Year in Review
The Alberta College of Family Physicians (ACFP) publishes the Year in Review (YIR) to report about the highlights of the past year for the organization and its membership. It captures the developments, the milestones unlocked, the strategies utilized, and the efforts made to improve the delivery of programs and initiatives.
For a glimpse of what ACFP had been doing in the past few years, read our latest Year in Review and check out our previous publications in the thumbnails at the bottom of the page.
2023 Year in Review
My first year as President of the Alberta College of Family Physicians has been a journey in leadership, advocacy, and service. From my practice in Westlock, this role has allowed me to be part of something bigger and to represent my fellow family physicians from every corner of the province. Thank you for entrusting me with this position as we continue to advance the value of family medicine.
Ensuring that family medicine is the foundation for a healthy Alberta is a collective effort. This mission would not be possible without each and every one of you. Your persistent dedication to delivering high quality patient-centred care in the communities you serve continues to be a constant in an ever-changing health care landscape. Being the voice for Alberta’s family physicians is an honour and a privilege for the ACFP; one that the organization embodies at every table it is invited to.
This year, the ACFP engaged in many discussions with the Ministry of Health and other primary care groups to bring family physician perspectives to the forefront of policy-making and health care programming. All the while, it offered the exceptional continuing professional development (CPD) opportunities you have come to rely on and expect from the ACFP.
Two notable examples from 2023 include the delivery of a record-setting hybrid Family Medicine Summit, the first of its kind, and the ACFP’s involvement with the Government of Alberta’s Modernizing Alberta’s Primary Health Care System (MAPS) initiative; more specifically, being tasked with providing recommendations for reducing administrative burden. Although it is a milestone to have a key role in shaping system-level improvements, we know that there is still a long way to go,
and the work continues.
Your confidence, support, and commitment to the ACFP sustains all who are directly attached to the work including the Board, Committees, and the ACFP staff who unfailingly collaborate every day to achieve our common goals. Thank you again and I look forward to sharing more positive developments with you all in 2024.
Noel DaCunha, MBBS, CCFP
Alberta College of Family Physicians