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The Highs and Lows of Medical Cannabis

Tools and Supports for Primary Care In 2017, the ACFP with their collaboration with the PEER group, published three Tools for Practice articles. #199 Missing “High” Quality Evidence: Medical Cannabinoids for Pain? – Clinical Question: Are medical cannabinoids (MC) effective for the treatment of pain? Author(s): G. Michael Allan, Caitlin R. Finley, Robert Hauptman, Nathan…

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Message From the President—Building Community

Read the full summer eNews. Dear Members, Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world. Nelson Mandela As we all settle in to our regular ‘back to school’ schedules, I’m reminded why I became involved with our College. I was early in my career, and relatively new to Alberta….

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Now Certified! PEIP is over 75% sold out!

The PEIP Conference has sold out every year! Don’t miss your opportunity to join ACFP and the PEER team this October for the popular PEIP Conference in Edmonton. Register today and save before prices increase on September 29. Registrations are available online only and the deadline for registrations is October 12, 2018.   Session Spotlight:…

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Enhancements to Engage Primary Care, ACFP’s Leader Registry

Alberta’s health care system is constantly evolving and primary care is being asked more and more to provide advice and input on these changes. To ensure the voice of family physicians is heard when these requests come in, we have created the Engage Primary Care portal–a way to link requesters to those physicians who want…

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Call for Volunteers!

Student Information Sessions at the University of Alberta Once a year the ACFP organizes a student-family physician meet and greet luncheon or dinner. The event provides a great opportunity for students to meet and speak with practising family physicians. The informal setting is the perfect place for students to ask doctors the really tough questions. Call…

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Important HIV PrEP update: No cost for high-risk individuals

On October 1, Alberta will make generic versions of HIV pre-exposure prophylaxis (PrEP) available at no cost to individuals at high risk of HIV acquisition. In order for a client to be covered, the medication must be prescribed by health professionals who have demonstrated specific knowledge in HIV prevention, and have registered with Alberta Health…

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Opioid Response: Take Action

Could she be your patient? It’s a typical day at the clinic and a new patient arrives without an appointment. She’s in her early 20s and behaves in an agitated fashion, but she’s polite and trying her best not to disrupt anyone else. The body language of other patients in the waiting room shows curiosity,…

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Working Together for Healthy Aging in Alberta: Seniors Forum Recommendations

It is with great pleasure that we share the ACFP’s Healthy Aging Policy Paper – Working Together for Healthy Aging in Alberta: Seniors Forum Recommendations. The work is the thoughtful collation of recommendations identified by key stakeholders interested in building partnerships focused on providing and improving seniors care. Download the Executive Summary Download the full…

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Primary Health Care Opioid Response Initiative: Work in Progress

The opioid crisis in Alberta continues to affect communities across the province, and all health system partners have been actively working to address this crisis. Since receiving the grant, the Primary Health Care Opioid Response Initiative (PHC ORI) partnership (ACFP, AMA, AHS aligned with AH) has been leading the primary care response. We have been…

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Message from the Executive Director—What’s Happening at ACFP?

Read the full summer eNews. The staff at the ACFP are working hard to prepare programs and services for you, our members. As always, we strive to ensure that the family physician voice is part of ongoing system improvements. I am most excited about three things currently on our minds and desks: PEIP—Get Together and…

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CPSA Council Update: Standards Clarify Boundaries and Practice Responsibilities

Doctors across Alberta should familiarize themselves with these two recently amended standards of practice, approved by the CPSA Council after an extensive consultation process: Boundary Violations (formerly Sexual Boundary Violations) adds new expectations around non-clinical relationships with patients and learners (e.g., personal, social, business, financial), as well as prohibiting the sexualization of physician-patient relationships. Responsibility…

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Registration is now open!

Don’t delay, register for PEIP today! Pre-conference session confirmed! We have added a new pre-conference session to this year’s conference line up. Led by Dr. Christy Sutherland (Vancouver inner-city harm reduction), participants will be provided strategies for identifying and evaluating patients in their practices with opioid use disorder, implementing and initiating therapy (including opioid agonist…

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