University of British Columbia - Family Medicine - Surrey-South Fraser


Program Director

Dr. Darryl Samoil


Site Coordinator

Kathleen McIntosh

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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.


Welcome to the Surrey-South Fraser Site of the UBC Family Practice Residency Program. Surrey Memorial is the largest hospital in the Fraser Health Authority and one of the busiest hospitals in BC, seeing over 115,000 emergency visits per year at this site. We have 300+ family practitioners, with a variety of practice types including full service with active hospital privileges, full service office based, walk-in clinic and physicians with special interest in Obstetrics, Hospitalist Medicine, Geriatrics, HIV/AIDS, New Canadian Clinic, Surgical Assistant Program, Palliative/Hospice, Emergency Medicine, Mental Health, Addiction Medicine, Adolescent clinic, and Methadone clinic.

Surrey Memorial is a 650 bed hospital, co-located with the Fraser Valley Cancer Clinic, Laural Place Rehab and Hospice, Creekside Withdrawal Management Centre, and professional buildings providing space for our medical staff. On an average day we see 300 ER visits, 75 acute day surgeries, deliver 12 babies, conduct 380 diagnostic procedures. As well we are the regional center for pediatrics, cancer care, surgical care, renal care, palliative hospice, sleep lab, rehabilitation service, regional pain clinic, and adolescent in-patient psychiatric unit.

Purpose / Objectives

The mission of the Surrey South Fraser site of the UBC Department of Family Practice Residency Program is to provide a comprehensive education in full-spectrum, community-focused, urban Family Practice. We endeavor to expose the trainee to the full breadth of clinical problems commonly encountered by the Family Practitioner, and to develop a deep sense of collegiality and community-awareness throughout the program.

The Vision of the Surrey South Fraser site of the UBC Department of Family Practice Residency Program is that the resident completing our program will be superbly trained to incorporate any aspect of acute or chronic care into their future practice. The physicians who train here will practice evidence-based medicine and have strong critical-appraisal skills. They will be collegial and ethical and will have knowledge of the importance of self-care. We will train physicians who have an understanding of the social, political and economic realities of medicine, enabling them to be active in the administration of the profession and the health care system.

Surrey South Fraser is an integrated Canadian Medical Graduate and International Medical Graduate program offering the same learning experience to both groups. Residents will be equally distributed between the Langley and Surrey community with residents of each group placed in both communities. The Academic Campus and administrative offices will be based at Surrey hospital.

To complement the educational experience of the daily clinical work, residents attend a mandatory, bi-weekly academic day which includes Family Practice and specialty seminars and weekly resident driven academic activities. Longitudinal programs with Addictions, New Canadians Clinic, Youth Clinic, Outreach, Geriatric / Residential Care are being developed in conjunction with the Family Practice blocks. In addition, electives will be available in Chronic Pain, Positive Health (HIV, Aids, Hep C), Community Mental Health, Adolescent Medicine, Subspecialty Medicine and Public Health / Global Health Initiatives.

The resident will have opportunity to be involved in the Outpatient Clinics at the new Jim Pattison Outpatient Care and Surgical Center. This would include the Primary Care Clinic, Lung Health, Chronic Disease Management, Cardiac Rehabilitation Care, Breast Health Clinic, Positive Health (HIV, Aids, Hep C), Diabetes Clinic, Specialized Seniors Clinic, Urology Clinic, Neurology Clinic and Surgical Outpatient Procedures. The emphasis will be on practical Family Practice skills.

PGY1 Overview

The R1 year will be designed to support the development of patient-centered Family Medicine skills required for successful practice. Residents will be assigned to a primary family physician preceptor and will care for a cohort of patients throughout the 1st year. This practice will allow integration of skills from focused rotations and will promote learning in the context of Family Practice. The first year will be spent primarily in the Surrey South Fraser region which is a well established academic centre. Residents will get significant graduated levels of responsibility which will prepare them well for practice. Family Practice is the only residency program at Surrey Memorial Hospital which provides opportunity for more hands on responsibility and one on one teaching.

PGY2 Overview

The R2 year will be in Fraser Valley with a mandatory 8 week family medicine rural rotation opportunities for extended time in underserviced communities.

Academic Days and Research

Residents attend mandatory academic activities — usually two full days a month. This includes academic teaching which is a mix of clinical case discussions on 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 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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