FREzER 2018 Registration Is Now Open!

Get ready for another weekend of learning and connecting!  Rooms (with the conference rate) can now be booked at the Jasper Park Lodge: Once your room is booked, you are registered and we will be in touch with you closer to FREzER 2018 to provide additional details.
For now, here is a peek at this year's schedule!

March 16, 2018

11:00am-12:30pm - Join us for a welcome lunch, registration, and a greeting from our department leaders. After this, Ms. Mirella Chiodo (CBAS Director, Quality Supervisor, and Alberta AIM faculty) will lead:
1:00-3:00pm: An Exercise in Colour

This is a fun and insightful workshop about team effectiveness and how to leverage team members’ strengths.
Your input into a faculty development needs assessment would be appreciated upon conclusion of this workshop. The evening is free for you and your family to enjoy our inspiring learning environment of Jasper.
March 17, 2018:

8:00-8:30am - We will start the day with a light breakfast followed by two morning workshops held in conjunction with our family medicine residents:
1. 8:45-10:00am: Alberta’s Evolving Practice Environment – Dr L. Green (Chair,Department of Family Medicine)
As the primary care practice environment in Alberta is constantly changing, this workshop includes a review ofwhat primary care systems are currently in place and what could be different by the time our residents graduate. During this workshop, explanations of reasons for change, dispelling myths, and discussion related to concerns will be addressed.
2. 10:15-11:15am: What an App-ortunity! – Dr. F. Janke (Director, Rural and Regional Health)
This interactive workshop will highlight medical apps that can be used in teaching and learning in clinical environments. Participants are welcome to suggest apps that they have also used in medical teaching and learning environments.
Following these workshops, the Fairmont Signature brunch will be held, an annual FREzER highlight.
In the afternoon, faculty will have two sessions:
1. 1:00-2:15pm: The Peer Coaching Gear – All of us will lead this together!
While our Family Medicine residents are learning in small groups and being taught by members of our faculty,participating faculty in this workshop will engage in a peer coaching exercise with these small group teachers. A short discussion of peer coaching techniques in our department will follow. Be ready for an associated treasure hunt with a St. Patrick’s Day theme!
2. 2:15-3:30pm: Just Watch Me - Ms. Mirella Chiodo (CBAS Director and Quality Supervisor), and Dr. Sudha Koppula (Faculty Development Director)
This workshop will address the need for direct observation with our learners, techniques to accomplish direct observation in various teaching contexts, and implications for patient and learner privacy. Participants are encouraged to bring examples of their own.

In the evening, Dr Green will host the Chair's party for all faculty (and family) as appreciation for your ongoing teaching efforts. Thank you!



As a learning organization, the Department of Family Medicine seeks constantly to improve how we do what we do for our learners, patients, communities, and other stakeholders. As part of our commitment we offer a variety of conference opportunities throughout the year. We also provide information about conferences offered by our partners and other education providers.

Upcoming Conferences at the U of A


Additional Professional Development Opportunities

SAVE THE DATE! Saturday, April 14, 2018
Family Physicians and CancerControl:Strengthening Linkages Workshop
Fore more information, please contact Anna Fabbroni: 780-643-7140 or

Bringing Best Evidence to Clinicians
January 19 - 20, 2018,
Kimberley Conference & Athlete Training Centre, Kimberley BC

Ophthalmology Update for Family Physicians
Saturday, January 27, 2018
Royal Columbian Hospital, New Westminster BC

8th Annual Canadian Paediatric Emergency Medicine Review Course
January 26th and 27th, 2018
Le Westin Resort & Spa, Mont-Tremblant, QC

2018 Pediatric Infectious Disease Conference
February 15 - 18, 2018
Fairmont Banff Springs Hotel, Banff, Alberta

Medical Disorders and Pregnancy
April 14, 2018
Sheraton Wall Centre, Vancouver BC