forth to break the periodontal ligaments And only then do you pull For resistant cases bring the right knee to rest horizontally on the patient s chest wall and pull hard Ignore cries of pain This information has been more useful to me than the Krebs Cycle But omnia mutantur nihil interit All things change In Edmonton 30 years ago I was introduced to proper local anaesthesia and the rubber dam Stretched over the tooth it stops saliva gathering but also stops any opportunity to chat Dr Bothwell had a sign in his office Be good to your teeth or they will be false to you How re things going at the Cross he d say I d try a nod Keep still now Graagh I d reply I don t know how you can work there It must be depressing with everyone dying he d

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  • Medical Hall of Fame: Call for nominations | Alberta Medical Association
    Candidates are recognized for their innovative leadership in one or more of the following categories A Leadership in building excellence in health for Canadians and the world This may include Excellence in health education and the development of health professionals in Canada Creation or development of organizations or institutions that enabled health care improvement Political leadership and or activism that facilitated major changes in health or health care Advancement of the profession or public awareness of a health issue s through oral and written communication expertise and media B Leadership in health promotion illness prevention and care This may include Exemplary patient care over a lifetime for particularly disadvantaged remote or underserved populations often denying one s own self interest and in the service of others thus creating a legend of validated amazing stories of professionalism Outstanding widely recognized contributions to public and population health and or health promotion Evidence of humanitarianism both within and outside the profession is likely prominent Research may or may not be an important part of their story of accomplishment C Leadership in research with national and international recognition for a scientific contribution This may include Innovative ideas and hypotheses observations and experiments of critical significance to health science definitive clinical trials implementation research or leading scientific advances Possibly an outstanding single discovery but more likely a lifetime of scientific endeavour with peer approval through journal publications with substantial impact Likely recognized by other honorary societies such as the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences the Royal Society of Canada etc Deadline for the 2015 Induction Monday June 30 2014 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

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