University of British Columbia - Family Medicine - Victoria
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 Victoria Site provides a comprehensive and flexible program that can be adapted to your individual learning requirements in your quest to prepare for a future as a well-rounded Family Physician.
Our Site is based in Victoria, British Columbia, a medium sized city with a population of 330,000. Victoria is situated on the southern tip of Vancouver Island, and is a short distance via road from world class surfing beaches, local farms, wineries, deep powder skiing, and year round golfing. Victoria also features scheduled car ferries, scheduled airlines operating fixed wing, float plane, and rotary wing aircraft, and luxury passenger only ferry connections to the mainland of North America which makes for easy access to weekend escapes in Vancouver, Seattle, Tofino, or the Gulf Islands. The outstanding natural beauty of the area encourages an active life style, as does the sub-Mediterranean climate. As Victoria is in the rain shadow of the Olympic Mountains, it gets about half of the annual rain fall of Vancouver.
All Family Practice Residents are based in community settings in the South Island region from Greater Victoria to Sidney, and from Sooke to Duncan, for their Family Medicine experiences.
Purpose / Objectives
The Mission of the Victoria Site is:
- The development of skilled primary care physicians who are effective providers of comprehensive community based health care, in the wide variety of settings of British Columbia, with a focus on under serviced populations.
- In pursuit of this mission, the training curriculum will embrace the principles of Family Medicine, and will direct Residents in training towards healthy lifestyles, within a background of professional flexibility and lifelong learning.
- The Victoria site program is characterized by a Resident group that is closely knit and collegial.
Follow-up analysis of our residents upon graduating from the Family Practice program at the Victoria Site reveals a high level of preparedness in all areas of Family Medicine. Residents completing at the Victoria Site are active in many different practice styles and locations after graduation, and feel as at home in rural and semi-urban environments as they do in an urban setting.
The R1 residency year at the Victoria Site is based on 13 four week blocks that includes a horizontally integrated 4 block experience in Family Practice, Obstetrics, and Women’s Health, combined with some traditional block curriculum in the R1 year.
There is a total of 6 months of substantial Family Practice community clinic exposure in the R1 year including a 1 month of Introduction to Family Medicine, and 4 months of integrated Family Practice, Obstetrics, and Women’s Health, as well as an additional 1 month call-free block of Concentrated Family Practice.
The non-family medicine block experiences are composed 4 weeks of pediatrics, 6 weeks of Internal Medicine CTU, 2 weeks of Cardiology Consult, and 4 weeks of Emergency Medicine.
Academic Half Days each week and a full FP clinic day back every 2 weeks to the resident’s associated FP office provide a longitudinal community family medicine component throughout the non-family blocks of the first year.
PGY 2 Overview
The Victoria Site has developed a partial Horizontal component for the R2 year. The year is comprised of several traditional blocks along with a strong Family Practice Horizontal component. The 24 weeks of Horizontal family medicine (in which residents split their time between their home family practice office and other clinical experiences) provides a strong grounding in family practice, allowing residents to better engage with a roster of patients over time.
4 weeks of vacation to be taken over the year, 2 weeks in the first half and two weeks in the second half of the year, and this is taken off of rotation(s) of the resident’s choosing so long as they complete 75% of expected days on any given rotation.
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.
Residents can do one month of interprovincial or international electives during the second year of their 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 —
Our Residency program is based in a medium sized city of approximately 330,000 which also hosts the UBC affiliated undergraduate University of Victoria / Island Medical Program, two large and very busy tertiary care hospitals, cultural amenities, an uncommonly physically active population, and also a vulnerable population in the inner city core.
This residency site also provides experiences in small and rural communities where a true appreciation of the delights, values, and stresses of a more rural lifestyle can be appreciated.
The Victoria Site is based in the Greater Victoria area and our Residents may also work in practices and community hospitals within the smaller surrounding communities of Sooke, Sidney, Saanich, Mill Bay, and Duncan. There are also opportunities to complete elective and selective rotations in other communities on Vancouver Island or other more distant rural locations within British Columbia, however, candidates should understand that core rotations will be completed at sites associated with the UBC Victoria Site and that the UBC program in general does not allow switching mid stream between the various associated training sites.
Our vibrant program gives Residents the confidence to practice in urban, semi-urban, and rural communities after graduation. The variety of experiences and strong training offered has also made it a solid basic program for those who wish to explore further training in the varied enhanced R3 opportunities that are now available, as well as to pursue the delivery of focused family practice services in various clinical settings.
Our program fosters collegiality, support, and teamwork amongst our Residents, and the friendships made during the time of Residency are strong and often endure well beyond the time spent in residency. Our venue is set in some of the most beautiful scenery the West Coast has to offer. The lifestyle in Victoria embraces a wide variety of outdoor opportunities, sports, and recreation which may be enjoyed in the mildest climate in Canada.
Based on Southern Vancouver Island, the Victoria site utilizes full service community family practices and the 950 acute care beds of the Vancouver Island Health Authority at Royal Jubilee and Victoria General Hospitals. Community Resources include outpatient programs, and many community practices within the greater Victoria area. Family Practice Residents and first year Royal College Residents, along with the new Psychiatry, Emergency. Pediatrics, and Internal Medicine programs are the only full time postgraduate trainees. There are in excess of 3,000 deliveries, over 100,000 emergency room visits, and 36,000 surgical procedures carried out each year. Residents have high speed internet access in their on-call areas, and in their preceptors' offices. Resident/Faculty ratio is approximately 1:1.
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
- Coastal (North Vancouver, Lion’s Gate Hospital)
- 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)
- Kootenay Boundary (Trail, Nelson, Rossland, Castlegar)
- Kelowna Rural (Kelowna R1 year; rural communities across BC in R2 year)
- Kelowna Regional
- Okanagan South (Penticton)
- Indigenous (Victoria, Duncan, Ladysmith and rural Indigenous communities)
- Strathcona (Comox, Campbell River and Courtenay)
- 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:
- Fort St. John
- Kootenay Boundary
- Okanagan South
- Kelowna Rural
- Kelowna Regional
- Prince George
- St. Paul’s
- Surrey South Fraser
- Vancouver Fraser
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.