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Join the First Five Years in Family Practice (FFYFP) Committee

The College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC)’s First Five Years in Family Practice Committee invites members currently in their first five years of practice, and graduating family medicine residents entering practice, to join our Committee. The Committee has representatives from each province plus one representative for the territories. The Committee’s purpose is to advocate for early-career physicians across the country as they transition and adapt to clinical practice. Being a Committee member offers the opportunity to serve on a national committee, develop resources for fellow new-in-practice physicians, and impact decisions made at the College level through consultation and advocacy.

We are currently recruiting for the following vacancies:
  • Alberta representative
  • New Brunswick representative
  • Territorial representative

The FFYFP Committee welcomes interested colleagues practising in any of those provinces/territories to join to make sure we have representation from across the country. The Committee meets both virtually and in person. Representatives must be starting or in their first five years of practice when joining the Committee. Please send any questions or expressions of interest to [email protected].

The College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC) supports new family physicians through the First Five Years in Family Practice (FFYFP) Committee. The Committee consists of new family physician members from every province in Canada and focuses on areas that are important for family physicians in their first five years of practice.

The College would like to hear from new doctors, about the issues and challenges that affect them, and aims to support them where they need it most.

Contact the CFPC with questions, suggestions, and comments by email at [email protected] or on Facebook.

Learn more about the program’s resources from

Committee initiatives

  • Content development and annual maintenance of the Transition to Practice website,
  • Moderation of the national and provincial First Five Years Facebook groups
  • Execution and evaluation of First Five Years needs assessment survey every three years
  • Facilitation of Family Medicine Forum (FMF) sessions to address key challenges identified by FFYFP members
  • Administration of a First Five Years section in Canadian Family Physician
  • Promotion and support of mentorship in family medicine

Who we are



Dr. Kiran Dhillon, British Columbia – Email: [email protected]

Dr. Annelise Miller, Past-Chair


Sara Calvert, Section of Medical Students

Dr. Lynne Cann, Nova Scotia – Email: [email protected]

Dr. Preveena Dharmaraj, British Columbia – Email: [email protected]

Dr. Scott Fenwick, New Brunswick – Email: [email protected]

Dr. Kristin Foy, Saskatchewan – Email: [email protected]

Dr. Steve Gravelle, Ontario – Email: [email protected]

Dr. Frantz-Daniel Lafortune, Quebec – Email: [email protected]

Dr. Anna Schwartz, Manitoba – Email: [email protected]

Dr. Paula Slaney, Newfoundland & Labrador – Email: [email protected]

Dr. Ida Szarics, Prince Edward Island – Email: [email protected]

Vacant, Alberta – Email: [email protected]

Vacant, Ontario representative

Vacant, Territorial Representative

Vacant, Section of Residents Representative

CFPC staff

Carol Costa, Director, Marketing and Membership Services

Courtney Kaminski, Membership Coordinator

If your province does not currently have a First Five Years representative please contact [email protected] with any questions.

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