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Connect Care Re-launch Plan

Connect Care re-launch activities are underway across AHS and planning and implementation will resume as well. Waves 2 and 3 of Connect Care were temporarily delayed in March, given the significantly increased demands on our frontline physicians, staff, and services, and the increased health risks our patients and health care teams faced due to COVID-19….

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PRACTICAL EVIDENCE FOR INFORMED PRACTICE (PEIP) CONFERENCE 2020

The 2020 PEIP Conference highlights focused reviews on clinically relevant primary care topics that combine evidence, experience, and patient values and is free of industry bias. The Conference is a fully accessible via webcast with limited in-person seating. This multidisciplinary event showcases relevant, evidence-based, and thought-provoking topics in health care. REGISTRATION OPENS AUGUST 2020! 2020…

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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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TFP #264 – From theory to reality: ACEi, ARB, and COVID-19

Clinical Question: Do angiotensin converting enzyme inhibitors (ACEi) or angiotensin receptor blockers (ARB) increase the risk of catching, or severity of infection with, COVID-19? Bottom Line: Despite initial theoretical suggestions that ACEi and ARB are harmful, four observational studies have since found no association between COVID-19 infection or severity of disease and ACEi/ARB. One cohort study with…

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TFP #263 – Finding COVID – How Good is the Test to Detect it?

Clinical Question: What is the chance of obtaining an incorrect result with the polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test for COVID-19? Bottom Line: If the PCR COVID-19 test is positive you have COVID-19 (specificity ~100%). Small Canadian studies suggest the test will detect COVID-19 ~80-90% of the time (sensitivity), although estimates range from ~50%-90%. Collection technique, anatomical sample…

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Continuing Advocacy Efforts: A Letter to Partners & Advocates

Download PDF HereMarch 25, 2020 Dear Partners and Advocates: We currently face a situation that is unprecedented for many of us. Not only are there challenges to the public health care system, but we are also tackling the ever-increasing demands the COVID-19 pandemic brings to our ability to deliver care. Through all of this, family…

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The Future of Family Medicine

Dear Members, A powerful group of family physicians met this morning at our first Member Forum co-hosted by the Alberta College of Family Physicians (ACFP) and the Alberta Medical Association (AMA) Sections of Family Medicine and Rural Medicine. We met before the kickoff of the Family Medicine Summit to talk about “The Future of Family…

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COVID-19 – What You Need to Know

Alberta Health Services Public Health has asked the ACFP to support regular updates to family physicians in Alberta regarding the potential outbreak of novel coronavirus. AHS, ACFP, and CPSA, will continue to share the latest information through our communication channels as it becomes available. All channels will direct you to the same “source of truth” on the AHS…

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ACFP Awards 2020 – Call for Nominations

During the Annual Family Medicine Summit, ACFP honours exceptional learners, residents, clinics, and physicians who advance excellence in family medicine within communities across Alberta. We rely on nominations from you – our members, patients, and colleagues to acknowledge the outstanding efforts of our everyday leaders! If you know of an exceptional family physician, family medicine…

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My Experience with the ACFP and Reflections on the Pre-Clerkship Years

By Sabrine Garrison, Second Year Medical Student at the University of Alberta, Medical Student Liaison to the ACFP Board of Directors I am halfway through my second year of medical school at the University of Alberta and I can truly say it goes by as fast as everyone says. As a pre-clerk the transition from…

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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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