Introducing the Virtual Education Committee
In April 2020, the Virtual Education Scientific Planning Committee, an ad-hoc operational committee of the ACFP CPD Advisory Committee was struck in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. As the pandemic continues, it is imperative that the ACFP respond to the continuing medical education and professional development needs of its members by shifting this ongoing work to a standing committee.
The Virtual Education Committee (VEC) is an operational committee of the ACFP Continuing Professional Development Advisory Committee (CPDAC). Since the growth and acceptance of online learning from members, the ACFP has identified that providing alternative modalities for learning will be an added value and complement to its current continuing professional development (CPD) and continuing medical education (CME) programming. The Committee is responsible for the development and delivery of the ACFP’s Virtual Education programming. Committee members must be prepared to have substantial involvement in the development of CPD/CME opportunities and provide timely and responsive guidance to inform decisions on how to fulfill the CME and CPD gaps for members. This is a new standing committee, and we are looking for representation from across Alberta.
Dr. Janet Craig, Edmonton – Dr. Janet Craig has been a community family physician in Edmonton since 1991. She also does some consulting work regarding access and continuity.
Dr. Cathy Scrimshaw, Pincher Creek – Dr. Scrimshaw is a comprehensive rural family doctor who is recently retired, after over 32 years of clinical work experience. She is the medical lead for the ACFP’s Collaborative Mentorship Network (CMN) for Chronic Pain and Addiction. Cathy is lucky to live in southern Alberta at the foot of the Rocky Mountains, able to enjoy exploring this amazing corner of the world in the time of COVID!
Dr. Saad Yasin, Calgary – Dr. Yasin attended medical school in Karachi, Pakistan and completed general practice training in the UK in 2005. He has been living and practicing family medicine in Calgary since 2012. There, he is a clinical assistant professor at the University of Calgary. Dr. Yasin is also the primary care representative at the Alberta Surgical Initiative Urology working group.
Dr. Andrei Aldea, Calgary – Dr. Andrei Aldea is a PGY-1 in Family Medicine at the University of Calgary. He is a Canadian with Romanian roots, who grew up in Ottawa, and completed medical school at McGill University. He has experience in private biotechnology and the governmental health sector, with passions rooted in playing high-level soccer, travelling, and spending time with friends.
Dr. Tina Nicholson, Cochrane
Dr. Rukhsana Ameen, Edmonton – Dr. Ameen has 20 years of work experience in the Armed forces as a physician. She now practices in both rural and urban settings as a teacher, researcher, health advocate, and administrator, and is proud to recognize herself as a lifelong learner.
The Virtual Education Committee (VEC) is an operational committee of the ACFP.
The Committee is responsible for the development and delivery of the ACFP’s Virtual Education programming.
As this committee is currently under development, the terms of reference have not yet been finalized but can be found in draft form here.