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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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Looking Back on 2020

Read Full eNews In March of 2020, at our annual meeting of members (AMM), you asked that we invest in building public awareness of the value of family physicians.The development of the Heart of Family Medicine program has been a rich experience with multiple facets. It has given us the opportunity to get to know several…

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The Role of Family Physicians’ in the COVID Vaccine Rollout

The recent ACFP survey of its members regarding the willingness and capacity of primary care to support the vaccine rollout garnered over 1,200 members’ responses. Based on your feedback, the ACFP will be advocating for the integral role of family physicians as partners in the pandemic response. The following letter will be sent to our government,…

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FFYFP: COVID Reflections

The following COVID-19 journeys are firsthand accounts from three of our First Five Years in Family Practice Committee. Each story is a unique perspective on how this pandemic is affecting physicians. Getting COVID – Charissa Ho MD, CCFP The COVID Ward – Kaili Hoffart MD, CCFP Sunshine – Jennifer Ortynski MD, CCFP

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FFYFP: COVID Reflections – Sunshine

By Jennifer Ortynski MD, CCFP As I drop my now contaminated gloves into the already overflowing garbage, I hear a wavering voice float out from the room I was just in. I recognize the melody instantly.  Sunshine,You are my sunshine It was my patient’s husband singing on a video call. I had just left the…

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Heart of Family Medicine Podcast – Episode 15

Cathy Scrimshaw: Transitioning out of rural family practice after 30 years After more than 30 years of rural family practice and 28 years as a family doctor in the community of Pincher Creek, Dr. Cathy Scrimshaw reflects on her time in rural family practice—the significant patient relationships she’s developed over the years, what it has…

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April – Message from the President

Read Full eNews It is my pleasure to write my first of many President’s messages to you. On March 25, 2021, many of you joined us for our Annual Meeting of Members (AMM), during which Dr. Vishal Bhella, now our Past President, and the CFPC Leadership generously passed on the ACFP Presidency role to me for…

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RhPAP Feature – The CMN Benefits for Rural Physicians

Learn more about the Collaborative Mentorship Network experience from rural physicians Drs. Janine Karpakis, Joseph Ojedokun, and Dino Smilijic and how it has provided them peer-to-peer support and resources for treating chronic pain and addiction. For the full article visit the RhPAP Website:

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2021 ACFP Awards – Call for Nominations

Deadline to nominate: April 1, 2021 Honour the exceptional family physicians, clinics, residents, and medical students, who advance excellence in family medicine and contribute to the health of communities across Alberta. Nominate a colleague or peer today! 2020 ACFP Award Recipients Watch our 2020 ACFP Award Recipients who were recently celebrated at our Virtual Family…

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Heart of Family Medicine Podcast – Episode 14

Amy Gausvik and Nicole Cardinal: Providing care where and when its needed most through the Alberta Indigenous Virtual Care Clinic Meet AIVCC Medical Director, Dr. Amy Gausvik and family physician Dr. Nicole Cardinal as they discuss the recent launch of the Alberta Indigenous Virtual Care Clinic—its purpose and importance in providing adaptive, community-based care for…

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March – Message From the President

Read Full eNews Dear Members, Please note that the Annual Meeting of Members of the Alberta College of Family Physicians (ACFP) will be held virtually on Thursday, March 25, 2021 beginning at 7:00 p.m. MST followed by an open member forum. We invite you to attend as it will include the installation of Dr. Sudha…

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Request from Alberta Health – COVID-19 FAQs

The ACFP continues to advocate for family physicians through our relationship with Alberta Health. Recently, the ACFP attended a meeting with Dr. Hinshaw, several leaders in the Office of the Chief Medical Officer of Health (OCMOH), Public Health, and Primary & Community Care.Alberta Health (AH) acknowledges the important role of family physicians in responding to…

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Out Like a Lion, in Like a Lamb

Read Full eNews. We are quickly approaching our annual conference, the Family Medicine Summit, held March 5-7. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, we will be holding this fully virtually for the first time ever. Our Annual Meeting of Members (AMM), which is usually held in person at the conference, will instead be virtual this year,…

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What is Connect Care?

bridge.connect-care.ca/2021/02/03.html(opens in a new tab) Original Post Date: September 27, 2019 Post Update: February 18, 2021 Call to Action for Primary Care and Community Providers: Connect Care Identifiers and Wave Sequencing Update Connect Care will launch Wave 3 at sites in the former Peace Region of North Zone on April 10, 2021. All community providers…

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Mainpro+ Mega Minute

By Nathan Turner MD, CCFP As a new in practice family doctor there are many things that, while important for your practice and career, you may not have had much exposure to in residency. One of these is the Mainpro+ Continuing Professional Development (CPD) tracking system used by the College of Family Physicians of Canada…

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Heart of Family Medicine Podcast – Episode 13

Matthew Corkum: Taking the fear out of disabilities through inclusion, determination, and a zest for life Having been diagnosed with cerebral palsy at 18 months didn’t stop Matt from achieving and excelling at all things he does. Matt is an accomplished meteorologist and, in his spare time, a public speaker, advocating and educating people on…

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