History of medicine
A New Vision for Canada: Family Practice - The Patient's Medical Home 2019
Preventive Care for ages 18 to 24 years Greig Health Record for Young Adults – Page 2
Annual Physical Examination Practices by Province/Territory in Canada
Eligibility Criteria for a Certificate of Added Competence (CAC) in Enhanced Surgical Skills (ESS)
Eligibility Criteria for a Certificate of Added Competence (CAC) in Obstetrical Surgical Skills (OSS)
Breast cancer - Steps to finding breast lumps early
Eligibility Criteria for a Certificate of Added Competence (CAC) in Palliative Care (PC)
Practice Eligible route(PER)
Canada’s physical activity guides for children and youth
Defining competence for the purposes of certification by the College of Family Physicians of Canada:
CPS Position Statement: Banning Children and Youth under the age of 18 years from commercial tanning
CPS Position Statement: Skiing and Snowboarding Injury Prevention
Certificate of Added Competence (CAC) Enhanced Surgical Skills (ESS) / Obstetrical Surgical Skills (OSS) (credentialing phase) Referee Letter Instructions
Application Instructions for Certificates of Added Competence (CACs) in Enhanced Surgical Skills (ESS) / Obstetrical Surgical Skills (OSS) (credentialing phase)
Health and Health Care Implications of Systemic Racism on Indigenous Peoples in Canada
Health Professionals Working With First Nations, Inuit, and Métis Consensus Guideline
Improving access to care for patients in Canada. Position Statement.
Improving patient safety through disclosure and quality improvement reviews
Quick Tips: Writing Learning Objectives
Eligibility Criteria for a Certificate of Added Competence (CAC) in Sport and Exercise Medicine (SEM
Joint Position Paper on Rural Maternity Care
Eligibility Criteria for a Certificate of Added Competence (CAC) in Family Practice Anesthesia (FPA)
Joint Position statement - The Role of Family Physicians and physicians with Added Competencies
Joint statement on physical punishment of children and youth
Position Statement: Supporting access to data in electronic medical records for quality improvement
Medical Marijuana Position Statement
Need for an Institute of Primary Care Research within the Canadian Institutes of Health Research.
Patient Education Materials on Physical Activity
Refugee Health Care: Resources to Assist Family Physicians
Preventive Care Checklist Forms
Principles-based Recommendations for a Canadian Approach to Assisted Dying
Recommendation on screening adults for asymptomatic thyroid dysfunction in primary care
Reviewing for CIHR.
Sexual and reproductive health, rights, and realities and access to services for First Nations, Inui
The CFPC’s Actions on the Recommendations of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada
Quick Tips: Needs Assessment
Urinary incontinence - embarrassing but treatable.
Wait times. Position Statement.
WHO Growth Chart Training Program
Background Paper: Review of Family Medicine Within Rural and Remote Canada: Education, Practice, and
Position Statement on Health Care Delivery
vulnerabilities in their determinants of health compared with the general population.i,ii,iii In addition, prior
to their arrest many individuals face multiple and complex barriers to accessing primary health care
services. Incarcerated individuals may experience deterioration of their physical, mental, and social health
because they are in custody.
Position Statement on Solitary Confinement
a form of confinement where prisoners are separated from the general prison population and held alone in
their cell.i Solitary confinement refers to any confinement of prisoners for 22 hours or more a day without
meaningful human contact,ii and with limited or no access to rehabilitative programs.
Guide to Quality Improvement Education in Family Medicine Residency
Intentionally and systematically implementing change to do better for our patients, health care providers, and health care systems.
Candidate Guide to the Certification Examination in Family Medicine
Only those who have met the eligibility requirements and successfully qualify as candidates are allowed to take the examination. You must pass the examination before being awarded the Certification in the College of Family Physicians of Canada (CCFP).
Residency-eligible candidates will have an opportunity to discuss and practice various components of the examination within their family medicine program. Practice-eligible candidates, and those who qualify as residency eligible from the United States, are invited to contact the nearest university-based department of family medicine or CFPC provincial Chapter for information on examination preparation sessions. Learn more about the CFPC provincial Chapters.
