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Executive Director’s Message – May 2024

Happy World Family Doctor Day!


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I hope everyone is enjoying Spring and the warmer weather it brings. At the ACFP, this season is a time to celebrate the incredible contributions of family doctors in the province. On behalf of the ACFP Board and staff team, I wish you, our members, and family physicians across Alberta a happy World Family Doctor Day (WFDD).    

This Sunday, May 19th, is a day for all of us to reflect on the positive impact of family doctors in health care systems around the globe. For the ACFP, WFDD is also an opportune time for us to show gratitude and appreciation for your service to all Albertans. We know that in our province, 70 percent of health care is provided by family doctors. Thank you for being a constant in an ever-changing and overburdened system. You continue to mean so much to so many and it shows in the more than 200 patient stories from the ACFP’s decade-long “Family Docs Rock!” public awareness campaign. As such, the ACFP continues to align with the annual celebration, to amplify and underscore the value of family physicians.

We encourage you to join us for this celebration. Listen to our podcasts, read testimonials, and watch our videos which capture the incredible family physician-patient relationship at the Heart of Family Medicine. You can also join the community on ACFP Networks to connect and share insights with your peers.

For more information on WFDD festivities, including posters, certificates, and social shares – please visit our website


Terri Potter BA, PMP, CAE
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.