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Executive Director’s Message – World Family Doctor Day!

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On behalf of the ACFP Board and staff team, I would like to wish our members and family physicians across the province a happy World Family Doctor Day (WFDD)!

Today is a day for us to celebrate all that you do and to recognise the value that you bring to communities across Alberta. This year’s WFDD theme “Family Doctors: The heart of health care” certainly resonates with the public awareness and advocacy efforts the ACFP has committed to. We believe that family medicine is the foundation for a healthy Alberta, and at the heart of it all, are the longitudinal and trusted relationship that people have with their family doctor and their primary care teams. Physician, patient, and team work together to ensure proactive and preventative care is provided from cradle to grave. This special relationship supports Albertans through some of their most joyful and challenging times.

WFDD provides us with a moment to pause, reflect, and honour the outstanding contributions and impact family doctors make in health care systems around the world. We hope you will join us in this global celebration. Visit our campaign website for videos, posters, social media messaging, and more.

Take a moment to read stories of appreciation from patients across the province, watch inspirational videos highlighting physicians and patients, or listen to the perspectives of fellow members on the podcast at Heart of Family Medicine.

We thank you again for all you do, not just on World Family Doctor Day, but every single day of the year.


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.