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Alberta Interprofessional Conference – About the Speakers!

Get excited for the 2015 Alberta Interprofessional Conference! This year’s theme: The Future of Healthcare!

We have some great speakers coming from different health science disciplines to provide a rounded perspective on the future of healthcare. As health science students, this theme is extremely relevant to us. Keep reading for a teaser of what you can expect from the presentations by these health professionals!

:: Dr. James Talbot, Chief Medical Officer ::


On June 18, 2012, Dr. James Talbot was appointed Chief Medical Officer of Health (CMOH) for the province of Alberta.

The CMOH acts on behalf of the Minister of Health to monitor and report on the health of Albertans and to make recommendations to the Minister and Alberta Health Services on measures to protect and promote the health of the public and to prevent disease and injury.  The CMOH plays a key role in advising on legislation, policies and practices affecting public health as part of his obligation under the Public Health Act.  The CMOH is also principal spokesperson for the Department of Health regarding health surveillance, health promotion, disease and injury prevention, health protection and public health emergency preparedness.

Prior to this appointment, Dr. Talbot served as Senior Provincial Medical Officer of Health for Alberta where his main responsibilities were in strategic planning and development of surveillance, health assessment and special projects.

Dr. Talbot has a B.Sc. degree, PhD in biochemistry and an M.D. from the University of Toronto.  He is a Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons specialist in medical microbiology, for which he received additional training at the University of California in San Diego.

He has worked in public health since 1991, with posts as Director of the Provincial Laboratory for Northern Alberta, Chief Medical Officer for Nunavut and Associate Medical Officer of Health for Capital Health and Alberta Health Services since 2004.

Dr. Talbot has most recently served as Medical Director for the Alberta Real-Time Syndromic Surveillance Net, a surveillance system he helped create to monitor and act on emerging infections and injuries.  Dr. Talbot is also an Associate Professor in the School of Public Health and the Faculty of Medicine at the University of Alberta.


Inter-professional Teams and the Wellness Agenda

:: Margaret Wing, BscPharm, MBA, CEO, Alberta Pharmacists’ Association (RxA) ::


Margaret Wing received her Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy from the University of Alberta and has over 25 years of experience in the pharmacy sector.  During her career, she has held various positions including; community pharmacist, regional corporate pharmacy manager and an independent pharmacy owner.

Margaret earned her MBA from Athabasca University in 2007 and shortly thereafter joined the Alberta Pharmacists’ Association. Serving as the Chief Executive Officer since 2010, she has participated in several exciting initiatives that have advanced the practice of pharmacy; such as pharmacists’ participation in the administration of public influenza immunizations and the introduction of the Pharmacy Services Framework funding model.

Margaret continues to advocate for expanding the role of pharmacists in providing patient care to Albertans.


Pharmacists Pushing Through Barriers … Stepping out from Behind the Counter.

Margaret discusses the evolution of pharmacist practice in Alberta and challenges your perception of the role of the pharmacist in the health care system.  The face of pharmacy isn’t changing it has changed.  Get to know the new version of pharmacist practitioner in Alberta and why you can’t afford not to collaborate with one.

:: Denise Campbell-Scherer, MD, PhD, Associate Professor, Department of Family Medicine ::


Denise Campbell-Scherer received her Bachelors in Fuels and Materials Engineering  from the Royal Military College in 1991.  She then did a PhD in Pathology at Queen’s University with Drs. James Kennedy and Roy Pottier working on 5-aminolevulinic acid induced protoporphyrin IX photodynamic therapy. Working with Dr Kennedy on patient trials she became interested in medicine and graduated from the University of Toronto in 2000.  She then completed her residency in Family Medicine at McMaster University. She has 13 years experience working in family medicine. In the past six years she has become active in primary care research focusing on interventions to improve interdisciplinary practice.


Challenges in Interdisciplinary Weight Management Collaboration in Primary Care

Denise discusses the experiences of the 5As Team intervention to improve primary care management of obesity.  A prevalent chronic condition, obesity is increasingly being addressed in primary care through interdisciplinary teams that aim to collaborate in addressing its complexity. However the dynamics of individual clinics and diversity of provider approaches can hinder their efforts.  The 5As Team (5AsT) weight management intervention’s goal was to increasing provider confidence in addressing patient weight issues. Interdisciplinary team relations were a key theme that emerged from study data and will be explored in this presentation. Recognizing the underlying components of healthy clinic work environments and provider relationships could aid in supporting the treatment of conditions such as obesity that require multi-disciplinary care.

