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Save the Date for the 63rd ASA!

Join Us for Alberta’s Premier Family Medicine Conference

March 2-4, 2018 | Banff

Save the date for interactive learning about hot and topical issues in primary care from expert presenters. Join in the fun, relax, and renew – the 63rd ASA is for you! We are hoping to finalize program details and expect to launch registration in mid-November. Stay tuned for more details.

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.

 

LeadFM Leadership Development Course: Primary Care Transformation

Primary Care Transformation: How to Tackle Sticky Situations We Were Never Taught to Address

October 20, 0800-1130
Brad Bahler, Nadine Letwin

Are you interested in leadership development?

Join Drs. Brad Bahler and Nadine Letwin as they present a half-day session before the PEIP Conference on October 20th. Their session, “Primary Care Transformation: How to Tackle Sticky Situations We Were Never Taught to Address will explore the “system transformation” element of the LEADS Framework.

In health care, we all eventually come face to face with problems outside our specific locus of control. These “system” problems in health care pose significant challenges to patients and primary care providers alike.

We will examine what is meant by systems transformation, expose participants to challenges that are rooted in our traditional mindset, and consider new approaches to problems we were never taught to solve. This session is part of the LeadFM Leadership Program.

There are only 30 spots available in this workshop, so head over here for more information or register for the session here.

 

Practising Wisely in Red Deer

Don’t Miss Out on this Upcoming Workshop on September 9th in Red Deer

The Alberta College of Family Physicians is proud to sponsor “Practising Wisely: Reducing Unnecessary Testing and Treatment,” an active learning workshop developed by the Ontario College of Family Physicians (OCFP) that focuses on too much medicine. It builds on the OCFP’s popular program “Don’t Just Do Something, Stand There!” and the Choosing Wisely Canada campaign.

When: September 9th 8:30 a.m. – 4:15 p.m.
Where: Red Deer Sheraton Hotel – 3310 50 Ave
Price: $600

Space is limited so be sure to Register Here

Find out more on PractisingWisely.ca

Participants will identify opportunities on how to “practise wisely”, with a focus on reducing over-prescribing, over-imaging, over-screening and over-monitoring using the latest evidence and tools from diverse sources. This workshop aligns closely with the Choosing Wisely Canada (CWC) campaign to implement good healthcare stewardship and avoid over-medicalization.

After active engagement in this full-day, deep dive into all 4 modules, participants will be better able to: Identify opportunities to reduce “too much medicine” Access and assess reliable, renewing online resources Integrate relevant evidence into individual patient care, and Communicate and build consensus with patients to reduce over-medicalization For more information on this and other CPD workshops, contact ACFP at cpd@acfp.ca.

PEER takes CPD Roadshows north to the Yukon

Together with the PEER Team, the Alberta College of Family Physicians is pleased to bring our CPD Roadshow to the Yukon this fall!

Based on the solicited feedback from local care providers and their identified topic areas, the inaugural Yukon and Rural North Conference (“Yu-Con”) brings together family physicians, residents, and students with their allied care colleagues (pharmacists, nurse practitioners, nurses) to learn, discuss, and share the latest studies on evidence-based medicine.

Similar in nature to the popular Practical Evidence for Informed Practice conference, “Yu-Con” features a day and a half of “quick snapper” sessions on a variety of primary care topics.

Yu-Con | Yukon and Rural North Conference
September 15-16, 2017 | Whitehorse, YT

This Group Learning program has been certified by the College of Family Physicians of Canada for up to 14.5 Mainpro+ credits.

More information is available for download. Registration is also available now.

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.

Join Us for the 6th Annual PEIP Conference

Don’t Miss Out!

PEIP Conference | October 20-21 | DoubleTree by Hilton West Edmonton

Focusing on relevant, evidence-based, and thought-provoking topics in health care that combine evidence, experience, and patient values, the Practical Evidence for Informed Practice (PEIP) conference is applicable to all primary care practitioners.

Back by popular demand – Live Webcast

The 2017 PEIP conference will be offered via live webcast for those who prefer to participate from the comfort of their own home or participate with colleagues from the office. Individual and group rates will be offered.

Conference Details

Download your official conference brochure for more information.

CPSA News – CPSA Issues New Opioid and Benzodiazepine in Advice Document

CPSA addresses opioid and benzodiazepine prescribing in new advice document

New requirements explained, plus a checklist and links to resources

Don’t miss the CPSA’s new Advice to the Profession on Prescribing: Drugs with Potential for Misuse or Diversion, supporting the standard of practice by the same name which took effect on April 1, 2017.
Released the same week as the new Canadian Guideline for Opioids for Chronic Non-Cancer Pain, the document includes:

  • detailed opioid and benzodiazepine prescribing requirements
  • example scenarios to clarify the College’s expectations
  • extensive resource list
  • general guide to drugs covered by the standard
  • checklist for prescribers

Physicians are also encouraged to visit Let’s Talk About Opioid Prescribing and Physician Prescribing Practices on the CPSA website for more information and resources.

