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First Five Years in Family Practice

Supporting You in Your Early Career

Med School – Check! Residency – Check!

You may be well on your way in your practice, starting out with some locums, or perhaps trying something totally new.

No matter how you spend your first five years in family practice in Alberta, the ACFP is here to help. The First Five Years in Family Practice (FFYFP) Community on ACFP Networks is a community of your peers — those who have been where you are and those who are figuring it out alongside you.

In addition, the ACFP’s FFYFP Committee has been formed to provide excellent early career support. The committee has aggregated some resources below to help you on your way!

Getting Started – Quick Links

  • First Five Blog Series – the blog dedicated to issues surrounding those in their first five years
  • Facebook – get social with the #FirstFiveAB group
  • ACFP Networks – join the ACFP’s online member community, a place where ACFP members as well as primary care providers can connect, share, and support one another while advancing best practices.
  • For Early Career Physicians – this CFPC webpage is useful information you need to stsart out as a physician in Canada

All Things Mainpro+

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.