Candidate Guide to the Examination of Added Competence in Emergency Medicine
Medicine of The College of Family Physicians of Canada. It provides background information to assist
in the preparation for the examination. When meeting all requirements, examination candidates who challenge and pass this exam will be granted a Certificate of Added Competence in Family Medicine Emergency Medicine and may use the special designation (EM) to appear as CCFP (EM) with all the rights, privileges and responsibilities pertaining thereto as long as they maintain their status as a CFPC member and ongoing Mainpro+® requirements. All new CCFP (EM) members will be honoured at convocation.
A community-based approach to the treatment of pain and addiction
Advancing Rural Family Medicine: The Canadian Collaborative Taskforce: Selected Literature Listing F
Best Practices for the Recruitment and Retention of Physicians in Correctional Facilities Checklist
Health Program Committee for use as an inventory tool to identify areas for growth and ways to
improve the correctional health care setting.
Medical Cannabinoids Brochure: Electronic version
CACs in Emergency Medicine Letter: April 2015
The purpose of this letter is to clarify the relationship between Certificates of Added Competence (CACs) and the existing College designation in Emergency Medicine (CCFP (EM)), for both current holders of the CCFP (EM) designation, and for those who may seek to acquire the right to use it in the future by successfully challenging the EM examination, either from practice or from residency training.
Canadian Journal of Rural Medicine: Original Article: Factors influencing choice to practise in rura
CanMEDS Family Medicine: A Framework of Competencies in Family Medicine
CanMEDS-‐Family Medicine (CanMEDS-‐FM) is an adaptation of CanMEDS 20051, the competency framework for medical education developed by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (RCPSC). In keeping with CanMEDS 2005, CanMEDS-‐Family Medicine’s purpose is to guide curriculum and to form the basis for the design and accreditation of residency programs. Its ultimate goal is to improve patient care and to ensure that postgraduate training programs in family medicine are responsive to societal needs.
Child & Adolescent Health Program Committee Terms of Reference
Preventive Care for ages 18 to 24 years Greig Health Record for Young Adults – Page 1
CFPC Position Statement: A call to limit the detention of immigrants
Eating Disorders in Children and Adolescents
Assistant Clinical Professor, Division of Adolescent Health and Medicine
Emerging Topic Bulletin for Educators: Supported by the CFPC's Postgraduate Education Committee: Med
First Five Years of Family Practice Committee (FFYFPC) Terms of Reference
To have a strong and active voice to advocate for the nearly 6000 CFPC early career physician members with the focus on areas that are important for family physicians in their first five years of practice.
To engage and support early career physician members, showcase the value of ongoing membership and provide opportunities for leadership within the CFPC and/or discipline.
Final Report: Summit to Improve Health Care Access and Equity for Rural Communities in Canada: The R
Guide to Periodic Reviews in Family Medicine Residency
IMPORTANCE OF PERIODIC REVIEWS Periodic reviews are sessions in which a resident and their assigned faculty adviser and/or site director discuss the resident’s progress and additional opportunities for learning in family medicine. ➤ Document progressive achievement of competence ➤ Provide a low-stakes assessment approach to track progress ➤ Offer a time to identify areas of improvement and opportunities for growth ➤ Establish a formal process that encourages self-reflection and addresses learning goals
Medical Cannabinoids Handout: Printable version
Joint Canadian Nurses Association and The College Of Family Physicians of Canada Position on Physica
Joys and challenges of rural family medicine
Pediatric Nutrition Screening, Treatment and Management Program at Midland Doctors Medical Institute
Preparation for Research Education/Excitement/Enhancement/Engagement in Practice (PREEP) Action Grou
Viral Prescription Pad
You have not been prescribed antibiotics because antibiotics are not effective in treating viral infections. Antibiotics can cause side effects (e.g. diarrhea, yeast infections) and may cause serious harms such as severe diarrhea, allergic reactions, kidney or liver injury.
