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Our History

Founded on a Vision for Knowledge Sharing and Professional Camaraderie

In June 1954, the Alberta College of Family Physicians was established by a group of general practitioners who believed in a vision — a vision for knowledge sharing in practical settings and professional camaraderie. The Chapter was known, back then, as The College of General Practice (Alberta Division). A 1969 article written by the past president (1960), M. Dolgoy MD, in Canadian Family Physician documents the first 10 years of the Chapter. Download the full article now or see the original 1969 scans.

The ACFP Through the Years

Enjoy the video or flip through each decade with the ACFP Prezi.

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.