Who We Are
The Alberta College of Family Physicians (ACFP) is the provincial Chapter for the College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC) and was established more than 65 years ago. The ACFP is a member-based, not-for-profit organization representing more than 5,200 family physicians, family medicine residents, and medical students across Alberta.
The ACFP’s vision of advancing health for patients, families, and communities in Alberta is achieved by supporting our members through continuing medical education and professional development, advocacy, leadership, and research that enables them to provide adaptive, high quality health care for their patients and their communities.
The ACFP acts with integrity, respect, and inclusiveness upholding the principles and social responsibility of family medicine. The ACFP represents caring family physician leaders, who ensure comprehensive and integrated care, and value excellence in health care inspired by personal interactions and trusting relationships in the communities they serve. The ACFP seeks to be inclusive and reflective of its members’ views and needs, building awareness of the value of family medicine through communication, engagement, and collaboration.
Pillar 1: Advancing excellence in patient and physician experience
Members have access to quality continuing education and best practices resources that meet the changing needs of the patients and communities they serve.
Pillar 2: Building member awareness and engagement
A connected and engaged community of family physicians.
Pillar 3: Influencing health policy
Public and health policy supports excellence in patient care.
Pillar 4: Inspiring trust and demonstrating value The public understands the unique value of the family physician and the benefits of the Patient’s Medical Home.
Principles of Family Medicine
The Family Physician is a skilled clinician.
Family physicians use their understanding of human development and family and other social systems to develop a comprehensive approach to the management of disease and illness in patients and their families.
Family Medicine is a community-based discipline. As a member of the community, the family physician is able to respond to people’s changing needs, to adapt quickly to changing circumstances, and to mobilize appropriate resources to address patients’ needs.
The Family Physician is a resource to a defined practice population.
The family physician views his or her practice as a “population at risk,” and organizes the practice to ensure that patients’ health is maintained whether or not they are visiting the office.
The patient-physician relationship is central to the role of the family physician.
Family physicians provide continuing care to their patients. They use repeated contacts with patients to build on the patient-physician relationship and to promote the healing power of interactions. Over time, the relationship takes on special importance to patients, their families, and the physician. As a result, the family physician becomes an advocate for the patient.
The ACFP acts with integrity, respect, and inclusiveness, upholding the social responsibility of family medicine.
Evidence-Based Continuous Learning and Professional Development
The ACFP supports and inspires self-directed and lifelong learning, quality improvement, research, and continuing professional development for family physicians so that they may adapt to changes in medical evidence, patient, and community needs.
Patient Centred and Integrated Care
The ACFP is comprised of caring family physician leaders, who ensure comprehensive and integrated care, and value excellence in health care inspired by personal interactions and trusting relationships in the communities they serve.
Applied Leadership and Collaboration
The ACFP leads and participates in collaborative, practical, evidence-based initiatives with stakeholders to advance excellence in family medicine and the health care system.
Adapting to Evolving Needs
The ACFP is inclusive and reflective of its members’ views and needs, building awareness of the value of family medicine through responsive and adaptive communication, advocacy, research, engagement, and education.