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Family Physician of the Year Award (FPOY)

This award recognizes outstanding family physicians who best exemplify what being a family doctor is all about – providing exceptional care to their patients, making significant contributions to the health and wellbeing of their community and/or society in general, and dedicating themselves to the education of future generations of family doctors.

As part of the adjudication process, the successful recipient will also be nominated as the Reg L. Perkin Family Physician of the Year for Alberta, bestowed by the College of Family Physicians of Canada.

Recipients are nominated by their peers.
Thank you for your submissions. Our call for 2024 ACFP Award nominations is now closed.

Award Criteria

  • Nominee is an Active Member, as defined by the CFPC Membership Policy (Non-Member Mainpro+® Participants are not eligible)
  • Nominee is an ACFP member in good standing and has been in practice for a minimum of 10 years
  • Nominee is NOT a current member of the ACFP Board or the Awards and Recognition Committee
  • Demonstrates outstanding leadership in the areas of advocacy, community service and/or education
  • Supports excellence in family medicine, including community medical services, involvement in the College and contribution beyond their medical practice to the community at large
  • Exemplifies the four principles of family medicine:
    • The family physician is a skilled clinician
    • Family medicine is a community-based discipline
    • The family physician is a resource to a defined practice population
    • The patient-physician relationship is central to the role of the family physician

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2023 Award Recipients

The ACFP is proud to celebrate all physicians, residents, students, and clinics who demonstrate excellence in family practice. 

 To learn more about this year’s amazing list of recipients as well as previous ACFP Award winners, visit our Award Recipients page through the button below.

Dr. Christina (Tina) Korownyk

2023 Family Physician of the Year

Dr. Christina “Tina” Korownyk has practiced Family Medicine at the Northeast Community Health Centre for almost 20 years.  She is a proud member of the PEER team which seeks to empower primary care clinicians through best evidence, including the creation of primary care guidelines and biweekly Tools for Practice.  She joined the University of Alberta in 2006, and recently has assumed the role of Chair in the Department.  She has published and presented on numerous primary care topics over her career. She is passionate about improving the landscape for primary care within the province of Alberta.  

One thing I love about family medicine is: The absolute privilege it is to be allowed into the lives of our patients and grow with them and their families over the years. 

Family Medicine Mentor: Mike Allan has been an amazing mentor to me since I was a resident.  Now I would also include many of my clinical, academic and PEER colleagues whom I am constantly learning from. 

One thing that surprised me about being a family physician: The breadth of information that I was expected to know.  There are constantly new things to learn.  It was a surprise and a fun challenge. 

If I wasn’t a family physician I would be:  In an imaginary world I would race mountain bikes. In the real world – perhaps an accountant;)


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.