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FFYFP FAQs

Frequently asked questions are a great way to cut to the chase and find the answer your looking for. If it’s not on this page then we want to hear about it. Email info@acfp.ca and send us your question. We’ll do our best to find the answer for you.

1. What is the purpose of the First Five Years in Practice Committee?
2. Who is the ACFP?
3. What is the role of the College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC)?
4. What are the benefits of being a CFPC member?
5. Whom do I contact regarding my membership in the College?
6. How do I report a change of address?

FFYFP/ACFP/CFPC Membership

1. What is the purpose of the First Five Years in Family Practice Committee?
The Alberta College of Family Physicians (ACFP) supports new family physicians through the First Five Years of Practice (FFYP) Committee. Consisting of family physician members from various communities throughout Alberta, the FFYP Committee aims to specifically focus on areas that are important to family physicians in their first five years of practice. Our mandates include:

  • To raise awareness of the ACFP’s programs, products, and services amongst family physicians in their first five years of practice.
  • To regularly communicate with family physicians in their first five years of practice via website, email, Facebook page, Twitter and other media as require
  • To periodically survey family physicians in the first five years of practice to determine issues important to them.
  • Through the ACFP FFYP representative, bring issues affecting family physicians in their first five years of practice to the attention of the national Membership Advisory Committee (MAC) and the CFPC.
  • To develop programs and/or resources targeting the needs of family physicians in their first five years of practice.
  • To provide a leadership opportunity for family physicians in their first five years of practice.
    To serve as a resource for the ACFP Board Representative to CFPC’s MAC, and other areas within the CFPC, whenever the opinions of family physicians in their early years in practice are sought.

2. Who is the ACFP?
The Alberta College of Family Physicians (ACFP) is the provincial Chapter of the College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC) and was established more than 60 years ago. The ACFP is a professional voluntary organization, representing more than 4,200 family physicians, family medicine residents, and medical students in Alberta. We strive for excellence in family practice through advocacy, continuing medical education, and primary care research.

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3. What is the role of the College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC)?
The College is a non-profit voluntary organization of family physicians that makes continuing medical education (CME) mandatory for its members. The College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC) is recognized worldwide. Our members have superior CME training and maintain high standards of care in general practice across Canada. The CFPC establishes the standards for the training, certification and lifelong education of family physicians. It accredits postgraduate family medicine training in Canada’s 17 medical schools, conducts the certification examination in family medicine, and grants the CCFP designation to those who qualify as specialists in family medicine. In addition, the CFPC is a leading advocate of family medicine and quality healthcare for all Canadians.

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4. What are the benefits of being a CFPC member?

  • The ability to use special designations upon meeting requirements: MCFP (Member), CCFP (Certificant) or FCFP (Fellow) designation — a symbol of excellence in family medicine that is recognized worldwide. The designations signify to patients and peers that you have met high standards for training and are committed to lifelong learning.
  • Full access to the quality MAINPRO® programs used to enhance your ongoing CME/CPD interests and requirements.
  • Advocacy and policy development on behalf of members with governments, other health care associations and key decision makers to represent the needs and interests of family physicians across Canada.
  • Access to Self LearningTM Program.
  • Access to the Canadian Library of Family Medicine services, and member programs at competitive rates.
  • Preferential rates for Family Medicine Forum, and provincial annual scientific assemblies (ASAs).
  • Funding and recognition opportunities through the CFPC Honours and Awards program.
  • Member discounts on products and services. http://www.cfpc.ca/Group_Benefits/

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5. Whom do I contact regarding my membership in the College?
Contact the CCFP membership department with all of your membership questions or concerns. Email them at: membership@cfpc.ca.

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6. How do I report a change of address?
Please contact the membership department to update your membership information, including your address. Email them at: membership@cfpc.ca.

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