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Practice Management Program
Primary Care Networks Program Management Office
Toward Optimized Practice

PCN Governance Training - Essentials

Today's dynamic health care system creates a complex set of roles and responsibilities for PCN Board and Joint Governance Committee members. Governance representatives must be skilled and knowledgeable in foundational governance matters in order to best contribute to and influence the performance of their governing bodies. This curriculum introduces the governance of Primary Care Networks (PCN) in Alberta. You will learn about the context in which PCNs operate in Alberta, the governance structures that PCNs operate within, and the many functions, roles, and responsibilities that contribute to the optimal functioning of Boards and Committees.

​Intended audience

Members of the Physician Not-For-Profit Board, Joint Governance Committee, PCN Non-Profit Boards, PCN Executive Directors, and any individuals who provide direct support to PCN Boards/Governance Committees.

Learning objectives

By the end of this curriculum, learners will be able to:

  • Define the various primary care structures and the role Primary Care Networks (PCNs) play within primary health care and health transformation.
  • Explain the key governance structures and their respective roles and responsibilities.
  • Explain the key functions of PCN Boards and other important Committees (e.g., Joint Governance Committee) and the key fiduciary responsibilities for Board members (both individual and Board as a whole).
  • Demonstrate key board responsibilities in relation to strategic planning, risk management, financial stewardship, and human resource management.


This 2-credit-per-hour Group Learning Program has been certified by the College of Family Physicians of Canada for up to 12 Mainpro+ credits.

Estimated completion time
6 hours (4.5 hours to complete the online, on-demand pre-work courses and 1.5 hours to attend the interactive session).

Important pre-registration details

  • To be eligible for the Mainpro+ credits learners must complete both the pre-work courses and attend an interactive session.
  • Interactive sessions are limited to the intended audience noted above.
  • Online pre-work must be completed prior to the selected interactive session.
  • Anyone who is not listed in the intended audience or completed this curriculum between 2017 and 2020 is welcome to register for the online, on-demand portion of the curriculum only (i.e. pre-work).  Please note, the online, on-demand courses largely align with the 2017-2020 curriculum. 

Interactive Session Dates

Learners only have to attend one interactive session. Sessions are free to attend, but travel and time is not paid by ACTT. In-person sessions include dinner.

January 2023 
  • Virtual Session: Tuesday, January 31st 6-8pm 
  • Edmonton Session: Wednesday, January 18th 6-8pm (In-person; CMA House) 
  • Calgary Session: Wednesday, January 25th 6-8pm (In-person; SAO) 
March 2023 
  • Virtual Session: Wednesday, March 1st 6-8pm 
  • Edmonton Session: Tuesday, March 7th 6-8pm (In-person; CMA House) 
  • Calgary Session: Thursday, March 9th 6-8pm (In-person; SAO) 
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Learners require a Learn@AMA account to access the online, on-demand portion of the curriculum.