South Island Division of Family Practice

Career Resources - Getting Started

Thinking about practicing medicine on South Vancouver Island? The following links may be useful as you consider setting up your practice:



  • MOA Office Resources

  • SIDFP Checklists: Members of the South Island Division of Family Practice receive a welcome package containing checklists for new and moving practices.

  • Registration and Licensing: College of Physicians and Surgeons of British Columbia

  • Doctors of BC Resources

  • Billing Tips

  • Liability Protection: Canadian Medical Protective Association

  • Taxes

  • Medical Services Plan (MSP): In order to receive payment from MSP for insured services provided to eligible patients, physicians must first enrol with MSP to receive a billing number. After they have enrolled and received their billing number, physicians can submit claims to MSP for services listed in the MSC Payment Schedule and other payment schedules.

  • Diagnostic Code Descriptions (ICD-9): All claims submitted by physicians to the Medical Services Plan (MSP) must include a diagnostic code. This information allows MSP to verify claims and generate statistics about causes of illness and death.

  • Patient Resources: Resources to help you help your patients

Other Resources:


  • SIDFP Events: Educational and social events for physicians.

  • e-Bulletin: Upcoming events and educational opportunities are also posted on the e-Bulletin.

Other Links:

Tourism and Activities:

  • Hello BC: Things to do in Vancouver Island!

  • Tourism Victoria: Victoria is a unique blend of old world charm and new world experiences. As an island destination, Victoria offers visitors an escape from the hurried world and beams with ambiance.

  • South Vancouver Island Videos: Videos showcasing the benefits of working and living on the South Island.