New Physician Orientation
Thank you for your interest in becoming a member of our Medical Staff!
We hope this website will assist in your preparations for living, working and playing in Alberta.
Your AHS clinical department will advise when to proceed on completing processes to work in Alberta.
Once you have been contacted by the AHS clinical department, please use this Before Arrival Checklist to keep you on track for joining us.
Alberta Medical Practice Permit
The College of Physicians and Surgeons of Alberta (CPSA) regulates the practice of medicine in Alberta. View process map for details on how to obtain your medical practice permit.
You should begin this process immediately as it may take up to 90 days.
International Medical Graduates (IMGs) Credentials Verification
At the same time you apply to the CPSA for licensure, you need to apply to the Medical Council of Canada (MCC) to have your medical credentials source verified. The MCC is responsible for assessing the authenticity of the primary medical qualification – the candidate’s medical diploma. Once the diploma has completed the verification process, the MCC can produce an Educational Credential Assessment report.
You should begin this process immediately as it may take up to 100 days to process your credentials.
International Medical Graduates (IMGs): Application to Work in Canada
In order for your clinical department to offer you a position with AHS, they would have applied for and received a favourable Labour Market Opinion. The next step will be to apply for a work permit. View Citizenship and Immigration Canada’s processes for more details.
You should begin this process immediately.
Canadian Medical Protective Association
Once you are licensed with the CPSA, you must apply for CMPA membership to ensure you have medical liability protection. This is a requirement of AHS and must be completed prior to AHS granting clinical privileges.
AHS Medical Staff Appointments & Clinical Privileges
In the process of granting clinicians access to AHS facilities and resources, Medical Affairs verifies credentials and coordinates clinical privileging.
Medical Affairs will send you an application package for your medical staff appointment and clinical privileges.
View onboard-privileges document for more details.
Alberta Health Services Security Check
Under the Protection for Persons in Care Act, Alberta Health Services (AHS) has a legal obligation to ensure that parties engaged in the delivery of care or support services for AHS undergo Security Checks (AHSSC).
Learn more about how to obtain and submit your AHSSC to Calgary Medical Affairs.
Alberta Health New Practitioner Registration
All practicing physicians require a Practitioner Identification Number (Prac ID#). Alberta Health registers practitioners for claim payment or patient referral purposes. Each physician's office is required to have a facility number. Facility Registration Numbers are assigned to a physical site address; they are not transferable to another location. For more information please visit Claim forms.
The form Organization Information is required when payment is to be made to someone other than the practitioner, i.e., a Professional Corporation or a Clinic Name.
Print & Complete the Practitioner Information form (AHC0912)
Alberta Health Business Arrangement (BA)
A Business Arrangement (BA) is an agreement with Alberta Health to establish the arrangement for payment of health services provided. All practitioners registered with Alberta Health must have or be part of a BA in order to claim for services.
Print & Complete the BA form
Workers' Compensation Board (WCB) Billing Number
WCB requires physicians to have a billing number if you will be treating eligible workers.
Alberta Medical Association (AMA)
The AMA (membership is optional) is the official voice of the medical profession in Alberta. From health reform to health issues - with government, the public, other health providers - the association concerns itself with how Albertans receive care and with the physicians' work environment.
On the national level, the association is a division of the Canadian Medical Association. The AMA is distinct from, and cooperates with, the College of Physicians & Surgeons of Alberta, which is the regulatory, licensing body for physicians.
The Alberta Medical Association and Canadian Medical Association serve members with a wide range of benefits and services that are outlined in the @ your service member guide. Benefits include, but are not limited to, reimbursement for a portion of your CMPA dues, CME and retention benefits.