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First Five Years in Family Practice (FFYFP)

New to family medicine? Transitioning from residency to family practice is challenging. Residency prepares new doctors for clinical practice, but many family physicians early in their career report being unprepared for the business of managing their practice.

Resources for early-career physicians

  • Peer support and advice
    Join the First Five Years in Family Practice – Canada Facebook group to get answers and advice from your colleagues in their first five years and beyond
  • Early-career sessions at family medicine conferences
    Take advantage of sessions and workshops offering support for practice management and tips for navigating challenging patient interactions at Family Medicine Forum (FMF) and at provincial Chapter Annual Scientific Assemblies
  • Transition to Practice website –
    Everything you need to know about practising family medicine in Canada, including tips for transitioning from residency to practice, negotiating contracts for locums and hiring staff, provincial billing information, and setting up a medical practice


First Five Years in Family Practice Committee

The First Five Years in Family Practice Committee consists of early-career member representatives from each CFPC chapter. The committee advocates for members in their first five years to respond to issues they may face, supports initiatives to address challenges, and offers resources during their first five years of family practice.

About the First Five Years Committee

Preparing our Future Family Physicians. An educational prescription for strengthening health care in changing times

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