Victoria Divisions of Family Practice

Teaching Opportunities


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If you are interested in any of the teaching opportunities within the Island Medical Program, please contact and we will be happy to provide you with additional information.

Family Practice Years 1 and 2

Exciting Opportunity from the Island Medical Program – Year 1 & 2 Family Practice!

We are delighted to announce that we are looking for some new Family Physician Community Teachers for Year 1 and 2 medical students.

Family Practice Office Visits offer the students’ first exposure to real life patient care. This is a great way to get involved with teaching with a low time commitment and no preparation necessary. One student comes to your office for 2 hours at a time 4-8 times in the fall or spring. You carry on with your practice both in person and virtual with a student working with you. Students are incredibly excited and thankful to have this opportunity and most patients and preceptors find it a wonderful and rewarding experience.

The First Patient Program pairs medical students with members of the community who are living with a chronic medical condition and require ongoing extensive medical follow up with health care professionals. The program gives students a longitudinal understanding of their First Patient’s experience – that is, how a chronic condition affects the patient over time, including their social, mental, and emotional well-being. Physicians involved in this program identify a patient and meet with their students twice over the year.

Clinical Faculty are remunerated at $91.80 per session (typically 2 hours) for Family Practice teaching.

We would love to welcome you to the program!


Clinical Skills Years 1 and 2

Clinical Skills teaching occurs in the Year 1 and 2 Clinical Experiences portion of the Renewed Curriculum. The IMP welcomes applications from family physicians willing to act as tutors in these sessions, where students are taught history-taking and physical examination skills in our resource rooms at the Royal Jubilee Hospital.

Tutors are required for single sessions, and for recurring blocks of 2-4 sessions, which typically run in the afternoons. Sessions run for 2-4 hours.


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Teaching Year 4 Students

Please consider being a preceptor for a senior medical student for either a two- or four-week elective experience in Family Medicine.

Students greatly appreciate the opportunity to work with Family Physicians in their offices and gain exposure to common clinical problems seen in Family Practice. Preceptors in the past have also found this to be a very enjoyable and rewarding experience.


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Preparation for Medical Practice

This fourth-year six-week course is an opportunity for students to return from their various clinical rotations and come together in both large and small group learning sessions to help consolidate their learning and clinical reasoning skills while also helping them prepare for their CARMS interviews and their next step into postgraduate training.  

Tutors are required for the many small group and standardized patient sessions that occur during these six weeks.


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Year 3 Rural Family Practice Rotation

The Rural Family Practice Rotation is a province-wide rotation that is four weeks in duration and is scheduled throughout the academic year. This rotation allows the students to experience rural life and practice in a rural setting with the hope that this will encourage more students to become rural family physicians.


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“FLEX (flexible and enhanced learning) is a new, innovative series of three courses in the renewed UBC medical undergraduate program that offers medical undergraduate students unique opportunities to pursue a variety of scholarly activities within a defined learning space.” It includes community based learning which can include medical students helping physicians in the community with any research that they are interested to do for example, or to help develop a workshop, learning materials for physicians or patients, review resources that are available in the community for a certain chronic disease such as diabetes.


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Physician Education Opportunities

The IMP Physician Education Program offers faculty development and continuing professional development opportunities to Vancouver Island's physicians and allied health professionals. Workshops are emailed to faculty and listed here. Most workshops have CME credits available for participants.

For more information, contact: Leah Johnston

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