Year in Review

President’s Message on Behalf of the Board

Well, we did it again! Another year of progress and forging new frontiers. We tried some new things and succeeded. We also had some challenging times. Overall, it was a year of learning and improving. We have a new strategic plan formalized and a position statement to go with it.

So what was new for ACFP in 2016? We now have a successful Leadership Development Program for family physicians up and running that is expected to grow and gain momentum, we delivered the Practical Evidence for Informed Practice Conference via webcast to 96 people across Canada, we built new programs with partners and we started the year off with a brand new governance model and board of directors. We struck a couple of new tasks forces, one for members transitioning out of practice and the other to respond to the opioid crisis in Alberta.

Our challenges are few but notable. Some pretty incredible and highly effective Board members left ACFP to go pursue other very important work in health care in Alberta. We dissolved a couple historically significant committees, Alberta Family Practice Research Network Advisory Committee and the Advisory Committee on Seniors Care, to support Research and the Care of the Elderly in different ways. With the establishment of the Seniors Care Coalition and our Research Showcase and partnerships, we will continue to impact and influence these provincial portfolios.

The Primary Care Alliance has become a hub and value connection for ACFP to work collaboratively with the other primary care physician organizations including Alberta Medical Association, Section of General Practice and Section of Rural Medicine, Departments of Family Medicine, Primary Care Network Leads, and ourselves. We have outstanding working relationships with all of the organizations represented here and it is largely due to the common vision for excellence in primary care.

Much has changed, and change continues in the air. We will continue to work hard and listen to our members. On a personal note, I have truly enjoyed the honour of serving as President over the last two years. It has been both challenging and rewarding, and I feel I have gained much personal insight about our province, our members, and the public we serve. I look forward to seeing some of you at future ACFP CPD events, and continue to look forward to the ongoing feedback. Even though bittersweet, I feel very certain that the ACFP is in the capable hands of Dr. Fred Janke as he assumes the leadership role of our organization. He will be very aptly assisted by our new Board, as well as the strong support staff.

Thank you for your support and faith in my leadership over the last couple of years. It has been very rewarding, and an honour to serve.

To read the full Year in Review 2016, click here.

John Chmelicek, MD, CCFP, FCFP, FAAFP, FAWM
Alberta College of Family Physicians