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Welcome to the Alberta College of Family Physicians and thank you for visiting our page for patients. As a professional member organization with a membership of more than 5,000, we are the proud voice of family physicians and family medicine in Alberta.

The Alberta College of Family Physicians (ACFP) is the provincial Chapter for the College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC) and was established more than 60 years ago. Please visit the Who We Are page for more information about the ACFP and its role in provincial health care.

How our website can help you

We have a number of pages that are focused to your needs.

Contact the President
The ACFP President Dr. Vishal Bhella welcomes any feedback or questions. Email him at

Understanding the Value of a Family Physician

Why See a Family Doctor?
A family doctor-patient relationship is often times one of the most trusted in health care. It is a relationship that both the family doctor and patient have been nurturing since a patient’s first visit. Take a look at the evidence summary on why it’s important to have a family doctor.

Lifelong care
In many cases, a relationship with your family physician may be the longest partnership you have in the health system and quite possibly your life. Many family physicians treat patients from the day they were born to their last day of life. Because of this enduring relationship, family physicians possess a wide breadth and depth of clinical knowledge—both from acute and chronic presentations to preventative and palliative care.

They know you and your family
After years of treating you as a patient, your doctor knows your history and your family’s too. Quite often, family physicians will see multiple generations of a family and will likely be able to spot possible risk factors. Getting to know your whole family and understanding you help paint a fuller picture for a physician to properly assess your medical needs and well being.

They are in your corner
Your family doctor can be one of your best care advocates. They know your history and know what you need and will work with you and the health system to best help coordinate your care—be it referring you to the right specialist or following up on your hospital stay or emergency visit. Your family physician provides the link to ensure your care has continuity.

Family Medicine Professional Profile
Get a better understanding of what it means to be a family medicine specialist.

Looking for a family physician?

If you are looking for a family doctor, some of the best sources to help you are to: