Non-PCN Events

Atopic Dermatitis: Why it is important to treat - June 5  May 15, 2019

AMA Section of Chronic Pain Town Hall Meeting – May 31  May 9, 2019

Please join us on Friday, May 31, from 11:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the AMA Section of Chronic Pain Town Hall Meeting.


Address the gaps in Chronic Pain Management across the province, address the issues and focus on finding solutions.


  • Date: Friday, May 31
  • Time: 11.30 a.m. - 4.30 p.m. (lunch provided)
  • Location: Sandman Hotel in Red Deer (2818 Gaetz Ave.)


Please RSVP directly to Dr. Majeed prior to Friday, May 24.

Webinar: Updating a Clinic Privacy Impact Assessment   April 29, 2019

Alberta Health’s eHealth Support Team is pleased to offer a Privacy Impact Assessment (PIA) update webinar (two-part series) to help you determine when you need to prepare a revised PIA and how to get it done. Each session is one hour.

  • Part 1: Noon on Wednesday, May 1
  • Part 2: Noon on Wednesday, May 15

This seminar is intended for:

  • Custodians under the Health Information Act (HIA) and those who work for them with a privacy or information security responsibility
  • Those who have completed the PIA process at least once and have a PIA that was accepted by the Office of the Information and Privacy Commissioner (OIPC)

Participants will learn the following:

  • Background on PIAs under the Health Information Act and the PIA submission review and update process
  • Understand the benefits of reviewing and updating your PIAs
  • PIA update threshold: Know when to update your PIA (including when it’s not necessary)
  • How to get it done: Following the standard OIPC PIA format, participants will learn what to consider in updating their PIA
  • PIA update pitfalls and tips

Instructor Brian Hamilton, MPA, CISSP, CISA, Senior Consultant, Privacy and Security to Alberta Health’s eHealth Support Services Team, will lead this webinar. Brian has 18 years of experience writing and reviewing PIAs, both on behalf of custodians and as a regulator with the OIPC.

Click here to register 

AHS Chronic Pain Symposia: Mental Health, Suicide Prevention and MAID in Patients with Chronic Pain  April 25, 2019

Please join us on Thursday, June 20, from 12:30 to 4:15 p.m. for our Chronic Pain Symposia focusing on Mental Health, Suicide Prevention and MAID in Patients with Chronic Pain.

This symposium aims to provide healthcare professionals with an evidence-based overview of mental health issues associated with suicidality in patients with chronic pain, as well as practical strategies that can be used by healthcare workers on the front lines.

Course objectives

At the end of this symposium, learners will be familiar with:

  • Mental health factors associated with suicide risk in patients with chronic pain
  • Trauma-informed strategies for speaking with clients who are suicidal
  • The difference between suicide and medical assistance in dying (MAID)
  • Consideration of ethical dilemmas when working with suicidal patients who have pain
  • Resources and appropriate referral criteria for clients who have expressed that they are suicidal

Who should attend

Physicians, nurses, pharmacists, psychologists, social workers, allied health professionals and other front-line staff.


Please register online.


This educational opportunity will occur at the Richmond Road Diagnostic and Treatment Centre, located at 1820 Richmond Road SW, in the fourth floor solarium.

  • Registration: noon – 12:30 p.m.
  • Symposium: 12:30 – 4:15 p.m.

A confirmation email will be sent in advance of our symposium with additional information.

On behalf of the Pain Symposium Committee, thank you for your registration and we look forward to seeing you!

Promoting Adult Vaccine Uptake – May 21  April 23, 2019

Talking About Dementia – May 8  April 4, 2019

Alberta Neurologic Centre open house – April 12  April 4, 2019

Chronic Pain Education Day – February 27  January 25, 2019

Transgender health conference – February 1 - 3  January 11, 2019

The University of Alberta’s Gender Program, along with the World Professional Association for Transgender Health, invites you to attend their upcoming conference in Edmonton, where you can gain valuable knowledge and training on providing care to transgendered individuals.

The conference will take place at the University of Alberta from February 1 - 3.

Click here to RSVP

Grief Support Program – January 18 or February 15  January 8, 2019

Event Details:

  • Date: January 18 or February 15
  • Time: 9 a.m. - 4 p.m.
  • Where: Richmond Road Diagnostic Treatment Centre (1820 Richmond Road SW, 4th floor Solarium)
  • Facilitator: Suzanne Connelly, MSW, RSW

At the end of this one day workshop, you will be able to:

  • Identify the three important elements of practicing grief care
  • Describe contemporary grief theory and how it informs practice
  • Describe the various types grief
  • Adopt new ways of responding to grief – Grief Care in the Moment
  • Have an experiential understanding of working with the bereaved
  • Recognize the importance of self-care when dealing with loss and grief

Click here for more information and to register

Pediatric Infectious Disease For Every Day Practice – February 14 - 17  December 17, 2018

Chronic pain management seminars – 2019  December 6, 2018

Family Medicine Summit – March 1 - 3  December 5, 2018

Throughout the past 63 years, the Alberta College of Family Physician’s Annual Scientific Assembly (ASA) evolved into what is considered the premier continuing professional development (CPD) conference for family physicians in Alberta with the primary goals of remaining relevant and valuable.

