MAY 19 IS FAMILY DOCTOR DAY!
HELP US CELEBRATE FAMILY DOCTORS IN ALBERTA, ACROSS CANADA, AND AROUND THE WORLD BY SHARING YOUR STORY
The Alberta College of Family Physicians and the College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC) are proud to celebrate Family Doctor Day on May 19th in support of World Organization of Family Doctors’ (WONCA) in recognizing World Family Doctor Day. This special day provides an opportunity for governments, health care organizations, colleagues, and the public to acknowledge the outstanding contributions made by family doctors to improve the health and well-being of their patients. The first World Family Doctor Day was declared by the World Organization of Family Doctors (WONCA) in 2010. It has gained momentum globally each year, with activities, meetings, and celebrations planned to:
- Bring attention to the contributions of family doctors globally;
- Recognize family doctors;
- Increase the morale of family doctors, and;
- Highlight important issues relating to family doctors and the work they perform in supporting health care for people around the world.
Family doctors play a vital role in our health care system and wear many hats—they are trusted clinicians, teachers, researchers, and leaders in family medicine. Family physicians are the cornerstone of primary care and are highly respected in their communities, building long-term relationships with their patients.
This year WONCA would especially like to highlight that family doctors have a key role in the management of pandemic outbreak and also their pivotal role of “First in, last out.”
Why Family Docs Rock!
- A family doctor-patient relationship is often times one of the most trusted in health care. It is a relationship that both the doctor and patient have been nurturing since a patient’s first visit—and often the patient’s first encounter with the health care system. We know patients count on family doctors and value these relationships.
- Family physicians often act as the central hub for managing your health and provide a higher level of continuity of care.
- Family physicians play an important role in health promotion and illness prevention, coordinating care with other specialties and health professionals, and advocating on behalf of their patients with respect to the care and services they need in all other parts of the health care system.
Hey Alberta! Let’s Share With the World Why Our Family Docs Rock!
Share Your Story With Us and We’ll Share It Here!
Through email, Twitter, Facebook, or videos, help us promote the value of the family physician—in your life. Share your story!
Tell us why your family doctor rocks and we’ll share your story here on this site and with your doctor. As a thank you, we’ll send you and your doctor one of our Family Docs Rock t-shirt or our stand-out and coveted toques.
Send your story to firstname.lastname@example.org and we’ll share it with your doc and the rest of the world.
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What Else Can You Do?
Download our new World Family Doctor Day poster and put it up in your clinic, pharmacy, hair salon, grocery store. Better yet, the ACFP will be happy to send your clinic some. Email email@example.com to order some.
Download our many web banners and post them on your website!
We have collected many heart-warming stories over the years—from as far as Ft. McMurray to Longview.
Send them by video, letter, postcard or email. Just send them!
There is nothing better than saying thank you in person but if you can’t, why not share a video? Send your video to firstname.lastname@example.org and we will post it to our YouTube channel.
Because he’s my doctor, my brother’s doctor, my dad’s doctor!
“I love family docs and family docs rock!” video submission
A GAME CHANGER AND ONE OF THE BEST TEAMMATES!
I cannot articulate how great my family doctor, Dr. Brad Martin of Grande Prairie, AB, is. Notwithstanding his excellent bedside manner and sincere care that he gives my family and myself, it has been my most recent interactions with him that come to mind.
During a rather routine visit Dr. Brad Martin noted that I had reached the age of 40. That led to some routine tests, which ultimately led to a discussion of my longevity outlook. He showed me statistics and graphs to help me visualize it. He advised me on smoking cessation options, no pressure – just guidance, and after allowing me time to reflect we got that ball rolling.
Today I am smoke free and my longevity looks much better. My wife, who I thought would be a smoker for life, soon followed suit. Our lives are so much better thanks to Dr. Brad Martin. He has been a game changer for my wife, myself, and my child.
I don’t really know how to properly word my gratitude to the man but thank you Dr. Brad Martin.
Grande Prairie, AB