Alberta, like the rest of the provinces in Canada, is facing a shortage of physicians that is affecting the healthcare needs of Albertans across the province.
The Canadian Medical Foundation has had a long-standing relationship with the Alberta Medical Foundation (AMA) in our joint mission to support physicians and physicians-in-training in Canada. Until the start of the 2020 Covid-19 pandemic, the CMF co-hosted, along with the AMA and the College of Physicians & Surgeons of Alberta (CPSA), the annual North/South Doctors’ Golf Tournament as a fundraiser to support medical students and their education in Alberta. Due to public health measures during the COVID-19 pandemic, the tournament was canceled during the pandemic. After reassessing the effectiveness of the tournament as a fundraiser, it was decided that the tournament will be canceled indefinitely in lieu of other fundraising efforts.
While the Government of Alberta, the CPSA, and our partner the AMA are working together to address systematic changes needed to improve health care in Alberta, the CMF and AMA continue to work together to support rural medicine and medical leadership in Alberta through bursaries and scholarships that contribute to new physicians in the health care system and the sustainability of Alberta’s health care system through a scholarship for physicians seeking additional training.