University of British Columbia - Family Medicine - Okanagan South


Program Director

Dr. Margie Krabbe


Site Coordinator

Kristen Hart

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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 Okanagan South Family Practice Residency Program is now in its fifth year, having started in 2016. We are a small dynamic program with an engaged medical community. We are looking for residents who are motivated and self-directed learners that are willing to contribute to our program while learning in a supportive environment. Our program is delivered in a block manner over two years, with a strong longitudinal attachment to a family practice clinic and an ongoing focus on individual learning needs.

The program is primarily focused on rural training with 5 months total of rural rotations. Most of the R1 year training though is done in a regional setting providing access to specialist teaching and resources.

The program is strongly anchored in family practice delivered by family physicians in their offices, together with rural, remote, and regional hospital settings and a variety of other community clinics and facilities. The South Okanagan is an engaged collegial medical community. The specialty rotations and learning experiences are delivered by a supportive group of specialists who work directly with family physicians in the 242-bed Penticton Regional Hospital (including 102 long-term care beds).

On a weekly basis, an R1 will spend one half-day in a family practice office; R2’s will spend half-days in a family practice office while on local electives and local rotations and will be encouraged to follow their own patients. There will be longitudinal family practice experiences during the R1 Family Practice blocks, such as emergency room shifts.

Academic Days and Research

The academic curriculum includes one half-day per week typically on Wednesday afternoons. We have strong support from local specialists/family physicians and allied health providers delivering academic sessions. Resident input and suggestions for Academic Half Day topics are an important part of our development. Resident wellness activities are periodically scheduled during Academic Half Day with resident led input. Procedural skills sessions such as casting, IUD insertions, suturing, and ultrasound occur periodically. Simulation sessions occur four times a year in the Pritchard Simulation Centre located at the Kelowna family practice residency site in Kelowna General hospital.

In the first year, residents will be expected to complete a quality improvement project with guidance from scholarship faculty and their family practice preceptor. Second year residents, will complete a scholar project and present their work at the end of their second year at Scholar Day.

Residents are also expected to present to their colleagues at academic half day several times a year in addition to their scholarly projects. Throughout the program, we focus on "Evidence-Based Medicine" in both academic and clinical areas and build these sessions in to the academic curriculum. Residents are expected to provide evaluations of academic sessions that will perform an instrumental role in shaping the educational experience for future residents at the site.

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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— Site General Information —

The Okanagan South Family Practice Residency Program is located in the scenic south central region of the Okanagan Valley. Together with 14 suburban and rural communities, the centrally located urban area of Penticton has a population of approximately 90,000 people.

Where most people vacation is where we call home. Situated between 113-km long Lake Okanagan and Skaha Lake, and surrounded by highlands and mountains, Penticton is a draw for outdoor recreation, including swimming, boating, windsurfing, kiteboarding, golf, rock climbing, hiking, cycling most of the year, and downhill skiing and snowboarding, cross-country skiing and snowshoeing in the winter. With over 2,100 hours of sunshine and only 15 inches of rain annually, the area has a comfortable climate year round.

Agriculture and viticulture are important to the economy, and food and wine festivals abound. Penticton is at the centre of the Okanagan wine country, with over 110 wineries in the surrounding Okanagan Valley and Similkameen Valley communities of Summerland, Naramata, Okanagan Falls, Oliver, Osoyoos and Keremeos, many recognized among the world’s best in international competition.

Penticton and the south-central region are easily accessible from major urban centres by highway and by air. We are approximately 4.5 hours driving time from Vancouver and 8 hours from Calgary, with the nearest larger urban centre located 1 hour away in Kelowna. Penticton is served by a local regional airport, while Kelowna is served by an international airport.

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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.