University of British Columbia - Family Medicine - Prince George


Program Director

Dr. James Card


Site Coordinator

Roghieh Soufinia

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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.


Hi, welcome to the Prince George site. I am James Card, the site director for the Prince George and Northern Rural Family Practice Programs. I am a Northern Medical Program graduate and a graduate of the Prince George Family Practice Residency Program. I am currently a rural physician with my clinical practice in Valemount. I am passionate about full-service family practice and Rural and Remote medicine and I love the North! It is my goal to create a program that excels in transitioning residents into competent and confident physicians for Northern and Rural British Columbia.

Our site is for you if:

  • You are interested in full-service (urban or rural) Family Practice which includes office, hospital care, ER, and/or obstetrics.

  • You are interested in rural medicine

  • You are interested in rural locums

  • You are intrigued about potentially practicing in Northern Canada

  • You want to develop a solid foundation of acute care and ER Family Practice skills to apply for an R3 ER or GPA program (we have 12 weeks of ER and 4 weeks of ICU and 12 weeks of R2 elective time)

  • You want a rigorous, diverse, and relevant clinical experience with lots of rural influence.

This site is probably not for you if:

  • You want to work in an urban-based Family Practice office only setting

  • You want to sub-specialize into a narrow scope of urban Family Practice

  • You enjoy traffic and unaffordable housing

So what has changed?


  • We now have optional rural experiences during some of our core R1 rotations. This will take advantage of smaller communities with more one-on-one time with specialists and Family Physicians in an enthusiastic atmosphere. This will be balanced with the volume and experience of the preceptors in Prince George, one of UBC’s most established residency sites.

  • We have revamped some existing rotations such as Internal Medicine to ensure meaningful and relevant learning for your future Family Practice in a supportive learning environment.

  • We are continuously enhancing our available rural experiences during both years of residency.

  • We are currently offering mentorship in rural committee work and policy development for those interested in involvement with provincial rural networks.

  • We are maximizing SIM lab sessions (as best we can with COVID-19!) throughout the residency and frequent ultrasound teaching during both our Internal Medicine block and academic time.

If you want more information on any of these changes, please contact me by email as I would be happy to discuss!

More importantly, contact our residents. Our residents are always happy to talk about the program and they are best informed to speak to our site philosophy and our strengths and weaknesses. Their emails are: (R2) (R1)

Academic Days and Research

Residents attend mandatory academic activities — usually a half day per week. 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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