What's New at the ACFP and In Health Care
Message from the President
As we near the end of the year, I reflect upon the various activities that have occurred throughout 2018.

The ACFP has been a leader in the Opioid Response Initiative, a collaboration with the Alberta Medical Association and Alberta Health Services which included a grant from Alberta Health to fund an emergency response to the opioid crisis.

With this funding, we are enabling Primary Care Networks across the province to improve capacity for providing opioid agonist therapy, providing education to providers and looking at ways to improve service delivery. It is a made in Alberta solution to a complex problem impacting many across the province and the country.
Register for the Family Medicine Summit 2019 (formerly the ASA) Today!
Register before January 10, 2019 for a Chance to Win Back Your Registration and Two Nights Accommodation at the Rimrock!

Don't miss Alberta’s premier family medicine conference. The 2019 Summit’s exciting preliminary program includes topics on: Opioid Management, Care of the Elderly, Liver Clinical Pathway, Heart Failure Update, Medical Errors, Fitness to Work, Wound Care, Trauma-Informed Care, Locums, and much more.

The Summit Planning Committee is especially pleased to announce our thought-provoking opening and closing keynotes:

  • Falling Through the Cracks: The Greg Price Story
  • Pot, Patients, and Popular Culture
Mainpro + Minute: Reciprocity Agreements
Last Month's Mainpro+ Minute Answer
Last month we asked – Are the ACFP's GoMainpro and the CFPC's Mainpro+ online platforms the same thing

Answer: NO - they are different. The ACFP's GoMainpro is an online learning tool where you can earn up to 70 credits

Credit Reporting and Reciprocity Agreements with partner organizations
The CFPC has reciprocity with several partner organizations for credit reporting. Those partners are:
  • American Academy of Family Physicians (AAFP)
  • American Medical Association (AMA)
  • Royal College of Physicians Surgeons (RCPSC)

Click here (page 7) to learn more about these reciprocal agreements.

 Win an ACFP Coffee Card by Answering the featured Mainpro+ Minute Trivia Question!
Vote below to enter your answer and for a chance to win* one of five $25 Starbucks gift cards!
Are AAFP prescribed credits considered certified or non-certified in your CFPC Mainpro+ record?
I can claim AAFP prescribed credits in Mainpro+ as NON-CERTIFIED credits
I can claim AAFP prescribed credits in Mainpro+ as CERTIFIED credits
The answer will be published in the January edition of our eNews.

*Only correct answers will be entered into the draw. Five lucky winners will be notified by email and will have their names published in the January edition of our eNews.

Thank you to everyone who participated in our November eNews poll. We received 68 responses. All correct answers were entered in a draw to receive a $25 Starbucks gift card, and five lucky winners were randomly drawn.
Congratulations to our November Winners!!

  • Dr. Florence Cheng (Edmonton)
  • Dr. Genevieve Eder (Calgary)
  • Dr. Diana Hong (Edmonton)
  • Dr. Geneil Dufresne (Calgary)
  • Dr. Troy McKibbin (Okotoks)
First Five Blog - Taking on learners in your early years of practice
By: Kiran Dhillon

For physicians in the early years of practice, it can seem a bit daunting to start taking on learners.

As a new in practice physician myself, who has just started to have medical students in my clinic, I’ve had the chance to reflect on the reasons why I think taking on learners is a great idea, and on how I can be a more effective teacher for the learners who come through my clinic.

Here are some reasons why you should consider taking on medical learners, if you haven’t already.

  1. It helps you keep up to date and refreshes your knowledge.
  2. It’s a professional responsibility.
  3. Earn Mainpro+ credits
  4. Mentorship.
As a Family Physician, what IS the benefit of treating Opioid Use Disorder (OUD)?
We know that primary care provides a trusted space where patients are most comfortable, creating the ideal environment for patients to discuss opioid use, challenges and treatment. 
But what about the family physicians? 

We asked the ACFP  Opioid Response Task Force  what, in their eyes, is the benefit of treating OUD in primary care and the responses were incredibly powerful.
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