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Family Medicine Researchers Recognized at ACFP’s 2024 Reviewer’s Choice Awards

Last March, the Alberta College of Family Physicians (ACFP) provided a Research Showcase platform for Alberta researchers in family medicine to present their projects at the annual Family Medicine Summit in Banff.  It recognized three winners each for the ACFP ‘s 2024 Reviewer’s Choice Research Awards Oral Presentation and Poster Display out of 35 accepted abstract submissions. 

Oral presentations and posters displayed at this event are peer-reviewed and selected for their quality, importance, and relevance to family medicine. The selection process is very competitive and often sees a variety of research abstracts from across Alberta.  

This year, the ACFP saw an increase in the number of abstract submissions, with a total of 53 submitted over 44 in 2023. The Research Showcase program consisted of six oral presentations Friday afternoon of the Summit, and 24 in-person posters displayed during the Welcome Reception later that evening. 

Adjudication of the 2024 Reviewer’s Choice Awards for both oral and poster presentations occurred in early February, with the award certificates being presented onsite at the Summit during the Research Showcase.  

The top 3 award winners from each category are highlighted below:    

Oral Presentation Category:   

 1st Place: Family Physician Perspectives on Replacing ICD-9 for Billing in Canada   

– S. Garies, D. Pathiraja, K. McBrien, J. Dickinson, C. Eastwood, D. Southern, et al.     

2nd Place: DPI Vs MDI Inhaler Assessment in Primary Care: A Focus on Environmentally-Conscious Prescribing   

– J. Witzel, T. Huyghebaert, C. Svrcek   

3rd Place: The Impact of Primary Care Clinic and Family Physician Continuity on Patient Health Outcomes – A Retrospective Analysis from Alberta, Canada   

– T. McDonald, L.A. Green, P.E. Ronksley, L.L. Cook, A.B. Patel, J. Seidel, B.C. Lethebe  

Poster Display Category:   

1st Place: Piloting Care Planning Tools in Primary Care for Complex Patients  

– L. Toon, T. Barber, C. George, K. Scott, S. Davison  

2nd Place: Facilitators and Barriers to the Implementation of the Better Wise Intervention: A Qualitative Study    

– N. Sopcak, C. Fernandes, D. Ofosu, M. Wong, I. Khalil, T. Wong, D. Manca  

3rd Place: Lubricants for Sex: A Guide for Providers   

– R. Vanderschee, S. Kostov   

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