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Connect Care Launch Wave 3 – February 27, 2021

Connect Care will launch Wave 3 at select sites in the Calgary and North Zones on February 27, 2021. All community providers in Alberta need to take action so that laboratory, diagnostic imaging, and other investigation results and reports are delivered to your office. As you soon as you receive notification from Alberta Health Services…

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Heart of Family Medicine Podcasts – New Episodes Added

Listen to the Heart of Family Medicine podcasts where our Executive Director, Terri Potter sits down with your family doctors to chat about their journeys, their passions, their Whys. Get to know what drives them, what their days are like, and the special moments that make it all worth being a family doctor. New podcasts…

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Wave 2 of Connect Care – Launches October 24

Connect Care will launch “Wave 2” at Edmonton suburban sites on October 24, 2020. Community healthcare providers continue to use their existing Electronic Medical Records (EMRs) and other processes to manage patient information that is not part of the AHS record of care. Community practitioners are a huge part of any person’s care team, and it’s…

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Pricing Doc App – 2020 Updates Available

The ACFP along with the PEER team are pleased to announce the Pricing Doc App has been updated with 2020 pricing. The Pricing Doc (also known as Price Comparison of Commonly Prescribed Pharmaceuticals in Alberta) has moved online and is maintained monthly through a joint collaboration with the PEER Team, the Alberta College of Family…

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Connect Care Re-launch Plan

Connect Care re-launch activities are underway across AHS and planning and implementation will resume as well. Waves 2 and 3 of Connect Care were temporarily delayed in March, given the significantly increased demands on our frontline physicians, staff, and services, and the increased health risks our patients and health care teams faced due to COVID-19….

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PRACTICAL EVIDENCE FOR INFORMED PRACTICE (PEIP) CONFERENCE 2020

The 2020 PEIP Conference highlights focused reviews on clinically relevant primary care topics that combine evidence, experience, and patient values and is free of industry bias. The Conference is a fully accessible via webcast with limited in-person seating. This multidisciplinary event showcases relevant, evidence-based, and thought-provoking topics in health care. REGISTRATION OPENS AUGUST 2020! 2020…

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TFP #264 – From theory to reality: ACEi, ARB, and COVID-19

Clinical Question: Do angiotensin converting enzyme inhibitors (ACEi) or angiotensin receptor blockers (ARB) increase the risk of catching, or severity of infection with, COVID-19? Bottom Line: Despite initial theoretical suggestions that ACEi and ARB are harmful, four observational studies have since found no association between COVID-19 infection or severity of disease and ACEi/ARB. One cohort study with…

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TFP #263 – Finding COVID – How Good is the Test to Detect it?

Clinical Question: What is the chance of obtaining an incorrect result with the polymerase chain reaction (PCR) test for COVID-19? Bottom Line: If the PCR COVID-19 test is positive you have COVID-19 (specificity ~100%). Small Canadian studies suggest the test will detect COVID-19 ~80-90% of the time (sensitivity), although estimates range from ~50%-90%. Collection technique, anatomical sample…

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My Experience with the ACFP and Reflections on the Pre-Clerkship Years

By Sabrine Garrison, Second Year Medical Student at the University of Alberta, Medical Student Liaison to the ACFP Board of Directors I am halfway through my second year of medical school at the University of Alberta and I can truly say it goes by as fast as everyone says. As a pre-clerk the transition from…

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The How and Why of Going Back to Residency

By Cathy Lu, MD, CCFP After 3 years of working as a full-fledged family physician with special interest in the elderly, I decided to return back to residency for further training in Care of the Elderly. It took a great deal of deliberation to make that decision, including consideration of financial sustainability, how would resident…

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Collaborative Mentorship Network for Chronic Pain and Addiction

By CMN Medical Director, Dr. Cathy Scrimshaw, MD, CCFP The Challenge I have recognized addiction and chronic pain as being a significant part of my practice since starting medicine. It has presented itself in many ways: Liver cirrhosis, secondary to alcohol or hepatitis C; trauma related injuries that over time, become chronic and painful; and…

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Responding to the Syphilis Outbreak in Your Practice

July 16, 2019, the Chief Medical Officer of Health, Dr. Deena Hinshaw, declared a provincial outbreak of infectious syphilis and the activation of the Alberta Outbreak Investigation Coordinating Committee (OICC). A total of 1,536 cases were reported in 2018, a 10-fold increase since 2014. Alberta has not seen such high levels of syphilis since 1948….

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