Who We Are

The Newfoundland and Labrador Chapter of the College of Family Physicians is a provincial, voluntary, not-for-profit organization whose mandate includes undergraduate, post-graduate education, the continuing professional development of family physicians and the maintenance of high standards of medical care and education in family practice.

The Newfoundland and Labrador Chapter is the voice of family medicine in Newfoundland and Labrador and represents more than 740 family physicians who provide patient care for remote, rural, suburban, urban and inner city communities throughout Newfoundland and Labrador.

The building and maintenance of high standards of practice, the continuing professional development of our members and improved access to high quality family medicine services for all residents of Newfoundland are at the heart of our organization.

Happy Family Doctor Day

CFPC’s Atlantic Chapters Partner up with Family Medicine Resident to Design Family Doctor Day Artwork

The New Brunswick College of Family Physician is proud to share its Family Doctor Day artwork for 2021, designed by a creative Family Medicine Resident from Newfoundland and Labrador. This initiative is another successful collaboration between the four Atlantic Chapters of the College of Family Physicians of Canada.

Parinita Verma is a second year Family Medicine Resident at Memorial University. Originally from Stephenville on the West Coast of Newfoundland, Parinita completed a Bachelor of Science in Pharmacy and Medical School at Memorial University. She was a recipient of the Drs. James and Leslie Rourke Convocation Award in Medicine.

Parinita has been passionate about Family Medicine. She has been involved as a Student and Resident Representative on the CFPC NL Chapter Board and National CFPC Section of Residents. She values connecting with her patients and education in preventative and chronic disease management. She plans on practicing as a Locum Family Physician within our province.

Parinita has been an avid volunteer in the community, involved with fundraising, and initiatives through the Easter Seals Newfoundland and Labrador Program. Throughout her university years, she has continued to connect with her creative side, as an owner and artist of “Henna Body Art Newfoundland” and “Parinita’s Abstract Paintings,” which has enabled her to meet inspiring individuals. She enjoys spending time with her fiancé (Ish), parents (Subhash and Rosie), sisters (Sonali and Radhika), family and friends. She loves painting, photography, travelling and hiking!

Thank you Parinita for taking on the challenge!


President’s Message

 Dr. Sonny Collis

Dr. Sonny Collis

Dear Colleagues:

It takes many efforts to affect positive change, but one of the mainstays is advocacy. Advocacy is any action that argues for cause on behalf of others, and this can occur at many levels.

Over the past year, despite the challenges of the current COVID pandemic the College has continued to work on building the relationships to advocate for our needs. Our DEE and executive have been building relationships and having our voices heard at many tables including the Government of NL, Family Practice Renewal Program, Faculty of Medicine, Quality of Care NL, Health Accord and the NLMA.

All this work resulted in being invited to speak to the recent health-care task force and to have family medicine involvement in every aspect. Our voice is being heard at more tables, and our agenda is being legitimized with many stakeholders. It is this sort of advocacy that will lead to positive change in the future.

As members of the College you have a unique ability to advocate to a very important group, the people of Newfoundland and Labrador. Despite the barriers and challenges we face, we must continue to provide quality and compassionate care to our patients and communities every day.

We are highly valued by our patients and this grass roots support will help to carry our needs forward and make sustainable change into the future. Our long term relationships with our patients is our biggest asset.

I would like to thank you all for your ongoing support and I look forward to our future together.

Sonny Collis, MD, CCFP, FCFP
President, NL CFP


december, 2021

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