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Who We Are

Voice of Family Physicians in Alberta

The ACFP is a professional voluntary organization, representing more than 5,600 family physicians, family medicine residents, and medical students in Alberta.

As the provincial chapter of the CFPC, we support certification of our members by providing continuing professional development (CPD) and upholding the established standards for CPD delivery.

As the voice for family physicians in Alberta, we advocate on behalf of our members to advance excellence of family practice, define and celebrate the role of family medicine and family practice as the foundation of our health care system, and work to ensure Albertans can access high quality care from family physicians.

Understanding ACFP’s Role in the Alberta Health Care Landscape

The ACFP leads and participates in collaborative, practical, evidence-based initiatives with stakeholders to advance excellence in family medicine and the health care system.

Take a moment to understand how we work with our health care partners and download the Understanding Who’s Who in Alberta’s Health Care document.

The College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC) is the professional organization that represents more than 42,000 members across the country. The College establishes the standards for and accredits postgraduate family medicine training in Canada’s 17 medical schools. It reviews and certifies continuing professional development programs and materials that enable family physicians to meet certification and licensing requirements.

The CFPC provides high-quality services, supports family medicine teaching and research, and advocates on behalf of the specialty of family medicine, family physicians, and the patients they serve.

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.