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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 2018, a total of 45 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 2018 Research Award Winners!

Poster Display Category

  • 1st Place: Integrating Elements of Observable Behaviour into an Effective Progress Report to Make High Stakes Decisions About Resident Competence – Adam Mullen, Deena Hamza, Shelley Ross
  • 2nd Place: Development of Multi-Faceted Education Workshops to Enhance Safe Opioid Prescribing – Katrina Nicholson, Sampson Law, Ashi Mehta, Antonia Stang, Kelly Burak
  • 3rd Place: Physicians as Teachers and Lifelong Learners: The Roles of Basic Psychological Need Satisfaction and Involvement in Clinical Teaching – Mao Ding, Oksana Babenko, Sudha Koppula, Anna Oswald, Jonathan White

Oral Presentation Category

  • 1st Place: Chaperon Use–What Do Patients Want? – Sonya Lee, Sarah Jacobs, Maeve O’Beirne
  • 2nd Place: Knowledge Synthesis and Actionable Recommendations for Better Wise: Improving Cancer Surveillance for Breast, Colorectal, and Prostate Cancer Survivors – Melissa Shea-Budgell, Denise Campbell-Scherer, Carolina Aguilar, Kris Aubrey-Bassler, Aisha Lofters, Eva Grunfeld, Isabella Carneiro, Donna Manca
  • 3rd Place: A Funny Thing Happened on the Way to an App – Lee Green, Sylvia Teare, Jean Miller, Deborah A. Marshall, Jolanda Cibere, Behnam Sharif,Jacek Kopec, Kelly Mrklas, Tracy Wasylak, Nancy Marlett, Denise Campbell-Scherer, Peter Faris, Tanya Barber, Brittany Shewchuk

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.