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Research Awards

Celebrating Excellence in Research

One of the most valued opportunities in Alberta for primary care and family medicine researchers to share their projects is at the ACFP’s What’s Up Doc? Research Showcase. The selection process for abstracts is very competitive and often sees over 50 research abstracts submitted each year.

In 2019, a total of 44 research abstracts were selected for presentation or display at the Showcase.

Award recipients were determined through a peer-review process and evaluated based on the following criteria:

  1. Relevance and importance to family medicine;
  2. Relevance to primary care research and researchers;
  3. Innovations/originality;
  4. Clear, well-written description, well-defined objectives, and appropriate learning methods/style.


The Hoselton aluminum Tree of Life is given to our research award recipients. This hand-crafted sculpture embodies the strength of our commitment and the strong roots of family medicine in the healthcare community. Working together to achieve better care in the community for patients and their families.


We encourage family physicians to be a part of a learning health care system where their data and input will be the power that fuels system transformation and believe that our members should be involved in the conception of research projects that are conducted both “in” and “on” their practice in a meaningful and powerful way.

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Congratulations to all our 2019 Research Award Recipients!

Oral Presentation Category

  • 1st Place: Under the Microscope: Examining the Quality of Primary Care EMR Data in Alberta – Stephanie Garies, Michael Cummings, Boglarka Soos, Neil Drummond, Donna Manca, Brian Forst, Kimberley Duerksen, Kerry McBrien, Hude Quan, Tyler Williamson
  • 2nd Place: Novel Normative Approach to Counting GPS – Are We Really That Off? – Terrence McDonald, Fiona Clement, Brendan Cord Lethebe, LA Green
  • 3rd Place: Support-FM: Supporting Family Physicians to Provide Community-Based Primary Palliative Care for Their Patients – Amy Tan, Ron Spice, Aynharan Sinnarajah

Poster Display Category

  • 1st Place: Alberta EMS PEOLC ATR – Chery Cameron, Alicia Kallos, Suzanne Maynard, Ian McEwan
  • 2nd Place: Transportation Mobility and Social Isolation in Community-Dwelling Older Adults – Bonnie M. Dobbs, Jean Triscott, Emily Hussey, Tara Piborochynski
  • 3rd Place: Patient-Reported Outcomes of Platelet-Rich Plasma (PRP) Therapy for Osteoarthritis – Constance M. Lebrun, Teresa L. DeFrietas, Taryn Wicijowski, Rebecca Reif, Ann-Marie Przyslupski

Past Research Showcases

Take a look at the province’s top family medicine oral research presentations and posters highlighted at past ASAs.

Family Medicine Research Awards – CFPC

The SOR, with the support of the CFPC and the CFPC’s Foundation for Advancing Family Medicine, promotes the development of new knowledge and recognizes outstanding contributions to family medicine research through the CFPC’s Honours and Awards Program.