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Register now: 61st Annual ACFP Scientific Assembly

Posted by on January 12th, 2016

The Alberta College of Family Physicians invites you to register to attend the 61st ASA, March 4–6, 2016 in Banff, Alberta. Our conference has moved to FRIDAY, SATURDAY and SUNDAY, to create more opportunity for you to attend! Please take a moment to view the ASA Preliminary Program and register…

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Register now: Chronic Pain Management Course for Family Physicians

Posted by on January 8th, 2016

Chronic Pain Management for the Family Physician A MAINPRO-C Course DAY 1 Monday, February 8, 2016 - Richmond Road Diagnostic and Treatment Centre, 1820 Richmond Road SW, Calgary, AB DAYS 2 and 3 observership dates to be arranged with Course Coordinator - Chronic Pain Centre, Richmond Road Diagnostic and Treatment Centre, 1820…

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University of Calgary Rural Medicine Recognition Awards

Posted by on November 4th, 2015

Students often have the opportunity to recognize an outstanding preceptor, but now UCalgary Rural Medicine wants to hear from you – their colleagues, community members, staff and administrators. You have a unique perspective about the preceptors in your community – please help us recognize their contributions. University of Calgary Rural…

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GPS/ESS Surgeons: Register now for the Banff Enhanced Surgical Skills Course

Posted by on October 27th, 2015

This one day course is designed for GPS/ESS Surgeons in conjunction with the SRPC Plastics Techniques, the Emergency Medicine for Rural Hospitals course, and the Endoscopy Skills Day for Practicing Endoscopists course. The program will update rural ESS surgeons with current methods, facilitate informal communication and encourage FP-Specialist networks within ESS services. Details: BANFF ENHANCED SURGICAL…

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Download the Podcast: Online Clinical Pathway for Adult Chronic Kidney Disease in Primary Care

Posted by on May 28th, 2015

Click to download 2015 Chronic Disease Management Poster In Alberta 95% of patients with Chronic Kidney Disease are looked after by primary care providers. National and international guidelines are available to assist clinicians to better understand the care of patients with CKD in terms of evaluation and management, but it…

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Register now for the Chronic Disease Management Update for Primary Care course

Posted by on May 27th, 2015

Attention Primary Care physicians, nurse practitioners, registered nurses, licensed practical nurses and members of clinical teams in community and hospital-based practices! Register now for the Chronic Disease Management Update for Primary Care Course, taking place June 4 & 5, 2015 at the MacEwan Centre, University of Calgary. Future successes in…

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GP Surgery gets a new name – and a new podcast

Posted by on February 18th, 2015

The geography and climate of Canada has meant that GP surgeons have provided much of the surgical care for rural and remote populations. However, numbers of GP surgeons are declining and training opportunities are hard to come by. A recent article in the Canadian Journal of Rural Medicine by a…

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Mind the Gap

Posted by on January 23rd, 2015

I always know I’m back in the UK when I’m warned to “Mind the Gap” at the Underground stations. Is there no “gap” in the subway systems in Edmonton or Toronto? Or does nobody care about the folk who slip through? Brian Lin, an Emergency physician in San Francisco, clearly…

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Farewell, old friend

Posted by on January 6th, 2015

It’s that time of year when we remember the departed. In Alberta, apart from losing a premier and a political party (almost) , the spine board has made a welcome exit. I’m so happy to see the end of ludicrous, inhumane and dangerous practices such as strapping 90 year-olds with…

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Weak and Dizzy

Posted by on December 10th, 2014

Everyone’s favourite office visit…but occasionally it is true vertigo, and most often BPPV. I’ve given up on therapeutic Epley manoeuvres in the clinic – too much furniture rearrangement and too little time to hold the positions. Instead I send the patient off with a prescription for Youtube +/- Wikipedia. But…

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