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What is Family Medicine Forum?

Family Medicine Forum (FMF) is Canada’s largest and most comprehensive annual conference for family physicians. It is hosted by the College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC).

Now in its 17th year, FMF focuses on providing four energizing days of practical, cutting-edge, and thought-provoking educational opportunities. Its program features impressive daily keynote presentations and a vast array of continuing professional development (CPD) sessions designed specifically for family physicians, researchers, and teachers.
FMF also offers many special events, celebrations of achievements in family medicine, an extensive Exhibit Hall, and several social opportunities to recharge and network with peers and colleagues.

Who attends FMF?

Physicians, residents, international medical graduates, students, nurses, nurse practitioners, researchers, teachers, and other health care professionals.

Why should I attend FMF?

Learn from Canada’s experts in family medicine, research, and education; connect with colleagues from both Canada and abroad; and celebrate achievements in family medicine!

Where will the 2016 conference take place?

FMF 2016 is being held in Vancouver at the Vancouver Convention Centre, West Building, with additional courses being held in nearby FMF host hotels.

When is the conference?

FMF 2016 takes place Wednesday, November 9th, through Saturday, November 12th. Family Medicine Innovations in Research and Education Day is Wednesday, November 9th.

How do I register for FMF?

You can register easily online.

What is the registration fee?

Registration fees vary according to attendee type. Please refer to the full list of FMF registration fees.

Save up to 25% off the price of regular registration with our early-bird fee. The early-bird registration deadline is midnight (Eastern Time) on September 19, 2016.

Does my registration fee include meals? Where will they be provided?

Yes, your registration fee includes breakfast, a morning break, lunch, and an afternoon break daily. The majority of meals are served in the Exhibit Hall, with additional breaks taking place in the poster-viewing areas.

Where do I go when I arrive?

Go directly to the Vancouver Convention Centre, West Building, for breakfast on the day you arrive. If you need to pick up your badge, please visit registration; otherwise, please proceed directly to breakfast or to the opening keynote session.

Do I need to register for individual sessions?

Most sessions are offered on a first-come, first-served basis, unless “pre-registration only” appears in the session description in the program. Pre-registration is required for:

  • Demonstration Theatre—additional fees apply
  • Mainpro+ certified two-credit-per-hour sessions—additional fees apply
  • Ancillary sessions—no additional fee

Do I need to register for events? Is there an additional fee?

Yes, you need to register for events in advance as tickets will not be available for purchase at the conference.

  • Section of Researchers Dinner—purchase tickets in advance
  • Student and Resident Social Evening—purchase tickets in advance
  • Section of Teachers Dinner—purchase tickets in advance
  • CFPC / REF Awards Gala—purchase tickets in advance
  • Convocation—please register in advance; complimentary

I am bringing my spouse/partner with me. Will he/she have to register for FMF?

Your spouse/partner must register as an “accompanying person,” which entitles him/her to meals, entry to the Exhibit Hall, and access to the keynote sessions, President’s Installation, FMF Welcome Reception, and Convocation. He or she will receive a guest name badge. If your spouse/partner is attending evening events, please purchase those tickets during your registration process.

Please note: If your spouse/partner is a physician or a nurse, or falls under any of the other registration categories, he or she must register separately (ie, your spouse cannot register as an accompanying person).

My spouse/partner is a physician but is not currently practising. How should he/she register for FMF?

If your spouse or partner is not currently licensed to practise medicine in Canada, or is not currently practising medicine, he or she may register as an “accompanying person.”

I am bringing my children to FMF. Do they need to register for FMF?

Children may visit the Exhibit Hall with a registered parent. Meals are not provided for complimentary guests. Children are not permitted to attend sessions or most special events. Children are permitted to attend Convocation, therefore please include them in your registration. Please be mindful that this is a professional educational event designed for family medicine practitioners. If you have any questions, please contact

If I have to cancel, can I get a refund?

All registration cancellations must be received in writing. Registration fees will be refunded, less a $150 administration fee, until September 19th. No cancellations or event ticket refunds will be processed after this date.

General Information

How do I get to the Vancouver Convention Centre and surrounding hotels from the airport?

