Evidence and Continuing Professional Development Program

The ACFP’s award winning Evidence and Continuing Professional Development (CPD) program is a physician-led and taught education project that is free from industry bias and based on the best available evidence.

The Evidence and CPD Program is an ongoing joint project between the University of Alberta and the ACFP that delivers best practice evidence-based resources to family physicians and other health care providers through the following initiatives:

  • Tools for Practice, a library of articles summarizing medical evidence with a focus on topical issues and practice-modifying information. Tools for Practice is published and delivered bi-weekly to ACFP members and non-members subscribers free of charge. As of the last quarter of 2014, all articles are also provided in French.


  • GoMainpro – Now you can earn certified Mainpro+ credits on Tools for Practice by subscribing to ACFP’s latest CPD offering, GoMainpro. GoMainpro is an online Self-Learning tool that facilitates Mainpro+ certification for the ACFP’s Tools for Practice library. It provides an easy and convenient way to earn certified Self-Learning credits, anytime, anywhere. This Self-Learning program has been certified by the College of Family Physicians of Canada for up to 12 Mainpro+ credits.Non-Certified Self-Learning Credits If you are not a GoMainpro subscriber, you may record non-certified credits for Tools for Practice articles you read through the Self-Learning activity category within your Mainpro+ profile (https://www.cfpc.ca/login/).
  • CPD Roadshows are local, educational sessions (in your community or PCN) for family physicians and other primary care providers. They feature topics from a wide selection of up-to-date, evidence-based content, free from industry involvement. To learn more about the ACFP CPD Roadshows contact roadshows@acfp.ca.
  • The PEIP Conference brings together clinical leaders to speak on the latest findings that can affect your practice and how you treat your patients. Applicable to a variety of disciplines, PEIP highlights focused reviews that combine evidence, experience, and patient values.
  •  Price Comparison of Commonly Prescribed Pharmaceuticals in Alberta. The ACFP is pleased to

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    share with you an annual Price Comparison of Commonly Prescribed Pharmaceuticals in Alberta document.
    Authored by Dr. Mike Kolber, Tony Nickonchuk, and Jayson Lee, the document identifies generic products (generally cheaper) from brand name products, a 90 day cost for standard doses (unless otherwise noted), and Alberta Blue Cross and Indian Affairs coverage.  The document is grouped by medication class and then  ordered by cost. Please read the introduction for further explanation and specifically how the costs were calculated.  While this document is not exhaustive, it contains many medications potentially used by office based primary care providers.


The PEER Team

The team has more than 50 years combined experience organizing and presenting CPD programs. They have published multiple peer-reviewed papers, and participate in provincial and national committees.

  • Mike Allan MD CCFP
  • Scott Garrison MD PhD
  • Mike Kolber BSc MD CCFP MSc
  • Tina Korownyk MD CCFP
  • Adrienne Lindblad BSP ACPR PharmD
  • Sharon Nickel