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Registration is now open!

Don’t delay, register for PEIP today!

Pre-conference session confirmed!

We have added a new pre-conference session to this year’s conference line up. Led by Dr. Christy Sutherland (Vancouver inner-city harm reduction), participants will be provided strategies for identifying and evaluating patients in their practices with opioid use disorder, implementing and initiating therapy (including opioid agonist therapies), and providing ongoing treatment in the primary care setting. Participants will also enjoy the opportunity to learn from local family physician leaders—Drs. Jessica Kirkwood and Cathy Scrimshaw—in the field during this three (3) hour workshop on Friday morning. This program aims to inform participants of best practices and local resources that will allow them to optimize care for patients with opioid use disorder. (Space for this workshop is limited and available in-person only.)

2018 Conference topics include:

In addition to the popular What’s New, What’s True, What’s Poo? session, this year’s topics include:

  • Best Tips for New Moms
  • Biologics and Biosimilars
  • Diabetes Medications Update
  • Driving in the Elderly and Medically-at-Risk
  • Fatty Liver
  • Medical Oncology
  • Pearls for Primary Care in: Dermatology, Emergency Medicine, Palliative Care, Rheumatology, and Urology
  • Top 5 Non-Opioid Solutions for Chronic Pain
  • Vascular Surgery
  • VTE Prophylaxis
  • What We Do in Medicine That Works!

Earn up to 70 certified credits with the new and improved GoMainpro!

If you have not yet signed up for GoMainpro, you are missing out on the ACFP’s best kept secret.

GoMainpro is an online learning platform where you can earn certified credits for ACFP’s Tools for Practice library and ACFP’s Video Library from its past events—61st Annual Scientific Assembly and Practical Evidence for Informed Practice conferences.

Simply read a Tools for Practice article or watch a video and reflect on your learning experience and earn credits—it is that easy! Download the GoMainpro fact sheet.

Launch the Intro to GoMainpro to Take a Look!

 

New and Improved GoMainpro

GoMainpro Updates Include:

  • Updated GoMainpro look and feel
  • New and improved My Dashboard page
  • Removal of tiered subscriptions and credit limits
  • Addition of new certified content libraries
  • New credit opportunities on Tools for Practice Online
  • Addition of one new non-certified library.

Removal of Tiered Subscription Levels – What This Means
The ACFP is pleased to inform you that we have removed the tiered subscription options on GoMainpro meaning that you will no longer be limited by subscription levels and their credit limits.

All credit limits have been removed and now you can earn as many credits our content libraries can offer.

Additional Content Libraries
The ACFP is very pleased to announce the addition of two video libraries. The ACFP Video Library includes session and keynote recordings from the 61st Annual Scientific Assembly and the 2017 Practical Evidence for Informed Practice conferences.

GoMainpro subscribers can access a video title and reflect on their learning to earn credits. Download the conference program guides for the 61st ASA and 2017 PEIP conference for more information.

The ACFP Video Library Self-Learning program has been certified by the College of Family Physicians of Canada for up to 14 Mainpro+ credits.

Additional Credit Opportunities for Tools for Practice
The ACFP has re-certified the Tools for Practice Online library and it is now eligible for more credits! In fact all 200+ articles have been accounted for which totals a possible of 56 certified credits. With the removal of tiered subscriptions and credit limits, this means you can earn additional credits on Tools for Practice articles.

The Tools for Practice Online Self-Learning program has been certified by the College of Family Physicians of Canada for up to 56 Mainpro+ credits.

Non-certified Video Library
The ACFP has also added archived files from the 2016 Practical Evidence for Informed Practice conference. As a subscriber you will have access to the entire collection.

Because the ACFP is unable to report on non-certified credits, you will be required to report on non-certified credits yourself. Alternatively you can also access http://www.cfpc.ca/Linking_Learning_exercises/ form to earn further credits on these titles.

*The maximum of certified Mainpro+ credits corresponds to the total possible amount of credits from the certified libraries available on GoMainpro. Please note that credits earned from June 1, 2017 to May 31, 2018 have already been reported and submitted. Credits earned as of June 1, 2018 will be submitted to the CFPC on May 31, 2019

Prevention in Hand

The Prevention in Hand (PiH) website has an attractive new interface that is also highly functional and easy to navigate. With generous support from Scotiabank and the Foundation for Advancing Family Medicine (FAFM), the Prevention in Hand website and mobile app were updated in 2017.

