Centre 170, 370,
10403-172 Street
Phone: (780) 488-2395

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.

SCHEDULED LOCAL OPPORTUNITIES NOW AVAILABLE!

2 Credits/Hour Group Learning (formerly Mainpro®–C) Workshops

HEALTHY CHILD DEVELOPMENT: INFANT AND TODDLER NUTRITION

The Infant and Toddler Nutrition Program has been developed and delivered by the Ontario College of Family Physicians (OCFP) for the past 14 years. This workshop is being delivered by the Alberta College of Family Physicians (ACFP) in collaboration with the OCFP.

PROGRAM DATES: TBD

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION:
Current evidence supports exclusive breastfeeding as the optimal method of early infant feeding, providing multiple health benefits and disease prevention for both infants and their mothers. Families receive much of their early care in the primary care family practice setting, therefore knowledge and support from their care team is essential to help promote, protect, and support successful and continued breastfeeding.

This workshop will look at maternal nutrition and dietary intake in the prenatal period and its impact on child health outcomes. Specific guidelines including information on breastfeeding and the introduction of solids will be reviewed. Iron deficiency, other nutritional deficiencies and health impact of fortified formulas will be discussed. Healthy eating patterns, role modeling, and ways to deal with/avoid picky eating will be discussed, including NutriSTEP tool. This workshop will conclude with a look at the growing problem of childhood obesity.

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

    1. Assess the importance of nutrition in Healthy Child Development, from pregnancy to school age.
    2. Distinguish healthy eating patterns in children, discuss appropriate role modeling and methods to prevent and address picky eating.
    3. Work with a collaborative team to use the WHO growth curves and identify predictors of increased incident of overweight and obesity, in children.

FEES*
ACFP Members $325 + GST
Non-Members $345 + GST

*Fees may vary based on location.

CREDITS
This Group Learning program has been certified by the College of Family Physicians of Canada for up to 6 Mainpro+ credits.

CANCELLATION POLICY
The ACFP reserves the right to cancel sessions due to unforeseen circumstances or insufficient advance registration. In the event of a cancellation made by the ACFP, a full refund will be given to the registrants. However, the ACFP cannot accept responsibility for out-of-pocket expenses due to cancellation of a session. Cancellations made prior to 11:00 a.m. on Wednesday, May 3, 2017 will be refunded, less a $50.00 administration fee. No refunds will be provided after 11:00 a.m. on May 3, 2017.

CONTACT
For information about the Infant and Toddler Nutrition workshops, please contact Lorrainne Dubois or by phone at 780-488-2395.


EXCELLENT OR EXCREMENT: BEGINNER’S GUIDE TO SORTING OUT RESEARCH CLAIMS

This course has been developed and delivered by the Evidence-Based Medicine Team who brings you Tools for Practice and the Practical Evidence for Informed Practice Conference.

PROGRAM DATES: TBD

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION:
Evidence-based decision making has been described as “the systematic application of the best available evidence to the evaluation of options in clinical, management, and policy settings,” and places it on par with other key issues facing the country as it reforms health care policy and practice. Despite a desire to be better evidence-based practitioners, many family physicians and their colleagues are unable to achieve this commitment, primarily due to time constraints. Family physicians are increasingly faced with diagnosing and treating patients, and deciding on the appropriate evidence-based therapy in the setting of rapid information change and difficulties with access to valid and reliable information.

The topics were selected as an introduction to Evidence Based Medicine, as requested by learners at other CPD events (such as the ACFP’s Practical Evidence for Informed Practice (PEIP) conference) and based on needs assessments. Often referred to as “evidence-based practice,” it calls for more explicit approaches to defining the question, use of point-of-care knowledge, appreciation and use of the strength of evidence supporting choices, and better matching of the patient’s problem to an evidence-based action.

This session is designed to assist the practicing physician with managing information, recognizing valid information, and designing ways of changing practice.

FEES
Based on location of workshop.

CREDITS
This Group Learning program has been certified by the College of Family Physicians of Canada for up to 6.5 Mainpro+ credits.

CONTACT
For information about Excellent or Excrement workshops, please contact Sharon Nickel or by phone at 780-488-2395.

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

PRACTISING WISELY: REDUCING UNNECESSARY TESTING AND TREATMENT

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

PROGRAM DESCRIPTION:
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

REQUIREMENTS
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 activityity 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.

CREDITS
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.

CANCELLATION POLICY
The ACFP reserves the right to cancel sessions due to unforeseen circumstances or insufficient advance registration. In the event of a cancellation made by the ACFP, a full refund will be given to the registrants. However, the ACFP cannot accept responsibility for out-of-pocket expenses due to cancellation of a session.