To do our part to support the response to COVID-19, CPSA was asked by Alberta Health Services and Alberta Health to organize a central registry for physicians to self-report their ability to provide clinical services during the pandemic. Physicians are asked to update their response if their status changes throughout the pandemic.
If you are a physician looking to update your status on the COVID-19 Physician Registry, click here to visit the CPSA Physician Portal.
During the COVID-19 pandemic, it’s critical that Alberta Health Services (AHS) Medical Affairs can effectively track the availability of the physician group, to allocate physician resources to the areas most impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. Non-nominal information will also be provided to Alberta Health as needed.
This information is extremely important for critical workforce management throughout this pandemic.
Physicians may be contacted and requested to work in an area closely related to their specialty during the pandemic. Careful attention will be made to match a physician’s scope, or to discuss the potential need to modify their practice. Physicians should not be asked redeploy outside of their will or competency. There would be discussion with the physician and options would be considered and discussed. Redeployment is voluntary.
CPSA is in the unique position of having a database with contact and specialty information for all physicians in the province. CPSA has taken on this project to best support AH and AHS in the delivery of care throughout the pandemic.
No, this information will be used only throughout the pandemic and will have no bearing on a physician’s record with CPSA.
AHS will assess your ability to help based on your speciality, but you will not be asked to do something unsafe. For example an ophthalmologist will not be asked to work in an ICU, but may be able to work at triage desks or in an assessment centre.
First, try to complete the survey on a different browser or device. If this does not work, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org with your phone number and our IT team can contact you for additional support.
The survey for physicians is very short and will only ask physicians for information like their name, specialty and practice location, in addition to identifying whether they’re:
- Currently able to work
- In self-isolation due to possible exposure
- Infected with COVID-19
- Unable to work due to other reasons
- Willing to provide service if unable to do usual work
Physicians will need their registration number and their password to log into the Physician Portal to complete the survey.
Logging into the Physician Portal and completing the survey should take no longer than 5 minutes. Please have your registration number and portal password ready.
Anonymized data may be provided to Alberta Health and the Ministry of Health, for reporting purposes only. In those cases, the information will be anonymized group numbers by zone/specialty. All efforts will be made to maintain confidentiality when reporting is done for small groups.
No personal information will be shared, with the exception of AHS.
AHS will explore this possibility on an as-needed basis throughout the pandemic. This is why it’s crucial that physicians update the registry if their status changes.
Yes, AHS leadership is looking at how physicians already privileged in AHS can be redeployed. If you have AHS privileges and are interested in redeployment, please register your desire to help with AHS.
AHS will explore this possibility on an as-needed basis throughout the pandemic. This is why it’s crucial that physicians update the registry if their status changes. You can register your desire to help with AHS.
Physicians should update their status anytime it changes. If your status does not change during the pandemic, you do not need to update the registry.
Physicians are strongly encouraged to update the registry so Alberta’s health care system can best support for patients. We are asking physicians to support excellent and timely health care delivery in the province by self-reporting their status. There are no consequences for non-participation.
AHS Medical Affairs may contact you to request your support if your specialization matches the areas of need.
The information in the Physician Registry will be destroyed at the end of the pandemic. Overall trends and anonymized data will be saved for research purposes. No information will be stored on a physician’s record with CPSA after the pandemic has ended.
CPSA’s physician database places the privacy of personal information at the forefront. The same database that stores all of CPSA physician information is being used and is held to the highest standards of security.
Metrics will be provided to AHS on a daily basis for the critical period of the pandemic, non-nominal information will be provided to Alberta Health if requested. After that point, reporting will be on an as-needed basis until the end of the pandemic.
CPSA’s research team has applied to the research ethics committee for approval to conduct research with this data. Only aggregate, de-identified data would be used for research, to assess the impact that the pandemic had on the physician workforce and how successful the registry is helping to address pandemic workforce issues. The research would look at information by practice location, specialty, etc to protect the anonymity of small groups.
CPSA is contacting physicians who were in good standing with the CPSA at the time they retired and have retired in the last two years only. Two years or less is crucial to ensure the physician’s skills are current. Along with all the physicians in practice, AHS will evaluate who best to approach when gaps are identified across the province.
Wait until AHS contacts you with an offer or work before you reactivate CMPA and obtain an Alberta Health billing number. Compensation for retired physician who re-enter practice is still being arranged between AHS and Alberta Health.
AHS will make all attempts to match physician specialities and practice location if additional support is needed. It is possible physicians will be asked to temporarily practice in a different location, if the physician is able to do so.