Family Medicine

Family Medicine Grand Rounds

Family Medicine Grand Rounds is a forum to share and discuss scholarly and practical work pertaining to family medicine and of interest to individuals working within a family medicine environment. The primary purpose of these Grand Rounds is to bring together family medicine professionals to hear and discuss thought-provoking presentations on topics of importance to family medicine and to primary health care broadly. Family Medicine Grand Rounds are held approximately four times annually.


2017 Grand Rounds

June 15, 2017
Global Health

Bernard Snell Hall
08:00 a.m. - 09:30 a.m.

This year's Global Health Rounds brings together leaders from diverse fields of expertise to shed light on various topics relating to Global Health. We hope that the presentations provide you with unique perspectives and new information, and inspire you to seek out Global Health opportunities to incorporate into your own practice, whether locally or abroad.

September 21, 2017
Choosing Wisely

Bernard Snell Hall
08:00 a.m. - 09:30 a.m.


2017 Grand Rounds Re-caps

January 19, 2017

HQCA: Understanding Panel Management Reports

Our January Grand Rounds topic was “We Have All This Data – Now What?”  Thanks to Mirella Chiodo and Lee Green for sharing their knowledge about how data can help clinics provide the best healthcare for their clinic populations and healthcare planning.

Key points from the presentation are:

  • Know your panel! The more familiar you are with your clinic’s patient population, the more effectively you can predict and respond to your patients’ healthcare needs.
  • Clinic improvement is a continuum. We must first improve access and promote continuity, then work on office efficiency by streamlining processes. Then you can focus on what really         matters: improving clinical care delivery and the outcomes of that care.
  • Don’t get lost in the perfect. This is not a report card and you are not being graded. This is all about “How are we doing?” and “Where can we do better?” It’s about measurement for improvement. 
  • Measurement is nothing without evaluation. Measure it, analyze it, share it, and discuss it as a team.

There are a number of system supports in place to help you in your improvement journey:

The Canadian Primary Care Sentinel Surveillance Network (CPCSSN)

Alberta Access Improvement Measures (AIM)

Primary Care Networks (PCNs)

Towards Optimized Practice (TOP)

for more information about the work of HQCA, visit the Health Quality Council of Alberta website.  


March 16, 2017

It's Time to Talk about Medical Error

The post-surgery death of 15-year old Lewis Blackman was the focus of the March 16, 2017 Grand Rounds: It’s Time to Talk About Medical Error. Our thanks to our guest panelists, Drs Verna Yiu, Chris Beavington, David Mador and Dawn Hartfield who shared their thoughts and insights with us. Our thanks also to those who joined us and contributed to the discussion in person and on-line. 

Although the circumstances of Lewis’s death are difficult to hear, they present opportunity to discuss the complexity of healthcare delivery, and behaviours that may contribute to medical error, including communication, medical authority, and professionalism.

Dawn Hatfield, Medical Director Quality, Edmonton Zone with Alberta Health Services, provided an overview of the Reporting and Learning System for Patient Safety, a reporting system used by AHS when adverse events occur. The Reporting and Learning System is mandatory, anonymous and confidential. The purpose is to identity problems with delivery of care and health systems, not to reprise individuals involved.

How can you be contribute to greater in patient safety? Here are few ideas to start:

  • Lead by example: be a collaborative team member
  • Promote a just culture in the workplace: promote and welcome feedback from all team members
  • Use the AHS reporting and learning system
  • Volunteer to participate in Quality Assurance processes

For more information, visit the Provincial Patient Safety website: