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An Engaged Primary Care Workforce

Alberta’s primary care system is constantly evolving to meet the needs of patients and providers — and family physicians are being asked more and more to get involved and be a part of that evolution. Are you a physician who has ideas about where we need to go? Do you want to ensure the voice of family medicine is heard? Or do you have one great idea that you are just waiting to give to the right group? We’ve designed our leadership registry just for you physicians like you!

Working with our partners at Alberta Health Services, the Alberta Medical Association, Strategic Clinical Networks, and the Primary Care Alliance we’ve developed a portal for you to identify your leadership strengths and tell us how you want to get involved. By taking 5 minutes to fill out your leadership profile at we are able to use that information to match you with unique leadership opportunities that come in from all over the system. Once a match has been presented, we’ll reach out to you with a request. You can choose to participate in the opportunity or not. It’s up to you to decide if it sounds interesting or aligns with your goals. Sign up today!

“As a medical student and resident, I had always told myself to avoid taking on additional responsibility. Medicine has a way of asking more and more of you, and it never seems to stop asking. I wanted to avoid taking on too much leadership and administration responsibilities and end up neglecting my clinical or personal obligations.

However, during my first five years of practice, I became increasingly frustrated with gaps/barriers in the medical system for patients and caregivers, including health care professionals, without someone to advocate for them. As a result, I started taking on leadership positions to tear down some of those barriers, and bridge those gaps that I saw in my clinical practice.”

Dr. Dinesh Witharana, ACFP Board of Director

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.