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Category: Top Stories

Honouring Outstanding Family Practices

During the month of November, members of the ACFP staff visited two clinics who demonstrate the pillars of the Patient’s Medical Home (PMH). Both clinics continue to grow (in size and staff) and provide similar advice when it comes to adopting the PMH model; look to the PMH clinics you admire for an initial framework…

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The How and Why of Going Back to Residency

By Cathy Lu, MD, CCFP After 3 years of working as a full-fledged family physician with special interest in the elderly, I decided to return back to residency for further training in Care of the Elderly. It took a great deal of deliberation to make that decision, including consideration of financial sustainability, how would resident…

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December Message From the President

Read Full eNews The profession currently faces a time of challenge. While physicians are not alone in facing the ramifications of our current economic and political climate, proposals on the table could have substantial impacts for Family Physicians across the province. This is a time that needs unity across the profession. We recognize the importance…

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Hey, there’s an app for that! The Pricing Doc Web App is Live.

The ACFP is pleased to launch the Website app for the annual Price Comparison of Commonly Prescribed Pharmaceuticals in Alberta. Commonly known as the Pricing Doc, the document is a quick reference guide on medication pricing in Alberta. The Pricing Doc App has been designed to replicate the look and feel of the beloved guide,…

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Helpful Tools for Family Docs

By: Islam Elawadly, MD, CCFP In this technology driven world, there are numerous resources available to assist in your practice, to help teach your patients about their health, and to further your own education. Below are some of my favorite resources: Clinical Tools Cardiovascular AspirinGuide – http://www.aspiringuide.com/ (Web/iOS/Android) – A tool to help decide on…

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What is Connect Care?

Connect Care will bridge gaps between patients, their health information, healthcare providers, and locations. It will also help to bridge current and future care. Healthcare providers can use the system to identify the decisions and approaches that best improve Albertans’ lives. By sharing knowledge, we can close gaps which ultimately lead to better outcomes and…

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Responding to the Syphilis Outbreak in Your Practice

July 16, 2019, the Chief Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Deena Hinshaw, declared a provincial outbreak of infectious syphilis and the activation of the Alberta Outbreak Investigation Coordinating Committee (OICC). A total of 1,536 cases were reported in 2018, a 10-fold increase since 2014. Alberta has not seen such high levels of syphilis since 1948….

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Primary Health Care and the Opioid Crisis – 2019 Updates

The start of this year has already seen many milestones regarding the Primary Health Care Opioid Response Initiative (PHC ORI). The partners on this grant-funded project: The Alberta College of Family Physicians (ACFP), Alberta Medical Association (AMA), Alberta Health Services (AHS), Patients Experience Evidence Research (PEER), and Primary Care Networks, together with Alberta Health have…

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Locums 101

Whether you are an early-career physician, or one nearing retirement, being a locum is a great way to transition into (or out of) clinical practice! Some people enjoy the flexibility of locuming so much so that they make an entire career out of it. In this blog post I will use my experiences and the…

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ACFP Presents CPD Day

We’re bringing some of OCFP’s (Ontario College of Family Physicians) most popular programs to the West. REGISTER NOW for ACFP’s CPD Day! Choose one of three full-day, 3-credits-per-hour, Mainpro+ certified opportunities below: Mood Disorders: Comprehensive and Realistic Strategies for Primary Care Providers ($750 CAD) This Group Learning program has been certified by the College of…

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The Highs and Lows of Medical Cannabis

Tools and Supports for Primary Care In 2017, the ACFP with their collaboration with the PEER group, published three Tools for Practice articles. #199 Missing “High” Quality Evidence: Medical Cannabinoids for Pain? – Clinical Question: Are medical cannabinoids (MC) effective for the treatment of pain? Author(s): G. Michael Allan, Caitlin R. Finley, Robert Hauptman, Nathan…

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Enhancements to Engage Primary Care, ACFP’s Leader Registry

Alberta’s health care system is constantly evolving and primary care is being asked more and more to provide advice and input on these changes. To ensure the voice of family physicians is heard when these requests come in, we have created the Engage Primary Care portal–a way to link requesters to those physicians who want…

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