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Family Medicine Summit

Planning Committee

Connect. Learn. Celebrate

Since 1955, the ACFP has hosted its Family Medicine Summit (Summit) for doctors to share knowledge and collaborate with their peers.

The philosophical basis of the conference is a forum for family physicians by family physicians. The Summit Planning Committee is responsible for the development and delivery of the ACFP’s Summit program.

Committee Members

Dr. Divya Garg (Chair), Calgary
Dr. Genelle Dingeldein, Grande Prairie
Dr. Kaili Hoffart, Leduc
Dr. Brenden Kunimoto, Edmonton
Dr. Adam Shumate, Calgary

Photo from Summit 2022:
Left to Right: Dr. Adam Shumate, Dr. Carolyn Nowry, Dr. Tania Lemay, Dr. Janet Craig, Dr. Genelle Dingeldein, Dr. Kaili Hoffart, Dr. Divya Garg.

Our Team

Divya Garg
Genelle Dingeldein
Kaili Hoffart
Brenden Kunimoto
Adam Shumate

Terms of Reference

The Summit Planning Committee is an operational committee of the ACFP. The Summit, held in the late winter/early spring of each year, provides a forum for continuous learning and sharing of best practices on a broad variety of clinical topics that are timely and relevant to family physicians practising in a wide range of settings. The philosophical basis of the conference is that the Summit program is conceived for family physicians by family physicians.


This Committee is responsible for the development and delivery of the ACFP’s Family Medicine Summit (Summit) CPD program. Download the Summit Planning Committee Terms of Reference.

Dr. Divya Garg

Dr. Divya Garg is a Clinical Assistant Professor with the University of Calgary, Department of Family Medicine. She has completed an Academic Fellowship in Family Medicine and Master of Clinical Science Program through Western University. 

She is the Site Medical Lead at the South Health Campus Family Medicine Teaching Clinic. Along with teaching residents and medical students, she has a special interest in Continuing Professional Development and also chairs the CPD committee for the Department of Family Medicine. 

Additionally, she holds the role of Faculty Advocate Against Mistreatment for Undergraduate Medical Program. In this role, she serves as a confidential resource for students who have experienced mistreatment.

Dr. Genelle Dingeldein

I am Dr. Genelle Dingeldein and I’m a family physician practising in Grande Prairie. I was born and raised in Grande Prairie, and completed medical school and family medicine residency through the University of Alberta. I split my time working in women’s health, hospitalist medicine, the Grande Prairie PCN’s After Hours Clinic and community locums. Outside of work I enjoy running, hiking, music and spending time with my husband and three kids.

Why are you volunteering to serve on this committee?
I volunteered to be a member of the Family Medicine Summit planning committee because I have appreciated the value of quality continuing medical education provided through the ACFP and the opportunity to connect with peers across the province, particularly through the family medicine summit.

What about the ACFP’s work do you find most valuable?
What I value most about the ACFP is the ability to forge connections with other family physicians across the province, and to stay up to date with guidelines for best practice and evidence based medicine.

Dr. Kaili Hoffart

I’m Dr. Kaili Hoffart and I’m an Edmonton family doc and a University of Alberta Grad. I completed my residency at the Grey Nuns Family Medicine Centre in 2014. My home clinic is Shifa Medical Clinic in South Edmonton, where I practice full-service family medicine with a focus on women’s health and chronic pain. I also spend some time doing PCHT at the Grey Nuns Hospital, Subacute at Capital Care Grandview, and ER at Drayton Valley Hospital. I am passionate about teaching and family medicine leadership.

What about the ACFP’s work do you find most valuable?
What I value the most about the ACFP is the community, CME initiatives, and advocacy for family medicine.

Dr. Brenden Kunimoto

Born and raised in Edmonton, Brenden completed medical school at the University of Alberta and did his residency in the Grande Prairie program. Among other things, he loves board games, buffets, books, bedtime, and apparently alliteration!

Why are you volunteering to serve on this committee?
I want to contribute to nurturing a strong sense of community between the family physicians of Alberta. I believe the Summit is a perfect forum for this; it’s an opportunity to hone our craft, celebrate our profession, and to create and strengthen meaningful connections with colleagues.

What about the ACFP’s work do you find most valuable?
Being a voice and advocate for family physicians both from professional and personal perspectives.

Dr. Adam Shumate

My undergrad degree was in Film, then I worked construction before going back to school. University of Calgary class of 2016 (Narwhal). Family medicine residency at the University of Alberta.

Why are you volunteering to serve on this committee?
I really value continuing medical education. I think many of us as doctors still suffer from Imposter Syndrome, and there is great value in not only learning new things, but reminding ourselves of how much we do know. I think when we come together to share in learning we also support one another so that we can feel confident in the amazing work we do.

What about the ACFP’s work do you find most valuable?

I think the work the ACFP does in supporting continuing medical education is vital, and we do need to be approaching it from the Family Medicine point of view. Cardiologists or Respirologists or Endocrinologists might attend the same lecture as me, but their role in identifying new problems is very different from mine and so what they need to know or watch for could be very different from a family doctor.

My name is Smitha Yaltho and I feel privileged to work as a family physician. Why? I believe that being a family physician has been the best job any physician can hope to have. I have personally grown in my own abilities and skill-sets with diverse opportunities in ambulatory practice, acute care and work in Facility Living.  Working in primary care has been exciting and has also afforded me tremendous opportunities for growth while still remaining stimulating in its complexity.  I believe that Family physicians are trusted partners in patient care –  every step of the way. 

Why are you volunteering to serve on this committee?
I currently have an interest in Physician Leadership and  trauma informed care.  I have served as a director with the Board of Directors with the Edmonton North PCN, Edmonton’s largest PCN. Thereafter, I have worked as the Director of Medical Services with CapitalCare (also based in Edmonton) for almost 6 years. It is my express wish that my contribution on the ACFP board of directors will highlight the excellence of family medicine that exists right here and now within the Alberta health care system. 

What about the ACFP’s work do you find most valuable?
Ability to highlight and further support the excellence of primary care right here in Alberta.