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Education and Training

Wise Prescribing and Deprescribing: Opioid Skills for the Frontline Clinician

  • teaches frontline clinicians to:
    • identify whether opioid tapering is an appropriate plan for a given patient
    • plan a tapering discussion that is evidence-based and responsive to the patient’s readiness for change
    • execute an opioid taper with a motivated patient
    • troubleshoot challenges that occur during an opioid taper
  • self-paced CME accredited online modules (free of charge)
  • Mainpro+ three-credit-per-hour, paired workshops (registration fee)

Alberta Addiction Education Sessions

Alberta Opioid Dependency Treatment Virtual Training Program

Practice Based Small Group Learning Program

  • small groups of 4-10 primary care providers meet to discuss their own personal practice gaps in light of the best current evidence
  • trained peer facilitators, educational modules, and practice-based reflection tools promote discussions that result in direct practice change
  • CME accredited modules
  • opioid use disorder module available
  • annual registration fee

Alberta Health Services Concurrent Disorders Learning Series

  • pre-recorded opioid dependency training sessions
  • includes webinars from the Alberta Addiction Education Sessions
  • CME credits may be available

CAMH – Opioid Dependence Treatment Certificate Program

  • developed to prepare physicians, pharmacists, nurses and counsellors to provide a comprehensive range of services for people with opioid use disorder
  • consists of the Opioid Dependence Treatment Core Course (ODT) and elective courses
  • CME accredited
  • registration fee

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.