Dr. Yan Yu
MD, MPP, MBA, CCFP
Director-at-Large (newly elected for 2019–2022)
Dr. Yan Yu completed his medical degree at the University of Calgary (U of C) in 2014. As a Rhodes Scholar at Oxford University he undertook dual master’s degrees in public policy and business administration, which he finished in 2016. He then returned to U of C for his family medicine residency, and he earned his Certification in the College of Family Physicians of Canada in 2018.
Currently a locum family physician in Alberta and the Northwest Territories, Dr. Yu practises in numerous clinical settings such as community-based family medicine clinics, long-term care homes, hospitals, and rural emergency rooms. His clinical interests include working in emergency psychiatry and providing care to rural, remote, and Indigenous communities. More than half of his patients in the Northwest Territories are Indigenous.
Passionate about medical education and health care innovation, Dr. Yu founded The Calgary Guide to Understanding Disease as a medical student in 2012. This free, online medical training resource—which U of C students write and faculty members review—has been downloaded more than 3 million times by users in more than 150 countries.
Dr. Yu became involved with the College as a Section of Residents Council representative, which included working on the Guide to Advance Care Planning Discussions. He is a member of the Patient’s Medical Home Steering Committee and served as its interim chair from 2018 to 2019.
In 2017 Dr. Yu received the Alberta College of Family Physicians’ Family Medicine Resident Leadership Award.