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Now Accepting Nominations for the 2024 ACFP Awards

Outstanding New Professional Award (ONP)

The New Professional Award recognizes a family physician, in his or her first five years of practice, who has not only successfully established his/her career, but has demonstrated balance through commitment to family, patients, colleagues and community. Examples may include, but are not limited to the following:

  • Served as a volunteer in the community
    Demonstrated proficiency and competency in providing care to patients
  • Opened a new practice – solo or group
  • Contributed to a new practice or locum, by sharing on-call duties, working with colleagues, and other health professionals in a team environment
  • Participated as a valued member of a professional committee
  • Provided leadership through involvement in teaching and/ or research
  • Improved problem-solving skills in the clinic and/ or hospital setting
Recipients are nominated by their peers or members of the public, or are self-nominated.
Deadline to submit a nomination is April 1, 2024.

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
  • Nominee is in his or hers first five years of practice
  • Nominee is NOT a current member of the ACFP Board or the Awards and Recognition Committee

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2023 ACFP 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. Vishal Bhella

2023 Recognition of Excellence Award

Dr. Vishal Bhella is the Clinical Associate Professor and Site Medical Lead for the South Health Campus Family Medicine Teaching Centre with the University of Calgary, Department of Family Medicine. He was also the past president of the Alberta College of Family Physicians and the past Chair of the College of Family Physicians of Canada’s (CFPC’s) elected leaders’ group.  In addition to clinical practice, Dr. Bhella is Involved in education, scholarship and clinical teaching. 

The one thing I love about family medicine is: The ability to get to know patients and families over time and being able to work with excellent teams in both clinical and leadership activities. 

Family medicine mentor: Dr. Allyn Walsh and Dr. Eric Wong 

One thing that surprised me about being a family physician is: How much paperwork there is