University of British Columbia - Family Medicine - Nanaimo


Program Director

Dr. Tony Zuccaro


Site Coordinator

Lisa Ripka

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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.


The Nanaimo Site offers a learner centered curriculum with strong educational focus. A wide spectrum of family physician and specialist colleagues offer preceptor based experiential learning in an environment of mutual support and respect. Each resident is connected with a family practice clinic with multiple family physician preceptors. Residents achieve their own patient population and follow patients throughout their 2 year program. The academic curriculum is accomplished during full academic weeks interspersed throughout the year. Residents are not in rotations and are not on call for another discipline during academic weeks. There is elective opportunity in the R2 year. There is learner centred self- scheduling for holidays, call responsibility and daily schedules.

Purpose / Objectives

The Vision of the Nanaimo site is to train Family Physicians to have knowledge, attitudes and skills to improve health and wellbeing of patients, care providers and communities. This site will contribute to the research and application of all CANMed’s FM roles for the learners, faculty, and communities.

Our Mission is to provide a postgraduate family practice residency program as a community-based UBC, Affiliated Regional Medical Training Centre, in collaboration with the UBC Postgraduate Residency Training Program, Island Medical Program and the Island Health. This site will assist learners, enhance the professional environment for the faculty and staff, and will improve the health care of central Vancouver Island citizens.

Site Objectives

  • The Nanaimo Site will provide a central Vancouver Island Family Medicine Residency Program that is based on CanMEDS-FM roles, with an integrated rotational approach.

  • The graduating residents will provide their knowledge, attitudes and skills in comprehensive family medicine in rural, regional or urban settings.

  • The learning environment will be focused on family practice problem-solving skills and based on principles of effective adult education.

  • The residents will be part of a community network of health care providers and will become skilled collaborating team members and team leaders.

  • The graduating residents will have expert knowledge of the wide range of common problems of patients in these communities and of the less common but life-threatening and treatable emergencies in patients of all stages of the life cycle.

  • The excellent training will be a cooperative venture between this community-based training site and the resident.

  • Family Medicine will be taught by family physicians whose philosophy and practice are consistent with the aims and aspirations of College of Family Physicians of Canada.

Academic Days and Research

Residents attend mandatory academic week activities. This includes academic teaching which is a mix of clinical case discussions and core topics. Residents are also expected to do presentations. Throughout the program, we stress "Evidence-Based Medicine" in both academic and clinical areas.

In June of each year, residents will come together for a mandatory Site specific Scholarship Day.

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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