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Category: President’s Messages

Responding to the Opioid Crisis in Your Practice

  Read the full June eNews and President’s Message. Patients at risk of opioid dependency are in your practice. Let me repeat this. Patients at risk of opioid dependency are in your practice. The good news is that we can manage those risks through basic chronic disease management approaches. The reality is that we will…

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Challenging Work Pays Off

  Read the full May eNews and President’s Message. Becoming a family physician is an incredible commitment and is not for the faint of heart, mind, or body. As you all know, the specialty of family medicine is about building long-term trusted relationships; it is about complexity, comprehensiveness, and problem solving. We are asked to…

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Patient’s Medical Home and Future Practice in Canada

  Read the full April eNews and President’s Message. The Patient’s Medical Home is the future of family practice in Canada. In this vision, every family practice across Canada offers the medical care that Canadians want: Seamless care that is centred on individual patients’ needs within their community, throughout every stage of life, and integrated with…

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Leadership Is About the “Little Things”

  Read the full March eNews and President’s Message. “It takes team, grit, determination, and perseverance. If you trust in your people, and equally importantly, they trust you, amazing things can happen.” Darby Allen, Former Fire Chief, Fort McMurray, Alberta (Keynote, 63rd Annual Scientific Assembly) As in emergency response, leadership in family medicine is not…

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Educating the Heart and Mind

  Read the full February eNews and President’s Message. “Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all.” Aristotle Though medicine is based on facts and evidence, family medicine is all that and it draws on the heart, emotions, and social constructs of community, team, and family. We learn the technical aspects…

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Principle Based Leadership

Read the full January eNews and President’s Message. Machiavelli said “Never waste the opportunity offered by a crisis” … but we ought to ensure we are consistent and fully in-line with our organizational principles! A crisis shakes us out of complacency and forces us to challenge conventional wisdom so that we can create transformative change….

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ACFP’s Top Ten for 2017

Read the full December eNews & President’s Message. Looking back on 2017,  we invested in advocacy, leadership, and education while supporting you and your teams in the delivery of care for your patients. Here are my thoughts on the ACFP’s Top 10 over the past year: We established a task force of 12 family physician…

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October – Message From the President

Read the full October eNews & President’s Message. Many of us have had our own brushes with the health care system, be it our own illness or through a family member. I have ​lived through such an experience recently through my father’s serious and very lengthy illness and hospital stay. Throughout his entire stay, the…

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August – Message From the President

Read the full August eNews & President’s Message. Advanced Care Planning – A Personal Perspective Having an advanced care plan easily available to any health care professional—be it home care nurses, paramedics with EMS or nurses on an active care unit in hospital—is very useful. In our own clinic, we discuss a personal directive with…

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June – Message From the President

Read Full June Newsletter Here. How the latest Auditor General’s report affects you as a Family Physician? In the most recent report from the Office of the Auditor in Alberta, Better Healthcare for Albertans May 2017, it is noted that many recommendations have been made over the last 25 plus years that have never been implemented…

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May – Message From the President

“Where are we headed?” and “Who is leading the way?” We have a collaborative government right now that values primary care and community. We are positioned in a time where resources are limited and the reality that we need to do things differently in order to provide the excellent results that health care spending should…

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March – Message From the President

On March 4, 2017 at the Annual Meeting of Members, the ACFP presented the President Installation of Dr. Fred Janke. Below is a transcript of his acceptance speech.   Dear Members, I would like to thank outgoing president, Dr. Chmelicek for, his leadership over the last two years and the dedication and passion he has…

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