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The Heart of Family Medicine

Celebrating Trusted Relationships Through Stories

The Alberta College of Family Physicians created the Heart of Family Medicine campaign to celebrate the trusted relationships between patients and family physicians and does so through a collection of stories from patients and physicians. It showcases the outstanding contributions made by family doctors to improve the health and well-being of their patients, their communities, and Alberta as a whole.

Family medicine is one of the unique medical specialties where family doctors can provide care to you at every life stage from the time you are born, to the birth of your kids, to helping you care for your parents. Family doctors are with you every step of the way, standing by your side.


We’ve collected a number of stories over the years through our popular Family Docs Rock patient campaign and are happy to find a true home for them at the Heart of Family Medicine.


At the heart of family medicine are the relationships between family physicians and their patients. Our videos share those two perspectives through special members moments and poignant patient stories.


Our podcasts share stories from the heart. Learn how our family doctors came to be—their journeys, what drives them, their passions while they sit down to chat with our host, ACFP Executive Director Terri Potter.

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.