A message from our president



A message from our president



The College of Physicians & Surgeons of Alberta has been a trusted partner in our province’s healthcare system for more
than 100 years. 

Under the Health Professions Act, we have the responsibility and privilege of regulating the medical profession in the service of Albertans.

While healthcare delivery and practices continue to change, the College’s commitment to a high quality public healthcare system and safe, competent care for Albertans remains as strong as ever.

As Council president, I believe the public trust placed in our College must be earned continuously, and present our 2015 Annual Report, approved by Council, as testament
of our commitment to Albertans.


Dr. James Stone
CPSA Council President


A message from council's public members

A message from council's public members


Public members provide an important perspective on Council. As non-physicians, our views reflect the everyday experiences of Albertans in our healthcare system. 

We bring expertise in business, law, governance, education and human resources to our work on Council and Council committees. 

The contributions of public members are essential to effective self-regulation, and our physician colleagues recognize and appreciate the value of our input.

Mutual respect and thoughtful discussion underscore every Council decision. 

It is a pleasure and a privilege to participate in this important work on behalf of Albertans. 

Message on behalf of public Council members:
Ms. Cathy MacDonald
Ms. Janet Blayone
Ms. Margaret Munsch
Ms. Kate Wood


A message from our registrar

A message from our registrar


In just a few years, the notion of how health care should be delivered has changed dramatically.

A more collaborative model of care has emerged, focused on providing Albertans with the right care, in the right place, by the right provider. Patients too are becoming increasingly active participants in
their own care.

As an organization whose mission is “serving the public by guiding the medical profession”, the College is uniquely positioned to promote this evolution in care for the benefit of Albertans.

What does this mean in practical terms? Some examples from
our recent work: 

  • In 2015 we altered our sponsorship requirements for physicians applying for our Provisional Register Conditional Practice, to better support Alberta Health Services in placing these physicians where they’re needed most. 
  • Recognizing most patient care is now provided in a group setting, the College saw a need to re-think how it assesses physician competency and supports practice quality. In 2015 we made great strides toward developing new tools tailored to group practice, which will be piloted in the coming months.
  • In reviewing our standards of practice for continuity of care, patient records and prescribing, we worked with the Alberta College of Pharmacists and College and Association of Registered Nurses of Alberta as well as the Alberta Medical Association, to align our expectations in areas of mutual interest and build cooperation between our professions.
  • Finally, in the most profoundly challenging issue of 2015 – the pending decriminalization of medical assistance in dying – we sought input from government, allied health professions, other medical regulators, expert panels and the public. Hundreds of thoughtful responses informed our understanding and helped us refine advice for our members.  

I believe this is how good regulation is made; not in isolation but as a product of many perspectives, carefully weighed to best serve the public interest. As a physician, I also believe this is a recipe for providing good care – listen, learn, collaborate and contribute – that not only best serves our patients, but also strengthens and supports all those in the circle of care.


Dr. Trevor Theman
CPSA Registrar