Issue 272 | May 2020
Reminder for physicians: Please take a moment to ensure your work status is current in the COVID-19 Physician Registry. You can update your status at any time by logging into the Physician Portal.
Medical Matters
Our new normal: look for the good, look for the opportunity and be open to what could be.
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A message from your Council
CPSA Public Member Councillors say thank you to Alberta's physicians.
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2020 CPSA Council Election
Important dates for you to know.
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Postgraduate annual renewal
A time to update your information and report health conditions.
Alberta's 2017-18 antibiotic prescribing data
Learn more by reading TPP Alberta’s first-ever Antibiotic Prescription Atlas.
Immigration Medical Examinations (IMEs)
IMEs are considered an essential service by the Government of Canada.
A message about COVID-19 from AHS
Asymptomatic transmission and healthcare worker risk.
Professional Conduct reports
Hearing decisions for three Alberta physicians.
Optimized Prescribing with Seniors
A practical approach to stopping medications.
COVID-19 Advice to the Profession documents and Patient FAQs
Looking for guidance to help deliver good, safe medical care during the COVID-19 pandemic? Please take a moment to review the following CPSA Advice to the Profession documents applicable for the duration of the pandemic. Questions? Please contact CPSA Standards of Practice Coordinator Chantelle.Dick@cpsa.ab.ca
Virtual CPSA Council meeting - May 28 & 29
To still get important work done safely, CPSA Council will be meeting May 28 and 29 using Zoom. If you want to call in and listen to the meeting, you must pre-register by contacting Gail.Jones@cpsa.ab.ca. Please note you are not “joining” the meeting, just calling in. The meeting will be two, half-day sessions starting at 9:00 a.m. (MT). We’ll provide more information on how to call in when you pre-register. To see what’s on the agenda, visit cpsa.ca after May 21.
CPSA Advice to the Profession: Social Media
Social media has rapidly become an important method of communication as well as a forum for expressing opinions and debate. Understandably, many physicians engage in these activities through their use of social media. CPSA is providing this advice since we believe it’s important to guide physicians in how best to communicate in this environment to help prevent any miscommunication that could put both the individual physician and the profession as a whole at risk.

Read the advice document
Updates to Alberta Netcare eReferral 
New updates to eReferral Advice Request were made on April 16, 2020, including the additions of:
  • OBS-GYN – Urogynecology – Edmonton Zone
  • Orthopaedic Surgery (Shoulder issue) - Province-wide*
  • Otolaryngology (Adult & Paeds) – Calgary Zone
  • Paediatrics – Gastroenterology – Edmonton Zone
  • Psychiatry – Child and Adolescent – Edmonton, Central & South Zones
*On April 24, 2020 Orthopaedic Surgery released more Advice Request reasons for referral province-wide, including: Ankle issue, elbow issue, foot issue, hip issue, knee issue and wrist issue.

For more information about these updates, go online
Celebrate Rural Health Week from May 25-29, 2020
Alberta Rural Health Week is an opportunity to honour the contributions of the rural Alberta’s healthcare providers and community volunteers who help keep health care close to home. Communities are encouraged to show appreciation for the contributions of the rural health providers whose abilities enhance the quality of life in rural Alberta.

Learn more and get involved
New Well Doc Alberta resources All of Well Doc Alberta’s COVID-19 resources can be accessed here
Are you a gynecologist? Please participate in McMaster University’s survey
A research team at McMaster University invites you to participate in a 15-minute survey to assess Canadian gynecologists’ knowledge, educational needs, attitudes, experiences and barriers to the use of cannabis for treatment of chronic pelvic pain. No identifiable data will be collected and your responses will remain anonymous.
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