Physician Resources

Alberta Health Services (AHS) offers a number of resources to members of its Medical Staff. This section of the site also provides links to quality and safety resources; clinical guidelines and protocols; Practitioner health and collaboration, Workplace Health and Safety resources, and more.

Medical Affairs

The Department of Medical Affairs manages the aspects of healthcare administration that are specific to physicians and other Practitioners (AHS appointed dentists, oral and maxillofacial surgeons, and podiatrists). Matters administered by Medical Affairs include, but are not limited to:

  • Medical Staff Bylaws and Rules
  • Appointment and privileging
  • Practitioner contracts and payment
  • Practitioner recruitment and retention
  • Medical leadership and development

For more information on Medical Affairs, please contact or visit our Insite page.

Physician Advocacy

Advocacy is an important component of the doctor-patient relationship and physicians should individually and collectively advocate with their patients. Advocacy involves the responsible use of expertise and influence to advance patients health care interest.

Quality Innovation Fund

The Quality Innovation (QI) Fund supports and enables physician-led healthcare teams to improve healthcare practice and process based on evidence within their local settings.

Visit our QI Fund page to learn more about the projects.

Adverse Events and Patient Safety

As an organization, we are working to identify the changes that will provide greater support for Medical Staff and improve the safety of our patients.

For more info on resources to help support physicians disclose and report Adverse Events, please visit our Adverse Events and Patient Safety webpage.

Patient Safety

The AHS Patient Safety Department consists of both provincial and Zone-embedded teams who support operational leadership and clinicians in making care safer for Albertan’s through:

  • Event Reporting and Analysis
  • Learning and Improvement
  • Human Factors
  • Systems Analysis of Adverse Events

Across AHS, health-care providers, medical staff, managers, staff and leaders are committed to safe patient care. As professional and careful as we are, sometimes things don’t go as planned. Together we are working to develop a culture of safety where our commitment is visible and guided by a just culture.

Appropriate Prioritization of Access to Health Services

AHS provides equitable access to health services for Albertans no matter where in the province they live, who they are, or what health concerns they may have. This commitment is outlined in the Appropriate Prioritization of Access to Health Services policy.

In order to support implementation of this policy, AHS has created several physician-specific resources:

Clinical Policies and Procedures

Medical Officer of Health (MOH) Updates

Dictation, Speech Recognition, Transcription (DST) Project

In 2014, AHS, Medical Leaders and physicians partnered to develop the DST Consolidation Project which implemented three new technology streams to replace aging and disparate dictation and transcription systems. Access to all tools and resources created during project implementation can be found on the DST Resources repository.  

Practitioner Advocacy Assistance Line

The Practitioner Advocacy Assistance Line (PAAL) is a central point of contact for Practitioners to share concerns or advise the Zone Medical Staff Association (ZMSA) presidents of challenges in advocating for patients and reporting intimidation. Confidential reporting is assured through a secure third party organization.

Information Sharing Framework

The Information Sharing Framework (ISF) is a joint arrangement between AHS, the AMA and Covenant Health that will help guide issues pertaining to the management of shared electronic medical records. To learn more about how the ISF affects AHS physicians, please visit our ISF webpage.

Lab Updates

Workplace Health & Safety

Clinical Ethics

Clinical Ethics assists patients and families, clinicians and administrators, to identify, analyze and resolve ethics issues and dilemmas that arise in the health care environment. It involves the formal analysis of potential courses of action and attempting to answer the question "What is the right thing to do?" in conflicted clinical situations, when there is no clear and standard way forward.

For more information on Clinical Ethics, please click here.