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Mainpro+ Tips: Turning Data Reports Into Credits

Using data reports to identify gaps, determine patient care goals, and generally improve your practice can easily translate into certified Mainpro+ credits.

Measurement data is incredibly informative and can be very powerful in supporting changes and actions within clinics and PCNs. In addition to using data to improve your practice, you may claim certified Mainpro+ credits! Simply complete a Linking Learning to Research exercise and earn five Mainpro+ credits. Document the experience of your provincial practice review and earn six Mainpro+ certified credits by completing an Assessment Activity.

Primary Healthcare Panel Reports can be requested from the HQCA There are now three different reports available (Proxy Panel, Confirmed Patient List and Clinic). Click here to find out more and request your own report from the HQCA today!

Family Docs Rock: Recognizing Excellence

Family Docs Rock!

Let us take a moment and learn about the great work your peers are doing! Our Family Docs Rock feature showcases exemplary models of care and inspires excellence throughout the province. This month we learn more about some ACFP honorees and a hard-working couple from Peace River.


Dr. Rupinder Toor, Calgary

Dr. Rupinder Toor is a champion and innovator in women’s health and culturally appropriate health care and was recently honoured with the ACFP’s Recognition of Excellence. Learn more about Rupinder.




Dr. Karenn Chan, Edmonton

Dr. Karenn Chan has a unique practice providing complex/geriatric assessments through home visits in both urban and rural settings for patients in Home Living and Supportive Living.

Nominated and recognized by her peers, Dr. Chan was awarded Outstanding New Professional in 2017. Learn more about Karenn.



Family Docs Rock Patient Submission: Rural and Remote Care at Its Best

Living in northern Alberta (Peace River) poses some interesting facts, we live far away from major health care centres which poses issues all on its own. But having a family physician who understands this and takes extra training to help in crisis situations is crucial and vital.

Our family physicians go above and beyond to help not only our family out but the community!! Thank you to Drs. Nicholas and Nadine Potvin for being there when we need you.

Having children of their own makes chatting about kid-related issues easy and comforting. Whenever there is time to have a quick visit in the hallways, the smiles, and conversation leave me with a smile and usually a laugh or two.

And let’s face it laughter is always the best medicine!!

Thanks for being there!!
Peace River


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Educating the Heart and Mind


Read the full February eNews and President’s Message.

“Educating the mind without educating the heart is no education at all.” Aristotle

Though medicine is based on facts and evidence, family medicine is all that and it draws on the heart, emotions, and social constructs of community, team, and family. We learn the technical aspects of medicine from reading, being tested, and attending lectures in medical school. Nonetheless, we really start to solidify what we are taught in medical school when we are given the opportunity to practice what we have learned with our teams, with our patients and their family members in practice.

Residencies, preceptorships, and mentorships throughout our professional careers are so critical. Practising alongside our teachers while we interact with and support patients helps us to develop competency and confidence because that is when the heart becomes engaged! The heart comes to be educated when emotion, caring, compassion and, sometimes, even frustration are present. That is when the learning moves from the mind to the heart.

Think about when you have learned something that changed your heart. Was it something you read, something you learned through trial and error, or something that you worked on together with a mentor or preceptor? Perhaps you heard a clinical story that captured your heart and has resonated throughout many years of practice.

We have access to so many opportunities to learn and engage in continuing professional development and through more formats and environments than ever before. Our goal at the ACFP is to connect different members—with different learning styles—to education that speaks most to them. It is not enough to learn from a book or a classroom setting, we must bring new ideas to life and apply them practically to the work you do, day to day. The designers of your continuing medical education and professional development must facilitate the journey from the mind to the heart.

As we are on the eve of the ACFP’s flagship conference, the Annual Scientific Assembly (ASA), we hope that what you experience there will move your mind and your heart. Let it be a place to meet and connect with old friends and new, to network and learn from people in your field of interest, to get updated on the newest clinical practices and to remember what brought you into family medicine.

Think about what “educating your heart” means to you and those you serve.