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Join the CMN Community of Practice

The Collaborative Mentorship Network for Chronic Pain & Addiction (CMN) addresses the urgent need of local treatment options within primary care settings by building capacity within family physicians and multidisciplinary team members. The CMN provides helpful resources and opportunities for peer-to-peer support in the areas of chronic pain and substance use. To learn more, watch…

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Executive Director’s Message – A Seat at the Table

Read Full eNews The Alberta College of Family Physicians (ACFP) is no stranger when it comes to collaborating with partners and key stakeholders, and in recent years, lobbying the provincial government. The profile of the ACFP has dramatically increased and over the last 19 months, largely in part due to our consistent and our cooperative…

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Heart of Family Medicine Podcast – Episode 17

Dr. Rollie Nichol: Alignment, accountability, and answering the call to family medicine Dr. Rollie Nichol’s story begins with his military upbringing that shaped his aspiration for leadership. Family medicine may not have initially been on his radar, but it soon became his calling. Find out how Dr. Nichol discovered his path to family medicine, how the specialty has…

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Improving Coordinated Care for Chronic Opioid Therapy in Alberta

About the Study Enhancing Alberta Primary Care Research Networks (EnACt), led by Dr. Lee Green, is conducting a qualitative research study seeking to understand the thinking and decision-making processes that take place when family physicians and pharmacists manage chronic opioid therapy for those with chronic pain and/or substance use disorders. This study is a partnership…

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Power of Your Practice

Project Name: The SUPPORT-Pro Online Platform for Healthcare Professionals Treating Individuals Living With Type 1 Diabetes Project End Date: September 2022 Website: https://type1better.com/en/get-involved/health-professionals/ The purpose of this study is to determine if the SUPPORT-Pro platform can increase healthcare professional’s confidence levels in treating type 1 diabetes (T1D) and to better advise their patients after 3…

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The Challenge of Complexity

By Dr. Cathy Scrimshaw & Dr. Leah Phillips To enlarge the image on the right, click here. Given the current precarious state of health care in Alberta, we are reminded now more than ever about the challenge of complexity. We are challenged by our patients’ conditions, by our health care system, and by our own…

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Continuing COVID-19 Conversations

Read Full eNews This is a challenging President’s Message for me to write as I currently have a beloved family member admitted to the hospital for an acute condition. Needless to say, this is a difficult situation on a number of levels and my family is experiencing them directly. Prior to this pandemic, a hospital stay…

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Behind the Scenes – Get to Know the CMN Coordinators

Over the past year, the CMN has grown to include more than 250 members from different professions and backgrounds with a passion for chronic pain and/or substance use. Behind every Virtual Collaboration Forum, educational event, member welcome email, and more are CMN Coordinators Kerri McNabb (pictured left) and Agatha Grochowski (pictured right). When you reach…

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Up Your Chronic Pain Game! – FREE Pain BC Courses

CMN members can take advantage of this accredited opportunity to help manage chronic pain in their practice. The CMN has partnered with Pain BC to offer three valuable courses to members, free of charge. These courses include “Pain Foundations for Primary Care” ($280 value), “Pain Foundations for Allied Health Providers” ($280 value), and “Gentle Movement…

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Connect Care: Centralizing Operational Processes – Updating Forms

July 6, 2021 – AHS Memo Alberta Health Services (AHS) has implemented a “Request for Provider/Prescriber Set-Up in Health Information Systems” form to allow community providers to advise different groups within AHS and affiliated organizations of new information or changes to: Provider/prescriber name; professional and Connect Care identifiers; practice location(s); locum status Clinic/location/client/office name, demographics…

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August – A Message from the President

Read August 2021 eNews These past few weeks have found us, as an organization, in the position of having to respond to our environment and happenings around us. One such example was our response to the lack of clarity in our role regarding the public health policy changes presented by the Chief Medical Officer of…

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PEIP 2021 Registration Now Open!

Celebrating 10 Years of PEIP October 22-23, 2021 The ACFP and PEER are excited to bring you another year of the latest information in primary care that is concise, relevant to family medicine, and free of industry bias. Standard Pricing – Ends September 30th at 11:59 pm (MT) Whether you attend in person or virtually,…

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Chronic Pain – It’s Not About the Cure, It’s About the Context

By Dr. Leah Phillips “Illness is the doctor to whom we pay most heed; to kindness, to knowledge, we make promise only; pain we obey.” – Marcel Proust All people feel pain; pain is unavoidable. Yet for some, pain is an uninvited dictator in their lives. It taunts and angers them from the beginning to…

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