University of British Columbia - Family Medicine - Kamloops


Program Director

Dr. Selena Lawrie


Site Coordinator

Laurel Thompson


This residency program is for 2 years.

Program length of training does not exceed the Royal College or College of Family Physicians of Canada standard.

Kamloops is a hidden gem in south central British Columbia that must be experienced.

Our program will provide a strong clinical and academic experience. Residents will be immersed in comprehensive clinical experiences from the office, to the community, hospital, hospice, long term care homes and surrounding rural and indigenous communities. We are committed to excellence in teaching and care for our patients and community. Communication and leadership, respect for diversity and balance, and a keen interest in ongoing learning are all core to our site faculty philosophy.

Residents are linked with 2 Family Physician Preceptors throughout their 2 years. Family practice skills are enhanced by rotations in our new UBC Family Practice Learning Center, centrally located in front of Royal Inland Hospital and linked with the province’s first new Urgent Care Centre. We have a cohesive medical community with strong specialist consultants committed to family practice training. In Kamloops residents will work closely with the entire health care team.

There are opportunities for many diverse experiences. There are numerous rural communities in our catchment area providing a strong rural influence in our program. Addiction medicine, chronic pain, team psychiatric/medical care for underserviced populations, palliative care, aboriginal care, geriatrics, emergency/trauma and student health are all either integrated into the program or available as electives. Many of our family practitioners provide comprehensive obstetrical and family practice inpatient care.

Health care is changing rapidly. Our site faculty is part of strong medical leadership groups that help shape an exciting future for family medicine.

This is the place for comprehensive family practice training. We will provide you with a strong foundation for your future family practice professional career.


Our vision is to provide a comprehensive family practice residency program that inspires residents, medical staff and health care system innovation.

Our mission is to achieve our vision by:

  • A commitment to ongoing innovation, learning, reflection and action

  • Strong communication links with Residents about the program

  • Providing a comprehensive clinical curriculum with a focus on continuity in family practice

  • In depth locally developed core academic ½ days

  • Seamless communication and integration with the UBC program Leads

  • Ongoing continued professional development for site faculty and preceptors

  • Site Faculty and Resident leadership with other health care providers/organizations

Program Objectives

  • To provide excellence in clinical and academic teaching.

  • To train competent, professional family physicians who are able to balance work with personal interests and commitments.

  • To provide residents with different cultural experiences, diversity, and team management skills.

  • To provide a solid foundation in evidence based medicine and other scholar activities, and their clinical applications.

  • To inspire the future generation of leaders and thinkers that will shape our health care system.

First & Second Year Curriculum

We have worked to create and improve upon an enjoyable and fulfilling program for our residents. At the end of the two years residents will feel competent and confident to practice in any environment.

PGY1 and PGY2 Overview

We have organized the clinical curriculum to expose each resident to the impressive breadth of specialty services in Kamloops, while providing a diverse, continuous, integrated Family Medicine experience. We have also structured it to layer learning throughout the 2 years — Residents have longitudinal experiences in maternity care and care of the elderly. In addition, there are rotations in the ER, labour and delivery, and hospital based medical in both first and second year.

Academic Days and Research

We have structured the academic curriculum to ensure the CFPC’s 100 Priority Topics and Key Features are well covered, leaving our residents well prepared to write the MCCQE-2/CCFP Exam. Other topics will also be covered, including WCB, Disaster Medicine, Cultural Education, Medical Leadership, and Billing seminars to prepare our residents for independent practice. Behavioural Medicine, Evidence-Based Medicine and the Scholar Role, and Resident as Teacher are also robustly represented in the academic curriculum, along with case presentations, procedure seminars, SIM sessions, bedside ultrasound and dermoscopy training, and exam-preparation sessions.

In the first year, residents will be expected to complete a quality improvement project. Throughout the two years, residents must complete a scholar project and present their work at Scholarship Day.

International Electives

Residents can do one month of interprovincial or international electives during their training.

Further Training

Third year training positions are available in the area of Emergency Medicine, Care of The Elderly, Anesthesia, Palliative Medicine, Sports and Exercise Medicine, Clinician Scholars program and a wide range of other category 2 Enhanced Skills programs.


— Site General Information —

Kamloops is a friendly and welcoming community of 90,000 people ideally located in south central British Columbia. This geographically unique region is known for its mild winters and long warm summers.

The beautiful outdoors in the Kamloops region is the perfect playground for a vast array of recreational opportunities. The city itself values and promotes active living. Kamloops is known as Canada's “Tournament Capital” having played host to thousands of Provincial, Western Canadian, National and International sporting events. Kamloops is home to many world class sporting facilities.

