The purpose of the AACM is to enable its members to participate in the available education opportunities relating to clinic business and to network with peers in the field of medical administration.
The AACM was founded in 1957 and is a unique support network for clinic managers. It is the only association of its kind in Alberta and provides information and services to many members across the province. It has been recognized as a viable resource of expertise by the Alberta Medical Association, the College of Physicians and Surgeons, and the Workers Compensation Board. From time to time, AACM members have been invited to assist in developing new projects and ideas.
The cost of membership for a year is $160.00. $50.00 of the registration fee goes to the national association MGMAC (Medical Group Management Association of Canada). We presently have approximately 100 members across Alberta in both rural and urban settings. Benefits of membership include the option to participate in our annual wage survey along with the ability to view the results if you participate, and access to online resources through our website – www.aacm.ca. Members can also access the member forum, which is a place for articles of interest, your questions and their answers, and general office management information.
Once a year we hold our annual general meeting and a conference which is held in September in central Alberta (e.g. Red Deer, Jasper, and Banff). We invite guest speakers to come and do presentations on topics that are current and relevant to our business. Speakers in the past have included presentations on POSP, HIA, EMR’s, staffing matters, primary care networks, management problems, etc. We also try to do round table discussions to share issues and concerns and this has become one of the best educational tools we have at our disposal.
There is also an Edmonton & District Clinic Managers Association that meets on the 3rd Wednesday of each month at 12:00 pm at the Chateau Louis Conference Centre. Their fee is $30 per month or $130 every 6 months. There are various guest speakers and networking opportunities and everyone is welcome. For more information on the Edmonton group, you can go to their website: edcma.ca or contact Barb Thompson at email@example.com or (780) 481-3954.
There is also a Calgary Clinic Managers group that meet on the 3rd Thursday of the month from 11:45 AM – 1:15 PM at either Chili’s (North Hill Shopping Center, #1652, 1632 – 14th Avenue NW) or the Italian Club (416, 1st Avenue NE) depending on the size of the group as the Italian Club can hold a larger group. The monthly fee is $25. For further information on the Calgary group you can go to their website: www.calgaryclinicmanagers.com or contact Sharon McKay at firstname.lastname@example.org or (403) 547-0966, Brenda Stobbe at email@example.com or (403) 208-0722 (est. 511), and Lesa Zimmerman at firstname.lastname@example.org or (403) 208-0722 (ext. 567).