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October – Message from the President

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This month, as we honor our award winners, I am reminded of the hard work and dedication of so many around the province in delivering care to our patients every day. Our awards recognize that family physicians, both experienced and newer in practice, have so much to contribute to enhancing primary care delivery in our province.

The ACFP’s Outstanding Family Practice award winners remind us that it takes a team to practice medicine and exemplify how working as a team with a common goal of improving the care our patients receive make a difference in our communities. We also acknowledge those who have committed time to helping the ACFP further our role of influencing and improving the delivery of primary care throughout Alberta. It is important to recognize that improving the well-being of Albertans takes the efforts of not just our past and present honorees but every one of us putting forth our expertise and compassion to ensure Albertans get the care they need.

Earlier this month, we hosted another successful PEIP conference. Over 600 attendees, who took part in person and remotely by Webcast, experienced two days of stimulating learning that they can carry forward to their colleagues and practices throughout the province, and the country. Congratulations to the Planning Committee and Staff.

I would like to remind you to save the date for the ACFP’s Family Medicine Summit (formerly known as Annual Scientific Assembly) being held in Banff on March 1-3, 2019. This popular conference is a wonderful opportunity to reconnect with colleagues, representatives from the College. Join us and experience three days of excellent learning opportunities and to celebrate excellence in family practice. The planning committee is working hard finalizing a program that will be relevant to your practice and provide an opportunity to ‘connect, learn and celebrate’. Registration for the Summit opens in mid-November!

Please contact me any time at acfppres@acfp.ca.

Vishal Bhella, MD, CCFP
President
Alberta College of Family Physicians

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