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Medical Students

Emerging Leaders. Valued Members.

Your Member Journey Starts Here.

First and foremost, congratulations on your new academic journey. Thank you for stopping by. The ACFP is proud to support you through your medical education and strives to provide students opportunities that showcase the unique attributes the family medicine specialization has to offer. From our incoming medical students Shadowing Program to the featured student events throughout the year, we are happy to provide a window to family medicine and what life will be as a member of the ACFP.

As the voice for family medicine in Alberta, the ACFP proudly advocates for the specialization and our members. We understand that you bring an important perspective and respect that you will be our leaders for the profession one day. With this in mind, we are proud to provide two representative seats on our Board of Directors.

Meet Your Elected Leaders

Emily Cox
Medical Student Liaison – University of Calgary
Roja Suthaker
Medical Student Liaison – University of Alberta

Become a Member of the ACFP

There is no fee for student membership and member renewal is done annually each July and terminates upon ceasing to be enrolled in an approved undergraduate training program. Student members belong to both the National College and Provincial Chapter.

Student Member Benefits

  • A reduced annual subscription rate for Canadian Family Physician (CFP)
  • Free online access to CFPCLearn, Self Learning®, and
  • Research services from the Canadian Library of Family Medicine, and much more!

Creating a Space for Connection and Mentorship

The ACFP is proud to offer a dedicated space on our online community platform, ACFP Networks, for students to connect on their everyday challenges and triumphs. ACFP Networks is a secure and safe space for family physicians, family medicine residents, medical students, and primary care professionals to connect, share, and support one another while advancing best practices. There are many communities, discussion threads, and a resources available on ACFP Networks including a newly launched space where you can connect with members one-to-one called Mentor Match. Simply create a username and password and get started.

Michael Potemkin

My name is Michael Potemkin, and I am a 1st year medical student attending the University of Calgary, where I also completed my Bachelor of Health Sciences degree, majoring in Biomedical Sciences. In my time outside of school, I enjoy going to the gym, collecting Star Wars novels, and listening to techno and drum & bass music.

Why did you volunteer for this position or why do you serve on this committee/task force?
I volunteered my time with the ACFP because I am passionate about communication across all generations of medical professionals. I want to ensure that the needs and opinions of the next generation of family physicians are heard, and that the ACFP, Alberta’s medical schools and the field of family medicine continue to grow and evolve. Family medicine and primary care are vital parts of the healthcare system, and I want to play my part in ensuring that changes in policy and practice are communicated down to those like me, who are just entering the medical field.

What do you value most about the work of the ACFP?
I value the role the ACFP has in connecting family physicians together. Primary care can be a difficult and sometimes isolating job, and having an organization that supports its members and provides opportunities for networking and support is vital in upholding both the health of patients and family physicians.

Roja Suthaker

My name is Roja Suthaker and I am a medical student at the University of Alberta. I was born and raised in Edmonton and completed a B.Sc. (Hons.) in psychology before beginning medical school. Outside of medicine, I enjoy teaching dance classes, playing board games, and cheering on the Edmonton Oilers!

Why did you volunteer for this position or why do you serve on this committee/task force?
Family medicine is a part of our healthcare system that has and will continue to undergo many changes in the coming years. Through this position, I hope to work with healthcare professionals to support the development of family medicine in Alberta and also provide a voice for the medical students’ perspectives on primary care.

What do you value most about the work of the ACFP?
I really appreciate the ways that the ACFP connects with medical students and provides opportunities for us to learn more about family medicine, whether it be through conferences, clinical skills nights, or networking events. Family medicine is such a vital part of the healthcare system, and the ACFP’s work to support family physicians, improve patient care, and advocate on behalf of family physicians is extremely valuable.