University of British Columbia - Family Medicine - Kelowna Regional
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.
The Kelowna Regional Site is the newest training site within the UBC Family Practice Residency Program. It was established in July 2020 and will graduate its first cohort in 2022. The Kelowna Regional site has four residency positions (3 CMG, 1 IMG).
The Kelowna Regional site offers residents a chance to experience full-scope family medicine in a wide variety of settings—rural, urban and international.
Most of the residency experience is spent in Kelowna, a mid-sized city located in the beautiful Okanagan Valley. Kelowna is home to Kelowna General Hospital, a tertiary-care centre, as well as a rich, integrated community of family physicians, specialists and allied health.
Residents at the Kelowna Regional site train alongside residents in the Kelowna Rural site, which was established in Kelowna over 30 years ago. The Kelowna Regional Site will build on this tradition of excellence in family medicine training in Kelowna and provide residents with further opportunities to explore the richness of family medicine—full-service as well as focused practice—within the Okanagan Valley.
Residents in this program will receive broad-based training in medicine in their first year by rotating through a variety of foundational specialties (e.g., pediatrics, obstetrics) in both community- and hospital-based environments. All rotations incorporate the resident as a physician, and you work as part of a team. Residents experience longitudinal family practice care with weekly half-days spent in community-based FP clinics in addition to an 8-week core family practice block. Additional R1 longitudinal experiences may be sought in ER, anesthesia, addictions and obstetrics depending on a resident’s interests.
The R2 year includes family practice experiences in rural and urban settings as well as self-directed electives.
Kelowna Regional residents get an ‘enhanced’ rural experience, spending ~16 weeks in a rural community in BC/NWT chosen from a list that is updated year-by-year. This rural experience immerses residents in full-service family medicine, often with limited resources, and affords a level of autonomy and independence unlike the rest of residency. Residents also get to see first-hand how a family physician is a resource to his or her community.
Kelowna Regional residents spend another 4 months practicing family medicine in Kelowna or other nearby communities within the Central Okanagan. Residents are based in a home family practice clinic with dedicated time to pursue elective and selective experiences in the many areas of family medicine available in the rich medical community of Kelowna. Two weeks of this regional rotation will be spent pursuing experiences in care of the elderly and palliative care. Residents can also pursue elective/selective experiences in addictions, emergency medicine, hospitalist, obstetrics and aboriginal health during their ‘regional rotation.’
Resident will have 4 months in their R2 year to pursue elective experiences in areas of focused interest or to meet self-identified learning goals.
The R2 year finishes in Kelowna with a 4-week ‘Transition to Practice’ block, spent back in the R1 family practice preceptors’ office, to further prepare trainees for entering practice.
Residents who will do well in the Kelowna Regional training experience embody the personality traits of independence, self-direction, adventurousness and self-motivation. In the R1 year, because we are not a fully service-based hospital, the level of responsibility may be less on some rotations (compared to other programs). In the R2 year, however, responsibility is close to the level of a practicing family physician (with support of course).
The Kelowna Regional site is an incredible opportunity to see family medicine in all of its aspects and settings—and to help shape a new and exciting training experience at UBC.
Purpose / Objectives
As reflected in the Department's Mission Statement, we welcome applicants who are committed to meeting the needs of communities of all sizes — rural and urban — throughout British Columbia and Canada. We train residents to be prepared for full-service Family Practice, including Obstetrics. This site will prepare residents for family practice in any community size.
Our Principles are:
- We provide community-based training.
- We encourage experiential learning in an academically monitored environment.
- We foster self-confidence and skills necessary to allow graduates to function effectively in a family practice setting.
- We encourage residents to learn how to balance their personal needs with the demands of family practice.
- We are committed to ongoing evaluation of the outcome and effectiveness of our training program.
The Kelowna Regional Training Site is ideal for you if you have:
- Motivation to practice family medicine in a variety of settings, including rural and urban communities within BC and internationally
- Understanding of and an interest in full-service family medicine.
- Good interpersonal and communication skills, and also the ability to be self-directed.
- Reference letters that attest to your ability and interest in family medicine.
- A willingness to travel to rural sites for training. [The sites are varied and are located throughout the BC along with a training site in Inuvik, NWT.]
- The ability to adapt to learning in a non-traditional, non-academic centre during a portion of 2nd year.
- The ability to function psychologically and socially in remote settings in 2nd year.
- The ability to take rational risks ('Rational Risk Takers'), while maintaining a sense of professionalism.
- A strong sense of social justice and accountability.
The PGY1 curriculum is block-based with residents streaming through foundational rotations during PGY1 year in both hospital- and community-based settings.
Academic Days and Research
Residents attend mandatory academic activities — usually one half day per week. This includes academic teaching that is a mix of clinical case discussions, core topics, behavioural medicine, and hands-on practical sessions (e.g., SIM, suturing, bedside ultrasound). Residents are also expected to teach their peers during this time. Academic time is dedicated to resident-led wellness initiatives on a monthly basis. Second-year residents receive academic teaching available at their particular rural sites through video-conferenced sessions from Kelowna, an ‘R2 Academic Week’ to help prepare them for licensing exams, and with regular academic half-days during their 16-week Regional Okanagan rotation.
Throughout the program, we stress "Evidence-Based Medicine" in both academic and clinical settings. Residents complete a quality improvement project (QIP) in the first year and, over the course of two years, a resident scholar project that is presented at a regional Scholar Day held in the final month of residency.
Residents can do one month of interprovincial or international electives during their training.
Residents of the Regional Okanagan program receive funding to pursue supplementary training courses (e.g., NRP, ALARM). Residents also have discretionary funds (“Resident Education Fund”) that they may use for further training and educational experiences.
— Site General Information —
- Kelowna General Hospital
- Community-based, outpatient clinics throughout Central Okanagan, including family practice clinics, multidisciplinary clinics, etc.
- Kelowna General Hospital and community-based clinics in Central Okanagan during blocks 9-12 and Transition to Practice month
Various rural communities throughout BC, including: Bella Coola, Cranbrook, Creston, Gibsons, Golden, Grand Forks, Inuvik, Lillooet, Masset, Port McNeill, Powell River, Queen Charlotte, Revelstoke, Smithers, Vanderhoof, 100 Mile House (N.B. This list of communities may vary from year-to-year.)
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
- Coastal (North Vancouver, Lion’s Gate Hospital)
- 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)
- Kootenay Boundary (Trail, Nelson, Rossland, Castlegar)
- Kelowna Rural (Kelowna R1 year; rural communities across BC in R2 year)
- Kelowna Regional
- Okanagan South (Penticton)
- Indigenous (Victoria, Duncan, Ladysmith and rural Indigenous communities)
- Strathcona (Comox, Campbell River and Courtenay)
- 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:
- Fort St. John
- Kootenay Boundary
- Okanagan South
- Kelowna Rural
- Kelowna Regional
- Prince George
- St. Paul’s
- Surrey South Fraser
- Vancouver Fraser
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.