CFPC Annual Report 2020–2021
June 2020 to August 2020
- In response to several racially motivated acts of violence in Canada and the United States, the CFPC issued a statement against racism (June 3, 2020)
- To help patients prepare for virtual visits with their doctors, the CFPC, Canadian Medical Association, and Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada released the Virtual Care Guide for Patients (June 12, 2020)
- The CFPC supported the launch of a new online platform to help health care and social service providers recognize and respond safely to incidents of family violence (June 26, 2020)
- In a new Best Advice guide, The Patient’s Medical Neighbourhood, the CFPC outlined recommendations for building interprofessional networks in the health care system (June 2020)
- The CFPC initiated an important discussion with the live-stream event “Courageous Conversations: Shining a light on racism in medical education” (July 22, 2020)
- To support provincial and national advocacy efforts to develop practice facilitation, the CFPC released The Case for Practice Facilitation Within Primary Care: A primer and advocacy guide (July 2020)
- Dr. Sarah Funnell was appointed to the CFPC Board of Directors (August 13, 2020)
- The CFPC’s President lobbied the Alberta government to return to negotiations with the Alberta Medical Association (August 21, 2020)
September 2020 to November 2020
- The CFPC launched COVID-19 Learning on the Go (September 9, 2020)
- CFPC staff published the first-ever evaluation of Mainpro+, including a review of user engagement and satisfaction, in CFP (September 15, 2020)
- The Self Learning™ Program marked 35 years of excellence in family physician–led learning (September 21, 2020)
- As part of ongoing advocacy efforts, the CFPC released Family Physicians: The foundation of Canada’s health care system, a visual summary of the benefits family physicians provide (September 2020)
- The Section of Residents released its Guide to Chronic (Non-Cancer/Non-Palliative) Pain Management With Patients Already on Opioid Therapy (September 2020)
- The Physician Wellness+ Initiative granted the CFPC $500,000 to address health and wellness needs of family physicians and medical learners (October 1, 2020)
- The CFPC invited members to learn about Professional Learning Plans, a new tool to help family physicians and learners set and achieve CPD goals (October 1, 2020)
- The Member Interest Groups Section disseminated its first strategic plan, which outlines the Section’s vision and goals (October 2020)
- The Section of Researchers marked its 25th anniversary with the release of a special video describing the value of family medicine and primary care to society (November 3, 2020)
- Family Medicine Forum took place completely virtually for the first time (November 4 to 7, 2020)
- In the CanMEDS–Family Medicine Indigenous Health Supplement, the CFPC underscored unique considerations regarding Indigenous health in medical education (November 12, 2020)
- A new issue in the Innovation in Primary Care series addressing mental health care was released (November 26, 2020)
December 2020 to February 2021
- The CFPC and Upstream Lab launched a six-part webinar series on artificial intelligence in family medicine (December 9, 2020)
- In response to the creation of the New Digital Research Infrastructure Organization in Canada, the CFPC released a white paper on the digital infrastructure needed to support primary care research (December 14, 2020)
- In the second annual Mainpro+ CPD Report, the CFPC revealed the most popular learning activities and topics (December 2020)
- The CFPC issued a position statement on family physicians’ importance to the rollout of COVID-19 vaccines (January 14, 2021)
- To address racism and support a culturally safe health care system, the CFPC announced a new partnership (January 28, 2021)
- CFP welcomed its first Editorial Fellow in more than a decade, Dr. Sarah Fraser (January 2021)
- As part of Resident Doctors Awareness Week, the CFPC hosted two virtual sessions where early-career family physicians answered residents’ questions about transitioning to practice, with session recordings available through our Practice Management Prep program (February 2021)
- In response to challenges related to the pandemic and inequalities that continue to affect racialized communities, the CFPC updated the CFPC Strategic Plan 2017–2022 to ensure its ongoing relevance (February 2021)
March 2021 to May 2021
- The CFPC began offering live, individual consultations with Mainpro+ experts via video chats (March 1, 2021)
- A national CPD coalition that includes the CFPC announced a new credential recognizing achievements in continuing professional development (March 1, 2021)
- The CFPC advocated for greater support of virtual care in family practice (March 4, 2021)
- The CFPC co-hosted a virtual town hall with the government’s Federal Anti-Racism Secretariat: “Eliminating Systemic Racism and Discrimination in the Health Care Profession” (March 16, 2021)
- As part of a coalition of organizations, the CFPC called for urgent action from the federal government to improve access to primary care services in Canada (March 31, 2021)
- The CFPC published the updated Guidance in Authorizing Cannabis Products Within Primary Care resource (March 2021)
- CFPCLearn was launched as a new online continuing professional development portal for busy family physicians (March 2021)
