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Heart of Family Medicine

Executive Director’s Message: May 2022 – World Family Doctor Day

Read Full eNews These past two years have shown that, throughout a pandemic, amid political stresses, burnout, and endless challenges, family doctors have and continue to show up, providing support and care for their patients. You continue to dig in every day as you lead with compassion, resilience, and enthusiasm in the face of adversity….

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Heart of Family Medicine Podcast – Episode 18

Shirley Schipper: Balancing family, medicine, and establishing women in leadership roles  In this episode, Dr. Shirley Schipper bravely shares personal experiences and tribulations she has faced as a woman in leadership positions over the years. Listen to Dr. Schipper’s honest take on the good, the bad, and the hope for equitable opportunities for leaders in medicine. 

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Heart of Family Medicine Podcast – Episode 17

Dr. Rollie Nichol: Alignment, accountability, and answering the call to family medicine Dr. Rollie Nichol’s story begins with his military upbringing that shaped his aspiration for leadership. Family medicine may not have initially been on his radar, but it soon became his calling. Find out how Dr. Nichol discovered his path to family medicine, how the specialty has…

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Heart of Family Medicine Podcast – Episode 16

Allan Bailey: Applying systems thinking to the heart of family medicine Having started his professional career as a civil engineer, Dr. Allan Bailey quickly realized that his astute problem-solving and systems thinking skills could quickly be transplanted into a different sector—health care. Realizing his childhood dream, Dr. Bailey found a new path in family medicine…

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Heart of Family Medicine Podcast – Episode 15

Cathy Scrimshaw: Transitioning out of rural family practice after 30 years After more than 30 years of rural family practice and 28 years as a family doctor in the community of Pincher Creek, Dr. Cathy Scrimshaw reflects on her time in rural family practice—the significant patient relationships she’s developed over the years, what it has…

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Heart of Family Medicine Podcast – Episode 14

Amy Gausvik and Nicole Cardinal: Providing care where and when its needed most through the Alberta Indigenous Virtual Care Clinic Meet AIVCC Medical Director, Dr. Amy Gausvik and family physician Dr. Nicole Cardinal as they discuss the recent launch of the Alberta Indigenous Virtual Care Clinic—its purpose and importance in providing adaptive, community-based care for…

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Heart of Family Medicine Podcast – Episode 13

Matthew Corkum: Taking the fear out of disabilities through inclusion, determination, and a zest for life Having been diagnosed with cerebral palsy at 18 months didn’t stop Matt from achieving and excelling at all things he does. Matt is an accomplished meteorologist and, in his spare time, a public speaker, advocating and educating people on…

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Everyday Excellence – Noel DaCunha

Read Interview Questions No two days are ever quite the same for a family physician, and rural doc Noel DaCunha can attest to that. Dr. DaCunha’s practice consists of multi-generational families, which means his scope of work extends from, “delivering their babies, looking after their great grandparents and everything in between.” It is this comprehensive,…

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Celebrating the Patient’s Medical Home

The ACFP celebrated with its two Patient’s Medical Home – Outstanding Family Practice recipients and made a trip out to visit their staff teams. The ACFP’s Patient’s Medical Home – Outstanding Family Practice award honours clinics that exemplify the principles of the Patient’s Medical Home. Dr. Margaret Churcher Family Practice, Calgary The Dr. Margaret Churcher…

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Executive Director’s Message

Message from the Executive Director It is an honour to serve Alberta’s family physician community. Steve Jobs said, “Your work is going to fill a large part of your life, and the only way to be truly satisfied is to do what you believe is great work. And the only way to do great work…

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