Prevention in Hand website has garnered an impressive 61,000 active users, 656 cross-links from 53 different websites since it was launched in 2015.

Health care professionals can access the information individually or with their patients to review current chronic disease information, professional guidelines, e-Learning modules, online assessments, and wellness and healthy lifestyle management tools.

Family doctors who complete the eLearning modules can earn Mainpro+® credits.

In this past year, we added doctor-reviewed content on five new chronic disease topics (Chronic Pain, Insomnia, Osteoporosis, Concussion, and Thyroid Disease) for practitioners and patients and launched 4 certified e-learning modules, which over 21,000 people have accessed the modules.

Credit Requirement Poll Results and Reporting Deadline Reminder

Last month we asked, “Do both certified and non-certified credits quality for the CFPC’s minimum annual credit requirement?”

The correct answer is: YES! Both certified and non-certified credits fulfill this requirement.

All Mainpro+ participants, including Non-Member Mainpro+ Participants, are required to earn and report a minimum of 25 credits per year during their five-year cycle. The annual minimum may be comprised of any combination of certified and/or non-certified credits in the Group Learning, Self-Learning, and Assessment categories; a minimum of 250 credits are required within the five-year cycle and at least 125 of those credits must be certified.

Thank you to everyone who participated in our poll. We received 172 responses—130 “yes” and 42 “no”—and all correct answers were entered in a draw to receive a $25 Starbucks gift card. Five lucky winners were drawn at random:

  • Dr. Anita Augustine (Medicine Hat)
  • Dr. Charlene R. Dunn (Calgary)
  • Dr. Olexandra Markevych (Edmonton)
  • Dr. Gregory Oman (Edmonton)
  • Dr. Shirley Traynor (Calgary)

Congratulations to our winners!

REMINDER! June 30 is the CFPC’s Annual Mainpro Credit Reporting Deadline!

Members of the CFPC must report a minimum of 25 credits annually. Both certified and non-certified credits qualify for this annual requirement. Don’t wait until June 30—enter your credits now!

Free Self Learning™ Resource—Focus On: Opioids

The CFPC is a proud supporter of Opioid Wisely, a Choosing Wisely Canada Campaign that encourages thoughtful conversations between clinicians and patients to reduce the potential harms associated with opioid prescribing. With the recent launch of this campaign, the CFPC wishes to remind members of their free online access to Focus On: Opioids, a special issue of the Self Learning™ Program.

To access Focus On: Opioids, follow these steps:

  1. Login to the CFPC’s Self Learning website using your CFPC login (email address and password)
  2. Locate the issue under the “My Self Learning Issues” on your dashboard page. The issue will be labelled #32.51–Special.*

* For those not subscribed to Self Learning, this special issue will be the only one displayed.

Members can claim five certified Mainpro+® credits with this special issue by completing a Linking Learning to Assessment exerciseIf you have any questions about this special issue or the Self Learning team by email or at 1-800-387-6197 extension 441.

 

Simplified Guideline for Prescribing Medical Cannabinoids in Primary Care

Primary care physicians can incorporate medical cannabinoids into their prescribing practices by being informed with best available evidence and using a simplified, shared decision-making approach with their patients.

Visit the Toward Optimized Practice Clinical Guidelines page for more information.

 

 

 

 

New! CanMEDS-Family Medicine Competency Framework 2017

CanMEDS-FM 2017 is a competency framework designed for all family physicians regardless of practice type, location, or populations served. Together with the College of Family Physicians of Canada’s (CFPC) Family Medicine Professional Profile, it forms an overall picture of the roles and responsibilities of Canadian family physicians along with the competencies required to support their work.

Key changes and new elements in this version compared to CanMEDS-FM 2009 include:

  • An emphasis on generalism, and as part of this, community-adaptive expertise introduced within the Family Medicine Expert Role
  • Cultural safety introduced as an important feature of care provided by family physicians, with a description of related enabling competencies
  • Increased emphasis on patient safety
  • Continuous quality improvement introduced within the Leader, Scholar and Health Advocate Roles
  • The CFPC’s Four Principles of Family Medicine strengthened and reaffirmed
  • The Leader Role replaces the CanMEDS-FM 2009 Manager Role, as per changes made in CanMEDS 2015

All seven Roles were revised; however, the Family Medicine Expert Role underwent the most extensive adaptation, aiming to integrate competencies across all Roles.

