Nanaimo Division of Family Practice

Physician Recruitment & Retention

Physician Recruitment and Retention is a member-identified priority of the Nanaimo Division of Family Practice (NDoFP) in their Strategic Plan. Our primary care needs far exceed our Family Physician resources, and we want you!  

For further information on working, living and playing in Nanaimo, please visit our Practice Here page.

To access a list of current Career Opportunities, please click HERE.  

To access a list of current Locum Opportunities, click HERE

If you would like to speak with our Recruitment Team, please contact us today by email or phone at (250) 591-1200.

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Physician Advisory Committee

Welcome to Physician Lead's – Dr. Cody Van Valkenburg and Dr. Michelle Workun-Hill, along with UBC Resident Liaisons – Dr. Anna Gleave and Dr. Shenelle Rodrigo to the Local Recruitment and Retention Physician Advisory Committee! Our Local Advisory Committee brings first-hand experiences to our main work areas of recruitment and Family Medicine Resident retention.

Local Recruitment Efforts

The Local Recruitment and Retention program is always looking for physicians interested in supporting local recruitment efforts, specifically, speaking with interested physicians at recruitment workshops and conferences to give potential new colleagues the "insiders" view to practicing in Nanaimo. 

We invite all Nanaimo physicians attending any upcoming conferences to contact us today and become an ambassador for Nanaimo's vibrant medical community by email or call at (250) 591-1200.

Family Medicine Resident Resources

We are lucky to have the UBC Family Medicine Resident Program here in Nanaimo as it provides such valuable resources in our community. Residency is a busy and stressful time. We want to make every Resident's experience as smooth and as productive as possible by integrating into the local medical community. We host events such as General and Complex Care Billing Sessions, and social events, including our Annual Summer BBQ! 

The Nanaimo Division, in partnership with Nanaimo's Practice Support Program and other community organizations, offers the following support for Family Medicine Residents: 

Locum & Clinic Placement Support:

  • Monthly updated Locum Needs List. 
  • Introductions to colleagues and mentoring 
  • Implementation of site visits
  • Interaction with other Divisions
  • Facilitation of placement & locums with local clinics


Working together with local Physicians, health authorities, and other stakeholders, we aim to improve your Residency with positive relationships, experiences, and memories to share with your medical community. 

A past group of lovely R2 Residents at the UBC Family Practice Site.

Past Events

  • Colleague Connections
  • Learning Sessions
    • R1 General Billing Session
    • R1 & R2 CDM Billing Session
    • R2 In-Patient & OBS Billing Session
    • New Physician Panel – Transition into Practice
  • Annual Summer BBQ
  • Bowling Night
  • Resident Welcome Division Orientation Breakfast
  • Splash into the New Year

Resident Referral Program

To increase our exposure and natural reach into the family medicine community, we encourage residents to let us know of any referrals they have made to our community. In exchange, we offer gift cards to various fun activities in Nanaimo, including movies, restaurants, local beer, outdoor adventures, and more! 

We want to thank everyone who has participated in this program so far as it has had an immeasurably positive impact on Nanaimo's recruitment efforts. 

Working Group Opportunities

Get invitations to Working Groups, a great place to meet like-minded colleagues, and make a difference in YOUR medical community.

Examples of Working Groups you can be involved with:

  • OBS Collaborative
  • Maternity Working Group
  • Recruitment & Retention
  • Resident Care Initiative
  • Substance Use

Contact Information

Please contact us via email or phone at (250) 591-1200 for more information on current opportunities.