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Expression of Interest – Surgery (Orthopedics, Plastics, Podiatry, Neurology) Provincial Clinical Knowledge Lead

June 12, 2019

The Chief Medical Information Office (CMIO) and Clinical Knowledge and Content Management program are recruiting for a physician Provincial Clinical Knowledge Lead for Surgery (Orthopedics, Plastics, Podiatry, Neurology). This role is responsible for guiding the development of provincial knowledge topics, providing evidence-informed approaches to clinical care. Reporting to the CMIO, and working with Connect Care Area Councils and Strategic Clinical Network leadership, the Provincial Clinical Knowledge Leads must be able to work collaboratively and act as champions. See the Expression of Interest – Surgery (Orthopedics, Plastics, Podiatry, Neurology) for a full description and guidelines. Expressions of Interest for this role is due by June 28, 2019.

Expression of Interest – Alberta Pain Strategy Steering Committee and Working Group Members

June 7, 2019

AHS’s Strategic Clinical Networks and the Pain Society of Alberta have been developing the Alberta Pain Strategy (APS) over the past 18 months. They are now recruiting members to participate in the new Steering Committee and six Working Groups in starting in fall 2019.

The Steering Committee will set direction, review progress of project work, address any major issues, and serve as champions of the APS. They will meet monthly for a two-hour videoconference. 
The Working Groups will develop and implement priority projects outlined in the APS. Workload is anticipated to be between 1-4 hours per month, inclusive of meeting time and individual project work. All meetings would occur via teleconference or skype.

Physicians eligible for reimbursement from Medical Affairs will receive compensation for participation on any of these Committees.

If you’re interested, please complete the Expression of Interested survey by June 20, 2019. Further details about each of the Working Groups are included in the survey.

Updated Policy Fosters Safe, Respectful Workplaces

June 5, 2019

The Respectful Workplaces and the Prevention of Harassment and Violence Policy has been approved and is now in effect.  This policy replaces the Workplace Violence: Prevention and Response policy.

The Respectful Workplaces and the Prevention of Harassment and Violence policy and associated procedures explains what medical leaders need to know about respectful workplaces and the prevention of harassment and violence to make sure our people feel safe, healthy and valued.

It provides our people with guidance in how to prevent, identify, report and mitigate all types of workplace harassment and violence — external party, worker-to-worker, patient-to-worker, and domestic violence in the workplace.

For the policy suite login to the AHS network via the portal and visit the Respectful Workplaces and the Prevention of Harassment and Violence Policy page.

Expressions of Interest – Surgery (Urology, OBGYN and Transplant) Provincial Clinical Knowledge Lead and Adult Emergency Medicine Provincial Clinical Knowledge Lead

March 26, 2019

The Chief Medical Information Office (CMIO) and Clinical Knowledge and Content Management program are recruiting for physician Provincial Clinical Knowledge Leads for Surgery (Urology, OBGYN and Transplant) and Adult Emergency Medicine. These roles are responsible for guiding the development of provincial knowledge topics with respect to Surgery (Urology, OBGYN and Transplant) and Adult Emergency Medicine. Reporting to the CMIO, the Provincial Clinical Knowledge Leads must be able to work collaboratively and act as champions. See the Expression of Interest – Surgery (Urology, OBGYN and Transplant) and Expression of Interest – Adult Emergency Medicine for a full description and guidelines. Expressions of Interest for these roles are due by April 12, 2019.

Alberta Antenatal Pathway — Now Available

March 19, 2019

The Maternal, Newborn, Child & Youth (MNCY) Strategic Clinical Network is pleased to release the Alberta Antenatal Pathway, an online clinical resource tool developed to support clinicians and nurses who provide antenatal care with quick and easy access to evidenced-based, peer-reviewed, and up-to-date information, clinical decision tools, and links to Alberta-based resources. The pathway aims to identify and manage obstetrical risks that will support a healthy pregnancy and optimize mother and baby outcomes.

By applying the pathway consistently, patients can be confident that assessment and access to appropriate care is based on their unique risk factors, no matter where they live in Alberta.

Visit www.ahs.ca/pregnancypathways  to learn more. If you have suggestions on how to improve the pathway, contact the MNCY SCN at maternalnewbornchildyouth.scn@ahs.ca.

Strengthening Linkages Workshop

March 5, 2019

Registration is now open for AHS CancerControl’s ninth annual oncology workshop for family physicians and health professionals. The event will be held Saturday, April 13, 2019 from 8:15 am - 4:00 pm, in-person and connected via videoconference among sites. A few community sites and Yellowknife site have been added to the existing two Tertiary and four Regional Cancer Centres.

To learn more and register, visit the Strengthening Linkages Workshop page, or register online. (spaces are limited)

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Advanced Tumour Diagnostics Discovery Day

June 19, 2019 — 10 a.m. – 3 p.m.
Libin Theatre, Health Sciences Centre,
University of Calgary

From Bench to Bedside

This unique day will provide an opportunity for discovery and dialogue between Alberta innovators, researchers, academics and representatives from the healthcare system, including patients and clinicians.

This full-day event is aimed at increasing awareness of innovative solutions being developed right here in Alberta for advanced tumour diagnostics—innovations that can improve patient care and outcomes in Alberta and globally.

Registration: www.eventbrite.ca/e/discoverylab-ahs-advanced-tumor-diagnostics-tickets-59086600613

New specialties added to Alberta Netcare eReferral

Alberta Netcare eReferral is Alberta Health Services’ first paperless referral system that allows physicians and clinical support staff to create, submit, track and manage referrals electronically.

On May 21, 2019, new specialties were added to eReferral Consult Requests (e.g., requests for in-person appointments with a specialist) in the Calgary Zone, including:

  • Internal Med - Pulmonary Medicine (IPM)
  • Internal Med - Sleep Medicine (FMC Sleep Centre)
  • Internal Med - Tuberculosis Services (Please search by reasons for referral or by facility (TB))

Child and Adolescent Psychiatry was also added to eReferral Advice Request (e.g., non-urgent questions sent to a specialist and responded to within five calendar days) in the Central (patients in Red Deer and south), Calgary and South AHS Zones.

For more information about eReferral, go online or email access.ereferral@ahs.ca.

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