The SkyTrain provides a public transit connection between Vancouver International Airport and downtown Vancouver. It operates 7 days a week and is connected directly to the airport terminals. The trip to the Vancouver Convention Centre (VCC) will take around 40 minutes. From the airport, take the Canada Line SkyTrain to Waterfront Station. Walk about 6 minutes to arrive at the VCC.

Licensed taxis, including wheelchair accessible vehicles, are available at taxi stands located on Level 2 of the Domestic and International Arrivals area of the airport. Zone fares may apply.

Visit the Vancouver International Airport website for more information.

What hotels are available for the conference? Is there a special discounted hotel rate?

Visit the Hotel and Travel section for a full list of hotels offering discounted rates for FMF delegates.

Is there Wi-Fi in the Convention Centre?

Limited Wi-Fi is available on a complimentary basis for email and social media access only. Please refrain from downloading large files or live streaming, as we have limited bandwidth.

Is there child care at FMF?

Contact your hotel to find out about child care services.

Is there a quiet room where I can feed my baby?

Room 104 of the Vancouver Convention Centre, West Building.

Where is the speakers’ room?

Tentatively, room 106 of the Vancouver Convention Centre, West Building, has been designated for the use of speakers.

Is there an activity program for spouses/children at FMF?

Tourism Vancouver would be happy to help you find things for your family to do. Visit their booth in the Exhibit Hall for more information.

Where is the lost and found?

Email [email protected] with the item’s description, the date you believe you left the item, and your contact information. After 30 days, any items remaining in the lost and found will be donated to a designated charity.

When is the coat check open?

Coat check hours will be from 6:30 am until 7:00 pm on Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday. On Saturday it will be open from 6:30 am until 9 pm.

How can I sign up for Walk for the Docs? Where and when is it?

Register online or on-site at College Square in the Exhibit Hall. Walk for the Docs takes place Saturday, November 12th, at 7 am. Please meet at the registration desk on Level 1 of the Vancouver Convention Centre, West Building, promptly at 6:30 am.

How can I find more information on the mobile app?

The CFPC Mobile App works on select models of iPhone, iPad, Android, and BlackBerry mobile phones. For assistance in downloading and using the app, please visit the Info desk across from registration or the mobile app desk in College Square in the Exhibit Hall at FMF.

What is the privacy policy?

The privacy policy can be found here.

The CFPC will arrange to have professional photography and video footage taken during FMF. Please be advised that these items may be used in CFPC materials in print and electronic formats, including on the CFPC and FMF websites. By participating in FMF, you agree to:

  • Grant the CFPC the right and permission to use any such photographs/video clips in which you may be included, in whole or in part, for educations and promotional purposes
  • Waive any right that you may have to inspect and/or approve any such photographs/video clips
  • Transfer to the CFPC any right you may have to such photographs/video clips and waive moral rights, if any
  • Release and discharge the CFPC from any liability that may arise from the use of such photographs/video clips by the CFPC

All photographic materials become the property of the CFPC and may be displayed, distributed, or used by the CFPC for any purpose. Names and/or brief bios would be included with permission.

Delegate Information: The collection of registrants’ personal information is subject to privacy laws. Registrant contact information is made available to Mainpro+ certified two- credit-per-hour workshop course providers for their session(s) only. This contact information is to be used for the provision of pre- and post-course materials related to the session(s) only and must not be used for any other purpose.

Sessions & Credits

Will I earn Mainpro+® credits by attending FMF?

FMF 2016 meets the certification standards of the College of Family Physicians of Canada. Ancillary sessions are certified separately. For more information on Mainpro+ credits, visit the Continuing Professional Development section of the CFPC website. Also, please read the FMF Program for more details.

How many credits can I earn by attending FMF?

This Group Learning program has been certified by the College of Family Physicians of Canada and the British Columbia Chapter for up to 23 Mainpro+ credits.

How do I report my credits?

Report your credits online. There will also be credit reporting stations on-site at FMF.

Why is my badge being scanned?

Badges are scanned to provide proof of attendance at FMF 2016. Badges must be scanned daily. Note: Registrants are responsible for entering their own credits either via the mobile app or online.

Many exhibitors will have bar code readers at their booths. With your permission, booth staff will scan the bar code on your badge to obtain the information they need to follow up with you after FMF. You are under no obligation to allow exhibitors to scan your badge

How do I claim credits for attending an ancillary session?

