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May 19th is World Family Doctor Day

Edmonton, AB, May 7, 2019 – The Alberta College of Family Physicians (ACFP) is proud to celebrate World Family Doctor Day on May 19th. First declared by WONCA (World Organization of National Colleges, Academies and Academic Associations of General Practitioners/Family Physicians) in 2010, Family Doctor Day recognizes the central role of the family physician specialist in the delivery of personal, comprehensive and continuing health care for all patients.

This year’s theme “Family doctors – caring for you for the whole of your life” captures the lifelong, trusted relationship that can develop between patients and their physicians. From birth to multi-generational familial care, family doctors can manage newborn, child, teen, adult, and elder health, including palliative and end of life care.

“Family physicians are the cornerstone of family medicine in primary care and are highly respected in their communities, building long-term relationships with their patients,” says ACFP Executive Director Terri Potter.

“Family Doctor Day is an opportunity to recognize family doctors as the heart of family health care.”

The ACFP invites people to celebrate their own family doctors through the ACFP’s “Family Docs Rock” campaign. Share why your family doctor rocks at  www.familydocsrock.ca and you could receive a Family Docs Rock t-shirt!

The Alberta College of Family Physicians is a provincial, voluntary organization representing more than 5000 family physicians, family medicine residents, and medical students in Alberta. We promote excellence in family medicine through advocacy, education, and research. Together with our National College, the College of Family Physicians of Canada, we uphold the vision of the Patient’s Medical Home, the central hub for the timely provision and coordination of a comprehensive menu of health and medical services patients need.

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