Sense of belonging to the AMA
The AMA should continue to use surveys and other communication opportunities to mirror back to members what they have said, how they feel, how they connect to each other and how they are different. Supporting and maintaining a general awareness of members, for members, helps them see how they fit in.
A member’s sense of belonging to the AMA is as necessary to engagement as professional autonomy and clarity of purpose. All three needs must be met for the AMA to successfully navigate the demands placed on physicians in the Alberta health care system while enabling their wellbeing and leadership. In 2018, members were more aligned and engaged than in previous years. In 2019, more effort will be needed to maintain or grow that engagement.
Highlights from the issues in the April 2018 tracker
Thinking about your own practice and patients, and considering the broad categories below, what are the two biggest issues affecting you? (top five selections)
- Work and life balance
- Lack of resources
- Career stage issues (retirement, etc.)
- Wait times
- Changing patient demands
More highlights from the issues in the October 2018 tracker
- 50% of members are aware that the AMA sponsors the Youth Run Club.
- Those with few years in practice were more likely to want to volunteer with the Youth Run Club.
- 39% of members read Optimized Prescribing with Seniors (OPS).
- Of those who read OPS, 99% found it helpful at least sometimes.
- 9% of members report to prescribing medical cannabis.
Distribution and data responses
AMA conducted its first tracking survey of 2018 with a random sample of 3,000 members. The survey opened on April 12, 2018 and closed on April 24, 2018. Responses were received from 397 members for a response rate of 13%. The data is valid 19 times out of 20 within a margin of error of +/- 4.85%.
AMA conducted its second tracking survey of 2018 with a random sample of 3,000 members. The survey opened on October 24, 2018 and closed on November 2, 2018. Responses were received from 373 members for a response rate of 12%. The data is valid 19 times out of 20 within a margin of error of +/- 5.01%.
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