To continue meeting these goals and to move into the future, we feel it is vital to accurately capture the essence of the conference as it is today. We are very excited to usher our ASA into a new era with a new name and look, Family Medicine Summit!

Event details

  • When: Friday, March 1 to Sunday, March 3, 2019
  • Where: Rimrock Resort Hotel, Banff

Same quality programming

The Family Medicine Summit will remain the same in content, format, and location, and we will uphold our commitment to a high standard of quality programming.

Watch for the 2019 Summit schedule coming this fall!

Program Information

As per Mainpro® Certification Standards, responsibilities of the Family Medicine Summit Scientific Planning Committee include:

  • Identifying the educational needs of the target audience
  • Developing learning objectives
  • Selecting speakers, moderators, facilitators and authors

For more information on programming, please email Wendy Steele.

Salt and PrEPper: Get your PrEP questions answered – December 4  November 29, 2018

With the recent announcement that HIV PrEP will be covered under Alberta Health Care, many healthcare providers have concerns about what this will mean for their practice. This event will cover the pros and cons of becoming a PrEP prescriber and offer insight into what becoming a prescriber will look like for your practice. Further, this event will discuss the role that PrEP plays in parallel to Treatment as Prevention and how these meds may also contribute to decreasing stigma.

Please submit any questions you would like answered through the registration form or by emailing Questions will be treated as anonymous.

Tickets by donation include gourmet pizza, wine, and CME credit.

See below for panelist bios, learning objectives, and more info on the University of Calgary Medical Students for Gender and Sexual Diversity (GSD).

Dr. Madison Young
Dr. Young is a leader and local expert in PrEP care. Her urban family practice in downtown Calgary includes many patients currently receiving PrEP. Dr. Young also offers consultation and referral services for PrEP care from other local physicians and the STI clinic out of Sheldon Chumuir. Dr. Young is a well known and trusted physician within Calgary’s queer and MSM community.

Dr. Janak Bajgai
Janak is the team lead for prevention and education at HIV Community Link. As a public health researcher, Janak is passionate about bringing change in the lives of people living with HIV by implementing programs related to harm reduction, health promotion and disease prevention. Janak is a current PhD student in the Department of Community Health Sciences at the Cumming School of Medicine.

Graham Black
Queer Health Coordinator at Lethbridge ARCHES. Graham connects queer and MSM folks in southern Alberta to healthcare resources. He has served on the board of Lethbridge Pride Fest and has been advocating for PrEP access in Southern Alberta.

Alex Smith
Alex is a first-year medical student at the University of Calgary. He has worked in HIV prevention and care as a registered nurse since 2011. He founded the PrEP access tool David Buyers Club in 2016. He also has extensive experience in reproductive health through his work with the Health Initiative for Men in Vancouver, B.C.

Learning Objectives

After the GSD PrEP and HIV learning event attendees will be able to:

  • Make an informed choice about becoming certified as a PrEP prescriber in the context of a provider’s current practice
  • Navigate the process of becoming a PrEP prescriber in Alberta
  • Recognize the role of PrEP in the context of TasP
  • Educate patients about treatment as a means of prevention and the role of PrEP in the context of TasP
  • Provide stigma informed care for patients being tested for HIV, patients on PrEP, and patients living with HIV
  • Provide stigma informed pre and post test counselling for patients being tested for HIV

This learning event is funded in part by the Alberta Medical Association and the Canadian Federation of Medical Students.

Donations support GSD programming. The University of Calgary Medical Students for Gender and Sexual Diversity is dedicated to advocating for inclusive and integrative healthcare practices for LGBTQ2s+ folks. We also host events to support LBTQ2S+ people in medical education.

Prescribing HIV PrEP AHS Learning Module – December 12  November 26, 2018

If you are interested in becoming a designated prescriber of HIV Pre-exposure Prophylaxis (PrEP), AHS is offering a free webinar at noon on Wednesday, December 12, to assist physicians.

Alberta recently began providing universal coverage of the generic version of HIV PrEP for high-risk individuals. Their prescription must come from a health professional who is registered as a designated prescriber and has specific knowledge in HIV prevention to qualify.

To become a designated provider, complete the application form, email it to PrEP at AHS and attend the webinar. Once you complete the session, your name will be forwarded to the Alberta Blue Cross, who contact you directly.

