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New year, new Conflict of Interest form

January 1, 2018 marked the adoption of the National Standard for Support of Accredited CPD Activities. The intent of the Standard is to safeguard the integrity of accredited CPD activities from the influence of sponsoring organizations that could lead to bias and has been approved by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (Royal College), College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC), and Collège des médecins du Québec (CMQ). The implementation of the Standard is equally applied to all CPD Provider Organizations in Canada and, as such, the CFPC guidelines and policies for certified events have undergone changes.

As part of its Mainpro+® certification process, the CFPC requires all presenters and members of Planning Committees to complete the CFPC Mainpro+ Declaration of Conflict of Interest form which now includes all financial or in-kind relationships with for- and not-for-profit organizations.

A conflict of interest might be present in situations where the personal and professional interests of individuals have actual, potential, or apparent influence over their judgment and actions. For more information, visit the CFPC website.

Register Now for LeadFM!

Registration is now open for LeadFM: Alberta Family Medicine Leadership Conference, April 20th and 21st in Calgary.

Building on the success of last year’s conference, we’ve expanded to two days of powerful keynote presentations, engaging and insightful workshop sessions, and dedicated time to network with your peers to discuss and exchange ideas that are top of mind for you right now. This unique conference is open to both physician and system leaders—it is truly leadership for where you are!

Our two keynote presentations are confirmed:

On Friday, Dr. Brad Bahler will be talking about his experience as the “Accidental Leader” and will be sharing the tips and tricks he’s picked up for what to do when you find yourself in a leadership role.

On Saturday, Dr. Phillip van der Merwe will build on this by encouraging you to “Release Your Inner Guerilla” and share his lessons from inside the system and in the political sphere in an effort to bring unconventional approaches to change leadership.

See you in Calgary!

December’s E-Panel Results Are In!

Results of the December e-panel on digestive health clinical care pathways show that most physicians find them useful and feel there is a way to integrate them into practice before seeking a specialist referral. The sample size of this survey was 29 family physicians from across Alberta.

87% of respondents state that clinical care pathways have a role in practice if used before considering a specialist referral. Over 80% of members agreed or strongly agreed that clinical care pathways are useful, relevant to their practice, and help them provide quality care to their patients.

Participants were asked a total of six questions in an online survey which was open for 10 days. One question asked participants to reflect on what would increase the likelihood of their using a clinical care pathway in their practice.

Full e-panel results are available for download here.

The Alberta Family Medicine E-Panel is an initiative supported by the Alberta College of Family Physicians, Alberta Health Services Clinical Networks, Alberta Health Services Primary Health Care Integration Network, and the Alberta Medical Association. If you have questions about or would like to be a member of this e-panel, please contact Adam Filiatreault.

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.

Tools for Practice publishes 200th article!

With their recent article, “Harms of Medical Cannabinoids: Up in Smoke!” our Tools for Practice team celebrated their 200th article! For over eight years, this ACFP-supported team has been creating bi-weekly articles to summarize medical evidence on a clinical question, with a focus on information that can modify your day-to-day practice.

To celebrate this momentous occasion, we asked the team to tell us about their favourite article, or biggest accomplishment so far.

Mike Allan: Controversial ones like cannabinoids, vaccines, salt, etc., are often the ones I feel we need to do but I dislike doing as I get tired of tilting at beliefs. The first ones were educational and I think by year two we were really starting to improve the methods. Santa (#177) was the funnest.

Mike Kolber:

  1. Zostavax (#77) for its excellent review of why it’s important to look at absolute (not relative) benefits,
  2. Zamboni procedure for MS (#43) for shedding light on a non-beneficial therapy.

Tina Korownyk: My favourite is Motivating Patients to Move (#5) because it provided an easy recommendation for a tool (pedometer to track physical activity) to incorporate into practice that also provides tangible results for patients.

