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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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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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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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Collaborative Mentorship Network for Chronic Pain and Addiction

By CMN Medical Director, Dr. Cathy Scrimshaw, MD, CCFP The Challenge I have recognized addiction and chronic pain as being a significant part of my practice since starting medicine. It has presented itself in many ways: Liver cirrhosis, secondary to alcohol or hepatitis C; trauma related injuries that over time, become chronic and painful; 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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New – 2019 Pricing Document Released!

In Canada, annual prescription medication costs over $33 billion and are only second to overall hospital expenditures in health care spending.1 These costs largely reflect the treatment of chronic medical conditions predominantly cared for by family physicians,2 including heart disease and lipid management, hypertension, diabetes and depression.3 The ACFP is pleased to share with you…

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January Message from the Executive Director – Top 10 of 2018

Read Full eNews The ACFP Board and Staff had an exceptional year in 2018! Through the efforts of many dedicated people we have been able to make significant advances on the priorities identified in our Strategic Framework and Plan. Here are our Top 10 for 2018: The ACFP Opioid Response Task Force was instrumental in…

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December Message from the President

Read Full eNews As we near the end of the year, I reflect upon the various activities that have occurred throughout 2018. The ACFP has been a leader in the Opioid Response Initiative, a collaboration with the Alberta Medical Association and Alberta Health Services which included a grant from Alberta Health to fund an emergency…

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Registration Now Open – Family Medicine Summit (formerly Annual Scientific Assembly)!

Don’t Miss ACFP’s flagship CPD/CME conference! Connect, Learn, and Celebrate at the Family Medicine Summit! As Alberta’s premier family medicine conference, the Summit (formerly ASA) provides practice-changing CPD that is thought-provoking and relevant. Our provincial chapter was founded upon sharing knowledge and best practices among our members, and has been connecting, learning, and celebrating for 63…

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Best Advice Guide – Advanced and Meaningful Use of EMRs

The College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC) and Canada Health Infoway have partnered to offer family physicians practical guidance about the advanced and meaningful use of electronic medical record (EMR) capabilities in this new guide, since many family practice environments have adopted an EMR system and are increasingly incorporating digital health tools into practice….

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You’ve been invited to join a scientific planning committee: Now what?

Your role in certified program development With the recent changes CFPC has made in establishing firm quality criteria for programs seeking Mainpro+ certification, the need for planning committees with superb skill and knowledge capacities is essential to a highly functional CPD system. If you’ve been invited to join a committee to plan a certified CPD…

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October – Message from the President

Read Full eNews This month, as we honor our award winners, I am reminded of the hard work and dedication of so many around the province in delivering care to our patients every day. Our awards recognize that family physicians, both experienced and newer in practice, have so much to contribute to enhancing primary care…

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