Dr. Ami Singh, a Clinical Professor in the U of A’s Division of Infectious Diseases, will cover the drugs used, contraindications, side effects, common scenarios, when to refer to a specialist and PrEP studies as well as process in the course. Upon completion, participants will be able to:

  • Understand and describe the key eligibility criteria for PrEP
  • Describe key components required to safely prescribe PrEP
  • Describe key components to monitoring a patient on PrEP
  • Indicate the rationale for referral to a specialist
  • Identify how to safely discontinue PrEP

Event Details

  • When: Wednesday, December 12, at noon
  • Where: Webinar
  • To register: Please contact Lindsay Bertholet, Director of AHS’s STI Services.

Chronic Pain education day - November 27  November 7, 2018

Please join us on Tuesday, November 27, for a chronic pain education day focusing on:

  • “Persistent Pain Management in Specialized Populations – Older Adults and Opioid Tolerant Patients”
  • Triage, Referral and Transitioning Back to the Medical Home
  • Improving Physical Function
  • Nutrition and Chronic Pain
  • Resources, Education and Take Away Pearls
  • Medical Management of Chronic Pain

All health care providers are encouraged to attend this free educational opportunity that will be held in the Richmond Road Diagnostic and Treatment Centre, 1820 Richmond Road SW.

Registration to attend is on a first come, first served basis via email to me, Sylvia Vespa.  

A reply email will be sent to each individual confirming their attendance.  Please feel free to cascade this invitation to any clinical colleagues who would benefit from attending. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me directly.

CFPC Osteoarthritis Tool webinar - November 20  October 22, 2018

This live streamed event is hosted by Dr. Julia Alleyne, a family physician focused on practice in sport and exercise medicine. She is also an educator and is a clinical lead on the development of the Osteoarthritis (OA) tool.

Topics will include:

  • Describe the need for the OA Tool in clinical practice
  • Walk participants through the tool using cases to diagnose, stage, and treat OA
  • Help family physicians learn how to educate patients about OA
  • Help family physicians learn how to apply criteria for investigations and referrals

When: November 20, 2018 from 1 - 2 p.m. (EST)
Click here for the webinar live stream

Wellness event: Fight physician burnout - November 7  October 17, 2018

Learn about the risk of physician burnout and gain resources to combat it at a wellness event on Wednesday, November 7, at Hotel Blackfoot.

Put Your Own Oxygen Mask on First is presented by Dr. Melanie Hnatiuk, Site Medical Lead for the South Health Campus – Department of Family Medicine Teaching Clinic. This physician-only evening will share resources to promote self-compassion, self-kindness and mindfulness.

Join your colleagues from across Calgary for a night of conversation and camaraderie sponsored by the South Anderson Primary Care Association.

Register by emailing Events at South Calgary PCN; registration deadline is Thursday, November 1.

  • Where: Hotel Blackfoot – 5940 Blackfoot Trail SE
  • When: Thursday, November 1
  • Registration: 6 p.m.
  • Buffet dinner: 6:30 p.m.
  • Program: 7 p.m.

Chronic pain symposium – November 6  October 16, 2018

Please join us on Tuesday, November 6, for a chronic pain symposia focusing on patient- and family-centered care (PFCC) from 12:30 to 4 p.m.

We are dedicating our fall symposium to PFCC to show our engagement and support for PFCC Week at AHS, November 5 – 9.

  • Kristy Leavitt from the PFCC team will be presenting on recognizing and advancing patient- and family-centered care at the Chronic Pain Centre.
  • Krista Spence is a Registered Nurse with AHS who will be providing her perspective on PFCC as a patient with Complex Regional Pain syndrome.
  • Kyle Kemp from Health Quality Council of Alberta is presenting evidence linking the patient experience to clinical outcomes for patients with pain.  
  • Dr. Kelly Shinkaruk, Interim Medical Director of the Chronic Pain Centre, will also talk about her patient research, which will capture patients’ perspectives on pain through photography.

This free educational opportunity will be in the solarium on the fourth floor of the Richmond Road Diagnostic and Treatment Centre, 1820 Richmond Road SW.

Registration to attend is on a first come, first served basis via email to me, Sylvia Vespa.  

A reply email will be sent to each individual confirming their attendance.  Please feel free to cascade this invitation to any clinical colleagues who would benefit from attending. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me directly.

On behalf of the Chronic Pain Program and the Symposia Committee, we are looking forward to having you join us.  

Many thanks in advance,

Sylvia M. Vespa CMP
Continuing Professional Development Coordinator
Program Administrator
Calgary Pain Program
Richmond Road Diagnostic and Treatment Centre
Alberta Health Services
403.943.9910 (office)
403.909.9095 (cell)

Western Canada Nutrition Day - October 20  September 4, 2018

Nutrition and Critical Care, Evolving Considerations

Topics will include:

  • The role of nutrition in improving recovery from critical illness.
  • Protein delivery in the ICU.
  • Pre and probiotics.
  • The impact of frailty on outcomes.
  • A review of the EFFORT trial.

When: October 20, 2018
Where: Robbins Learning Centre – Royal Alexandra Hospital, 10240 Kingsway Avenue, Edmonton, AB

Click here for details and to register