The Family Practice Centre is a teaching facility affiliated with the University of British Columbia. A post-graduate physician (resident) may be involved with your health care. If you do not wish to have a resident involved with your care, please inform any of our staff.
Once doctors complete medical school, they can choose to continue studying a medical specialty. These doctors are called "residents".
Our clinic has made a commitment to train those doctors who want to specialize in Family Practice. Occasionally we also train residents in specialties such as general surgery, anesthesiology, etc. In addition, some of us teach medical students, but our main commitment is to train Family Practice Residents.
Our clinic trains Family Medicine Residents in the first year of the two-year program. They begin training at the beginning of the academic year on July 1 each year.
Family Medicine Residents are at a stage of their training where they need to learn from seeing patients themselves. Each resident works under the supervision of a doctor in the clinic. Whether the resident sees a patient solely on their own, or with the preceptor present for all or part of the visit, depends on the knowledge and competency of each resident, the complexity of the patient's problems, how far advanced they are in their training, and the patient's wishes.
As a patient in our clinic and a member of society, you can contribute a lot to the resident's training. You know how you expect a doctor to behave, interact, and treat your condition. Your input into their learning will allow them to become the doctors for the next generation.
In addition, they are fresh out of medical school and can provide up-to-date information and a second opinion about a problem.
Of course, this is your right. All you need to do is tell the staff when you enter the examination room. There may be some days when do not feel up to it and we understand. However, your participation in their learning process is very welcome and appreciated.
No. Residents work at the clinic for a 16-week continuous block at some time in the year. They also come back to the clinic for a half day per week to allow them to experience how patient problems change over time and to allow them to establish an ongoing relationship with a group of patients.