University of British Columbia - Family Medicine - Victoria


Program Director

Dr. Fiona Manning & Dr. Tina Webber


Site Coordinator

Josie Terlesky

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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 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.

Program Outcomes

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.

PGY1 Overview

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.

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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