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“Just” a Family Doc

A twitter thread by Noel Grisdale, MD CCFP Dr. Noel Grisdale is a rural family physician and Clinical Assistant Professor at the University of Calgary. For over 20 years he has worked in the clinic, long-term care, active care, and emergency room providing comprehensive care. Family medicine is rooted on four main principles with the…

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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 – The COVID Ward

By Kaili Hoffart MD, CCFP When I started my week as a hospitalist on one of our Edmonton COVID wards, I didn’t really know what to expect. It was an unfamiliar unit, but the nursing staff and rest of the team were welcoming. There was no choice, but to jump right in! My very first…

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FFYFP: COVID Reflections – Getting COVID

By Charissa Ho MD, CCFP When the pandemic started, I expected to get COVID at some point. As the months dragged on, I took every precaution and it seemed less and less likely I would get it. I followed public health measures, usually going beyond what was recommended. Even as the number of cases rose…

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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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Message From the President – December 2020

As we bring 2020 to a close, it is important to reflect on the year we have personally and collectively experienced. I know many may want to put the year in the past. The year has brought forward a number of challenges, from the government terminating our master agreement, to various implications of legislation and…

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Happy Holidays From the ACFP!

Read Full eNews To Our Members, On behalf of the ACFP Staff, we wish you all a safe and healthy holiday season! Please enjoy our holiday poem! Warm wishes, The ACFP Staff

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A ParksRx for Wellness – For Patients, and Yourself

By Clark Svrcek, MD, CCFP, P.Eng., M.Eng. I have a disclosure to make, and this may or may not surprise you: I’m a nature nut.  I love being outdoors.  I tire of doctoring inside and in front of a screen for these past 90 – I mean, 9 – months.  I watch my kids explore…

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Get Involved with EnACt!

Power of Your Practice Are you interested in improving symptom management for cirrhosis care in Alberta?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 primary care physicians manage the symptoms of patients living with…

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Important Changes to the 2021 Annual Meeting of Members

Read Full eNews Hello ACFP Members, In 2021, the Annual Meeting of Members (AMM) will be held virtually due to COVID-19. Electronic voting will also be introduced. With these virtual opportunities, we are expecting that more of our members will be able to participate.  Changes to 2021 AMMHistorically, the AMM has been held in early…

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