Becoming a family physician is an incredible commitment and is not for the faint of heart, mind, or body. As you all know, the specialty of family medicine is about building long-term trusted relationships; it is about complexity, comprehensiveness, and problem solving.
We are asked to balance social, emotional, physical, and mental wellness for our patients and their families. Many of us are small business owners concerned with hiring staff and providers to our clinic teams, making payroll, renewing or establishing new lease agreements, replacing aging equipment, and creating excellent customer experience. It’s a heck of a slog but just as rewarding.
I want to take a moment to congratulate the approximately 150 family medicine resident graduates in Alberta that have committed to their careers in this challenging and rewarding profession. The new Family Medicine Professional Profile just released by the CFPC describes what a family medicine resident can contribute to at the end of their education and training.
If you are a graduating resident, Congratulations!! You have made it and we can’t wait to work with you.
If you have supported any of the new residents graduating in 2018, Thank You! for your contributions as preceptors and mentors during their education and orientation to Alberta’s health care system.
The future is bright—primary care is emerging as the foundation high functioning health systems. Our new grads will be a part of a movement toward new models of care, more fluid patient pathways, payment models that support complexity and comprehensive care, and a movement where communities, patients, and providers are partners in designing and deciding what is needed for better population health. I share in this excitement with you and for you as you contribute, evolve, and affect change during your careers.
Have fun, get involved, and stay connected to the Alberta College of Family Physicians (ACFP)—your community of peers and mentors, your professional and academic home.
Dr. Fred Janke, BSc, MSc, MD, FCFP, FRRMS
President, Alberta College of Family Physicians