- As part of ongoing advocacy, the CFPC stated concerns about missed opportunities in the federal budget to strengthen primary care (April 20, 2021)
- The FAFM launched its refreshed Partners newsletter to generate conversations about philanthropy in family medicine and inform readers about new initiatives (April 21, 2021)
- The Rural Road Map Implementation Committee issued Call to Action: An Approach to Patient Transfers for Those Living in Rural and Remote Communities in Canada (April 21, 2021)
- The Rural Road Map Implementation Committee released the Rural Road Map: Report Card on Access to Health Care in Rural Canada (April 22, 2021)
- The CFPC and the Canadian Society for Long-Term Care Medicine issued a joint position statement calling for improvements to long-term care in Canada (April 26, 2021)
- The CFPC announced plans to provide the simulated office oral exam component of the Certification Examination in Family Medicine virtually (May 3, 2021)
- The FAFM introduced the Racialized Communities Leadership Grant in Family Medicine (May 10, 2021)
- The first CFPC-AMS TechForward Fellow, who will explore artificial intelligence opportunities in family medicine, was named (May 17, 2021)
- We celebrated Family Doctor Day with colleagues around the world (May 19, 2021)
- CFP won gold in the National Magazine Awards: B2B for Dr. Sarah Fraser’s commentary, “The Third Rail” (May 27, 2021)
- As part of the Outcomes of Training Project, the CFPC released the Residency Training Profile to prepare family physicians to meet the evolving needs of patients and communities (May 2021)
- The CFPC shared Practical Approach to Substance Use Disorders for the Family Physician as a new resource (May 2021)
- The Besrour Centre for Global Family Medicine released its annual report marking the centre’s 10-year anniversary and celebrating its achievements (May 2021)
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British Columbia College of Family Physicians (BCCFP)
- To advocate for the value of relationship-based, comprehensive, longitudinal care, the BCCFP launched a campaign celebrating the specialty of family medicine in April 2021. This built on the earlier release of an infographic highlighting the unique value of family physicians in March 2021.
- The BCCFP announced its new vision, mission, and priorities for the next few years with the release of its Strategic Plan 2021–2024.
- The BCCFP’s Family Medicine Conference (October 2020), Medical Student and Resident Conference (November 2020), and Dinner With Docs (March 2021) events were held over video conference for the first time.
Alberta College of Family Physicians (ACFP)
- Launched in 2020, the ACFP’s Heart of Family Medicine campaign promotes the value of family physicians and is a direct response to a call from members for action on this front. The campaign celebrates the trusted relationships between patients and family physicians through patient stories, physician podcasts, and videos. It showcases family physicians’ outstanding contributions to improving the health and well-being of their patients. Members’ enthusiastic response to the Heart of Family Medicine led the ACFP to invest in a television ad and digital marketing campaign in March 2021 to expand its reach.
- The ACFP’s Collaborative Mentorship Network for Chronic Pain and Addiction (CMN) program addresses the urgent need to increase local treatment options in primary care settings through collaboration among family physicians and multidisciplinary team members. The CMN provides helpful resources and opportunities for peer-to-peer support in the areas of chronic pain and substance use. It was made possible by a funding contribution of $1.9 million from Health Canada’s Substance Use and Addictions Program.
- Over the past year, the ACFP’s advocacy work included lobbying for the engagement and involvement of family physicians in the COVID-19 vaccine rollout; the advancement of the Patient’s Medical Home with the Minister of Health; and the integration of health and social systems to optimize the use of available resources and support the health and well-being of Albertans with complex and chronic conditions.
Saskatchewan College of Family Physicians (SCFP)
- The SCFP partnered with the Saskatchewan Medical Association (SMA)’s Section of Family Practice to create the Your Family Doctor Will See You Now campaign. The campaign includes a pair of videos featuring Saskatchewan family doctors reminding patients that—despite the COVID-19 pandemic—they can still have their health concerns addressed by their family physicians by telephone, video chat, or in person.
- Over the past year the SCFP engaged in several other COVID-19 advocacy and public education efforts. The SCFP was one of 30 partners behind the We Are Sick of This Too campaign that urged Saskatchewanians to get vaccinated; partnered with the SMA on two tools to support doctors in conversations with patients (Talking to Patients about COVID-19 and COVID-19 Vaccines: Talking to Patients); and issued a statement calling for caution in the re-opening of schools.
- Leading up to the provincial election in October 2020, the SCFP called on all parties to support greater funding for mental health, adopt the Patient’s Medical Home vision for primary care, and explore physician payment models that emphasize the quality of care.
