Issue 268 | January 2020
A Message from Your Council
As physicians, we proudly call ourselves “professionals,” but what does this really mean? 
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TPP Alberta Announcement
Antibiotic dispense data to be released in 2020.
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Improving Patient Access and Preventative Care
A story of quality improvement at one rural Alberta clinic.
Our Condolences
Where grieving physicians can go for support as we remember two of our colleagues.
Your Chance to Participate
Apply today to get involved in Alberta Health's immunization regulation pilot program.
Optimized Prescribing with Seniors
Medical cannabis and the older adult.
FYIs
Consultation on Reporting Standards: Deadline Extended

We want to hear from you about the proposed amendments to our standards of practice on reporting. That’s why we’ve extended the consultation deadline: you now have until Jan. 31 to provide your feedback. Please visit our website to review the proposed amendments and submit your comments.
 
Thank you for participating!
U of C Professionalism and Medical Ethics Workshop

This course is designed to help you recognize and safely navigate everyday ethical and professional challenges, identify and prevent conflicts and potential adverse events. The course will take place on Monday, Feb. 3, 2020 in Calgary.

See more information and how to register
Wise Prescribing and Deprescribing: Opioid Skills for the Frontline Clinician

Do you struggle with issues related to opioid tapering? Are you confident knowing when to suggest a taper (and when it may not be the right approach)? Do you feel comfortable answering a patient’s questions about tapering? What about tapers that get going and stall for some reason?

This course, offered by the University of Calgary, can help you to take on these issues with confidence and feel more satisfied with your work at the end of the day. Self-paced online modules are available for free, and in-person workshops are available to provide concrete examples and practice skills.

The in-person workshops offer extremely efficient three-credit per hour CME for family physicians.

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Event: Multiple Perspectives on Managing Opioids and OAT

Join the Edmonton Zone Opioid Response Initiative on Saturday, Jan. 18 for an opioid education session. Speakers at the event include CPSA Registrar Dr. Scott McLeod, PCN opioid response coordinators and more. Registration is free and includes breakfast and lunch. Physicians are able to apply for Mainpro+ credits for attending.

Learn more/see agenda and register
2020 Health Quality Council of Alberta (HQCA) Patient Experience Awards

The call for applications is now open for the Health Quality Council of Alberta's 2020 Patient Experience Awards. The Patient Experience Awards were established by the HQCA, in collaboration with the HQCA’s Patient and Family Advisory Committee, to recognize and help spread knowledge about initiatives that improve the patient and family experience in Alberta. Submissions will be accepted until Feb. 21, 2020.

Learn more and apply
Learn About LGBTQ+ Health in Medicine at the Inclusive Health Conference

This conference will take place in Edmonton on March 21, 2020, and will feature topics including endocrinology and chronic illness, being transgender at work, LGBTQ+ sex education, how to be an effective advocate and more. Dr. Ted Jablonski, who has worked with transgender patients for over a decade, is this year’s keynote speaker. This Group Learning program has been certified by the College of Family Physicians of Canada and the Alberta Chapter for up to six Mainpro+ credits.

Learn more and register
Updated AHS Naloxone Policies

AHS has new policies which will replace existing Naloxone Distribution Directives and provide direction on naloxone administration for suspected poisonings in AHS settings. These policies took effect Dec. 2, 2019, and address the administration of naloxone and the distribution of Community Based Naloxone (CBN) Kits.

Want to learn more? Visit AHS.ca or contact harm.reduction@ahs.ca.
Wounds Canada 2020 Spring Conference

Alberta Health Services (AHS) is partnering with Wounds Canada for the 2020 Spring Conference in Calgary April 3 – 4, 2020. This two-day continuing education event is for health professionals, patients and families, including those who care for those with wounds or who are at risk of developing wounds. Early-bird registration ends Jan. 16, 2020.

Want to learn more? Visit woundscanada.ca.
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