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Family Medicine Research

Research is the Root of Family Medicine

Projects that arise from questions generated in community-based practice are essential to family medicine and to the development of health care strategies that lead to better outcomes for patients. Alberta has outstanding medical researchers and facilities that contribute to the discipline of family medicine by demonstrating the unique value family physicians bring to their patient communities and the health care system. Appropriate, meaningful collaboration among researchers in primary, secondary, and tertiary care settings, medical research institutes, and academic environments results in substantially improved patient outcomes, disease prevention strategies, and health service delivery methods.

The ACFP has a long-standing commitment to research that is well grounded in family medicine practice and supports the CFPC’s Section of Researchers’ (SOR) vision and mandate. We encourage family physicians to be part of a learning health care system where their data and input will be the power that fuels system transformation. We also believe that our members should be involved in the conception of research projects that are conducted both “in” and “on” their practice in a meaningful and powerful way.

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Please contact Kerri McNabb with any questions you may have.

“Family medicine is the cornerstone of the health care system in Canada. Family medicine research creates our evidentiary base which forms the foundation of our discipline.

The ability to identify, rigorously study, and cite our own evidence is essential to establishing the value and impact of family medicine on our patients and the Canadian health care system.”

The SOR's Blueprint for Family Medicine Research Success 2012-2017

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.