Preventive Care for ages 18 to 24 years Greig Health Record for Young Adults – Page 3
Preventive Care for ages 18 to 24 years Greig Health Record for Young Adults – Page 4
Registering Your Credentials with the Medical Council of Canada (MCC): Physician Credentials Reposit
Rethinking the annual physical exam and screening tests/Is more testing better? Six tests to rethink
Rethinking Undergraduate Medical Education: a View from Family Medicine: Prepared by the Undergradua
Safe prescribing practices for addictive medications and management of substance use disorders in primary care: A pocket reference for primary care providers
Your Section of Residents
What is the CFPC?
More than just exams!
• We are leaders in family medicine.
• We are the professional organization responsible for establishing standards for the training, certification, and lifelong education of family physicians in Canada.
• We advocate on behalf of the specialty of family medicine.
• We have more than 40,000 members and offer complimentary first-year membership for residents.
The CFPC Social Justice Lens
The College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC) is committed to social justice. This commitment is refected in Goal 2 of the CFPC Strategic Plan 2017–2022, which focuses on meeting the evolving health care needs of our communities. More specifcally, Objective 2.2 of the strategic plan states that the CFPC will advocate for equitable health outcomes for vulnerable/marginalized groups, including (but not limited to) Indigenous, rural, and remote populations.
Standards for the Assessment of Non-Canadian Postgraduate Family Medicine Education Programs
Testing an Innovative Model for Supportive Supervision of Primary Health Care Providers in Rwanda. A
The Greig Health Record for Young Adults
The Greig Health Record for Young Adults
(this page is for recording preventive care manoeuvers when they are performed, at any patient visit)
Tips for Supervising Family Medicine Learners Providing Virtual Care
Unlocking the Evaluation Objectives: Demonstrating Selectivity through Priority Topics and Key Featu
Values in Action
Standards of Accreditation for Residency Programs in Family Medicine
Residency Training Profile for Family Medicine and Enhanced Skills Programs Leading to Certificates of Added Competence
• A unique professional identity and value system as described in the Four Principles of Family Medicine
• Family medicine competence as described in CanMEDS–Family Medicine 2017 and the Assessment Objectives for Certification in Family Medicine
• A comprehensive scope of practice enabled by a set of Core Professional Activities (CPAs)
• Participation in a collaborative work environment that enables the collective delivery of comprehensive and continuous care, as defined by the Patient’s Medical Home vision
The Residency Training Profile was developed to reflect our aspirations for a socially accountable family medicine workforce in Canada. While we adhere to the original social accountability tenets defined by the World Health Organization, in workforce and evaluation terms, this is often described using measures of the mix, distribution, and scope of family physicians needed to meet the needs of everyone in Canada.
Rourke Baby Record
Rourke Baby Record
Updated for 2020
The Rourke Baby Record (RBR) is an evidence-based guide for physicians and other health care professionals to use when providing care to children in the first five years of life. The RBR includes information on growth and nutrition monitoring; developmental surveillance; physical examination parameters; immunizations; and anticipatory guidance on safety, family, behavioural, and health promotion issues.
Drs. Leslie and James Rourke (professors emeriti in the Discipline of Family Medicine at Memorial University of Newfoundland) began developing the RBR in 1979. They published it in 1985 and have revised it regularly to keep it current. Available in English and French, the national version has also been adapted to various regions, including the Northwest Territories, Nova Scotia, Nunavut, and Ontario, and for specific populations, such as First Nations communities in Alberta. The RBR is freely available to pediatric primary care providers in hard-copy and electronic medical record formats.
The RBR website includes:
- The Rourke Baby Record: Evidence-based infant/child health maintenance Guides I to IV (birth to five years), an immunization record (Guide V), and Resources 1 to 4; available in English or French and as national or Ontario-specific versions
- Highlights of revisions in the 2020 version
- The Interactive RBR, which provides a summary of current evidence, guidelines, and parent resources for most items
- Resources for parents such as brochures for specific well-baby visits and links to reliable information about common health issues
- WHO Growth Charts adapted to the primary care setting in Canada
Certification Examination in Family Medicine Spring 2021 examination administration report
The spring 2021 examination took place from Tuesday, April 20th, through Sunday, April 25th. This year only the written component of the exam—the computer-based short-answer management problems (SAMPs)—was required, which is four hours in length with an optional 15-minute break.