Thompson Rivers University in Kamloops has a thriving campus environment. Kamloops also has its own symphony orchestra and many theatre and live music venues. Our 6400 seat coliseum hosts big ticket concerts and is home to the WHL Kamloops Blazers hockey team.

Kamloops has safe and affordable housing as well as excellent schools. A thriving local economy provides many employment opportunities if you are coming to Kamloops with a partner.

In Kamloops, you will be immersed in a fulfilling family practice residency program while also enjoying an active, healthy and positive lifestyle.


Our city is the referral centre for the larger Thompson-Cariboo-Nicola region of approximately 125,000 people.

Royal Inland Hospital is a tertiary care hospital with the third busiest ER department in British Columbia. The hospital is a recognized trauma centre. There are 244 acute care beds with an additional 8 bed NICU. We have approximately 320 physicians on staff, including close to 80 family physicians with either active or associate privileges.

Community services and residential care are robust, with a current culture of family practice engagement in system change. Our Thompson Region Division of Family Practice is a leader in work on primary health care integration and communication across health care professions.

UBC Family Medicine

Family Medicine training in BC presents you with many unique opportunities. We are a fully accredited distributed program with 20 training sites. In an effort to meet the evolving needs of our society, each site provides a solid foundation in the knowledge and clinical skills of Family Medicine so that our graduates are prepared to practice in a variety of settings. While our program offers diversity of training, it is based on common goals, learning objectives, and assessment standards..

All residents are required to do a mandatory 2-month rural rotation in Family Medicine in their second year. Residents in the Coastal, or rural programs in the Okanagan or the North complete longer rural placements. Residents can also apply to participate in Enhanced Rural training for a total of 4-6 months in rural communities.

There is extensive academic and administrative support for the entire residency program. Our central program administrative team is based in Vancouver on UBC campus. At the site level, leadership teams are made up of a Site Director, Site Faculty, Chief Residents and administrators. Lead Program Faculty provide provincial education support in the areas of curriculum, assessment, faculty development, scholarship and behavioral medicine.

The Family Practice Postgraduate Education Committee has representation from all sites to ensure a connected, distributed program that fully meets accreditation standards. Residents are represented at all levels of governance.

A wide range of amazing recreational and cultural opportunities are at your doorstep, as well as a collegial community of residents and physicians with whom you can learn, grow, and play. We want your experience to be in BC to be a positive and enjoyable one.

Training Sites: Overview

Visit the UBC Family Medicine Postgraduate website for a detailed overview of each of the 20 sites and their surrounding communities. Each site provides opportunities to experience Family Medicine in their unique context, offering special opportunities to gain experience and skills unique to the area where you are training.

The following is a list of our sites and their base community/hospital. Each site serves the surrounding community (see training sites for full details)

Greater Vancouver / Lower Mainland

  • Abbotsford-Mission

  • Coastal (North Vancouver, Lion’s Gate Hospital)

  • Chilliwack

  • Indigenous (Greater Vancouver and rural Indigenous communities)

  • St. Paul's (Downtown Vancouver, Inner City)

  • Surrey South Fraser (Surrey Memorial Hospital)

  • Vancouver Fraser (New Westminster, Royal Columbian)

Interior Region

  • Kootenay Boundary (Trail, Nelson, Rossland, Castlegar)

  • Kelowna Rural (Kelowna R1 year; rural communities across BC in R2 year)

  • Kelowna Regional

  • Okanagan South (Penticton)

  • Kamloops

Vancouver Island

  • Indigenous (Victoria, Duncan, Ladysmith and rural Indigenous communities)

  • Nanaimo

  • Strathcona (Comox, Campbell River and Courtenay)

  • Victoria


  • Fort St. John (Northeast)

  • Northern Rural (Prince George R1 year; rural communities across BC in R2 year)

  • Prince George

  • Terrace (Rural Northwest)

IMG positions are offered at the following sites:

  • Abbotsford-Mission

  • Chilliwack

  • Coastal

  • Fort St. John

  • Kamloops

  • Kootenay Boundary

  • Nanaimo

  • Okanagan South

  • Kelowna Rural

  • Kelowna Regional

  • Prince George

  • Strathcona

  • St. Paul’s

  • Surrey South Fraser

  • Vancouver Fraser

  • Victoria

Resident Support

Resident resilience and wellness is our top priority. Important resources have been developed by our program to support our residents throughout the course of the training.

All UBC programs are allocated a fixed amount of funding per resident for Resident Activities. This funding is used to provide educational support to residents during their 2 years of training. This includes funding for residents to attend program-wide courses and events. Additionally, residents may identify conferences and educational materials that would supplement their training experience. A discretionary, per resident funding will also be allocated to the sites for a similar purpose at the site level.

The program information on this website is in the language that the program is offered in.