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Family Physicians’ Perspectives on Pregnancy Care

End Date: May 31, 2024


You are invited to share your perspectives on pregnancy care!

Many family physicians provide pregnancy care until 20 weeks gestational age and make a decision around where patients receive the remainder of their pregnancy and intrapartum care. We hope to understand how physician-patient interactions result in the broader referral trends observed and improve the experience for physicians and patients. Participation involves a 45 minute Zoom interview scheduled at your convenience.

We hope you’ll participate if you:

  • practice in the Edmonton metropolitan area
  • are a family physician in community practice, family physician preceptor, or first year family medicine resident
  • do not provide labour and delivery care

Please complete this form or contact if you’re interested in learning more or participating.

The study is led by family physician Dr. Sanja Kostov. It has received ethics approval from the University of Alberta (Pro00126836).

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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.