CFPC letter to Matt Jeneroux about Bill C-220
The College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC) is pleased to support Bill C-220 that you introduced in the House of Commons, amending the bereavement leave legislation to accommodate absence periods of up to 10 days.
Rural Road Map Implementation Committee Final Update: Summer 2021
Since its inception in February 2018, the Rural Road Map Implementation Committee (RRMIC) has raised awareness across Canada about the need for improved access to health care close to home for patients in rural, remote, and Indigenous communities. RRMIC has released several resources and publications related to specific activities and accomplishments achieved in implementing the Rural Road Map for Action, which can be found on the College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC) website (https://www.cfpc.ca/arfm) and the Society of Rural Physicians of Canada (SRPC) website (https://srpc.ca/Rural_Road_Map_Directions).
CFPC/Nanos poll shows strong preference for accessing care from regular family physician
CanMEDS–Family Medicine Indigenous Health Supplement
Refreshed CFPC Strategic Plan 2017–2022
The Strategic Plan will guide our efforts to advocate for and support family physicians and their critical role in the health system. It includes practical approaches to keep members current with information and resources, as well as training and standards to support them to excel in an evolving environment. It reflects the CFPC’s commitment to adapt in how we serve our members and be the voice of family physicians in Canada.
The Value of Continuity—Investment in Primary Care Saves Costs and Improves Lives
Strong continuity leads to:
• better health outcomes
• enhanced patient quality of life
• improved health system costs and efficiencies.
Simplifying Non-Pharmacological Treatments for Chronic Pain: Mindfulness
they are able to form a healthier response and, in turn, suffer less.
Simplifying Non-Pharmacological Treatments for Chronic Pain: Cognitive behavioural therapy
• Is centred on the idea that our thought pattens and deeply held beliefs about ourselves and the world around us drive our experiences
• Helps them evaluate the accuracy of their negative thoughts and beliefs (cognitive distortions)
• Shifts their thinking away from the pain and focuses on more positive aspects of their lives to change the way their bodies respond to anticipated pain and stress
Simplifying Non-Pharmacological Treatments for Chronic Pain: Motivational interviewing
and motivated to make changes in their lives. Motivational interviewing tends to be most successful when
patients are in the contemplative stage of change.
Simplifying Non-Pharmacological Treatments for Chronic Pain: Motivating movement
• Is rewarding and meaningful to them
• Is achievable
• Gives them a sense of accomplishment
• Keeps them below their pain threshold
• Can be done regularly
• Is a baseline of activity they can start, then build on
• They are confident they will achieve (no lower than an 8/10 rating on an analogue scale)
• Focuses on activity rather than exercise; it is all about movement
Guide to Integrating Planetary Health in Family Medicine Training
health in family medicine education while also offering a conceptual framework for residents and practitioners alike.
Position Statement – Access Done Right
Family Physicians’ Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic
It is critically important to know how family doctors are caring for patients and communities as front-line health workers in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC) surveyed its 40,000 members in 2020 and 2021. We told their COVID-19 stories at the start of the pandemic in May 2020 (
Survey-ENG-Final.pdf). The results provided here from May 2021 show how family doctors continue to adapt their practices and the concerns they have for their patients a year later.
Emerging Topics Bulletin for Educators Anti-Racism in Medical Education
• Am I racist?
• Have I unconsciously caused harm in my actions or words?
• What can I do to be anti-racist?
• What is my role in reconciling the reality of systemic* racism?
• How can I be an agent of change?
• How can I do this at an individual level?
• How can I act with other colleagues?
• How can I integrate the responsibilities of an agent of change with my role as a family medicine teacher?
A Guide to Integrating Quality Improvement Into Family Medicine Residency Programs
Mainpro+® CPD Report 2020–2021
The following data refer to the period of July 1, 2020, through June 30, 2021, (unless otherwise stated) and provide an overview of the most popular types of CPD activities.
