New postgraduate residency program in Comox

Postgraduate residency programs follow other medical programs established on Vancouver Island in just over a decade.

Keeping things local, two recent graduates of the Island Medical Program who are Vancouver Island born and raised are now undertaking their residencies in Comox at the Strathcona Family Practice.

“I grew up in Black Creek and my family still lives there so it’s great to be back,” says Tyler Falk. “I am also excited to work in family practice which gives me the opportunity to be more of a generalist and work in a variety of areas. I definitely hope to live and practise medicine in the Comox Valley.”

The UBC Faculty of Medicine has spent the past decade transforming medical education in BC by increasing the number of doctors in training, and placing these trainees in communities where doctors are needed most.

Three new postgraduate residency programs on Vancouver Island, including the new Strathcona Family Practice site in Comox, as well as the residencies in Internal Medicine and Emergency Medicine (located at Island Health facilities) are the latest examples of how this vision is being fulfilled.

These new programs follow a number of other postgraduate medical residency programs established on Vancouver Island in just over a decade.

Glenn Keyes is also a medical resident at the Strathcona Family Practice site. Growing up in Victoria, the Island Medical Program was a good fit and he liked the idea of staying on the Island for his residency and working in a smaller community.

“I liked the way this program was designed, it allows me to get hands-on with patients across a number of different disciplines,” says Keyes. “The community has been so supportive as well — they have really opened their arms to us.”

Both Falk and Keyes noted that a family practice in a smaller community gives them the opportunity to get to know their patients better and to follow them through their care needs.

“Every day is different,” says Keyes. “In one day last week I saw a patient in psychiatric care, assisted in surgery, helped deliver a baby and worked with the paediatrician; you might not get this breadth of experience in a busy urban centre.”

At present there are over 100 postgraduate medical residents training on the island, more than double the number in 2004 when the UBC Faculty of Medicine began expansion of medical education in B.C.

“These postgraduate training programs not only offer an opportunity for graduates of the Island Medical Program to continue their medical training on Vancouver Island, they also attract recent graduates from other programs,” says Dr. Oscar Casiro, Regional Associate Dean, Vancouver Island, UBC Faculty of Medicine. “I am confident that many of these Island-trained physicians will settle in our region to provide much needed primary and specialist care.”

— Vancouver Island Health Authority

Just Posted

Dr. Aref Tabarsi, a general pathologist at the North Island Hospital Campbell River Hospital Medical Laboratory, spoke about the issue of service in the region at a meeting in February 2020. Black Press file photo
Comox Strathcona hospital board wants pathology service back

Board supports move for chair, vice-chair to engage with Island Health on issue

B.C. Centre for Disease Control data showing new cases by local health area for the week of May 2-8. (BCCDC image)
Vancouver Island COVID-19 local case counts the lowest they’ve been all year

On some areas of Island, more than 60 per cent of adults have received a vaccine dose

An activist against human trafficking says the global sex trade is growing fast. Photo by Julian Rivera on Unsplash
Anti-human-trafficking educator appeals to Comox Valley Regional District board

Globalization, unregulated internet, limited law enforcement and a lack of prevention education… Continue reading

A nurse gets a swab ready to perform a test on a patient at a drive-in COVID-19 clinic in Montreal, on Wednesday, October 21, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson
Island’s daily COVID-19 case count drops below 10 for just the second time in 2021

Province reports 8 new COVID-19 cases on Vancouver Island Wednesday

Canada’s demo Hornet soars over the Strait of Georgia near Comox. The F-18 demo team is returning to the Valley for their annual spring training. Photo by Sgt. Robert Bottrill/DND
F-18 demo team returning to the Comox Valley for spring training

The team will be in the area from May 16 to 24

Prince Rupert was one of the first B.C. communities targeted for mass vaccination after a steep rise in infections. Grey area marks community-wide vaccine distribution. (B.C. Centre for Disease Control)
B.C. tracks big drop in COVID-19 infections after vaccination

Prince Rupert, Indigenous communities show improvement

Cannabis bought in British Columbia (Ashley Wadhwani/Black Press Media)
Is it time to start thinking about greener ways to package cannabis?

Packaging suppliers are still figuring eco-friendly and affordable packaging options that fit the mandates of Cannabis Regulations

The following is a list of restaurants offering take-out and patio dining. ADOBE STOCK IMAGE
List of Comox Valley restaurants offering take-out, patio dining options

Restaurants in the Comox Valley continue to adapt to government-imposed restrictions in… Continue reading

The only access to 5th Street bridge heading east (toward Lewis Park) is via Anderton Avenue. Photo by Terry Farrell.
Single lane alternating traffic controls on Courtenay bridge now in effect

Single lane alternating traffic on the 5th Street Bridge is now in… Continue reading

The bodies of Carlo and Erick Fryer were discovered by a local couple walking on a remote forest road in Naramata on May 10. (Submitted)
Kamloops brothers identified as pair found dead near Penticton

The bodies of Carlo and Erick Fryer were discovered by a local couple walking

Municipal governments around B.C. have emergency authority to conduct meetings online, use mail voting and spend reserve funds on operation expenses. (Penticton Western News)
Online council meetings, mail-in voting option to be extended in B.C.

Proposed law makes municipal COVID-19 exceptions permanent

A nurse prepares a dose of the COVID-19 vaccine in Kelowna on Tuesday, March 16. (Phil McLachlan/Black Press)
British Columbians aged 20+ can book for vaccine Saturday, those 18+ on Sunday

‘We are also actively working to to incorporate the ages 12 to 17 into our immunization program’

The AstraZeneca-Oxford University vaccine. (AP/Eranga Jayawardena)
2nd person in B.C. diagnosed with rare blood clotting after AstraZeneca vaccine

The man, in his 40s, is currently receiving care at a hospital in the Fraser Health region

Saanich police and a coroner investigated a fatal crash in the 5200-block of West Saanich Road on Feb. 4, 2021. (Devon Bidal/News Staff)
Police determine speed, impairment not factors in fatal Greater Victoria crash

Driver who died veered across centre line into oncoming traffic for unknown reason, police say

Most Read