Dr. Margie Krabbe
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 Okanagan South Family Practice Residency Program is now in its fifth year, having started in 2016. We are a small dynamic program with an engaged medical community. We are looking for residents who are motivated and self-directed learners that are willing to contribute to our program while learning in a supportive environment. Our program is delivered in a block manner over two years, with a strong longitudinal attachment to a family practice clinic and an ongoing focus on individual learning needs.
The program is primarily focused on rural training with 5 months total of rural rotations. Most of the R1 year training though is done in a regional setting providing access to specialist teaching and resources.
The program is strongly anchored in family practice delivered by family physicians in their offices, together with rural, remote, and regional hospital settings and a variety of other community clinics and facilities. The South Okanagan is an engaged collegial medical community. The specialty rotations and learning experiences are delivered by a supportive group of specialists who work directly with family physicians in the 242-bed Penticton Regional Hospital (including 102 long-term care beds).
On a weekly basis, an R1 will spend one half-day in a family practice office; R2’s will spend half-days in a family practice office while on local electives and local rotations and will be encouraged to follow their own patients. There will be longitudinal family practice experiences during the R1 Family Practice blocks, such as emergency room shifts.
The academic curriculum includes one half-day per week typically on Wednesday afternoons. We have strong support from local specialists/family physicians and allied health providers delivering academic sessions. Resident input and suggestions for Academic Half Day topics are an important part of our development. Resident wellness activities are periodically scheduled during Academic Half Day with resident led input. Procedural skills sessions such as casting, IUD insertions, suturing, and ultrasound occur periodically. Simulation sessions occur four times a year in the Pritchard Simulation Centre located at the Kelowna family practice residency site in Kelowna General hospital.
In the first year, residents will be expected to complete a quality improvement project with guidance from scholarship faculty and their family practice preceptor. Second year residents, will complete a scholar project and present their work at the end of their second year at Scholar Day.
Residents are also expected to present to their colleagues at academic half day several times a year in addition to their scholarly projects. Throughout the program, we focus on “Evidence-Based Medicine” in both academic and clinical areas and build these sessions in to the academic curriculum. Residents are expected to provide evaluations of academic sessions that will perform an instrumental role in shaping the educational experience for future residents at the site.
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.