The Alberta Medical Association (AMA) installs its new president for 2018-19 on Saturday, September 22, during its Annual General Meeting and Representative Forum at the Hyatt Regency in Calgary. The AMA president serves a one-year term, in addition to one year each as president-elect and immediate past president.
Dr. Alison M. Clarke will officially assume the role of AMA president at the end of the Representative Forum meeting on Saturday afternoon.
Dr. Clarke is a family physician with over 20 years of practice providing care to patients and their families in the rural community of Strathmore, Alberta. She is an admitting physician for acute and long-term care for Strathmore District Health Services and has been involved with primary care networks since the PCN concept was first established and participated in the original planning and implementation in the Strathmore medical community. She has been the medical director of the Calgary Rural PCN since 2014.
During the Annual General Meeting, current AMA President Dr. Neil Cooper will reflect on some of the highlights of his year as president and comment on the events and issues that have defined his term.
Dr. Cooper will also officially welcome to Alberta the Canadian Medical Association’s 151st president, Dr. Gigi Osler. Dr. Osler became CMA president in August at the CMA’s Annual General Meeting, held this year in Winnipeg.
Dr. Osler is head of the Section of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery at St. Boniface Hospital and is an assistant professor with the Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery at the University of Manitoba. When working at St. Boniface Hospital, she is actively involved in the teaching of medical students and residents.
As a dedicated advocate for global surgery and the promotion of safe, accessible surgical care, she volunteers annually on surgical missions to low and lower-middle income countries. She was a member of Canadian Helping Kids in Vietnam’s medical mission to Long Xuyen, Vietnam, in 2011.
For the last several years Dr. Osler has been volunteering in Mbarara, Uganda. Working with members of the Canadian Society of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery, the group collaborates with Mbarara University of Science and Technology to improve the quality of local health care through education, training and mentorship to surgeons, residents and medical students.
A passionate advocate for physician health, Dr. Osler serves as chair of the Physician Health and Wellness Committee for Doctors Manitoba. The committee oversees the Physician and Family Support Program and creates events to promote physician wellness. In 2017, she received their Health or Safety Promotion Award in recognition of her efforts to develop and implement programs to support the health and well-being of doctors.