Mainpro+ Certification Application Questions
Mainpro+ Program Certification Requirements at a Glance
International Review Comparing the Length, Scope, and Design of Training for Family Medicine Residency
Preparing Our Future Family Physicians
A final report and recommendations of the Outcomes of Training Project.
Buying Access Will Cost You: The unintended consequences of for-profit virtual care (one pager)
Certification Examination in Family Medicine Fall 2021 Examination Administration Report
twice a year, in the spring and fall, at multiple centres across Canada in English and French.
Guided PLP Peer Support Guide
This guide is designed to provide you with some key questions and thought-provoking statements when you meet with your peer as they plan their PLP activity and complete their exercise.
Before you begin, make sure you both agree on a time and location that is convenient and as free from distractions as possible. It’s also important to say that your discussion is confidential—it will not be recorded or shared with anyone.
Member Interest Groups Section Strategic Plan 2020–2025
Guide to Navigating Cannabis Use in Family Practice
of the Cannabis Act in 2018, yet family medicine training in Canada has not integrated formal learning objectives
about cannabis use.
Certification Examination in Family Medicine Spring 2022 Examination Administration Report
The written component of the examination, the computer-based short-answer management problems (SAMPs), took place from April 19 to April 21, 2022. It was four hours in length with an optional 15-minute break. The new virtual simulated office oral (SOO) component of the Certification Examination in Family Medicine was administered to all eligible candidates. This was the biggest interactive virtual examination in Canada so far.
Examination of Added Competence in Emergency Medicine Structured Orals Candidate Guide
Énoncé de position : Accès aux données du dossier médical électronique
Une approche à la formation en soins de maternité pour les résidents canadiens en médecine familiale
Guidance in Authorizing Cannabis Products Within Primary Care
Identification Number. The ACMPR medical document is an authorization for the use of cannabis for medical purposes, and, while the authorizing physician is encouraged to offer guidance on the form, strength, and dose, the dispensed form, dose, and titration are ultimately determined by the licensed producer.
The Re-evaluation of the CFPC Route to Certification Without Examination for Internationally Trained Family Physicians
The College of Family Physicians of Canada™ (CFPC), founded in 1954 and incorporated in 1968, defined the first curriculum for postgraduate family medicine training in Canada. In 1964 the CFPC established a program of accredited postgraduate training and subsequent certification in family medicine/general practice. The first Certification Examination in Family Medicine was held in 1969, and upon passing candidates were awarded certification in family medicine and granted Certification in the College of Family Physicians of Canada (CCFP).
Proposed simplification of College of Family Physicians of Canada™ (CFPC) member classes from eleven (11) to four (4)
Proposed amendments to College of Family Physicians of Canada™ (CFPC) By-law No. 1 and Articles of the Corporation
By-law No. 1 A By-law relating generally to the transaction of the business and affairs of THE COLLEGE OF FAMILY PHYSICIANS OF C ANADA
2021–2022 Memorial Roll
The Value of Socially Accountable Care: Investing in primary health care that supports pandemic recovery, promotes health equity, and improves health outcomes
Executive Summary Interprofessional Primary Care Teams: A literature review of potential international best practices
Interprofessional Primary Care Teams: A literature review of potential international best practices
The Outcomes of Training Project – What’s Next?
The project takes place in two stages with Phase 1 focused on analysis and recommendations (now complete), and Phase 2 on planning and implementation of recommendations. We are at the beginning of Phase 2, which focuses on curriculum renewal and change stewardship. This will take at least five years given the complexity of the changes proposed. The most appropriate approach to implementing change will be determined as part of Phase 2, is a major deliverable of the Service Canada “Team Primary Care Training for Transformation” grant, and is anticipated by March 2024. The CFPC will not change educational standards until at least 2027.
