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President’s Message: November 2022

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Welcome to another winter, a familiar season to us. The last season of the calendar year, and one before a provincial election here in Alberta. In preparation for an upcoming election and to ensure ACFP activities and operations are on the right track after years of the COVID-19 pandemic, we would like to introduce you to our refreshed Strategic Framework.

Given the current environments in which you are working tirelessly, ACFP wished to review our strategic plan to be sure that we are providing you with the best support possible.

ACFP’s Future of Family Medicine: A strategic vision

Getting to Work

One of the ways that the ACFP is implementing this strategy already is by putting effort into forming new team-based care relationships. This past October, the ACFP participated in the Primary Care Interdisciplinary Summit: Building the Coalition with the Alberta Association of Nurses (AAN) and the Alberta Primary Care Nurses Association (APCNA). During the event, an energetic meeting ensued where valuable resources were identified, key ideas were expressed, and optimistic visions of the future of health care were shared. Collaborative initiatives like this are crucial in establishing the Patient Medical Home model in Alberta for the benefit of all Albertans. This is just the beginning, and I look forward to seeing where this leads us.

Let Us Know

The ACFP Board and several committees have reviewed the strategic framework and are eager to hear from all of you, our valued members, about it. What are your thoughts after reviewing it? Does it resonate with you? What questions do you have? Please contact me at, and I will share your thoughts with the Board and our staff. 

Getting Prepared

In anticipation of an election this coming Spring, and to ensure our messaging will be most effective, the ACFP has already acquired a government relations consultant. Your ACFP leadership has been working with them regularly and has developed strategies to approach the political climate as it changes in the coming months (and beyond). With their guidance, we will be offering our members a toolkit to mobilize grassroots advocacy initiatives as well as a webinar session on Alberta’s political landscape. The date for this session has already been chosen April 27, 2023. So, mark your calendars and get registered

Celebrating Family Physicians

At the ACFP, we will continue to work hard for you during this crucial time, and we want you to know that we appreciate the hard work you are doing for us too. In recognition of that, we would like to congratulate several family physicians who were recognized at the in-person Family Medicine Forum (FMF) conference held in Toronto. 

Dr. Marjan Abbasi (Reg L. Perkins Award) and Dr. Kannin Osei-Tutu (Donald I. Rice Award)
Dr. David Pontin (Reg L. Perkins Award, NWT Family Physician of the Year)
Dr. Valentin Duta (Fellowship in the College of Family Physicians of Canada)

Please take a moment to celebrate your colleagues and peers by reviewing the Convocation Program and the Award Gala Program. We could not be prouder to see so many inspirational members representing our province. I extend my heartfelt congratulations!

Were you at FMF? Please send us your photos (email! We’d love to celebrate you in upcoming social media and other online publications.

2022 ACFP Award Winners

We are pleased to announce that in addition to winning the Reg L. Perkins Award, Dr. Abbasi is the winner of the 2022 ACFP Family Physician of the Year Award for her outstanding work with seniors. Take a moment to read more about Dr. Abbasi and the other 2022 ACFP Award winners. If you have a colleague that you think deserves recognition, consider nominating them for an ACFP award.  

As always, we look forward to every opportunity to celebrate our members and their accomplishments. 


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

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My name is Smitha Yaltho and I feel privileged to work as a family physician. Why? I believe that being a family physician has been the best job any physician can hope to have. I have personally grown in my own abilities and skill-sets with diverse opportunities in ambulatory practice, acute care and work in Facility Living.  Working in primary care has been exciting and has also afforded me tremendous opportunities for growth while still remaining stimulating in its complexity.  I believe that Family physicians are trusted partners in patient care –  every step of the way. 

Why are you volunteering to serve on this committee?
I currently have an interest in Physician Leadership and  trauma informed care.  I have served as a director with the Board of Directors with the Edmonton North PCN, Edmonton’s largest PCN. Thereafter, I have worked as the Director of Medical Services with CapitalCare (also based in Edmonton) for almost 6 years. It is my express wish that my contribution on the ACFP board of directors will highlight the excellence of family medicine that exists right here and now within the Alberta health care system. 

What about the ACFP’s work do you find most valuable?
Ability to highlight and further support the excellence of primary care right here in Alberta.