What's New at the ACFP and In Health Care
Message from the President - Inauguration

Spring is here and we have just wrapped up one of the most successful Family Medicine Summits in ACFP history. The Summit saw record attendance and a re-organized sponsorship area to optimize your attendee experience. Our signature event is a culmination of many programs including an excellent CPD opportunities, an outstanding Research Showcase, our Awards presentation, and our Annual Meeting of Members.
 
At the AMM, we introduced our new Board Member, Dr. Donna Mummert and I had the honour to be officially inaugurated as your president.  Read my full inauguration speech here . We also showcased the incredible amount of work our volunteers and staff did last year.  Download our Year in Review here .
 
I take this position very seriously and am proud and honoured to work alongside you for the next two years. We will revisit our strategic framework and priorities. Our focus ahead will continue to be delivering strong CPD and educational experiences and continuing to foster leadership and strong advocacy in primary care.

Vishal Bhella, MD, CCFP
President
Alberta College of Family Physicians
ACFP presents CPD Day

Join us Saturday, May 4, 2019 at the Calgary Airport Marriott In-Terminal Hotel for CPD Day. This event will host:
  • Practising Wisely
  • MSK Education
  • Mood Disorders

All three full-day sessions are 3 credits-per-hour, Mainpro+ certified programs. Spaces are limited - Register Today !
Nominate A Colleague

Do you know an outstanding family physician that has affected your life? OR an exceptional family physician, family medicine resident and/or student? What about leaders in their communities that have demonstrated a passion for what they do? Then make time to acknowledge them and submit a nomination today!

For a full list of awards and nomination forms visit our website .
Celebrating our Research Community

The What’s Up Doc? Research Showcase held on March 1 at the Family Medicine Summit in Banff, AB was once again an incredible presentation of family medicine and primary care research. Thank you to Drs. Donna Manca, Tanvir Turin Chowdhury, and Ms. Olga Szafran for facilitating the Research Showcase, and to everyone who provided their expertise in the abstract submission review process and adjudication of the awards. The success of the Research Showcase would not be possible without the help of these dedicated individuals.

This event is one of the most valued opport u nities for our research community, and our Reviewer’s Choice Awards are highly regarded. The ACFP proudly congratulates all of our research award recipients ...  
Treating patients with chronic pain and addictions - Find out more at the CMN (virtual) open house
The Collaborative Mentorship Networks (CMN) was established to provide practical, professional, and personal support for physicians to confidently treat chronic pain and addictions. 
 
Dr. Cathy Scrimshaw and Lisa Dayanandan (CMN Medical Lead and Coordinator) will be hosting a virtual Open House on  Tuesday April 2, 2019 from 7:30 – 8:30 am.  They will be providing information about the CMN and answering your questions. Some topics include:
 
  • What does mentorship really mean and how does it work?
  • How will it help my practice, my team, my patients?
  • If I sign up, what's expected of me?
 
For details on how to connect to the open house email  mentorship@acfp.ca with “Open House” in the subject line.
Report your Mainpro+ Certified Credits Faster
Your Mainpro+ dashboard now has a search feature that allows you to enter the CERT+ session ID for the activity you’ve attended. This new feature will pre-populate forms allowing you to report your credits faster!

Note: Session ID numbers are located on the Certificate of Attendance for all certified activities. E.g. #123456-001
Mainpro + Minute
Last month we asked -

How long is the grace period at the end of your five-year cycle in which you are allowed to submit outstanding credits?

Answer:  There is a six-week grace period following the cycle end date during which members who have not yet fulfilled their cycle requirements have the opportunity to report their outstanding credits.  

Thank you to everyone who participated in our February eNews poll. All correct answers were entered to receive a $25 Starbucks gift card, and five lucky winners were randomly drawn.

Congratulations to our February Winners!!
  • Dr. Jane Diane Dunstan (Calgary)
  • Dr. Patricia L. Connick (Calgary)
  • Dr. Siew-Wan Tan (Calgary)
  • Dr. Michael Tsoi (Calgary)
  • Dr. Kiran Dhillon (Edmonton)
Win a Starbucks coffee card!  
Certificates of Attendance (COA) – What do you do with them? 

Each time you participate/complete a certified activity, you receive a COA. The COA will include a session ID# which corresponds with the Mainpro+ certification platform. Having the ID# will help you enter credits for this certified activity in your Mainpro+ record. But what do you do with all of those certificates you receive? 

Some types of certified activities require you to upload a copy of the certificate; for other activities it’s optional. If you are selected by the CFPC for a random audit, you’ll be required to provide proof of participation. The CFPC requires you to keep proof of your participation in certified activities for a minimum of six years.
Is it mandatory to upload a copy of the Certificate of Attendance (COA) every time I enter certified credits in my Mainpro+ transcript?
Vote below to enter your answer and for a chance to win* one of five $25 Starbucks gift cards!
Yes
No
The answer will be published in the April 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 April edition of our eNews.
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