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


Program Director

Dr. Darryl Samoil


Site Coordinator

Kathleen McIntosh


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.


— Site General Information —

The resident group will be composed of nine (9) Canadian Medical Graduates and eight (8) International Medical Graduates. This will be an integrated program with CMG and IMG residents placed in Family Practices primarily in Surrey and Langley, but also White Rock and Delta. The Academic Campus and administrative offices will be based at Surrey Memorial Hospital. Rotations and learning experiences will take place at all hospitals but will be primarily based at Surrey. As the program matures, there will be increasing use of the other community hospitals.

The IMG program originally began with four residents in 2012 and expanded to six residents in 2013. Although initially sited at Langley Memorial Hospital and in the Langley community, going forward the IMGs will be integrated into the Surrey, Langley, Delta and White Rock hospitals and community. Find below descriptions of the various hospital sites.

Surrey Memorial Hospital

In 1959, Surrey Memorial Hospital (SMH) opened as a 100-bed facility and has now expanded to close to 650 beds and is the largest hospital in Fraser Health, employing close to 4,000 people. The hospital provides regional and tertiary services for Fraser Health in many areas, including Pediatrics, Ophthalmology, Obstetrics, Cancer Care, Surgical Care, Renal Care, Palliative Care, and Sleep Medicine. SMH delivers the second most babies of any hospital in British Columbia, with more than 4,200 births a year, and has the busiest E.R. in B.C. with 115,000 visits a year.

In 2014, construction of the new eight-story tower was completed and is fully operational. This has expanded the total number of beds to 800, and includes a new Emergency Department, a new 48-bed neonatal intensive care unit, enhanced UBC Academic space, and the new Helipad.

Langley Memorial Hospital

Langley is a community of 150,000 people located 60 minutes east of Vancouver. Langley Memorial Hospital (LMH) was opened in 1948. LMH provides an integrated, acute and community-based health service, ensuring that the needs of the Langley community are met. It is an advance neighborhood resource facility that offers services such as 24/7 Emergency Services and Urgent Care, General Medicine and Surgery, Pediatrics, Psychiatry, Ophthalmology and Radiology. The hospital has 166 beds and 224 for extended care.

The Family Maternity Centre at LMH is undergoing a 5.35 million dollar expansion. The number of births at LMH is in the 2000 per year.

Peach Arch Hospital (PAH) facility has 169 beds in the acute care facility and Level IV trauma centre. Located in the White Rock district which opened in 1954, the hospital serving residents of South Surrey and White Rock. Peace Arch Hospital provides a range of health care services including emergency, surgery and maternity care. Currently under expansion, Peace Arch provides 24/7 emergency services for patients.

Delta Hospital is a community of 103,000 residents and offers services to a catchment of residents of Ladner, Tsawwassen, North Delta and Tsawwassen First Nation. The hospital employs more than 580 workers. The hospital opened in 1977 in Fraser Health’s integrated network of care, providing primary, secondary, and some specialty services, such as 24/7 emergency, general medicine, surgery, inpatient and outpatient care, with some service referral while others can be accessed directly. The Delta Hospital has an acute emergency department and provides a range of surgical day care and outpatient services.

Jim Pattison Outpatient Care and Surgical Centre

This brand new facility will be the first comprehensive Outpatient Facility in Fraser Health and will accommodate the current 120,000 outpatient services currently offered on the campus. It will house enhanced diagnostic, pharmacy, laboratory, and specialty services which have been developed around a core of Primary Care and Chronic Disease Clinics to serve the Surrey Community.

The focus of the South Fraser site is to give residents a robust experience in suburban and semi-rural family medicine. Although there is still a significant number of sole practitioners there is an increasing move to group practices involving multidisciplinary care. Surrey remains a challenging community in which to practice because of rapid population growth and limited resources. It is an excellent place to learn the art of managing your time and resources and advocating on behalf of your patients. Also, there are great opportunities to be mentored by CCFP physicians who practice in the wide variety of clinical settings. You will find the Surrey and Langley medical community developing a culture of academic teaching and research with an enthusiasm for teaching.

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.

The program information on this website is in the language that the program is offered in.