Occupational Medicine Clinical snippets ebook
Certification Examination in Family Medicine SAMP Software Tutorial
While every effort is made to ensure the details in this document match the actual examination tutorial, the possibility exists that updates or upgrades may occur that have not made it to publication in this document prior to the administration of the examination. Take the time provided to review the tutorial at the beginning of the examination. The time dedicated to reviewing the tutorial at the beginning of the examination appointment is separate from the time allotted to answering questions. Closing the tutorial early or rushing through the tutorial will not give you more time to answer questions. Not familiarizing yourself with the features and functionality of the interface could result in costly user errors that cannot be undone.
Family physicians: At the front of the line of primary care in Canada
17 out of 20
people in Canada have a
regular health care provider1
• Of the population with a regular provider,
19 out of every 20 providers is a family physician2
• The majority in Canada—16 out of 20 people—are
satisfied with their provider3
Many people in Canada understand the benefits of a
long-term relationship with their health care provider.
Canadians are seven times more likely to want care
from their own family physician rather than a family
physician they do not know.3
Patient health outcomes
Having a family doctor is the best way to ensure access
to continuous and comprehensive primary care. Patients
with a family doctor consistently show better health
outcomes across a variety of indicators.4,5,6
Having a family doctor can lower the risk
of rehospitalizations and emergency
department use for:
severe and non-
A greater supply of family physicians is associated with:
• Longer life expectancy14 and fewer preventable
hospitalizations and premature deaths15
• Better health outcomes including reduced
mortality,16,17 improved health status and quality of life,
and better health after age 40
• Improved outcomes for people with chronic
conditions18 and improved maternal and child health
Patients without a primary care provider experience
a high burden in managing their health care (medical
history, navigating the health system, time and travel
Family doctors provide high-quality care to patients—
family physicians performed better on nine out of 10
quality measures23 than other primary care providers.*
* Includes average number of patients who received an influenza vaccine, were screened for breast and colon cancers, and patients with
diabetes who had good results on an average glucose level test.
Fall 2022 Examination Administration Report
Fall 2022 Examination Administration Report
The College of Family Physicians of Canada™ (CFPC) conducts the Certification Examination in Family Medicine [Short Answer Management Problems (SAMPs) and Simulated Office Orals (SOOs) components] in the spring and fall in English and French.
The Family Medicine Professional Profile for Certificates of Added Competence
Within the overarching commitment outlined by the FMPP, this companion document clarifies the contributions, capabilities, and commitments of those family physicians who have acquired CACs to the people of Canada.
The following vision for and expectations of family physicians who have acquired CACs were crafted from the work developing the Residency Training Profile. These were developed through consultations with family physicians with CACs, enhanced skills program directors, Category 1 program directors, and relevant domain-specific member organizations.
Mainpro+® Certification Standards for Faculty Development Activities
For Mainpro+ certification, faculty development is defined as a broad range of activities used to renew or assist faculty, supervisors, preceptors, field instructors, and clinical educators in their roles. These activities are designed to improve an individual’s knowledge, skills, attitudes, and behaviours related to teaching, educational administration and leadership, and scholarship.* Scholarship is defined as those activities described in the CanMEDS-FM Scholar Role.
MIGS Annual Report June 2022 to March 2023
This report applies to a nine-month period, which could affect the statistics presented:
• Member renewal efforts are ongoing
• A reduced amount of time for project completion
• The annual MIGS Forum was not held during this period
New Member Interest Group
22 There are 22 member interest groups
In November the Council reviewed and approved the expression of interest
to form a new group—Health and Environment. The group’s main objective
is to address the needs of family physicians in understanding the effects of
environmental changes on human health, from pollution and climate change
to related toxicologic and zoonotic illnesses.
