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Credit Requirement Poll Results and Reporting Deadline Reminder

Last month we asked, “Do both certified and non-certified credits quality for the CFPC’s minimum annual credit requirement?”

The correct answer is: YES! Both certified and non-certified credits fulfill this requirement.

All Mainpro+ participants, including Non-Member Mainpro+ Participants, are required to earn and report a minimum of 25 credits per year during their five-year cycle. The annual minimum may be comprised of any combination of certified and/or non-certified credits in the Group Learning, Self-Learning, and Assessment categories; a minimum of 250 credits are required within the five-year cycle and at least 125 of those credits must be certified.

Thank you to everyone who participated in our poll. We received 172 responses—130 “yes” and 42 “no”—and all correct answers were entered in a draw to receive a $25 Starbucks gift card. Five lucky winners were drawn at random:

  • Dr. Anita Augustine (Medicine Hat)
  • Dr. Charlene R. Dunn (Calgary)
  • Dr. Olexandra Markevych (Edmonton)
  • Dr. Gregory Oman (Edmonton)
  • Dr. Shirley Traynor (Calgary)

Congratulations to our winners!

REMINDER! June 30 is the CFPC’s Annual Mainpro Credit Reporting Deadline!

Members of the CFPC must report a minimum of 25 credits annually. Both certified and non-certified credits qualify for this annual requirement. Don’t wait until June 30—enter your credits now!

Challenging Work Pays Off


Read the full May eNews and President’s Message.

Becoming a family physician is an incredible commitment and is not for the faint of heart, mind, or body. As you all know, the specialty of family medicine is about building long-term trusted relationships; it is about complexity, comprehensiveness, and problem solving.

We are asked to balance social, emotional, physical, and mental wellness for our patients and their families. Many of us are small business owners concerned with hiring staff and providers to our clinic teams, making payroll, renewing or establishing new lease agreements, replacing aging equipment, and creating excellent customer experience. It’s a heck of a slog but just as rewarding.

I want to take a moment to congratulate the approximately 150 family medicine resident graduates in Alberta that have committed to their careers in this challenging and rewarding profession. The new Family Medicine Professional Profile just released by the CFPC describes what a family medicine resident can contribute to at the end of their education and training.

If you are a graduating resident, Congratulations!! You have made it and we can’t wait to work with you.

If you have supported any of the new residents graduating in 2018, Thank You! for your contributions as preceptors and mentors during their education and orientation to Alberta’s health care system.

The future is bright—primary care is emerging as the foundation high functioning health systems. Our new grads will be a part of a movement toward new models of care, more fluid patient pathways, payment models that support complexity and comprehensive care, and a movement where communities, patients, and providers are partners in designing and deciding what is needed for better population health. I share in this excitement with you and for you as you contribute, evolve, and affect change during your careers.

Have fun, get involved, and stay connected to the Alberta College of Family Physicians (ACFP)—your community of peers and mentors, your professional and academic home.


Free Self Learning™ Resource—Focus On: Opioids

The CFPC is a proud supporter of Opioid Wisely, a Choosing Wisely Canada Campaign that encourages thoughtful conversations between clinicians and patients to reduce the potential harms associated with opioid prescribing. With the recent launch of this campaign, the CFPC wishes to remind members of their free online access to Focus On: Opioids, a special issue of the Self Learning™ Program.

To access Focus On: Opioids, follow these steps:

  1. Login to the CFPC’s Self Learning website using your CFPC login (email address and password)
  2. Locate the issue under the “My Self Learning Issues” on your dashboard page. The issue will be labelled #32.51–Special.*

* For those not subscribed to Self Learning, this special issue will be the only one displayed.

Members can claim five certified Mainpro+® credits with this special issue by completing a Linking Learning to Assessment exerciseIf you have any questions about this special issue or the Self Learning team by email or at 1-800-387-6197 extension 441.


April’s E-Panel Results Are In!

April’s e-Panel asked about Clinical Decision Support Tools (CDSTs) and how they can be better accepted and implemented by primary care physicians. Respondents were also asked to rank barriers to using CDSTs in their practices, list their favourite CDSTs, and discuss ways that CDSTs can be developed to be most useful at the point of care.

An interesting aspect of this question is that even when analyzed based on practice location (urban vs. rural) or practice type (solo vs. group) these remained the top four choices, just in different configurations.

