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Vancouver Island welcomes UBC’s pediatrics residency program

Facts about the pediatrics residency program:

  • In July 2015, UBC’s pediatrics residency program expanded beyond Vancouver for the first time, opening a second site on Vancouver Island.
  • It is a regionally based residency training program (officially known as the UBC pediatrics Vancouver Island program), which is a part of the main UBC pediatrics residency training program. The existing pediatrics site is known as the Vancouver BCCH (BC Children’s Hospital) site.
  • There are currently two residents in Victoria, and the site will have eight residents by July 2018.
  • Overall, there are approximately 60 UBC pediatric residents participating in the general training program.

By the numbers:

  • According to the College of Physicians and Surgeons of B.C., as of February 2015, there were 5,942 family doctors registered to practise in B.C. – an increase of 7% over the previous five years (5,548 general practitioners as of December 2009).
  • According to the Canadian Institute for Health Information, as of 2013, there were 123 family doctors per 100,000 people in B.C. – compared to the national average of 111.
  • Since 2003, the provincial government has more than doubled (128 to 288) the number of first-year undergraduate medical school spaces in B.C. – graduating up to 288 students per year by 2015. The number of entry-level postgraduate residency positions has also increased from 134 in 2003 to 338 positions in 2015, primarily in family medicine. More than 500 additional family physicians have graduated from UBC as a result of the medical school expansion.
  • Statistics from the Canadian Community Health Survey show that in 2014, 84.9% of British Columbians now have a regular physician, up slightly from 84.5% in 2013.
  • In the latest agreement with the Doctors of BC, the Province committed $67 million in new funding toward ongoing support of the work of “A GP for Me” and other primary-care focused programs. Almost 66,000 patients are now matched with a primary care provider thanks to this work.
  • Nurse practitioners were introduced as an important part of health-care teams in B.C. in 2005, helping meet the growing need for primary and community health care. NPs work in a variety of settings including community clinics, community health centres, primary care clinics, specialty units and clinics (such as orthopaedics and cardiology), emergency departments and residential-care facilities. As of May 1, 2015, there were 341 practising NPs in the province.

Learn more:

To read the Ministry of Health’s strategic document, Setting Priorities for the B.C. Health System and the accompanying policy papers, please visit: