Continuous Professional Learning

Following the recognition that the majority of Continuous Professional Learning (CPL) is provided by other specialties to family medicine,1 PEER has sought to expand the role of primary care in CPL.

In partnership with the Alberta College of Family Physicians, PEER has developed Tools for Practice, one-page summaries of relevant evidence, which are distributed to over 30,000 clinicians in Canada and around the world every two weeks. PEER also runs the Practical Evidence for Informed Practice (PEIP) conference every year in October. This conference is run without industry sponsorship, by primary care for primary care. This conference has sold out every year since it began in 2012, most recently with 460 in person attendees and over 100 additional attendees via webcast. In addition, PEER provides Roadshows to remote communities within the province of Alberta, and has developed an academic detailing program (the Best Practice Support Visits) that works with Primary Care Network Pharmacists throughout the province.

PEER developed the first Drug Pricing Document within the Province of Alberta, to help health care providers make fully informed therapeutic decisions. This document is updated and improved on an annual basis. It has been adapted and utilized in other provinces across the country.

PEER hosts a weekly podcast (BS Medicine) that has become quite popular, being in the top five medical podcasts despite being principally for primary care providers (and the general public).


1Allan GM, Kraut R, Crawshay A, Korownyk C, Vandermeer B, Kolber MR. Contributors to primary care guidelines: What are their professions and how many of them have conflicts of interest? Can Fam Physician. 2015 Jan;61(1):52-8.