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ACFP Notice of Annual Meeting of Members


ACFP Notice of Annual Meeting of Members

Dear ACFP Members,

The Annual Meeting of Members of the Alberta College of Family Physicians will take place in Banff, Alberta on Saturday, March 4, 2017 at 8:45 a.m. MST in Salon A/B of The Rimrock Resort Hotel.

Voting by Proxy
Voting members who cannot attend the meeting are asked to complete the proxy form and return it to ACFP by email, mail or fax, by Wednesday, February 22, 2017 at 4:00 p.m. MST.

Annual Meeting of Members Package
The meeting agenda, proposed motions for Member consideration, and related materials are below:

Please feel free to contact us with questions you have about the materials/reports above.

Best regards,
Dr. John Chmelicek

Terri Potter
Executive Director
Alberta College of Family Physicians
Phone: 780-488-2395 or 1-800-361-0607
Fax: 780-488-2396
Alberta College of Family Physicians
#370, 10403-172 Street
Centre 170
Edmonton, AB Canada T5S 1K9

Enter Our Photo Contest

The ACFP Needs Your Help!

We are building a photo library for use in our upcoming and ongoing communications and would like to use your photos from the trenches, on the front line, in your clinic, or your office. We want your photos IRL (that is in-real-life)!

Currently we are building a number of important documents and marketing communications that are in dire need of your photos.

A sample of these communications (but not limited to) are below:

  • Seniors Vision document. We are looking for patients in a clinic setting, home, office.
  • ACFP’s Strategic Framework document. We are looking for a variety of photos from pictures of members, clinic teams, patient care, and learning events.
  • ACFP’s Event Banners and Display
  • ACFP’s Website. General use for online communications

Please note that:

By submitting your photo for the contest, you are providing expressed permission to the ACFP to use your photo in ongoing and future communications and display materials, and that you have the expressed permission from your patient to include them in the photo and that they understand that their photos may appear in ACFP communications. If your photo is used in print or online communications, a photo credit will be included.

Photo considerations.

Tips for photos: please be sure that photo quality is of high resolution (300 dpi), photo lighting is appropriate, and, if known and applicable, please include the name and city/town of family physician.

Deadline to Enter: January 31, 2017

Send your photos to

January – Message From the President

Fellow Family Physicians,

I would first like to thank all of you who responded to the Opioid Crisis message in December’s eNews. We now have a robust Task Force of 12 family physicians that will support efforts to ensure the family physician voice is heard in decision making on how the province will respond.

The Task Force met once already and discussed some pragmatic and specific actions that could be taken to respond quickly. The Task Force will be presenting some solutions and asking for your assistance in curbing the crisis. Family physicians and their teams in primary care are often times the first point of contact for patients seeking help and also the place where recovery and stability can be supported. Thank you for being there to help!

With Much Appreciation:
This time of year is always bitter sweet, it is a time when terms of service on committees and boards are ending and new volunteers are coming onto the scene. I would like to personally thank all of the dedicated volunteers who have contributed to the ACFP Board and various committees over the years. Some of these people have been involved in daily, weekly, monthly, or once a year connections with advocacy efforts, program development, and informing member services at ACFP. We cannot be all that we are without our volunteers. Thank you also to the volunteers that are stepping up to get involved now. We are looking forward to another amazing year.

Top 10 of 2016:
This past year has flown by and there are several things that stand out for me as accomplishments for ACFP:

  1. New Governance Model adopted and smaller more focused Board of Directors
  2. New Strategic Plan developed by the Board
  3. New ACFP committee structure and recruitment
  4. CPD Needs Assessment
  5. Family Physician Leadership Program launched with 15 new LEADS faculty
  6. PEIP Conference experienced record attendance and successful Webcast was offered
  7. Growth in membership – the number of Alberta docs finally becoming members, new grads, transitioning from other provinces, or international newcomers
  8. Building strong working relationships with partners in primary care and health system resulting in Patient’s Medical Home implementation going strong
  9. New Mainpro+ implemented and supported resulting in QI for CPD credits, more self-directed learning and other new ways to earn credits through daily practice
  10. Tools for Practice articles offered in French and English and subscribers grew again this year to over 30,000 worldwide.


John Chmelicek
Alberta College of Family Physicians

CPSA – Referral Consultation Standard of Practice

More timely care is the intent of the amended Referral Consultation standard of practice, which took effect on January 1, 2017 after approval by the Council of the College of Physicians & Surgeons of Alberta (CPSA) last fall.

The CPSA has also just released a new Advice to the Profession document to support physicians in implementing the standard.

CFPC Grants and Awards Deadline Approaching – February 1

Applications for the following grants and awards are due February 1, 2017. Please select the links below for more information, including how to apply:

Please visit the Honours and Awards website at for the full lineup of grants, awards, and scholarships.

For more information, please contact:
Nancy Wallace
Honours and Awards Coordinator | 905-629-0900 ext. 385 | 1-800-387-6197 ext. 385

LeadFM – Leadership for Where You Are

Don’t Miss Alberta’s Family Medicine Leadership Conference, LeadFM!

Join us on March 2 at the Rimrock Resort in Banff for LeadFM, Leadership for Where You Are. LeadFM will provide a full day of sessions intended to introduce physicians to the tools they need to lead work in their clinic, community, Primary Care Network, or throughout the province.

Program Highlights


  • Family Medicine Leadership, Dr. Douglas Myhre, 2016 recipient of the College of Family Physicians of Canada’s Donald I. Rice Award
  • From Front-Lines to Front Office: Making Primary Care the Primary Leaders in Health, Drs. Mike Allan and Tina Korownyk

Choose between five different workshops:

  • How to Get Your Primary Care Measurement Project Off the Ground
  • The Art of Engagement: Becoming a Change Champion
  • Let’s Go to the Moon: Keeping the Goal in Sight Throughout PCN Evolution
  • The Building Blocks of Successful Coalitions
  • Leading Primary Care Transformation in an Uncertain Environment

Registration Discount

As an added bonus, when you register for this conference, you will get a code for $50 off your registration at the ACFP’s 62nd Annual Scientific Assembly happening March 3-5th at the same location!

A Small Part of a Larger Program

The concurrent sessions presented at this conference are all small teasers of full-day programs that have been developed to advance the principles of the Patient’s Medical Home.

If you are interested in having one of our programs delivered to your group, please contact our Leadership Coordinator, Adam Filiatreault, at or by phone at (780) 488-2395 ext. 209.