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#VaccinesWork

June 21, 2021 | Joint statement from physicians and pharmacists on COVID-19 vaccination in Alberta Family physicians and pharmacists are working together to help with the vaccination rollout. Alberta Health has asked us to join forces to help promote the importance of getting vaccinated. As part of our joint campaign family physicians and pharmacists are…

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Request from Alberta Health – COVID-19 FAQs

The ACFP continues to advocate for family physicians through our relationship with Alberta Health. Recently, the ACFP attended a meeting with Dr. Hinshaw, several leaders in the Office of the Chief Medical Officer of Health (OCMOH), Public Health, and Primary & Community Care.Alberta Health (AH) acknowledges the important role of family physicians in responding to…

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The Role of Family Physicians’ in the COVID Vaccine Rollout

The recent ACFP survey of its members regarding the willingness and capacity of primary care to support the vaccine rollout garnered over 1,200 members’ responses. Based on your feedback, the ACFP will be advocating for the integral role of family physicians as partners in the pandemic response. The following letter will be sent to our government,…

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FFYFP: COVID Reflections

The following COVID-19 journeys are firsthand accounts from three of our First Five Years in Family Practice Committee. Each story is a unique perspective on how this pandemic is affecting physicians. Getting COVID – Charissa Ho MD, CCFP The COVID Ward – Kaili Hoffart MD, CCFP Sunshine – Jennifer Ortynski MD, CCFP

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FFYFP: COVID Reflections – The COVID Ward

By Kaili Hoffart MD, CCFP When I started my week as a hospitalist on one of our Edmonton COVID wards, I didn’t really know what to expect. It was an unfamiliar unit, but the nursing staff and rest of the team were welcoming. There was no choice, but to jump right in! My very first…

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FFYFP: COVID Reflections – Getting COVID

By Charissa Ho MD, CCFP When the pandemic started, I expected to get COVID at some point. As the months dragged on, I took every precaution and it seemed less and less likely I would get it. I followed public health measures, usually going beyond what was recommended. Even as the number of cases rose…

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FFYFP: COVID Reflections – Sunshine

By Jennifer Ortynski MD, CCFP As I drop my now contaminated gloves into the already overflowing garbage, I hear a wavering voice float out from the room I was just in. I recognize the melody instantly.  Sunshine,You are my sunshine It was my patient’s husband singing on a video call. I had just left the…

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November President’s Message – Responding to COVID-19

Read Full eNews As a continuation from last week’s message on the primary health care’s pathway on COVID-19, we have invited back Dr. Adam Vyse with a call to action for family physicians of Alberta. Dr. Vyse’s account of how he and his primary care colleagues are responding to the outbreak reinforces just how impactful the family physician-patient…

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Back to School Resources – COVID-19

Preparing for back to school is going to look a little different this fall. A great resource, co-written by Family Physician Dana Abenstein and Educator Darren Abenstein “Helping Your Family Prepare for Return to School” is available for you and your family as you navigate our new normal. Dr. Dana Abenstein also has a complementary blog…

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TFP #267 – Serology, Serology: How Accurate and Prevalent Art Thou?

Clinical Question:  What is the role of serology testing in the COVID-19 pandemic? Bottom Line:  IgM and IgG antibodies may reveal an individual’s recent (after ~2 weeks) exposure to COVID-19. How long serology remains positive and whether antibodies confer immunity to subsequent infection is unknown. Many different tests exist, each with different accuracy. Current evidence…

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COVID-19 CME Reviews

By Dr. Cathy Scrimshaw 1. Primary Care COVID-19 Pathway Explainedhttps://www.specialistlink.ca/files/RW_COVID_V6.pdf This webinar series is from the Calgary PCN’s group and covered several topics including a public health update, mental health advice, and tools as well as presentation of the primary care pathway for COVID-19 care. Physicians presented the primary care pathway for patients with COVID-19…

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What Made the Difference in Canada’s Worst COVID-19 Outbreak?

By Dr. Adam Vyse, the Calgary Zone PCN, and the Calgary Rural PCN In April 2020, the Cargill Foods meat packing plant was the epicentre of one of North America’s single largest outbreaks of COVID-19. With 2,000 employees, 932 were confirmed positive, with one-third living in and around High River, a town of 13,000 just…

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