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First Five

FFYFP Blog: Big Bucks: Better Billing

Written by: Dr. Tyler Hunter You’re already taking time with every patient, phoning that family member on your lunch break and checking your labs on weekends. Money doesn’t solve everything, but you might as well get paid appropriately for your hard work.   BILLING TIPS I want to start out with a few general billing tips that…

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FFYFP Blog: Medicine for the Gender Spectrum

Written by: Dr. Charissa Ho For most of us, there was very little (if any) exposure to transgender medicine or people who identify as gender diverse during our training. I was fortunate to have the opportunity to locum for Dr. James Makokis in Edmonton, who guided me through my introduction to caring for people who…

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FFYFP Blog: June Tip on Wellness

Written by: Sierra Tamminen BSc, MD, CCFP I’ve recently spent a lot more time at home and focusing on wellness because I had a complicated foot injury that had me sitting on the couch for a while! For June’s tip, I thought I would share what I’ve been doing to work on wellness, and I’m…

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F***; One of the Worst Words to Hear in Your Busy Workday

Written by: Dr. Nathan Turner Form… probably the worst four letter F-word. But it’s that time of year again! No, unfortunately not the (finally) beautiful spring weather we’ve been eagerly awaiting after months of bitter cold. I’m talking about tax season! Which means many of us have received a request (or two… or ten) to…

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We are Never Ever Getting Back Together

Written by: Dr. Kristina Quan How to Terminate a Patient Relationship One of the best aspects of family medicine are the lasting relationships we get to create with our patients and families, but what happens when that relationship is broken beyond repair? When it is our nature to help, how do we make the decision…

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Work-Life Boundaries

By: Dr. Charissa Ho Disclaimer: I am not an expert on this topic. In fact, I am writing this blog post during vacation. And because I find myself constantly struggling to draw boundaries, I figured this is a good topic to explore. Work-life boundaries. We have all heard of them, but how well do we…

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Financial Literacy for the FFYFP

By Dr. Sierra Tamminen I think it is safe to say that my transition from residency to practice was a rocky one. With the onset of the COVID pandemic, delay of our licensing exams, and the resulting uncertainties about if/when we would be able to work, it was an eventful few months. However, as time…

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Early Careers, Family Medicine: How to Manage Charting & Labs

Your early years in practice can feel overwhelming for different reasons: diving into your practice, keeping a schedule, and practising without supervision to name a few. This article aims to tackle some of those overwhelming aspects you might experience, and suggest strategies for mitigating them. One potentially blindsiding aspect can be Charting & Lab Follow-up. Maybe…

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Mainpro+ Mega Minute

By Nathan Turner MD, CCFP As a new in practice family doctor there are many things that, while important for your practice and career, you may not have had much exposure to in residency. One of these is the Mainpro+ Continuing Professional Development (CPD) tracking system used by the College of Family Physicians of Canada…

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FFYFP: COVID Reflections

The following COVID-19 journeys are firsthand accounts from three of our First Five Years in Family Practice Committee. Each story is a unique perspective on how this pandemic is affecting physicians. Getting COVID – Charissa Ho MD, CCFP The COVID Ward – Kaili Hoffart MD, CCFP Sunshine – Jennifer Ortynski MD, CCFP

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FFYFP: COVID Reflections – The COVID Ward

By Kaili Hoffart MD, CCFP When I started my week as a hospitalist on one of our Edmonton COVID wards, I didn’t really know what to expect. It was an unfamiliar unit, but the nursing staff and rest of the team were welcoming. There was no choice, but to jump right in! My very first…

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