Canadian Family Physician is published by the College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC), the professional association and the legal certifying body for the specialty of family medicine in Canada.
Founded in 1954, it is a national organization dedicated to improving the health of Canadians by setting standards for education and professional designations in family medicine, encouraging research and disseminating the latest medical information.
The College has 10 provincial Chapters and sections for teachers, researchers, family physicians with special interests or focused practices, residents and medical students.
Certification: The College conducts the certification exam in Family Medicine leading to the CCFP designation, as well as the examination of special competencies in Emergency Medicine leading to the CCFP (EM) designation.
Accreditation: The College is the accrediting body for the post-graduate training programs in Family Medicine in each of Canada's 17 medical schools.
CME/CPD: Continuing professional development is mandatory for CFPC members.
Membership: College membership is growing steadily, and currently numbers about 35,000 family physicians, students and residents. Over 25,000 family physicians hold the CCFP designation and over 3,000 the EM designation for emergency medicine. In addition, over 6,000 are Fellows of the College of Family Physicians (FCFP).
Conferences: The College holds the largest single annual medical educational event in Canada - the Family Medicine Forum - as well as Annual Scientific Assemblies held by the provincial chapters across the country throughout the year.