:: Kim Solez, Physician, Entrepreneur, President and CEO of Transpath Inc, Professor of Pathology at University of Alberta ::


Kim created the Banff Classification, the worldwide standard for interpretation of solid organ transplant biopsies – kidney, liver, heart, lung, pancreas, small bowel, and composite tissue grafts — and directs the bi-annual meetings that update and refine that classification. He also directs the Faculty of Medicine and Dentistry’s global health program in Nepal supporting an innovative new medical school devoted to rural health, Patan Academy of Health Sciences. For over 23 years he has been using new technologies to create consensus in medicine, and since 2011 has been teaching a unique multidisciplinary course on “Technology and the Future of Medicine”. The experience of teaching the course leads to one inevitable conclusion: the role of medicine in society will change and grow immensely to intertwine in a central way with all of humanity’s aspirations for the future. Medicine will shift to focus increasingly on enhancing the lives and well being of people and improving society, as most diseases we know today are eliminated. Along the way the current field of transplantation will transition to regenerative medicine, the creation of organs from stem cells, and transplant pathology will transition to tissue engineering pathology. The highly multidisciplinary Technology and Future of Medicine course has broadcast quality videos available on YouTube at . The videos are peer reviewed by prominent people in the field internationally resulting in steadily improving quality and include the highly dynamic discussion sessions of the course teaching sessions. Many videos have a detailed hot-linked table of contents so one can jump immediately to areas of the video of special interest.


Technology, the Future of Medicine, and the Bridge between Transplantation and Regenerative Medicine

The speech will describe insights from the Technology and Future of Medicine course Kim teaches (, his creation of the Banff Classification of Transplant Pathology, and the coming transition from transplantation to regenerative medicine, creation of new organs from stem cells, and from transplantation pathology to tissue engineering pathology.

:: Kue Young, BSc, MD, MSc, FRCPC, DPhil, Professor and Dean of The School of Public Health, University of Alberta::


Dr. Kue Young has been Dean of the School of Public Health since August 2013. He had been previously been TransCanada Chair at the University of Toronto and Head of the Department of Community Health Sciences at the University of Manitoba. He spent much of his professional career as a primary care physician, public health administrator, and academic researcher, focusing on northern and Aboriginal health. He is a Fellow of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and the Canadian Academy of Health Sciences. For his contribution to Aboriginal health, he was awarded Member of the Order of Canada in 2010.


The Future of Health Care: Where Does Public Health Fit In?

:: Doreen Oneschuk, MD, Palliative Medicine, Alberta Health Services ::


Dr. Doreen Oneschuk is a clinical and academic palliative medicine physician, and is the Residency Program Director for the Palliative Medicine at the University of Alberta.  She previously worked on the Tertiary Palliative Care Unit at the Grey Nuns Hospital, and is now with the Edmonton Zone Palliative Care Community Consultation Program. She has an interest in interprofessional undergraduate and postgraduate education.

:: Cheryl Nekolaichuk, PhD, R.Psych. ::


Dr. Cheryl Nekolaichuk is a registered psychologist with a special interest in psycho-oncology and palliative care. She is a counselling psychologist on the Tertiary Palliative Care Unit at the Grey Nuns Community Hospital and an Associate Professor in the Division of Palliative Care Medicine, Department of Oncology, at the University of Alberta. Her clinical and research interests revolve around supporting patients and families through end of life transitions, including understanding the multidimensional aspects of pain, patient-centered symptom assessment, and the experience of hope in palliative and end of life care.

:: Marlee Parker, Palliative Care Nurse Consultant ::


Marlee Parker is a palliative care nurse consultant, working in the rural areas of the Edmonton Zone as part of the Palliative Community Consult Team.  She received her certification in Hospice Palliative Care Nursing through the Canadian Nurses Association in 2009.  She has an interest in education and is currently the lead facilitator for the Palliative Pain and Symptom Workshop.

:: R E G I S T E R ::

Register online at

Tickets are $25 and include continental breakfast for both days, as well as lunch and dinner on the Saturday. Please feel free to contact us at with any questions. We look forward to seeing you at the conference and hope that you pass on the word to your network in order to help us promote this event.

:: S C H E D U L E ::


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