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Message from the Executive Director—What’s Happening at ACFP?

Read the full summer eNews.

The staff at the ACFP are working hard to prepare programs and services for you, our members. As always, we strive to ensure that the family physician voice is part of ongoing system improvements.

I am most excited about three things currently on our minds and desks:

PEIP—Get Together and Learn
The upcoming Practical Evidence for Informed Practice Conference has launched early bird registration. Our ACFP staff and the PEER team have been working closely with the scientific planning committee to put together an amazing conference that you can join in person or by live webcast. I would especially like to thank Sharon Nickel for her coordination of a crazy bunch of docs who love to teach and challenge conventional thinking.

Our New Website is Under Reconstruction
We are redesigning our ACFP website to be better than ever! Several of our committee members have agreed to work with us to make sure that it meets member needs, is easy to navigate, and points to internal and external resources that you need in your practice and profession everyday. We are excited about using new technology and a creating a best practice resource page.

Leading the Crisis Response
The Primary Health Care Opioid Response Initiative is being lead by a secretariat housed within the ACFP office. Our small-but-mighty office is managing the coordinated response between the Alberta Medical Association, Alberta Health Services (Addiction and Mental Health; Primary Health Care), Alberta Health, the PEER Team, and the ACFP. This is a challenging and inspiring area of work for us and we are very pleased with the collaboration and collective work that we have done and that lies ahead.

I am honoured to serve as your Executive Director and, with the support of an amazing staff team and Board of Directors, we have been able to accomplish so much and will continue to do so into the future. I will strive to provide a regular update on activities at the ACFP office and invite you to connect and provide feedback or ideas on how we can serve you better.

Call me anytime at 780-488-2395 or email me at

ACFP Highlights 2016

Did You Know?

Membership has been steadily increasing over the last 10 years and it rose by 6% in 2016! ACFP’s membership has grown to 4,611 family physicians, family medicine residents, and medical students.

If you want to learn more about what the ACFP does for you as a member, check out our 2016 Year at a Glance or contact me at or 780-488-2395.

Continuing to Provide Value to Members

Message From the Executive Director

The ACFP works hard to ensure that the best evidence is referenced in system-level discussions and clinical recommendations.

We have been able to do this through a long standing formal partnership with the University of Alberta’s Evidence Based Medicine Team and the Alberta College of Family Physicians. The ACFP works together with the team on the development and delivery of Tools for Practice Articles, The Practical Evidence for Informed Practice Conference (PEIP), and other innovative projects that support evidence based practices for primary care teams.

The team recently rebranded themselves to the PEER – where medicine and evidence collide. Providing optimal health care in the context of Patient preference and values, physician Experience, and scientific Evidence from relevant Research reflecting patient-oriented outcomes.

  • Patients
  • Experience
  • Evidence
  • Research



I would personally like to thank the PEER team consisting of Dr. Mike Allan, Dr. Tina Korownyk, Dr. Mike Kolber, Dr. Scott Garrison, Dr. Adrienne Lindblad (PharmD), Sharon Nickel, and Dr. James McCormack (Pharm D) of UBC for over five years of commitment to evidence informed resources for our members. We are happy to continue this very effective investment and partnership between academic family physicians, pharmacists and the program delivery experts at ACFP.

Executive Director
Alberta College of Family Physicians