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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
Carly Clarke
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.

Emily Cox

My name is Carly and I am a Medical Student at the University of Alberta and am proud to represent the Class of 2027. I have lived in the Calgary area for 21 years with my husband and soon to be teenaged son. My professional background includes NICU and Psychiatric Nursing, and have been a Nurse Practitioner in Primary Care and Emergency Psychiatry since 2018. In my time off, I love travelling, gathering around a camp fire with friends, and karaoke.

Why did you volunteer for this position or why do you serve on this committee/task force?
As a new medical student with ongoing allied experience in Primary Care, I continue to feel the impact of the ever changing landscape of Family Medicine. I am grateful for the opportunity to share the hard work and experience of our expert Family Medicine colleagues in the ACFP with the student body.

What do you value most about the work of the ACFP?
The ACFP works diligently to advocate for Family Medicine as a foundation of health for individuals, communities, and the entire health care system. They are committed to supporting Family Physicians in their innumerable and often unseen roles, celebrating their diversity and adaptability. The ACFP puts a spotlight on the importance of building strong professional and client centered relationships that extend well beyond individual interactions.

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.