New – Canadian Guideline for Opioids for Chronic Non-Cancer Pain

Driven by a common interest in tackling the overuse and abuse of prescription opioids in Canada, the College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC) is pleased to be one of eight national organizations to form the Pan-Canadian Collaborative on Education for Improved Opioid Prescribing. This Collaborative formed in response to Health Canada’s 2016 Joint Statement of Action to Address the Opioid Crisis and shares a commitment to a coordinated, pan-Canadian approach to the safe, effective, and compassionate management of pain in our communities. The Collaborative is committed to providing education for improved opioid prescribing and to addressing the issue comprehensively and collectively.

The 2017 Canadian Guideline for Opioids for Chronic Non-Cancer Pain, developed by the Michael G. DeGroote National Pain Centre at McMaster University, the guideline will assist health care providers in practice decisions regarding the safe and effective use of opioids for chronic non-cancer pain management. It aims to keep patients safe from the potential harms of opioids while recognizing the therapeutic benefits of these medications.

The Collaborative is composed of members from the following organizations: the Canadian Centre on Substance Abuse, the Canadian Medical Protective Association, the Canadian Medical Association, the Federation of Medical Regulatory Authorities of Canada, Memorial University of Newfoundland MDcme, the Michael G. DeGroote National Pain Centre at McMaster University, the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada, and the College of Family Physicians of Canada.

On May 18th The Honourable Jane Philpott, Minister of Health called for a review of the guideline development process by the Canadian Institutes for Health Research (CIHR). We understand that this may create questions about the quality of the new guideline so we want to provide you with the following information.

First, because of the importance of the opioid guideline to Canadian physicians and their patients, the CFPC understands the Minister’s decision to undertake a review that will allow all parties affected by the guideline to be certain about its credibility. The guideline development process was validated nationally and internationally and the resulting recommendations and guidance statements underwent multiple levels of review.

Based on our current knowledge, we believe the guidelines are based on the best available evidence and are appropriate to inform clinical practice, pending the outcome of the independent review. Together with our Collaborative partners, the CFPC remains committed to addressing the opioid crisis that is affecting people every day. We will keep you informed of the outcome of the independent guideline review as information becomes available.

Links and resources

The 2017 Canadian Guideline for Opioids for Therapy and Chronic Non-Cancer Pain is available online at
http://www.cmaj.ca/content/189/18/E659
http://nationalpaincentre.mcmaster.ca/guidelines.html

The guideline is also available at https://www.magicapp.org/canadianopioidGL
This is an interactive, dynamic website and mobile app, that features decision aids and facilitates decision making between patients and providers.

For more information on Opioid Management visit the Opioid Management page.

Practising Wisely in Alberta

The Alberta College of Family Physicians and Choosing Wisely Alberta are proud to sponsor Practising Wisely: Reducing Unnecessary Testing and Treatment, an active learning workshop developed by the Ontario College of Family Physicians (OCFP) that focuses on “too much medicine.” It builds on the OCFP’s popular program Don’t Just Do Something, Stand There! and the Choosing Wisely Canada campaign.

Endorsed by the Future of Medical Education in Canada CPD initiative, Practising Wisely is a suite of new continuing professional development opportunities for primary care providers.

Certified as one of the first 3-credit-per-hour courses, attendees can receive up to 18 Group Learning credits.

3 Credits/Hour Group Learning (formerly Mainpro®–C) Workshop

PRACTISING WISELY: REDUCING UNNECESSARY TESTING AND TREATMENT

PROGRAM DATES:
Friday, April 21, 2017 – Edmonton
Doubletree Hilton Edmonton West | 16615 109 Ave NW
Register Now for Practising Wisely in Edmonton

Friday, May 12, 2017 – Calgary
Courtyard Calgary Airport | 2500 48 Ave NE
Register Now for Practising Wisely in Calgary

For more details visit Practising Wisely in Alberta.

2017 Price Comparison of Commonly Prescribed Drugs Guide

The ACFP is pleased to share with you the annual Price Comparison of Commonly Prescribed Pharmaceuticals in Alberta
document. Authored by Dr. Mike Kolber, Tony Nickonchuk, and Jayson Lee, the document identifies generic products (generally cheaper) from brand name products, a 90 day cost for standard doses (unless otherwise noted), and Alberta Blue Cross and Indian Affairs coverage.

The document is grouped by medication class and then ordered by cost. Please read the introduction for further explanation and specifically how the costs were calculated. While this document is not exhaustive, it contains many medications potentially used by office based primary care providers.

We Want to Hear From You – Please Take a Moment and Complete the Impact Assessment

We wish to hear about your experiences with and the impact the document has on your daily practice. The survey should take you ~5 minutes to complete. Questions are pertinent to the most recent year you have been using the document.

 

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