About the College

The College of Physicians & Surgeons of Alberta (CPSA) regulates the practice of medicine in Alberta. The privilege of self-regulation is granted through Alberta’s Health Professions Act (HPA).

Good medical practice – it’s what we’re all about

Read the Strategic Plan


What We Do

We review physician education, post-graduate training and, when necessary, arrange assessments to determine whether applicants are ready to practise. Physician qualifications and practice details are reviewed annually.
(e.g. diagnostic imaging, laboratories, non-hospital surgical services) We inspect facilities, using stringent clinical and safety standards, and approve the physicians who work in these facilities.
Operating outside the disciplinary process of the College, we regularly assess our members against expected competencies and standards, and educate and support them to implement any necessary practice improvements.
We favour an educational or training approach, but apply discipline if necessary.
The College welcomes the opportunity to share its views with government and other healthcare partners and participate in building a strong health care system for Albertans.
The Code of Ethics, Standards of Practice and Code of Conduct outline the College’s expectations of Alberta physicians.

Code of Ethics

The College has adopted the Canadian Medical Association’s Code of Ethics as the code of ethics required for Alberta physicians under the Health Professions Act.


Strategic Plan

The College released a 10-year strategic plan in 2011. To ensure it remained relevant, we reviewed the plan in 2016. Through focus groups, surveys and one-on-one interviews, we heard from thousands of physicians, government, the public and other key stakeholders. Council approved the updated plan in May 2017.


Vision, Mission, Values

Our Vision

The highest quality medical care for Albertans through regulatory excellence

Our Mission

To protect the public and ensure trust by guiding the medical profession

Our Goals & Strategies

GOAL 1

The College guides and supports physicians in providing competent, compassionate and ethical care to patients.

Strategies

  1. Promote excellence in all facets of medical practice, in all phases of a physician’s career.
  2. Increase collaboration with other healthcare professionals to improve patient care and system integration.
  3. Provide physicians with data and resources to help them improve their medical practice and respond to the needs of Alberta’s changing population.
  4. Support and guide physicians in meeting their professional needs and obligations.

GOAL 2

The College is a trusted voice in influencing public policy for an effective, integrated health system.

Strategies

  1. Use evidence and stakeholder feedback to inform public policy positions.
  2. Proactively identify opportunities to influence public policy in high priority areas.

GOAL 3

The College fosters quality health care through collaboration and cooperation with other key stakeholders.

Strategies

  1. Expand engagement with healthcare partners and stakeholders, anticipating their needs, issues and concerns.
  2. Seek opportunities to consult and partner in areas of mutual interest and value.

GOAL 4

The College is a recognized leader and innovator among self-regulated professions.

Strategies

  1. Develop, share and promote innovative approaches to regulation involving College partners, stakeholders, and members.
  2. Create a positive and engaging presence for the College that is readily identifiable and understood.

Our Values

We do the right thing.

We act responsibly, respectfully and with integrity, aspiring to be fair and reasonable. We acknowledge our mistakes as well as our successes, and strive to do what’s right in service to the public.

We make informed decisions.

Our decisions are based on evidence, knowledge, experience and best practice. We plan, measure outcomes and apply what we learn.

We empower people.

We believe people perform best when they see the Vision, set their own goals, have the resources they need and aspire to excellence and personal growth.

We collaborate.

We invite others to contribute to achieving our goals and value their time and expertise. We share what we know generously within our legislated limits, and seek opportunities to collaborate externally in areas of mutual interest.

We are innovators.

We think ahead to create opportunity. We set the bar high and value creativity in exploring new and better ways of doing our work.

We enjoy and find meaning in our work.

We care about what we do and give our best. While our work is serious, we enjoy camaraderie with our coworkers and take time to celebrate each other’s milestones and achievements.


Privacy Matters

Your privacy is important to us! We will protect all the confidential information you share with us. For more information see our CPSA Privacy Statement and policy on Privacy & Confidential Information.



Community Relations

We support a variety of initiatives that correspond to the College’s mission, vision and values.

Sponsorship/Community Investment 
We invest in activities that help us achieve our strategic goals. Funding requests must meet specific criteria and provide appropriate recognition to the College. Community Relations Sponsorship Form

North/South Doctors’ Golf Tournament
This annual tournament brings together physicians and health care leaders from across the province to raise funds for medical student bursaries. It is co-hosted by the CPSA, the Alberta Medical Association (AMA) and the Canadian Medical Foundation (CMF).

See photos from the 2016 North/South Doctors’ Golf Tournament here. 

Regional Tour Program
This outreach program gives physicians, community leaders and the public the opportunity to meet face-to-face with senior College staff and Council members. Regional Tour also helps identify local issues and provide a unique opportunity for interactive discussion.

Speakers’ Bureau
College representatives are available to speak to various audiences. Speaker Request Form

Contact

Kelly Eby, Director, Communications & Government Relations
780-969-4973 or 1-800-561-3899 ext. 4973 (in Canada)
kelly.eby@cpsa.ab.ca

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Governance and Funding

We are governed by a Council that includes physicians, public members and representatives from Alberta’s medical schools. Funding is provided mainly through physician fees, although special projects may receive funding through various grant programs.

Bylaws

College Bylaws provide a framework for our day to day operations.

The College Bylaws are issued at the start of every calendar year. Subsequent amendments are not incorporated into the Bylaws document until the start of the following calendar year (e.g., January 1, 2012).

CPSA Bylaws

For Questions about the Bylaws:
Marian Albright
780-969-4970 or 1-800-561-3899 ext. 4970 (in Canada)
marian.albright@cpsa.ab.ca