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Continuing to Provide Value to Members

Message From the Executive Director

The ACFP works hard to ensure that the best evidence is referenced in system-level discussions and clinical recommendations.

We have been able to do this through a long standing formal partnership with the University of Alberta’s Evidence Based Medicine Team and the Alberta College of Family Physicians. The ACFP works together with the team on the development and delivery of Tools for Practice Articles, The Practical Evidence for Informed Practice Conference (PEIP), and other innovative projects that support evidence based practices for primary care teams.

The team recently rebranded themselves to the PEER – where medicine and evidence collide. Providing optimal health care in the context of Patient preference and values, physician Experience, and scientific Evidence from relevant Research reflecting patient-oriented outcomes.

  • Patients
  • Experience
  • Evidence
  • Research



I would personally like to thank the PEER team consisting of Dr. Mike Allan, Dr. Tina Korownyk, Dr. Mike Kolber, Dr. Scott Garrison, Dr. Adrienne Lindblad (PharmD), Sharon Nickel, and Dr. James McCormack (Pharm D) of UBC for over five years of commitment to evidence informed resources for our members. We are happy to continue this very effective investment and partnership between academic family physicians, pharmacists and the program delivery experts at ACFP.

Executive Director
Alberta College of Family Physicians

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My name is Smitha Yaltho and I feel privileged to work as a family physician. Why? I believe that being a family physician has been the best job any physician can hope to have. I have personally grown in my own abilities and skill-sets with diverse opportunities in ambulatory practice, acute care and work in Facility Living.  Working in primary care has been exciting and has also afforded me tremendous opportunities for growth while still remaining stimulating in its complexity.  I believe that Family physicians are trusted partners in patient care –  every step of the way. 

Why are you volunteering to serve on this committee?
I currently have an interest in Physician Leadership and  trauma informed care.  I have served as a director with the Board of Directors with the Edmonton North PCN, Edmonton’s largest PCN. Thereafter, I have worked as the Director of Medical Services with CapitalCare (also based in Edmonton) for almost 6 years. It is my express wish that my contribution on the ACFP board of directors will highlight the excellence of family medicine that exists right here and now within the Alberta health care system. 

What about the ACFP’s work do you find most valuable?
Ability to highlight and further support the excellence of primary care right here in Alberta.