The chart below shows the most popular ways that CDSTs can be developed to be most useful at point of care. Respondents were asked to check all choices that applied out of ten options, and these four were the most favoured. They also did not change based on practice type or location.

Respondents were also asked to list their favourite CDST and give a brief explanation as to why it is their favourite. This list is available in the full results of the e-panel, along with additional barriers and ways to make the content of CDSTs more relevant to 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 Strategic Clinical Networks™, Alberta Health Services Primary Health Care Integration Network, and the Alberta Medical Association. If you would like to be a member of this e-panel, please contact Adam Filiatreault.

The CFPC Releases a Family Medicine Professional Profile

Family Medicine Professional Profile

The Family Medicine Professional Profile is a position statement that defines the discipline of family medicine, describes the scope of practice and training for family physicians, and highlights our philosophy of care.


  • Standard setting: To guide the development of educational standards with a clear description of the work of family physicians in keeping with a competency-based medical education (CBME) paradigm
  • Social accountability: To describe the collective commitment of family physicians to the people of Canada. To articulate the contribution of generalists and generalism in family medicine, introducing the concept of community-adaptiveness
  • Communication: To better inform others (partner organizations, policy-makers) about the role and scope of family physicians and to guide our messages to medical students about family medicine as a career


An initial prototype was drafted based on consultations and definitions occurring as part of the development of the College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC) Triple C Competency-based Curriculum. The prototype statement was further refined and revised using a deliberative and iterative process of consensus building with CFPC committees, broad consultation with the membership via survey, and targeted consultation with key internal and external stakeholders.

Related Content

Tax Tips for Your Practice

Hosted by the First Five Years in Family Practice (FFYFP) Committee, the ACFP is excited to invite you to attend an information session to learn about practical tax planning strategies and an opportunity to network with your peers.

Tax Tips for Your Practice & Networking Session
Wednesday, June 6, 2018 – 6:00pm
DoubleTree by Hilton in West Edmonton

Light appetizers and refreshments will be served before the presentation, and there will be a networking opportunity following.

Webcast Added!
We have also added a webcast option for those who cannot make it in person, but spots are limited to 25 participants.

More About the Session
At the session, you will hear information from a fellow physician and some tax professionals about the new federal tax law changes, potential tax strategies to reduce tax burden, case scenarios regarding the choice to incorporate, potential tax deductions, and other practical tips!

Learning Objectives
In this session, the tax experts will:

  1. Briefly outline the new federal tax changes as they relate to medical corporations
  2. Discuss potential tax strategies to reduce tax burden in relation to these new tax changes, using case studies and practice/specific advice geared to early career physicians who have more debt than savings
  3. Provide case scenarios where a new physician would and would not benefit from incorporation

In addition to this, there will be an experienced physician who will:

  1. Provide a list of potential business and personal tax deductions specific to early career physicians
  2. Share other practical tips they wish they knew earlier in their career

May 19 is World Family Doctor Day!

Alberta, Let’s Show the World How Our Family Doctors Rock!

World Family Doctor Day (FDD) – 19th May – was first declared by WONCA in 2010 and it has become a day to highlight the role and contribution of family doctors in health care systems around the world.

The event is a wonderful opportunity to acknowledge the central role of the family medicine specialty in the delivery of personal, comprehensive, and continuing health care for all of our patients. It’s also a chance to celebrate the progress being made in family medicine and the special contributions of family doctors globally.

Family doctors—leading the way to better health

World Family Doctor Day on May 19, 2018 has the theme: “Family doctors—leading the way to better health”. In advance of World Family Doctor Day the WONCA President invites members to submit case examples of best practice that lead to better health.

Share your story with WONCA and highlight how Alberta Family Doctors are leading the way to better health

Why Family Docs Rock!

  • 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.
  • Family physicians often act as the central hub for managing your health and provide a higher level of continuity of care.
  • Family physicians play an important role in health promotion and illness prevention, coordinating care with other specialties and health professionals, and advocating on behalf of their patients with respect to the care and services they need in all other parts of the health care system.

Share Your Story With Us and We’ll Share It With the Rest of the World!

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

Dr. Guy Blais Talks to 630 CHED’s Ryan Jespersen on the Ryan Jespersen Show!

Alberta Declares May 19th Family Doctor Day in Alberta!