How to use CanMEDS-FM 2017

Principles and suggestions for using CanMEDS-FM 2017 are as follows:

  • It applies to all family physicians. The Role descriptions and enabling competencies are independent of practice context, practice type, and population served. Taken as a whole, it captures both the common and distinctive competency requirements for family physicians
  • It defines the abilities needed by family physicians across the educational continuum of undergraduate, postgraduate, enhanced skills training, and continuing professional development
  • It does not define levels of competence, also referred to as benchmarks or milestones
  • It can be used by others who work with family physicians in medical education, family medicine research, quality improvement, and more broadly within the health care system.

The 63rd ASA is SOLD OUT! Registration is now closed.

ASA Registration is now closed. Thank you for your support!

If you are a Research Participant or a Speaker and still require to register please contact cpd@acfp.ca.

 

63rd Annual Scientific Assembly | March 2-4, 2018 | Rimrock Resort Hotel, Banff, AB

The ACFP’s ASA brings together more than 350 family physicians, family medicine residents, and medical students to network and share best practices in primary care.

Relevant and Thought-Provoking Topics

  • Medical cannabis,
  • reconciling indigenous health,
  • seniors care,
  • addictions, chronic respiratory and pain management,
  • HPV/STI/BV evidence update,
  • refugee/newcomer health,
  • the diabetic foot,
  • transgender health, and much more.

For full session details, visit the 63rd ASA Agenda page or for more information visit the 63rd ASA Conference site.

Don’t Miss Out! Register Today!

The ACFP is pleased to offer a number of registration type options to fit the ASA attendee. We are also happy to offer a number of prorated registration options for those members who cannot commit to the full ASA schedule or are only interested in attending our Pre-Conference courses. Take a look at the registration options available to you.

Book Your Room Early!

Why wait? Make sure you are not disappointed and book your room at the official host hotel now, the Rimrock Resort Hotel. Reserve your room by calling 1-888-746-7625.

Best Advice Guide: Team-Based Care in the Patient`s Medical Home

Team-based care is an integral part of the Patient’s Medical Home (PMH) model. The continuous, comprehensive, patient-centred care provided by these family practices is made even more effective by building a strong, well-connected team that strives for the same goal.

This guide examines the benefits of team-based care for both practice efficiency and patients’ health outcomes.

More Best Advice Guides

Presented and developed by the College of Family Physicians of Canada, the Best Advice Guides are short, practical documents designed to help family physicians implement the pillars of the Patient’s Medical Home in your practice.

Past guides are available on the PMH website and new guides are always under development and added to this library as they become available.

First Five Blog: Should You R3?

By Dr. Shan Lu

If you are in your second year of residency, you may be considering whether or not to do an R3. I had the same question in my second year and, to some extent, still do. This blog shares my personal story and links to the CFPC website for additional information about their Certificate of Added Competence (CAC) program.

First, the story. I became interested in the Care of the Elderly (COE) when I was in my second year of Family Medicine Residency. At the time, I was already five months pregnant with my first child. I had decided that I was interested enough in the field of COE that I would like to specialize in it, so I went ahead and applied for an R3. I was accepted and the University of Alberta even agreed to a deferred start date so I could have my maternity leave as planned.

As my deferred start date drew closer, I became increasingly aware of the difficulties I might face in balancing residency and a child under one year old. I wanted to get working (part-time at that). I had previously established enough connections in the COE field that helped me to land a related part-time position, and I’ve been working at a job I love, and learning in the field, since. Occasionally, I’ve consider returning to do a 6-month accelerated R3 in COE—mostly so that I could have the CAC behind my name.

Now the details. The CFPC currently only allows those who have completed an R3 program in the areas of COE, Sports and Exercise Medicine (SEM), Family Practice Anesthesia (FPA), Palliative Care (PC), and Emergency Medicine (EM). Newly approved domains are Addiction Medicine and Enhanced Surgical Skills.

The CFPC website states they are evaluating how people who have on the job learning could apply and be qualified for a CAC within their chosen field. For example, Emergency Medicine (EM) is a bit different, as you could gain enough experience on the job to then challenge the exam or to go through an R3 EM program. More details are available on their website: http://www.cfpc.ca/CAC/.

Everyone’s experience will be different but, here are some factors you may want to consider when deciding whether or not to do an R3:

  1. Your stage of life,
  2. If you can do the same job without the extra year or if the extra year is crucial to get into the field you like,
  3. How easily you would be able to obtain the CAC if you don’t do the R3 right after your R2 year.

Hope this has been helpful.

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