MIGS Membership As of February 1, 2023
Of the CFPC’s 43,000+ members belong
to at least one member interest group
More members expressed
an interest in MIGS
MiGroups (online platform hosted by TimedRight)As of February 1, 2023
Of the College’s 11,506 members involved in
MIGS and registered as unique members
Total content interactions
Projects completed in the four MIGS focus areas
including projects approved in previous years
New projects submitted for a MIGS grant
Submissions approved by the MIGS Council
and supported by the Section
Mainpro+® credits have been claimed for
MIGS content on CFPCLearn; represents
2,000+ views of the content
Family Medicine Forum (FMF)
Sessions presented by MIGS at
FMF 2022 (virtual and in person)
Members attended the MIGS Networking
Event on November 11, 2022, the best
attendance to date
Gross revenue generated by the
MIGS Networking event
Outcomes of Training Project (OTP) Key Messages
• Being a family doctor is hard—especially these days—and it’s not for everyone
• Family medicine is a rewarding career for someone who values relationships and wants to get to know their patients and communities; is a clinical leader who enjoys problem solving and who understands that complexity and uncertainty are natural and inherent features of primary care
• The changes proposed by the Outcomes of Training Project (OTP) support a strong professional identity for family physicians who are:
o Capable of working and meeting the needs of communities anywhere in Canada
o Able to respond to dynamic and ever-changing societal needs
The Outcomes of Training Project – What’s Next?
We are now in phase two, planning for implementation of the recommended changes, to take place no sooner than 2027. We recognize the complexity and challenge of implementing changes in the current environment. The CFPC is committed to a responsible, iterative, and collaborative systems approach, coupled with evaluation to guide ongoing efforts. The CFPC has convened an Education Reform Taskforce that includes multiple interested parties. It is governed by the Family Medicine Specialty Committee and CFPC’s Board of Directors. The task force meets regularly to help guide the curriculum and change processes.
Family Physicians’ Response to the COVID-19 Pandemic: Results of the May/June 2022 CFPC Members Survey
2023 Special Edition of Self Learning
We encourage you to apply the same critical appraisal to articles featured in the program as you would when reading
articles in any medical journal.
A Prescription for Primary Care
CanMEDS–Family Medicine Indigenous Health Case Study Compendium
Storytelling, also referred to as case studies and/or narratives, is a powerful way to support health professionals to learn from and reflect on personal or systemic biases that may shape their practice. The case studies in this guide provide information about encounters in the health care system from the perspective of First Nations, Inuit, and Métis peoples. The details provided allow for readers to engage in self-reflection and dialogue around the presented narratives.
Readers will note that a psycho-social assessment is offered with each case. First Nations, Inuit, and Métis peoples share a holistic perspective regarding the health and well-being of themselves and their families. Among Indigenous peoples, when considering health, aspects of physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual wellness are considered. Family medicine practitioners consider the psycho-social context when working with patients across the life span, and in this way they show alignment with Indigenous perspectives on health and wellness.
Transforming the Foundation of Canada’s Health Care System
Family Practice Reform Policy Proposal Package
The College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC) calls for federal government leadership in health care through national standards and dedicated federal funding to provinces and territories to deliver results in areas of shared priority. The Government of Canada recently announced an investment of $198.3 billion over 10 years, including $25 billion in new funding dedicated to the four shared priorities:
• Expanding access to family health services, including in rural and remote areas.
• Supporting health workers and reducing backlogs.
• Improving access to quality mental health and substance use services.
• Modernizing the health care system with standardized health data and digital tools.
The CFPC proposes actionable recommendations for the government investment that align with these commitments as they pertain to primary care, the foundation of Canada’s health care system. The recommendations are also strongly aligned with the principles laid out in the Health Workforce Crisis report recently released by the Standing Committee on Health. The CFPC identifies examples of best practices and provincial/territorial programs that could be funded and upscaled to alleviate short-term challenges in primary care and prepare the system for much-needed modernization in alignment with its Patient’s Medical Home (PMH) vision. Together, these recommendations will improve access to care and create a more efficient and sustainable system for all in Canada.
Innovation in Primary Care: Social Accountability in Action
marginalized and underserved groups.
Socially accountable care, provided through connection to a Patient’s Medical Home and Patient’s Medical Neighborhood, has been shown to enable more integrated and trauma-informed care that leads to improved
access to services, greater patient adherence, fewer unmet care needs, and improved clinical outcomes.
Although social accountability is at the core of family medicine, it requires health systems and organizational structures that enable such care. Unfortunately, front-line health workers may unwillingly lose sight of this
important priority when faced with impossible demands on their time, energy, and resources.