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Message from the Executive Director:

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Happy new year to all ACFP members!

As we leave 2022 behind us, the ACFP is actively fostering the momentum created from successful programs and initiatives that were completed over the course of the year. Despite balancing a return to in-person activities amidst a tridemic and many other challenges, these successes and the support from our membership, has us heading into 2023 with excitement and enthusiasm.

ACFP MAP’s Submission

Working with our Strategic Committee for the Future of Family Medicine, our Membership Advisory Committee, and our First Five Years in Family Practice Committee, the ACFP is proud to have submitted our recommendations and supporting evidence to Alberta Health for the Modernizing Alberta’s Primary Health Care System (MAPS) Initiative. Alberta Health is currently reviewing proposals and we will keep members updated throughout the process.

We appreciate the spirit of the initiative to implement significant improvement for patient access to primary care and sustainability of a world class primary health care system. Members interested in learning more about our submission to this initiative are welcome to contact me directly at

Getting Prepared

As we know, spring will bring an election to Alberta, and in preparation for this, the ACFP along with its government relations consultant has been hard at work developing and implementing strategies as the political climate warms up.

Come Home to Summit

Over the past two years, the ACFP Family Medicine Summit was moved online. Although we are proud and delighted with the quality of the virtual conferences we were able to produce in 2021 and 2022, we are thrilled that this March, Summit will be returning home to the Banff Rimrock Hotel. With a panel of excellent speakers, engaging activities planned, and an opportunity to see one another face-to-face to connect, it is an event that you will not want to miss.

The ACFP’s Family Medicine Summit will host a preconference session to share our tools and recommendations for member activation. We will be putting together a toolkit for members to help mobilize grassroots advocacy initiatives in the coming months. After Summit, there is an ACFP Thursday Webinar session in April on Alberta’s political landscape. Register now!

Final Thoughts

As we reflect on this past year’s challenges, successes, and opportunities, we are filled with gratitude for the strength, resilience, and passion family physicians have fiercely shown throughout. We at the ACFP will match that inspiring energy as we take on 2023, advocating for our members, developing continuing professional development opportunities, and working with partners in the advancement of a vision for a better future.

Let the new year begin!


Terri Potter
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.