Ancillary sessions have been certified separately from the main FMF program. To claim credits for attending an ancillary session, please log in to your member portal, select certified Group Learning, and enter the session name.

If I have not pre-registered for an ancillary session can I still attend?

Yes, if space permits.

How do I find the session rooms?

Room assignments will be listed in the Final Program and on the mobile app. Most session titles will also be displayed on signage outside rooms. Mainpro+ certified two-credit-per-hour session locations will be provided to you as part of your registration confirmation.

Where can I complete the session evaluations?

You can submit session evaluations at the on-site credit reporting stations or via the FMF Mobile App. You may also submit session evaluations online during the 2-week period following FMF when you report your CPD credits.

How do I obtain documentation stating that I attended FMF?

In order to receive documentation stating that you attended FMF, you will need to scan your name badge (or have a staff member scan it for you) each day that you attend FMF. All scanned registrants will receive a letter confirming attendance at FMF 2016 by January 1, 2017. Please note that these documents are not available for pickup on-site.

Exhibit Hall

How can I contact an exhibitor after FMF?

The Exhibitors section of the FMF Program includes the website addresses for all exhibitors in the description paragraphs.

How do I find a particular exhibitor?

Exhibit Hall maps and exhibitor lists with booth numbers can be found in the FMF Program and on the CFPC Mobile App.

Whom do I contact for exhibit information?

For all exhibit-related questions, please contact Joan Morin:


When and where does Convocation take place?

Convocation will be held on Saturday, November 12, 2016, at the Vancouver Convention Centre, West Building, Ballrooms A–C, from 5:00 pm to 6:30 pm. A reception will take place at 3:30 pm outside the room. Your family and friends may arrive and be seated any time after 4:00 pm.

Convocation participants must arrive in the marshalling room, Ballroom D, for check-in promptly at 4:00 pm.

Who is eligible to attend as a Convocation participant?

Letters of invitation to the ceremony will be sent in July to the following:

  • Those with the CCFP designation who passed the Certification Examination in Family Medicine in fall 2015 or spring 2016 and whose program completion was received by the CFPC Membership Department
  • Those with the CCFP (EM) designation who passed the fall 2015 exam
  • New Life Members
  • Award recipients, who will be members of the Platform Party
  • Those who have earned designations in previous years and are included by their special request (please contact
  • New Fellows of the College, who received a letter of invitation from the College in late June or early July 2016
  • Successful recipients of the Certificates of Added Competency

I didn’t get my letter of invitation yet. How do I RSVP?

If you haven’t received your invitation to attend Convocation, please contact Nancy Wallace at to verify your status as a Convocation participant.

I’ve already received my certificate. Should I still come to the ceremony?

Yes! We encourage you to attend this special event. Please celebrate your achievement—be it receiving your CCFP, CCFP (EM), Fellowship, Life Membership, or Certificate of Added Competency.

I will be participating in Convocation. How do I RSVP?

Please RVSP online.

I will be participating in Convocation. Do I need to register for Family Medicine Forum (FMF)?

You do not need to register for FMF, but you do need to register to attend Convocation. There is no fee to attend the ceremony. Please RSVP online.

When do I pick up my gown?

Complimentary gown pickup is Saturday, November 12, 2016, from 8:00 am to 2:00 pm in Ballroom D of the Vancouver Convention Centre.

Is there professional photography available?

Portrait photography is available on-site at the Vancouver Convention Centre, West Building, in the foyer of Ballroom D on Saturday, November 12, 2016, from 8:00 am to 2:00 pm. There is no need to schedule an appointment. There will be no professional photography during the ceremony itself.

How many guests may I bring to the ceremony?

Please keep your number of invited guests to a maximum of four. Contact if you have any questions.

May I bring my children to the ceremony?

Yes. Please ensure that you have arranged to have someone stay with them in the audience as they will not be seated with you.

What do I wear to the ceremony?

The gowns tend to be warm, so please dress accordingly. How you choose to dress is entirely up to you as the Convocation participant, but do keep in mind this is a special event.

I am not attending Convocation. How do I order a pin?

To order your pin, please contact Nancy Wallace at

More questions? Please contact us