Advisory to Members: CFPC Section fees dropped

May 30, 2011

As of January 2011, the College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC) no longer charges additional fees for members who join the Section of Teachers or the Section of Researchers. This brings these Sections in line with the Section of Residents, Section of Medical Students, and Section of Communities of Practice in Family Medicine, where members have not paid additional fees in the past.

The Sections play a central role in advancing family medicine through their various areas and disciplines, and ensure that important communities within family medicine are represented. The College has adopted a policy of not charging Section membership fees to facilitate increased involvement by members and to encourage the growth and effectiveness of the Sections.

In addition to contributing to the advancement of family medicine, membership in a Section has many benefits for members, including the following:

  • unique opportunities to enhance your expertise;
  • rewarding professional relationships and networking opportunities with other family physicians;
  • leadership opportunities;
  • the chance to make the College a more effective professional home for all family physicians across Canada.

To join any CFPC Section you must be a College member in good standing.

The CFPC is proud of the College Sections and their dedication to advancing family medicine initiatives across the country. We encourage all College members to consider joining a Section of interest and welcome your participation!

Section of Medical Students

The Section of Medical Students serves as a liaison between the CFPC and medical students throughout Canada. All medical students have the opportunity to join the Section of Medical Students. Two medical students at each medical school in Canada are selected by their colleagues to be members of the Section Council. Two elected representatives of the Section Council participate as voting members of the CFPC Board of Directors.

Section of Residents

The Section of Residents was established in 1989 to serve as a liaison between the CFPC and family medicine residents throughout Canada. All family medicine resident members of the CFPC automatically become members of the Section of Residents. The Section Council is made up of two residents selected by their colleagues in each family medicine residency program across Canada. The Section has three voting seats on the CFPC Board of Directors.

Section of Teachers

The Section of Teachers coordinates faculty development sessions for teachers at the annual Family Medicine Forum (FMF). An annual meeting of its members is also held during FMF. Membership in the Section is open to any member of the College involved in or having an interest in family medicine teaching.

Section of Researchers

The Section of Researchers has an executive committee composed of regional representatives. Membership in the Section of Researchers is open to any member of the CFPC involved in or having an interest in family medicine research. The Section hosts an annual meeting of its members during Family Medicine Forum.

Section of Communities of Practice in Family Medicine

This newly created Section was formed to better support family physicians in education, networking, continuing professional development and advocacy relevant to specific areas of practice.

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