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President's Messages

Statement on Roe Versus Wade

Dear Members, On Friday, June 24th, The Supreme Court of the United States of America overturned the landmark decision of Roe versus Wade, a precedent that guaranteed women’s rights to privacy, protection of their own health decisions, and the right to essential reproductive care, including abortion. This decision is deeply disturbing and opens a path…

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President’s Message: June 2022

Read Full eNews As our season changes from a hopeful spring to an even more hopeful summer, I am reminded how it is commonly said that the only thing constant is change. Over the past two and a half years, as family physicians we have most certainly become accustomed to change. Thankfully, our adaptability and…

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June 21, 2022 – National Indigenous Peoples Day

Today, on National Indigenous Peoples Day, the ACFP would like to renew our commitment to unlearning and re-educating in the spirit of reconciliation. We commit to continue reflecting on our actions, educational opportunities, and advocacy efforts to support equity, cultural safety, and the health and wellbeing of all. The ACFP recognizes that systemic racism exists…

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President’s Message: April 2022

Read Full eNews Winter seems to want to hang on in our province, but I am optimistic that Spring will be arriving soon, and with it, the possibility of new beginnings. Fittingly, this season often coincides with many new opportunities for our members. The ACFP is only able to provide members with regular new initiatives…

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President’s Message: March 2022

Read Full eNews 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…

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President’s Message: February 2022

Read Full eNews Over the last year, you have heard me speak to the collaborative nature of the ACFP and our continued efforts working alongside family physician leaders and community practitioners at consultation tables and working groups. We continue to bring your voice and values to each arena; making sure our suggestions and contributions are…

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President’s Message: January 2022

Read Full eNews The last few years have been disruptive, to say the least. We have been passionate and reactive regarding government policy and pandemic response. It feels like we have been distracted from advancing our long-term goals and vision, but we have made advancements on a few priorities. However, let us not despair, as…

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President’s Message: December 2021

Read Full eNews Usually at ACFP, December is a time for gathering, celebrating together, exchanging handshakes, hugs, and spending time in each others’ presence. For another holiday season though, we at ACFP are having distanced celebrations given the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. We still plan to express our best wishes to each other via online meeting…

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Continuing COVID-19 Conversations

Read Full eNews This is a challenging President’s Message for me to write as I currently have a beloved family member admitted to the hospital for an acute condition. Needless to say, this is a difficult situation on a number of levels and my family is experiencing them directly. Prior to this pandemic, a hospital stay…

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August – A Message from the President

Read August 2021 eNews These past few weeks have found us, as an organization, in the position of having to respond to our environment and happenings around us. One such example was our response to the lack of clarity in our role regarding the public health policy changes presented by the Chief Medical Officer of…

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Truth and Reconciliation

Read June 2021 eNews Over the past few weeks, there have been distressing stories in the news about the tragic and sobering finding of 215 Indigenous children’s remains in a mass grave in B.C. and the senseless murder of the Afzaal family in Ontario who had gone for a simple walk on a pleasant evening….

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A Message from the President – World Family Doctor Day

Read May 2021 eNews Recently I had the great fortune to directly observe a medical student obtaining a history from a patient of a fellow Alberta family physician in a clinical education setting. The patient was distraught, struggling to cope under challenging circumstances which had presented multiple times before. During the interview, through tears she…

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