Special Designations

The College Board may grant the following Special Designations. Members may hold one or more designations.

Member of the College of Family Physicians of Canada (MCFP)

The special designation MCFP (Member of the College of Family Physicians of Canada) shall be granted to and may be used by College members in good standing in any class of membership that requires members to meet on-going CPD requirements as a condition of maintaining College memberships, with exception of those who are in the “Retired” category who may continue to use any special designation held at the time of retirement.  

Members holding the special designation Member of the College of Family Physicians of Canada may append the initials “MCFP” to their name.

Certification in The College of Family Physicians of Canada (CCFP)

Certification in the College of Family Physicians of Canada may be granted to College members who have:

a) Successfully completed residency training accredited by the CFPC and successfully completed the College’s Certification Examination in Family Medicine or an approved equivalent, or

b) Met the College’s criteria for practice eligible candidates as determined by the National Board, or

c) Successfully completed discipline specific training in family medicine in a jurisdiction other than Canada that has been approved as equivalent to accredited Canadian training in family medicine and who hold certification in family medicine or the equivalent qualification from a jurisdiction other than Canada and which is judged to be equivalent to Certification in the CFPC.

Members who have been granted Certification in The College of Family Physicians of Canada may append the Special Designation “CCFP” (Certification in the College of Family Physicians of Canada) to their names.

Members who were awarded a Certificate of Special Competence in Emergency Medicine may use the Special Designation CCFP (EM) following their CCFP designation.

Members who were awarded a Certificate of Special Competence in Emergency Medicine prior to 1987, the date of the College’s requirement that they must first hold Certification in The College of Family Physicians of Canada, may use the Special Designation (EM) following the special designation MCFP, i.e. MCFP (EM).

Fellowship in the College of Family Physicians of Canada (FCFP)

The CFPC awards the Fellowship Designation (FCFP) to CFPC certificants who distinguish themselves through outstanding contribution to their communities, their colleagues, and the discipline of Family Medicine. The Fellowship journey starts with Certification and incorporates the lifelong learning process. Fellowship is considered a value of membership and will be bestowed for life as long as the member remains in good standing with the College.

Fellows demonstrate commitment to achieving and maintaining excellence across the broad range of competencies that characterize excellent family physicians, and adherence to the Four Principles of Family Medicine. They are actively engaged with their practice, their community, their colleagues, and their profession. They contribute to the knowledge base of Family Medicine through research, teaching, and/or consistently excellent application. 

Eligibility for Fellowship
1. Active CFPC member in good standing, holding the CCFP designation for at least 10 years
2. Demonstration of  continuing commitment to at least 4 of the 7 CanMEDS-FM roles
3. Demonstration of significant contributions to/through Family Medicine

For more information about Fellowship.

Life Membership (LM)

Life Membership recognizes family physician colleagues who have attained the age of seventy (70) or greater and have been College members in good standing for at least ten (10) consecutive years immediately prior to the date of nomination. Life Members are no longer required to pay annual membership fees. However, for as long as they are still in active practice, they will need to continue to document and submit Mainpro+® credits.

Life Members may append the special designation “LM” following their names and their MCFP and/or CCFP and/or FCFP designations.

Honorary Membership MCFP(Hon)

Honorary Membership may be conferred on individuals of distinction, who are not family physicians in Canada, whether or not they are graduates of medicine, who have made an outstanding contribution to the discipline of family medicine and/or the CFPC and/or the health and well-being of the population.

Individuals conferred the distinction of honorary membership may append the initials MCFP(Hon) after their names.

An Honorary Member is not required to pay annual fees or fulfill CPD requirements and may choose whether or not to be a Member of the Chapter in his or her province in addition to being a Member of the National College.

Maintenance of Special Designations

In order to maintain and continue to use any of the above special designations, all members, are required to fulfil the College’s CPD requirements as determined by the National Board and as defined by the By-laws for the class of membership to which they individually belong. Honorary members are exempted from this requirement.

 

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