Doctors will be able to complete their postgraduate training in Kamloops with the launch of a new family practice residency site based at Royal Inland Hospital and community clinics. Medical students entering the Southern Medical Program complete 2 years of undergraduate academic training at UBC Okanagan and the clinical teaching campus at Kelowna General Hospital. They transition to area hospitals and clinics for their third and fourth years. UBC’s 2-year family practice residency training program is distributed throughout the province, involving 16 educational sites.
A new emergency medicine residency training site in Kelowna is also being launched, along with the Vancouver Coastal Health site for family practice residencies in North Vancouver.
Expansion of the family practice residency program is part of a combined effort by the provincial government, health authorities, UBC Faculty of Medicine, and local communities.