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Annual Meeting of Members

The Alberta College of Family Physicians (ACFP) 2024 Annual Meeting of Members (AMM) was held at the Family Medicine Summit in Banff on March 2, 2024. Members participated both in person and virtually, exceeding the AMM quorum requirements. The College of Family Physicians of Canada’s (CFPC) President, Dr. Michael Green extended greetings to the ACFP membership. 

2024 AMM Highlights

The meeting began with the President’s report and the official release of the 2023 Year in Review. Members were able to vote electronically on the 2023 Audited Financial Statements, the ACFP Membership Fee Increase*, the 2024 Board Slate, and lastly the Appointment of the Auditor for Year 2024. The 2024 Budget Plan was presented for members’ information only.

*The Board proposed a 5% annual membership fee increase to be able to continue offering standard of excellence while supporting members through the current challenges at hand. The ACFP members were fully supportive and approved the membership fee increase. The fee increase will come into effect July 1, 2024.

Welcoming a President-Elect and New Board Director

As part of the 2024 Board Slate, members approved the appointment of Dr. Melanie Hnatiuk as President-Elect, and Dr. David Pinzon to step into the role as Director-at-Large.

Melanie Hnatiuk

Dr. Melanie Hnatiuk is a proud family physician who has been practicing comprehensive family medicine for the last 17 years, currently caring for patients and working with learners at the South Health Campus Family Medicine Teaching Clinic. She has been an ACFP Board member for the last 2 years and has been proud of the strong advocacy and collaboration by the ACFP to help weather the storm family medicine is currently experiencing. She has held a variety of leadership roles in her PCN, within the Department of Family Medicine at the University of Calgary, and as a member of a variety of committees within the system. She strongly feels that now is the time to change the trajectory of the health system and ensure it is rebuilt with family medicine as the foundation.

David Pinzon

Dr. David Pinzon is a family physician with a passion for healthcare leadership and has engaged in initiatives aimed at improving patient care, enhancing healthcare accessibility, and promoting health equity. During his practice, he has had the privilege of working and serving diverse populations and has witnessed firsthand the dynamic challenges faced by both healthcare providers and patients. This has instilled deep appreciation for the importance of effective governance in ensuring the delivery of high-quality healthcare services. He has been an active and engaged ACFP committee member for 3 years and is currently the Chair of the Awards and Recognition Committee. He is enthusiastic about the opportunity to collaborate with ACFP leaders and is committed to advancing family medicine and elevating the voice of family physicians to influence meaningful and tangible change in the health care system.

Michael Potemkin

My name is Michael Potemkin, and I am a 1st year medical student attending the University of Calgary, where I also completed my Bachelor of Health Sciences degree, majoring in Biomedical Sciences. In my time outside of school, I enjoy going to the gym, collecting Star Wars novels, and listening to techno and drum & bass music.

Why did you volunteer for this position or why do you serve on this committee/task force?
I volunteered my time with the ACFP because I am passionate about communication across all generations of medical professionals. I want to ensure that the needs and opinions of the next generation of family physicians are heard, and that the ACFP, Alberta’s medical schools and the field of family medicine continue to grow and evolve. Family medicine and primary care are vital parts of the healthcare system, and I want to play my part in ensuring that changes in policy and practice are communicated down to those like me, who are just entering the medical field.

What do you value most about the work of the ACFP?
I value the role the ACFP has in connecting family physicians together. Primary care can be a difficult and sometimes isolating job, and having an organization that supports its members and provides opportunities for networking and support is vital in upholding both the health of patients and family physicians.