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Residency program launches for new doctors at Royal Inland Hospital

Royal Inland Hospital is set to get more beds this year as storage space is converted to inpatient areas.
August 06, 2014 - 8:16 AM

KAMLOOPS - New doctors in Kamloops can complete their entire post-grad training in Kamloops, since the new family practice residency site has launched at Royal Inland Hospital.

“Training family practitioners here in Kamloops gives them an opportunity to discover this great region and they will hopefully return for their practice careers,” said Health Minster Terry Lake.

Last month, the residency site accepted six resident physicians who will complete two years of medical training following their studies to meet the requirements of the College of Family Physicians of Canada.

The residency program was organized collectively by the provincial government, health authorities and the faculty of medicine at the University of British Columbia.

Over 1,400 of UBC’s medical students are involved in 67 different postgraduate programs offered at more than 100 clinical training sites across the province. In 2014, nearly half the residencies were designated for family medicine.

“These new residency programs are great news for families in B.C.’s Interior and Coastal regions, and will provide them with better access to medical care, closer to where they live,” said Advanced Education Minister Amrik Virk.

The family practice residency training program is a two-year term where graduates develop their skills and gain experience to become licensed family doctors.

Across the province, there are a total of 16 sites hosting the residencies. The locations include Kamloops and Kelowna.

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