The UBC Vancouver Island Core Internal Medicine Residency Training Program offers a welcoming environment along with respected professional preceptors dedicated to the success of Residents and the Program. The goal of the Program is to prepare Residents to advance to their chosen sub-specialty Fellowships.
Welcome from the Program Director
I want to invite you to consider joining our program for your residency in Internal Medicine.
On Vancouver Island, we offer you personal access to a full range of local sub-specialty preceptors, while retaining close ties to the resources of the main program in Vancouver. Take advantage of the unique learning opportunities here that are not available in Vancouver.
Come learn Internal Medicine with us on Vancouver Island!
Dr. James Spence
Assistant Program Director UBC Department of Medicine Vancouver Island
The three-year Core Internal Medicine Residency Training Program is a Distributed Site of the Internal Medicine Residency Training Program at UBC. The Vancouver Island Program is based in the city of Victoria. The training program is fully accredited and mainly takes place at the new, state-of-the-art Patient Care Centre at the Royal Jubilee Hospital (RJH). Eleven of the thirteen sub-specialties at RJH currently host visiting Residents from Vancouver.
Each of the three Residency years is divided into thirteen four-week blocks. Mandatory training includes 13 blocks of Internal Medicine Clinical Teaching Unit (CTU), 3 blocks of Intensive Care Unit (ICU) and 3 blocks of Coronary Care Unit (CCU). Most of the mandatory blocks will take place in Victoria with a few blocks at one of the major teaching hospitals in Vancouver (3 blocks of CTU, 2 blocks of ICU and 1 block of CCU). Sub-specialty elective will be taken in Victoria and possible some in Vancouver.
Residents will learn and practice out-patient Internal Medicine in our ambulatory clinic at RJH— a unique opportunity for such practice that is scheduled weekly throughout the year.
“Nearly 450 km long and 100 km wide, Vancouver Island is the largest island on the west coast of North America. From sandy ocean beaches to towering glacier-draped mountains to dense rain forests, the island contains rich eco-systems that are home to thousands of plant and animal species. This diversity has made Vancouver Island one of Canada’s top places to live, work and play. Fish for huge salmon, climb a mountain, wander through a grove of 800-year-old trees, paddle with killer whales, watch Native carvers create a totem pole, hike some of the most beautiful trails in the world, ski a world-class run, make a putt on any of the 50-plus golf courses, or just to relax on a warm sandy beach. The people of Vancouver Island rightfully feel they live in a piece of paradise.
The south end of the island around Victoria receives the least annual precipitation and winter snow is usually minimal. In fact, you may see golfers on the course in mid January, while skiers try out the deep powder on mid Island mountains.”
– Vancouver Island Abound Outdoor Pages
Why Choose Victoria?
- Pleasant, temperate climate
- Year-round outdoor activities (skiing, sailing, golfing, and more)
- Bike to work most of the year
- Spectacular scenery and beaches
- Fine restaurants
- Vibrant music and cultural scene
- International Airport
Vancouver Island has a total population of about 750,000.
The major city centers are the Victoria Regional District (375,000), Nanaimo Regional District (150,000), Comox/Campbell River (100,000), Duncan (85,000) and Port Alberni (35,000).
Victoria has two major hospitals: Royal Jubilee Hospital (500 beds) and Victoria General Hospital (340 beds). Each of the other cities on Vancouver Island has one hospital with Nanaimo the next biggest (260 beds) and Comox (110 beds), Duncan (95 beds), Campbell River (60 beds) and Port Alberni (52 beds).
The Medicine Community on Vancouver Island
The RJH in Victoria is a major regional Cardiac center that provides all aspects of cardiac care including General Cardiology, Interventional Cardiology, Cardiac Surgery and Cardiac Electrophysiology.
Victoria is a major Cancer care center with the largest Cancer Agency outside Vancouver.
Vancouver Island is small enough to provide an intimate learning environment, but large enough to cover all aspects of modern Medicine.
Travelling to Vancouver Island
Vancouver Island is located approximately 45 km away from Vancouver over the Strait of Georgia. There are several ways to get to the Island which cost varying amounts of money and take varying amounts of time. Both the ferry terminal and international airport are located approximately 30 minutes away from the city of Victoria. Taxis, airport shuttles and buses are available to take you into the city. The float plane terminals are located downtown in Victoria’s inner harbour.
Floatplanes are at their best in the warm, dry sunny weather months, but tend to let us down once the weather changes and the days shorten.
- Harbour Air: http://www.harbour-air.com/index.php
Round trip tickets $270 – $380. Book online for Web Saver fares.
- HeliJet: http://www.helijet.com/
Round trip tickets approximately $600. Students and Residents can save money by flying stand-by.
Pacific Coastal Airlines: http://www.pacific-coastal.com/index.php?
Round trip tickets $200 – $400. Book early to ensure a better fare.
Pacific Coastal is a great little airline that runs between Victoria International Airport and Vancouver International – South Terminal. There are some really cheap flights to be had with Pacific Coastal, and they will keep flying when the floatplanes won’t!
From September – July flights leave Victoria at 0645, 0745, 0845, 0945, and thereafter various other times during the day. Return flights from Vancouver run at 1700, 1830 and 2000, and earlier times. Pacific Coastal is the best choice in terms of cost and times.
Air Canada Jazz: http://www.aircanada.com/en/home.html
Air Canada flies Island hoppers between Victoria and Vancouver Main Terminal. Depending on the time of day, you can get some cheaper flights, but they are generally more expensive than Pacific Coastal.
Round trip tickets approximately $300.
WestJet flies from various cities in Canada to Victoria International Airport. Unfortunately, Westjet doesn’t fly from Vancouver to Victoria yet.
By Land and Sea
BC Ferries: http://www.bcferries.com
The entire trip from Vancouver to Victoria can take up to 3 hours.
You can either drive your car onto the ferry or you can take the PCL (Pacific Coach Lines) from Vancouver. You can also drive your car to the ferry terminal in Vancouver (parking is approximately $16/24 hours), leave it there and take the ferry as a walk-on passenger. PCL bookings can be made on the Ferry within the first half hour of sailing.
Walk on fare – $30 round trip
Drive on fare – $130 round trip
The Vancouver Island UBC Internal Medicine Residency Training Program office is located in the Coronation Annex/Pavilion Building, 1st Floor, Royal Jubilee Hospital – 1952 Bay Street, Victoria BC.
Dr. Jim Spence
Assistant Program Director
Internal Medicine Program-Vancouver Island
Dr. Alison Walzak
Director of Clinical Teaching Unit
Royal Jubilee Hospital
Internal Medicine Program-Vancouver Island