Adrienne Lindblad: This is tough. Here are my top 10 and my reasons:

  1. Aldosterone antagonists in HF (#104): It isn’t the best tool to read, but it was the first one I wrote and it definitely challenged my ideas of heart failure management, particularly around target doses,
  2. Flu shot (#99, 100): I loved the controversy over this one. Some people said “wow it works better than I thought!” while others said “wow this is terrible!”
  3. Santa (#177): It was fun and involved the whole group,
  4. Diclectin (#186): It was very interesting to research, particularly with the attention the media was paying to the topic,
  5. Salt (#86): I love the controversy and the sponsorship bias,
  6. Treating to target (#110): Because it was an idea of Mike’s and I never thought I would be able to write it,
  7. Antidepressant onset (#13): Because it changes our beliefs,
  8. Infant sleep (#196): Because I have three kids and I like knowing that I haven’t permanently screwed up my kids … at least not from sleep training them!
  9. MMR (#29): Because it made me really angry and highlights the importance of what we do,
  10. Zostavax (#77): The best example of knowing absolute vs relative benefits. It was short, simple, and memorable.

With a sample size of 200, the evidence is clear: family physicians find Tools for Practice valuable. But we want to hear from you! What has been your favourite article? How has Tools for Practice impacted you and/or your practice?

Let us know through Twitter (use the hashtag #ToolsForPractice), on Facebook (follow “Alberta College of Family Physicians”), or in the comments below.

Celebrate Family Doctor Week in Canada!

November 6-11 is Family Doctor Week in Canada!

Help us celebrate family doctors in Alberta and Canada by sharing your story.

The College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC) proudly acknowledges the outstanding contributions of Canada’s family doctors and the highly valued relationships they have with their patients and the communities they serve. Family Doctor Week in Canada will be celebrated from November 6-11, 2017 which coincides with the annual Family Medicine Forum in Montréal, Québec.

This special week also provides an opportunity for governments, health care organizations, colleagues, and the public to acknowledge the outstanding contributions made by family doctors to improve the health and well-being of their patients.

The CFPC invites you to join in this year’s celebration and support your fellow family physicians during Family Doctor Week in Canada from November 6–11.

ACFP Celebrates Family Doctor Week With Your Stories!

A family doctor-patient relationship is often times one of the most trusted in health care. It is a relationship that both the doctor and patient have been nurturing since a patient’s first visit—and often the patient’s first encounter with the health care system. We know patients count on family doctors and value these relationships.

Share Your Story

Help us promote the value of the family physician—in your life and in Alberta and Canada. Share your story!

Tell us why your family doctor rocks and we’ll share your story here on this site and with your doctor. As a thank you, we’ll send you and your doctor one of our Family Docs Rock t-shirt or standout and coveted new toques.

Send your story to and we’ll share it with your doc and the rest of the world.

Read Our Many Patient Stories Now!

What Else You Can Do

Say thank you and tell your doc why they rock!

Put Up a Poster

We have posters to share. Let us know and we’ll send some to you. Better yet, take a moment to download our posters from the right or visit the CFPC Family Doctor Week page.

Tweet It

Celebrate your family doctor by using the #FamilyDocsRock or #LoveMyFamilyDoc.

Send Us Your Story By Video

There is nothing better than saying thank you in person but if you can’t, why not share a video? Send your video to and we will post it to our YouTube channel.

“I love family docs and family docs rock!” video submission


For more stories, visit our Patient Stories pages.

CPSA Proposes Changes to Two Standards

Provide your feedback by Dec. 1, 2017

The Direction & Control of a Medical Practice and Sexual Boundary Violations standards of practice are under review and the CPSA wants to know: How would the proposed changes affect your practice?

The standards of practice are the minimum expectations for Alberta’s doctors, so it’s important the CPSA knows what you think.

It’s easy to comment: Click the links below to read the draft amendments and submit your feedback by survey, web-based form or email.

  • Direction and Control of a Medical Practice*
    To promote high quality care in both individual and group practice, the amendment proposes new requirements for quality improvement and quality assurance, notification of certain practice changes, and designation of a medical lead in multi-physician clinics.
  • Sexual Boundary Violations
    It’s not just about sex – physicians are expected to uphold the highest professional standards in all their interactions with patients, inside and outside the office. The amendment proposes to rename the standard Boundary Violations and broaden it to include personal, social, financial and business relationships with patients. It also sets boundaries on physician-learner relationships.

It’s not just about sex – physicians are expected to uphold the highest professional standards in all their interactions with patients, inside and outside the office. The amendment proposes to rename the standard Boundary Violations and broaden it to include personal, social, financial and business relationships with patients. It also sets boundaries on physician-learner relationships.

*Note: The Practice in Association standard of practice will be rescinded upon approval of the Direction and Control of a Medical Practice amendment, which incorporates relevant clauses.

Questions? Contact

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


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.

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

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

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