As a valued past attendee of the Practical Evidence for Informed Practice Conference (PEIP), we, the Alberta College of Family Physicians (ACFP) and PEER (Patients, Experience, Evidence, Research), would like to inform you directly of our joint decision concerning the event.
After 10 successful years as co-presenters of the PEIP conference, the ACFP and PEER have made a strategic decision to move away from being co-presenters, leaving PEER as the sole organization responsible for the delivery of the event. Together, the ACFP and PEER have delivered practice-changing continuing professional development (CPD) to more than 5,500 family physicians, pharmacists, nurses, residents, and students and are extremely proud of the PEIP conferences that they have created together.
While the ACFP will no longer be involved in the delivery of the PEIP conference, it will remain its biggest supporter. The ACFP is pleased that its members can continue to benefit from one of the leading evidence-based medicine conferences in the country. Stepping away from the delivery of the PEIP conference allows the ACFP to allocate resources to an evolution of programming for its members while providing PEER with more flexibility for its programs’ direction.
“The PEER team appreciates the support the ACFP has provided for the last 10 years and sincerely appreciates the support offered from the ACFP during this transition,” says Dr. Mike Kolber, Chair, PEIP Conference. “I want to especially thank the ACFP staff, our Scientific Planning Committee members, and all our past attendees for making PEIP a success. The PEER team and the SPC members are excited about the future for the PEIP conference and are committed to bringing you the best evidence-CPD event yet.”
“ACFP continues to support evidence-based medicine resource development done by PEER including the Tools for Practice articles, Primary Care Guidelines, Pricing Document and our other partnerships with PEER,” says Dr. Sudha Koppula, President of ACFP. “Our partnership continues as we hand over the proverbial keys to PEER giving them the freedom to take the PEIP conference to the next level.”
Continued Commitment to Evidence-Based and Family Medicine-Led Resource Development
Since 2009, the ACFP has been a long-time collaborator and partner of the evidence-based team (now PEER) helping deliver Tools for Practice articles to its members, the widely popular evidence-based summaries. In the fall of 2020, the Tools for Practice program along with the development work of PEER expanded nationally under the CFPC’s Knowledge Experts and Tools Initiative (KET).
The ACFP’s commitment as a funding organization for KET remains unchanged and will continue to support the work of PEER to develop, disseminate, and promote clinical guidelines, tools, CPD, and any other relevant knowledge translation materials that are designed for family physicians and primary health care providers.