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Heart of Family Medicine Podcasts – New Episodes Added

Listen to the Heart of Family Medicine podcasts where our Executive Director, Terri Potter sits down with your family doctors to chat about their journeys, their passions, their Whys. Get to know what drives them, what their days are like, and the special moments that make it all worth being a family doctor. New podcasts…

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October President’s Message

We continue to face challenges from the pandemic and from the uncertainty around the future of health care in the province, particularly as it relates to funding and delivery of primary care. We have continued our advocacy work behind the scenes including in meeting with officials with the Ministry of Health, AHS, and our primary…

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Motherhood and Medicine

By Kiran Dhillon, MD, CCFP I’m going to have a proud new parent moment here, and show off my 15-week-old baby, Josh. Yup, I’m now a mom… it still feels a bit strange to say that to be honest. I know of so many of my friends and colleagues who decided to start their families…

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September Message from the Executive Director – The Heart of Family Medicine

Read Full eNews Dear members, Since the heartfelt discussions at the 2020 Family Medicine Summit, the Alberta College of Family Physicians (ACFP) has been hard at work building a campaign that is rooted in our organizational pillars with a primary focus on the unique, trusted relationship between family physician and patient. We knew we needed…

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Undetectable = Untransmittable, what does this mean for patients living with HIV?

According to findings from two large international studies ( PARTNER I, PARTNER II, and HPTN 052), patients maintaining undetectable viral loads through HIV treatment makes HIV untransmittable through sexual activity. Healthcare providers can share the following strategy with patients to help them maintain an undetectable load and remain unable to transmit: continue HIV treatment consistently,…

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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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Collaborative Mentorship Network Secures New Funding & Broadens Scope

The Alberta College of Family Physicians (ACFP) is pleased to announce it has been awarded a $1.9 million funding contribution from Health Canada’s Substance Use and Addictions Program (SUAP). The funds allow the ACFP to continue the important work of the Collaborative Mentorship Network for Chronic Pain and Addiction (CMN) and to broaden its scope by expanding the network…

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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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TFP #261 – Antivirals for COVID-19

Clinical Question: Do treatments such as remdesivir or other anti-virals change patient outcomes in COVID-19 patients? Bottom Line: To date, published RCTs have not demonstrated benefit of treating COVID-19 patients with remdesivir, lopinavir-ritonavir or oseltamivir.  There are signals of potential benefits from one interim analysis of remdesivir and non-statistically different results, but more research is needed. Full publication of studies…

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TFP #259 – Unmasking the evidence around masks for healthcare workers

Clinical Question: Is there a difference between mask types in preventing viral respiratory infections for healthcare workers? Bottom Line: In healthcare workers; Surgical masks and respirators (N95) appear to provide similar protection against viral infections, with N95 masks having slightly lower, but not statistically different, infection rates in the wearer (~1-2%).  Cloth masks are less effective than…

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