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New Occupational Hygiene Standard

July 2020

As part of our ongoing commitment to keep our workforce safe, AHS has created a new Occupational Hygiene Standard. The standard defines the expectations of leaders and workers to monitor and manage exposure to biological, chemical and physical hazards in the workplace that may cause illness or disease and is intended to ensure a safe environment is provided to all AHS workers.

The standard aligns with current legislation and outlines a process to support proactive efforts by operational areas to address hazards, resolve concerns and reduce workers’ risk of exposure.

Find the FAQ, details and contact information on the Occupational Hygiene Insite page.

Job Opportunity: Provincial Clinical Knowledge Lead, Adult Medicine

May 29, 2020

AHS is recruiting a Provincial Clinical Knowledge Lead to support the development of evidence informed and best practice standards of care to be utilized in the organization’s clinical information systems (CIS). This 0.2 FTE role is a physician who works within the relevant discipline, and is a champion for / and can facilitate provincial knowledge topic development amongst their colleagues. This includes development of standardized order sets and care pathways with relevant performance indicators and a process to regularly update on an ongoing basis. To learn more, visit the job posting.

2020 Well Doc Alberta Symposium: CONNECT

March 5, 2020

The 2nd Annual Well Doc Alberta Symposium: CONNECT is taking place April 27, 2020 at the University of Alberta’s Lister Centre in Edmonton from 0900 -1530. Building on the success of the inaugural symposium, the symposium is an opportunity for physicians to connect with others from across the province who are working or interested in physician wellness

This event is free to attend and the goal is to connect those interested or working in physician wellness from across the province.

Registration is available through Eventbrite at welldocalbertaconnect2020.eventbrite.ca

Family Physicians and CancerControl: Strengthening Linkages Workshop

March 2, 2020

Alberta Health Services (AHS) CancerControl is pleased to announce the 10th Family Physicians and CancerControl: Strengthening Linkages Workshop held on Saturday, May 9, 2020. The event is held in-person and connected via videoconference between following several sites.

Learning objectives include acquiring and translatint information and updates to better navigate the cancer system, supporting and participating in the improvement of integration of care through dialogue, networking, and teamwork and recognizing and explaining services and programs enhancing patient-centred care.

To learn more, please see the bulletin.

The Advanced Leadership Program - The Summit Series

February 28, 2020

Alberta physicians can now enroll in the Summit Series which begins in March 2020. This year-long advanced leadership program delves the capabilities in the LEADS framework through a series of monthly modules, each led by a different LEADS Canada expert facilitator.

Each module involves an interactive webinar, with options for an online journal club hosted by me, a one-page summary sheet of key module learnings, and an online follow-up meeting where participants can discuss their attempts to apply their learning to their work.

The Summit Series is perfect for those who have participated in LEADS programs before and are looking for more, as well as for those who want a first exposure to the LEADS framework and the outstanding LEADS Canada faculty.

Visit the LEADS Canada website to session dates and topics, as well as registration.

Expression of Interest – Non-Hospital Surgical Facilities Services

January 31, 2020

 Alberta Health Services (AHS) is looking for qualified providers to provide insured surgical procedures within the province at non-hospital surgical facilities (NHSF). Every year, more than 293,000 surgical procedures are completed in Alberta’s hospitals. AHS delivers surgical care at 55 hospitals and funds over 40,000 procedures in NHSFs.

This provision of additional NHSF services is to meet the objective of expanding the number, volume and scope of insured surgical procedures contracted through NHSFs as a part of the Alberta Surgical Initiative. This expansion is focused on those NHSF providers currently approved by the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Alberta.

See the Expression of Interest – Non-Hospital Surgical Facilities Services for a full description and guidelines. Expressions of interest for this role are due by February 28, 2020.

Physician Suicide

Jan. 29, 2020

Jan. 29 is Bell Let’s Talk Day – it’s an opportunity for Albertans to end the stigma around mental health issues and start meaningful conversations.

Dr. Debrah Wirtzfeld, Associate Chief Medical Officer of Physician Health, Diversity, and Wellness at Alberta Health Services, and Dr. Jane Lemaire, Physician Lead for Well Doc Alberta, have hosted a chat with Dr. Michael F. Myers of SUNY-Downstate Medical Centre in Brooklyn, NY.

The conversation is now available as a podcast, focusing on strategies to support physicians in providing a safe space for the recognition and treatment of mental health issues in physicians.

Visit welldocalberta.org/LetsTalk to listen to the podcast and share with colleagues.

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OBS-GYN joins eReferral Advice Request in the Edmonton Zone

As of June 26, 2020, physicians and their support staff can ask non-urgent OBS-GYN clinical questions through eReferral Advice Request and receive a response from an Obstetrician or Gynecologist within five calendar days.

OBS-GYN is one of 28 specialties currently accepting Advice Requests in Alberta. For more information about eReferral, go online.

New eReferral Consult Request Reasons for Referral Added to Internal Med – Adult Gastroenterology

June 24, 2020

Physicians and their support staff will see six new eReferral Consult Request reasons for referral added to Internal Med - Adult Gastroenterology in the Edmonton Zone as of June 18, 2020, including:

  • Celiac disease (suspected or refractory symptoms)
  • Dyspepsia
  • Gastroesophageal reflux disease (GERD)
  • Helicobacter pylori (H. pylori) infection
  • Endoscopy for iron deficiency anemia
  • Hepatitis C

All routine referrals are being accepted, however there may be a delay in processing your Consult Request or booking an endoscopy procedure due to the COVID-19 pandemic. At this time, only urgent or semi-urgent referrals that require an endoscopy are being booked.

For more information about eReferral, visit us online.

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Surgery – Podiatry & Urology join eReferral Advice Request in the Calgary Zone

As of June 26, 2020, physicians and their support staff can ask non-urgent clinical questions through eReferral Advice Request to Surgery – Podiatry and Urology, and receive a response from a specialist within five calendar days.

 Podiatry and Urology are two of 28 specialties currently accepting Advice Requests in Alberta. For more information about eReferral, go online.

 

South

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Surgery - General Surgery joins eReferral Advice Request in the South Zone

As of June 26, 2020, physicians and their support staff can ask non-urgent clinical questions to General Surgery through eReferral Advice Request and receive a response from a General Surgeon within five calendar days.

General Surgery is one of 28 specialties currently accepting Advice Requests in Alberta. For more information about eReferral, go online.