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Forging Meaningful Partnerships in Health Care

"Alone we can do so little;
together we can do so much."
Helen Keller
Author and Educator

Tackling the system transformation, building strong member services and programs, and promoting family medicine as a first-choice specialty are all big, and sometimes, insurmountable tasks. The ACFP understands it cannot do it alone; it is known to be one of the most open and adaptable partners in the provincial health care landscape.

It understands what it means to be a good partner and collaborator and prides itself on the partnerships it has cultivated over the years.

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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.