University of British Columbia - Family Medicine - Rural Northwest


Program Director

Dr. Greg Linton


Site Coordinator

Manon Joice

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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 Rural North West/Terrace UBC residency site is a community-based, longitudinal, integrated program which prepares residents interested in Rural Family Practice to be confident and competent. Most of our graduates are working in rural locations. We have built a program that emphasizes continuity, learning in the context of the rural environment, and stability.

Purpose / Objectives

Cutting edge medical education is now focusing on longitudinal integrated programs in distributed sites. The vision of the Northwest Family Practice Residency (NWFPR) is to offer high quality medical education in rural communities providing a broad spectrum of general and specialist medical care in an integrated program. This program will contribute to science, research and application of the four principles of Family Practice for the learners, faculty, and communities utilizing a “Triple C” Curriculum.

Our Mission is to provide a community-based postgraduate family practice residency program and undergraduate family medicine education in a regional centre affiliated with UBC, the Northern Medical Program, and the Northern Health Authority. This site will assist learners, enhance the professional environment for the faculty and staff, and improve the health care of North West BC citizens.

Program Objectives

  • The NWFPR will provide a northern BC residency program that is based on the four principles of Family Medicine in a triple C environment, with an integrated 24-month curriculum.

  • The graduating residents will apply their knowledge, attitudes and skills in broad-spectrum family medicine practice in the northwest of BC.

  • The learning environment will be focused on family practice problem solving skill 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 at collaborating as 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 the academic centers and this community-based training site.

  • Family Medicine will be taught by family physicians whose philosophy and practice are consistent with the aims and aspirations of family medicine, as defined by the four principles in a Triple C curriculum.

PGY1 and PGY2 Overview

This two-year program is designed to train physicians interested in practicing in rural Canada. However, the program also suits physicians interested in acquiring a broad skill set useful in any community. The curriculum has been created to maximize the integration of the hospital, the office and the community work of the doctor. Both the first and second years will be longitudinally integrated to maximize clinical exposure and experiences as well as provide for some blocks of elective time. Within the 32 weeks assigned to family practice, 4-8 weeks will be made available to work in a community other than the community of Terrace. In the R2 year, 4-8 weeks will be spent on Haida Gwaii. For this reason, our site does not participate in the Rural Match.

To complement the required rotations, visiting specialty services and local expertise are available in ENT, Ophthalmology, Urology, Radiology, Neurology, Endocrinology, Rheumatology, Cardiology, Geriatrics, Medical Oncology, Palliative Care and Psychiatry.

Academic Days and Research

To complement the clinical experience, residents attend mandatory academic curriculum that includes family practice and specialty seminars, case presentations and workshops. These will be provided both locally, off site and by electronic link to other UBC sites. They are also expected to attend and participate in medical staff educational rounds and teaching of medical students, given 3 ICC NMP students/yr based in Terrace.

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.

Once a year, residents from our site will come together for a R2 Scholarship Day. These events are required attendance days.

In the first year, residents will be expected to complete a practice 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 the second year of 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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