University of British Columbia - Family Medicine - Kamloops


Program Director

Dr. Selena Lawrie


Site Coordinator

Laurel Thompson

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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.

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