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Year in Review

2015 was a year of change and exciting challenges. Being involved in many discussions and decision making processes with my peers and colleagues in Alberta’s health care system has been a great learning experience for me and it confirmed for me that the ACFP is a well-respected voice of family physicians in Alberta and in Canada.
Here are a few highlights for me this last year:

  • I have been closely involved in the process of evolving the ACFP’s governance structure and resulting governing documentsDrChmelicek175 along with other dedicated Board members who agreed to see it through. I would like to acknowledge Drs. Pat Smith and Cathy Scrimshaw for their tireless efforts in making all this happen. This was difficult and sometimes tedious work that has resulted in a proposal that our members have responded favourably to. The winds of change in government made it difficult to know where to focus our advocacy efforts though we were able to meet with the Minister to ensure there was a clear understanding of our drive to advance the patient-centred medical home for every Albertan.
  • A focus on primary care to be a driver in transformation of the health care system has made it necessary for us to look for additional leaders in family medicine to step up and be involved in developing ideas into reality for improving the care of our patients, their families, and the communities that they live in.
  • Coalitions and partnerships were strengthened this year such as the Primary Care Alliance, the Seniors Care Coalition, the Leadership Secretariat (EngagePrimaryCare.ca), and many other committees and coalitions of the willing to achieve our goals and strategic priorities.
  • We continue to seek new ways to support our members with continuing professional development, leadership, linking leaders to high level system design work, and engaging with members to identify needs and celebrate successes.

For one more year, I have the privilege of being your president. I want to focus on building a new Strategic Plan with our new Board of Directors that will guide the ACFP into the future. We have seen a lot of progress in the last few years and we hope to set up a trajectory for even greater things to come.
Thank you for your support over the last year!

To read the full Year in Review 2015, click here.

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