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Overview

The Continuing Medical Education (CME) program supports continuous professional development for physicians.

This Government of Alberta program reimburses physicians for costs they incur to meet the continuous professional development (CPD) credit requirements of the 2 CPD programs approved by the College of Physicians & Surgeons of Alberta (CPSA):

  • MAINPRO+ (College of Family Physicians of Canada)
  • Maintenance of Certification (Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada)

Each eligible physician has an annual CME allotment of $2,100 for the 2021-22 program. This allotment can be used to cover eligible expenses incurred during the fiscal year. Eligible expenses must be for activities occurring between April 1, 2021 and March 31, 2022. The full reimbursement entitlement for the current year will be deposited directly into the physician’s bank account.

Physicians will be eligible to claim the full annual allotment if they are eligible for any part of the fiscal year. However, eligible expenses must be incurred in the year the physician meets all of the eligibility criteria.

An eligible physician must notify us as soon as possible if there are any changes in their circumstances that may impact their eligibility, as determined by the Ministry of Health.

Alberta Health will be responsible for administering reimbursement of CME expenses incurred in the 2021-22 fiscal year. The Alberta Medical Association (AMA) will administer the 2022-23 program with grant funding from Alberta Health. AMA will have further information about application for that program when it is available.

Read Med 259 – Continuing medical education application process – November 24, 2022

Eligibility

To be eligible for reimbursement of an eligible CME expense, a physician must, at the time the eligible CME expense was incurred:

  • usually reside in Alberta
  • be a regulated member of the CPSA, holding a practice permit issued under the Health Professions Act
  • be entitled to receive payment of benefits under the Alberta Health Care Insurance Plan pursuant to the Alberta Health Care Insurance Act (act)
  • have claimed benefits for insured medical services under the act or provided publicly funded medically required services or provided public health services paid by Alberta Health Services during the term

A physician is not eligible for reimbursement of an eligible CME expense for any portion of the term during which the physician:

  • holds a provisional register postgraduate training licence through the CPSA and is not registered as a physician extender
  • is opted-out of the Alberta Health Care Insurance Plan
  • has received or is entitled to receive payment, or payment in kind, under a comparable program from another government in Canada, for the same period, or
  • otherwise fails to meet all of the eligibility requirements stated above

Application process

Participation in the CME program previously administered by the AMA does not constitute enrolment in the new CME program. If you do not apply, you are not enrolled in the program.

To apply for reimbursement, physicians must submit an application using the CME application form below.

An application only needs to be made once for all expenses incurred between April 1, 2021 and March 31, 2022.

Applications will be accepted until January 27, 2023, to receive reimbursement for CME expenses incurred in the 2021-22 fiscal year.

If personal information has changed, (for example, identifying information, bank information), physicians must submit a new application with the updated information. Failure to notify the CME program of changes may result in non-payment of reimbursement.

Complete the application form

To apply for reimbursement, complete the CME Program application form.

  • Incomplete applications will not be processed.

When you press the submit button, your application form will be sent, and you will get an automatic confirmation email of submission.

If you experience difficulty with the application form, contact the CME program.

The reimbursement process has undergone legal, privacy and security checks to ensure personal and sensitive information is handled in accordance with provincial law and standards.

Note: You are required to keep copies of receipts and other relevant proof for CME activities being claimed as these documents may be required in the future for auditing purposes.

Apply by mail

It is best to use the online application form in the provided link. However, if you do not wish to submit your completed form electronically, you may contact the CME program and request a PDF form. Send the completed PDF form, along with necessary documentation to:

Continuing Medical Education Program
Alberta Health
10th Floor, ATB Place North
10025 Jasper Avenue NW
Edmonton, Alberta  T5J 1S6

Note, submitting your application by mail will require manual processing and may delay reimbursement.

Reimbursement

Each eligible physician has an annual CME allotment of $2,100, which can be used to cover eligible CME expenses incurred during the fiscal year. Eligible CME expenses must be for activities occurring between April 1, 2021 and March 31, 2022.

Reimbursements made under the CME program may be subject to adjustment as permitted or required by law.

All reimbursement payments are paid via electronic transfer only, deposited directly into a physician’s account.

Contact

Connect with Alberta Health about the CME program:

Email: [email protected]

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