University of British Columbia - Family Medicine - Vancouver Fraser


Program Director

Dr. John Edworthy


Site Coordinator

Raquel Kirby Feswick


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 Vancouver Fraser Site offers residents the unique combination of high level and specialized experiences available in Greater Vancouver referral hospitals and the first contact, primary care experiences of smaller hospital and community practices within the Lower Mainland. Residents learn in primary care focused environments but have access to tertiary care experience. We provide full service training with a focus on family physician intra-partum Obstetrics if the resident so desires. Being able to tailor your second year to your learning needs is an asset of our site.


Vacation: 4 weeks annually: preferably taken as 2 weeks in each 6 month period. Only one week can be taken in any 4 week rotation and vacation is not allowed during the 2 week core Pediatric rotations. A maximum of one week of vacation may be taken during either the CTU or General Surgery rotation, but not one week in each.

One full day per week on alternate weeks is spent on the core academic program (VFAC).

One full day call-backs (CB) to the Family Practice preceptor’s office to see patients (alternate weeks) are compulsory during all rotations located in Greater Vancouver.

A Continuous Quality Improvement Project with your FP preceptor on a topic of your choice.


14 weeks of elective time

One full day per week on alternate weeks is spent on the core academic program (VFAC).

One full day call-backs (CB) to the Family Practice preceptor’s office to see patients (alternate weeks) are compulsory during all rotations located in Greater Vancouver.

Up to 3 half-days of horizontal elective time while on Family Practice rotation

Scholarly project on a topic of your choice is mandatory

Vacation: 4 weeks annually: preferably taken as 2 weeks in each 6 month period.

Elective opportunities allow increased experience in Emergency Medicine, Sports Medicine, Obstetrics and other fields according to the needs of the resident. Each resident plans his or her second year during the latter half of his or her first year. Family Practice block times may include longitudinal electives from an extensive listing of electives.

Academic Days and Research

Residents attend mandatory academic activities including 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 are 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.


— Site General Information —

  • Royal Columbian Hospital (New Westminster)

  • Burnaby Hospital (Burnaby)

  • B.C. Children's Hospital (Vancouver)

  • Mount St. Joseph's Hospital (Vancouver)

  • Peace Arch Hospital (White Rock)

  • Richmond Hospital (Richmond)

  • St. Paul's Hospital (Vancouver)

  • Vancouver General Hospital (Vancouver)

  • B.C. Women's Hospital (Vancouver)

  • Eagle Ridge Hospital (Port Moody)

  • Numerous long-term care facilities and community practices throughout Greater Vancouver

  • Access to Rural Residency Program sites

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.