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This May 19th, Celebrate World Family Doctor Day

Edmonton, AB, May 11, 2022 – The Alberta College of Family Physicians (ACFP) is proud to celebrate the global recognition of Family Doctor Day (every year on May 19). First declared by WONCA (World Organization of Family Doctors) in 2010, this annual commemoration acknowledges the outstanding contributions of family doctors in health care systems around the world.

This year’s theme Family Doctors, Always There to Care perfectly reflects the steadfast dependability our doctors have demonstrated throughout the past two years of uncertainty. Despite the constant change, family doctors are always present, and continuity is a fundamental feature of their work. They are there, wherever, and whenever needed, and they identify their patients’ needs to guarantee the fundamental right to health (WONCA, 2022 Pillars).

“Family doctors care for people through their whole life from birth to end of life.” Says ACFP Executive Director Terri Potter, “World Family Doctor Day is a day to recognize the important work that family doctors do in our communities throughout Alberta.”

The ACFP invites Albertans 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 and your doctor could receive a Family Docs Rock t-shirt. Over the last two years, the ACFP has expanded the Family Docs Rock campaign to include a digital library, podcasts, and videos through its “Heart of Family Medicine” program.

Digital Assets

Review our Dropbox of media assets, follow the celebration on social media, and visit www.familydocsrock.ca to access our public communications toolkit.

About the Alberta College of Family Physicians

The Alberta College of Family Physicians is a provincial, voluntary organization representing more than 5,400 family physicians, family medicine residents, and medical students in Alberta. We promote excellence in family medicine through advocacy, education, and research. The ACFP is the provincial chapter of the College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC), the professional organization that represents more than 40,000 family physicians across the country. www.acfp.ca

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Media Contact Information

For more information please contact:
Lindsay Rankin, Manager, Communications and Stakeholder Relations
Alberta College of Family Physicians
cell: (780) 265-5467 or Lindsay.Rankin@acfp.ca