Manitoba College of Family Physicians (MCFP)
- This year the MCFP strengthened and expanded its strategic relationships with stakeholders throughout the provincial health care system. The MCFP was a key partner in the effort to include family physician offices in administering COVID-19 vaccinations across Manitoba.
- The MCFP worked with family physicians and partners across the country to develop a COVID-19 tool kit with resources developed specifically for our local context.
- A process to update the MCFP’s bylaws and develop a committee structure was completed. By improving the internal structure of the MCFP, the Chapter is better positioned to meet the evolving needs of its members and communities.
Ontario College of Family Physicians (OCFP)
- The OCFP’s COVID-19 Community of Practice for family physicians, created in partnership with the University of Toronto’s Department of Family and Community Medicine, has reached more than 10,000 participants since its inception in April 2020; sessions are now averaging more than 800 attendees. As one member noted: “These sessions are excellent and have become a main source of clear information, which I in turn share with the rest of our team.”
- The OCFP’s Family Medicine Summit, previously known as the Annual Scientific Assembly (ASA), was held virtually for the first time in early 2021—with a 34 per cent jump in registrations compared with the previous ASA. One member commented: “Excellent conference. I am finding the opportunity to attend concurrent sessions that I missed especially worthwhile. Even if we get back to in-person sessions in future years, having this opportunity to view recorded sessions will enhance the learning opportunities for all of us.”
- In January 2021, in collaboration with the University of Ottawa and the Ontario Medical Association’s Section on General and Family Practice, the OCFP held the inaugural Choose Family Medicine virtual panel event to showcase what makes family medicine so special. The event attracted 122 medical student participants, and in their session evaluations they indicated an increased desire to pursue family medicine.
Quebec College of Family Physicians (QCFP)
- In the wake of the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, the QCFP supported the launch and adopted the ongoing work of a community of practice for physicians working in residential and long-term care facilities (CHSLD).
- The QCFP added JUMO—a new mentorship platform—to its mentorship programs, thereby offering family physicians a more personalized option.
- In 2020 the QCFP took over the leadership of the Choosing Wisely Quebec campaign to facilitate its growth and establish new partnerships.
New Brunswick College of Family Physicians (NBCFP)
- In May 2021 the NBCFP released its new strategic plan for 2021–2024, which includes refreshed mission and vision statements.
- To thank members for their hard work and dedication during the pandemic, the NBCFP mailed out a promotional mask to every member, which was well received.
- Quick action in early 2020 allowed the NBCFP to host its 2020 Annual Members Meeting as scheduled in June in a fully virtual format for the first time, which was met with 100 per cent satisfaction from members.
Nova Scotia College of Family Physicians (NSCFP)
- The NSCFP enhanced its collaboration with other Atlantic Chapters of the CFPC on new initiatives such as Family Doctor Day celebrations and on Canadian Medical Association/Joule leadership training.
- The Chapter engaged in advocacy efforts related to fee codes for virtual care and other ways to support family physicians in Nova Scotia, including the release of its Quick Tips for Virtual Care practice resource.
- Over the past year the NSCFP took steps to foster relationships with partner organizations, including the introduction of quarterly meetings with Dalhousie University’s Department of Family Medicine.
Prince Edward Island College of Family Physicians (PEICFP)
- On February 25, 2021, in the Speech from the Throne, Premier Dennis King announced the establishment of team-based care through patient medical homes and patient medical neighbourhoods to support the transformation of primary care in PEI. This followed separate meetings the PEICFP had held in 2020 with the PEI Minister of Health and the Official Opposition to discuss the value of family physicians to the health care system, the Patient’s Medical Home vision, and the Patient’s Medical Neighbourhood concept.
- In October 2020 the PEICFP hosted its first virtual annual meeting of members. PEI’s Minister of Health participated.
- The PEICFP sent masks to all its members as a token of appreciation for their hard work during the pandemic and always.
Newfoundland and Labrador College of Family Physicians (NLCFP)
- The NLCFP is heavily involved in the ongoing work of the Health Accord for Newfoundland and Labrador. The NLCFP’s Director of External Engagement sits on the Health Accord’s Community Care Committee and conducted focus groups on primary care health reform in March 2021 to inform the Health Accord Task Force’s work.
- Over the past year the NLCFP fostered relationships with many partner organizations to enhance the voice of family physicians, including the provincial government, the Newfoundland and Labrador Medical Association, the Family Practice Renewal Program, Memorial University of Newfoundland’s Faculty of Medicine, Choosing Wisely NL, and the other members of the Health Accord for Newfoundland and Labrador.
- The NLCFP provided ongoing public support for members during the pandemic, such as speaking up about how COVID-19 has changed family physicians’ workdays and added stress to their work and personal lives.