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President’s Message: March 2022

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The month of March tends to be a very busy time of year for all of us at ACFP. The countless hours of planning and hard work for staff and members alike comes to fruition in the form of our flagship conference – the Family Medicine Summit (Summit). Although we were unable to meet in person once again, there were still plenty of opportunities to socialize, share, and support one another. Thank you to all who were able to join us throughout the Summit weekend and kudos to the Scientific Planning Committee and the ACFP staff for making the 67th Summit another memorable event. It was truly wonderful to see so many of you there.

Annual Meeting of Members Update

Another event traditionally connected to the Summit is the ACFP’s Annual Meeting of Members (AMM) which was held virtually for a second time on March 15th. This year, we witnessed tremendous engagement and support from our members after presenting my annual report reflecting all ACFP’s events and achievements. Our members approved the audited financial report as well as the appointment of the auditor and the nominations for President-Elect, Dr. Noel DaCunha, and our newest member to the Board, Dr. Melanie Hnatiuk. Congratulations to both! I am looking forward to working with both Noel and Melanie in their new roles on our ACFP Board.  

Throughout the AMM, members engaged us in meaningful dialogue on topics such as advocacy and truth and reconciliation. I can promise you; these discussions are front of mind for all of us on the Board. I look forward to continuing to address the issues and concerns that matter to you, because they also matter to our patients, families, and our communities.

Recognize a Peer

It is not always easy to take the roads less travelled, but when we dare to do so, we often stumble upon our greatest fulfillments. So often we forget that the accolade of action is as important as the action itself and without it, daring greatly can be daunting. With that said, I end this message with one request, that as the month winds down please consider recognizing a trailblazer in your circle for an ACFP Award. Whether it be a student, resident, peer, or practice/clinic, there is a category for all and a need to celebrate our collective achievements. Nominations for the 2022 ACFP Awards close on April 1st and we look forward to hearing from you.

Sincerely,

Sudha Koppula BSc, MD, MClSc, CCFP, FCFP
President
Alberta College of Family Physicians

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