Enhancing Your Learning Experience

The ACFP prides itself at sourcing strong learning content for its continuing professional development events and will continue to bring rich learning opportunities to our members. We have partnered with many providers—private providers, universities, and provincial chapters— and have brought a variety of titles including but not limited to: Infant and Toddler Nutrition, ECG: Basics and Advanced and PACCT Men’s Health.

Make sure you bookmark this page and revisit often as we are always adding program opportunities. If there is a course or subject matter you would like to see in our offerings please send an email to cpd@acfp.ca.

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


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.

PROGRAM DATES: September 9, 2017 | Red Deer Sheraton
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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.

Participants will learn how to access reliable, curated and renewable online resources for an evidence-informed practice supporting individualized patient-care. Active learning exercises such as case studies, individual reflection and group work will help participants to build communication skills to guide their patients through the shift from seeking sickness to enhancing health.

After active engagement in this program, participants will be better able to:

  • Identify opportunities for practising wisely to reduce over-screening, over-imaging, over-prescribing and over-monitoring
  • Access and assess reliable online resources for evidence-informed practice and integrate relevant evidence into individual patient care decision and plans
  • Communicate/build consensus with patients and their families to reduce their reliance on over medicalization

The workshop is structured in a modular format and is offered in two options:

  • A half-day case-based small-group workshop (Module 1 and one of Modules 2, 3 or 4)
  • A full-day, deep-dive into all 4 modules

You can learn more about the modules below.

  • Module One. We examine the harms and drivers of too much medicine and introduce a four-step approach to applying evidence to patient care with a focus on low back pain and ovarian cysts.
  • Module Two. Reliable, renewing online resources are put to work to support practice change. Cases centering on proton pump inhibitors and statins for primary prevention are the focus.
  • Module Three. Cancer screening is the topic here as participants differentiate risks and integrate relevant evidence into individual patient-care supported by shared decision-making.
  • Module 4. Evolving the annual physical exam to become a periodic health review personalized for each patient is a key element of this module. Poly pharmacy in the elderly and over-monitoring for diabetes are addressed as well.


Practising Wisely more than a CPD course. It is a framework that will help you implement good health care stewardship and avoid over-medicalization for your patients. You can’t do it alone-your whole clinic needs to be behind you.

If you are interested in bringing an interdisciplinary Practising Wisely program to your clinic staff contact cpd@acfp.ca or call 780-488-2395

Laptop or Tablet – During this workshop you will be asked to visit multiple websites to access various resources. Therefore, all participants are required to bring a laptop or tablet that has the ability to connect to the Internet in order to fully participate in the course.

Pre- and Post-course Activity – Upon registration you will be asked to complete pre-course activity. As a three credit per hour group learning activity, participants will be required to complete a post-course activity six weeks after the course date and another post-course activity 12 weeks after the course date. You must complete all pre- and post-course activities in order to be awarded your credits.

Practising Wisely has been designed to change practice behaviour. Most physicians unconsciously integrate varying degrees of their learnings into practice. The six week and 12 week post-course assignments are designed to increase your awareness of your practice behaviour changes and therefore explicitly demonstrate implementation of the intended improvements in care. If your practice structure or other circumstances (i.e. sabbatical, maternity leave, etc.) will make it difficult for you to complete these activities, please contact our office to discuss prior to registering for this program.

This Group Learning program has been certified by the College of Family Physicians of Canada for up to 18 Mainpro+ credits. Note due to the follow up activities required, these credits will be issued for the 2017-18 Mainpro+ credit cycle which begins July 1, 2017.