IMG Training Sites


UBC Family Medicine is a fully accredited program with 19 different training sites distributed in 16 communities across BC.  Nine of these sites have designated IMG positions.  Each site has strong support from dedicated faculty with responsibilities in the areas of curriculum, assessment, faculty development, scholarship and behavioral medicine. Lead Program Faculty provide vital cross connections between sites, creating a strong system of educational support to Site Directors, Site Faculty, and residents.

UBC IMG Program is distributed in the following communities:

  1. Abbotsford-Mission- training based in Abbotsford and Mission (1 position)
  2. Chilliwack- training located in Chilliwack (1 positon)
  3. Coastal Site – training based in North Vancouver, but distributed in Coastal communities (4 positions)
  4. IMG – St. Paul’s Site – training primarily located in Vancouver (12 positions)
  5. Kamloops Site – training located in Kamloops (2 positions)
  6. Kelowna Regional- training based in Kelowna (1 position)
  7. Kelowna Rural Site – first year based in Kelowna and second year in smaller rural communities (3 positions)
  8. Kootenay Boundary Site – rural training in communities located in West Kootenay Boundary Region of South Eastern B.C (1 position)
  9. Nanaimo Site- training based in Nanaimo on Vancouver Island (1 position)
  10. Okanagan South- Training based in Penticton and Southern Okanagan (1 position)
  11. Prince George Site – training located in Prince George (4 positions)
  12. Rural Fort St. John- training based in Fort St. John (2 positions)
  13. Surrey/South Fraser Site – training based in Langley and Surrey (7 positions)
  14. Vancouver Fraser Site – training distributed in Lower Mainland and Fraser Valley (4 positions)
  15. Vancouver Island – Strathcona Site – training located in small communities (Comox/Courtenay/Campbell River) on Vancouver Island – (2 positions)
  16. Victoria Site – training primarily located in Victoria (6 positions)

The sites are part of the overall family medicine program at UBC and as such, follow common policy, curriculum and overall governance as do all the family medicine training sites.

It is recognized that the IMG resident may have a very different background, undergraduate experience and post graduate training and our residency sites have been devised to recognize those characteristics. Faculty have been chosen for their previous exposure to and interest in training IMGs. In the early months of the residency, particular attention will be paid to the individual needs of each resident and some of the academic sessions are devoted to ensuring that the residents become familiar with the Canadian medical system.

We recognize the maturity of our residents and the rich diversity of experience which they bring to Canada. We encourage IMG residents to speak about and share their medical experience from their country of origin so that Canadian trained residents can learn from and about differing medical systems in the world. We believe that such diversity enriches the training for all our residents.

A Return-of-Service (RoS) condition is attached to these positions.

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