First Five Years

The First Five Years in Family Practice Committee is surveying early career members of the College of Family Physicians of Canada to determine what issues are most important to family physicians in their first 5 years of practice.

Based on feedback from the 2013 needs assessment survey, the committee:

  • Grew to include a representative from each provincial Chapter to facilitate collaboration with Chapters in supporting early career physicians
  • Assisted many Chapters in implementing their own provincial First Five Years subcommittees
  • Contributed to the Canadian Medical Association’s New In Practice guide
  • Facilitated several sessions at the Family Medicine Forum to address some of the key challenges identified in the survey responses
  • Continues to assist with both national and provincial Facebook groups for peer networking
  • Is collaborating with both the Section of Residents and Section of Medical Students to help new physicians feel well equipped as they make the transition to practice

Have your say! We would like to hear what issues and challenges affect you the most so we can focus on those areas as we continue to support early career family physicians.

Feel free to contact us with your questions, suggestions, and comments by email at [email protected] or on Facebook.


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The Patient’s Medical Home (PMH) is a vision presented by the CFPC for the future of family practice in Canada. The PMH reflects and responds to the changing needs of populations in Canada. It also reinforces the physician–patient relationship and the importance of the Four Principles of Family Medicine.

Check out the PMH Best Advice Tools and PMH webpage for more details.


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