The Annual Update in Adult Medicine is an annual conference in its 24th year brought to you by the Department of Medicine at the University of Alberta for general practitioners and other Allied Health members. It offers quality continuing professional education by bringing you a mix of keynote, plenary and breakout sessions.


The one-and-a-half day conference will provide you an opportunity to network with others in your field and hear the latest news and research by featuring experts in a variety of topics in Internal Medicine, which will be transferred into your every day practice.

This program has been reviewed by the College of Family Physicians of Canada and is awaiting final certification by the College’s Alberta Chapter.

Keynote Speaker



Mr. André Picard

Award-Winning National Health Writer

Talk Title:

Rx For Health Care Reform: What is the role of health professionals in fixing medicare? 

Mr Picard, a veteran journalist reflects on the state of Canada’s health system and the barriers to health care reform, with particular emphasis on the role of physicians, nurses and other health professionals.



André Picard is one of Canada’s top health and public policy observers and commentators. He is the health columnist at The Globe and Mail, where he has been a staff writer for more than 30 years. He is also the author of numerous books and has received much acclaim for his writing and for his dedication to improving healthcare. In 2010, he was awarded a National Newspaper Award as Canada’s top newspaper columnist.                                                                                        


André Picard is the health columnist at The Globe and Mail and the author of five books, including Matters of Life and Death: Public Health Issues in Canada, and The Path to Health Care Reform: Policies and Politics. He also has a large Twitter following at @picardonhealth. 

André has received much acclaim for his writing, including the Michener Award for Meritorious Public Service Journalism and the Centennial Prize of the Pan-American Health Association, awarded to the top health journalist in the Americas.  He is also an eight-time finalist for the National Newspaper Awards – Canada’s version of the Pulitzer Prize.

He is a seasoned communicator who employs a conversational style to reach his audience. He enlivens his research and commentary with personal stories to provide context for his audience, including anecdotes from patients and health professionals the front lines. 

André will enlighten and peak a sense of curiosity of audience members from all educational backgrounds. His work as one of North America’s top health journalists reflects his personality: Behind the placid exterior lies an inquisitive, perceptive and industrious scribe for whom the work only begins with the off­icial story.

André is a graduate of the University of Ottawa and Carleton University, and has received honourary doctorates from six universities, including the University of Toronto, UBC and the University of Manitoba.


    Course Administrator: Andrea Cliff & Andee Pullin

    Course Director: Peter Hamilton
    Steering Committee Members: Jacques Romney, Lynora Saxinger, Bruce Fisher, Cheryl Goldstein, Grant Davies, Lee-Anne Jansma, Sarjiwan Khullar, Andrea Cliff, and Andee Pullin.

    Course Objectives:
    To provide you with the opportunity to be informed of new developments in adult medicine that will have clinical relevance to your practice.

    To provide you with an opportunity to refresh your clinical and management skills of common medical problems in the adult.

    Speakers will be requested to disclose any real or apparent conflict(s) of interest that may have a direct bearing on the subject matter of this program.



  • When

  • Friday, April 6, 2018 7:15 AM
  • and Saturday, April 7, 2018 7:15 AM - 2:30 PM
    Mountain Time

  • Where

  • DoubleTree by Hilton West Edmonton
    16615 109 Avenue Northwest
    Edmonton, AB T5P 4K8
    780 484 0821

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