Dr. Dean Brown
This residency program is for 2 years.
Program length of training does not exceed the Royal College or College of Family Physicians of Canada standard.
The Coastal Family Practice Residency site evolved in a unique manner, with high aspirations. A group of physicians from the North Shore, Pemberton, Whistler, Squamish, Sunshine Coast, Powell River, and ‘the Bella’s’ planned this FP Residency, to develop exceptional clinical skills for rural, remote and urban environments, across a full spectrum of clinical care settings.
The Coastal site has been developed for Residents who are excited about becoming leaders in Family Practice. The site focuses on strong clinical skills and exposure to all aspects of Family Practice. This is a “rurally strong” program with excellent urban exposure, so our Residents work across the full range of Family Practice settings. They also gain awareness of ‘social determinants of health’ in different communities.
The first year, spent entirely on the North Shore, starts with a common time together, to learn fundamentals and create a support network. Second year includes a 4-month rotation in a rural Coastal community, plus 10 weeks of Electives, which can be tailored to suit individual interests. We create a strong academic learning environment, enabling Residents to gain skills and knowledge for success in all aspects of Family Practice. Our residents also develop strong collaborative relationships, supporting one another as learners, friends, and colleagues over the two years and beyond.
First year, on the North Shore, encompasses a wide range of urban Family Practice settings, along with acute care experience at Lions Gate Hospital. The new HOpe Center, situated beside LGH, provides teaching rooms, a simulation centre, library, call rooms, and a great deal more, to support resident learning needs.
In second year, Residents spend part of the year on the North Shore, 10 weeks in electives, and four months in a rural community, making our program “rurally strong”, and creating an excellent opportunity to work, learn and live in a rural environment. Each community offers a broad range of clinical experience with committed practitioners.
Residents attend mandatory academic activities — usually a half day per week. This includes academic teaching which is a mix of clinical case discussions and core topics. Residents are also expected to do presentations. Throughout the program, we stress “Evidence-Based Medicine” in both academic and clinical areas.
Once a year, residents from St Paul’s and Coastal get together for a Scholarship Day.
In the first year, residents will be expected to complete a quality improvement project. Throughout the two years, residents must complete a scholar project and present their work at Scholarship Day.
Residents can do one month of interprovincial or international electives during their training.
Third year training positions are available in the area of Emergency Medicine, Care of The Elderly, Anesthesia, Palliative Medicine, Sports and Exercise Medicine, Clinician Scholars program and a wide range of other category 2 Enhanced Skills programs.