NORTH VANCOUVER – A new family practice residency site that prepares new doctors with skills and experience to become family physicians has been launched at Lions Gate Hospital, with the acceptance of eight resident physicians.

The North Shore family practice residents will complete two years of training by taking on a number of clinical placements and working with physicians and health professional in communities stretching from the North Shore to Squamish, Whistler, Pemberton and the Sunshine Coast.

In addition to their clinical placements,the residents will complete two years of postgraduate medical training to meet the requirements of the College of Family Physicians of Canada.

The eight resident physicians, Drs. Jessica Palmer, Mitra Motamedi, Philip Simpson, Jeannette Evans, Kaitlin Graham, Krista McKee, Payman Nabai, and Charlotte Philippson were accepted in July.

The family residency program is part of a combined effort by the B.C. Liberal government, health authorities, the University of British Columbia’s Faculty of Medicine, and communities to support the recruitment and retention of physicians to serve the health care needs of families across B.C.

UBC’s Family Practice Residency Training Program is a two-year program that prepares new doctors with the skills and experience they need to become licensed family physicians. The province-wide program involves 16 educational sites, where residents work with a wide range of physicians and health professionals to advance their technical skills, while learning about the unique health needs and lifestyle of the communities.