Residency in Victoria

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.

Dr. Kari-Jean McKenzie
Assistant Program Director UBC Department of Medicine Vancouver Island

The Vancouver Island Internal Medicine Residency Training Program is a distributed site of the program based at UBC in Vancouver. As such it shares some features with Vancouver, but differs in other ways:

  • Our aim is to provide core training in Internal Medicine that is equivalent, but not identical, to that provided in the main program
  • The majority of the training will be delivered on Vancouver Island, largely at the two teaching hospitals in Victoria (Royal Jubilee Hospital & Victoria General Hospital) but also at other sites on Vancouver Island such as Duncan, Nanaimo, Comox and Campbell River.  There are some mandatory blocks of experience at teaching hospitals in Vancouver (St Paul's Hospital and Vancouver General Hospital) in the first year
  • The Vancouver Island IM residents spend their protected academic time over the three years learning medicine in a different format than those in Vancouver. Just like all the new R1s in Vancouver, our R1s start off with two weeks of Boot Camp in Vancouver in July. Next is a series of lectures on all aspects of basic medicine that is videoconferenced every Wednesday afternoon from August to January. In February, our R1s join our R2s and R3s in the IM Academic Full Day series that runs on Thursdays ever two weeks. The academic program is partially resident-driven and covers all aspects of medicine according to a two year repeating schedule which also includes Ultrasound and Simulation teaching. Academic Full Days are protected from clinical responsibilities.

Island Life


“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

Photos courtesy of Farren Pollard Design

Photos courtesy of Farren Pollard Design

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

Training Sites

The Vancouver Island training sites are:

  • Royal Jubilee Hospital (450 bed tertiary center with all major sub-specialities of medicine and surgery)
  • BC Cancer Agency is located on site at Royal Jubilee Hospital and will be providing medical oncology rotations
  • Victoria General Hospital (330 bed community hospital with some sub-specialty services in medicine, surgery, obstetrics and pediatrics)
  • The longitudinal Medicine Clinic at RJH (UMAC Clinic in the Royal Block)
  • Community sites in Duncan, Nanaimo, Campbell River and Comox

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

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

map of 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.

By Air

float planeFloatplanes 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.

By Land and Sea

ferryBC Ferries:

The entire trip from Vancouver to Victoria can take up to 3 hours.

You can either drive your car onto the ferry or walk on.

Program Contacts


Dr. Kari-Jean McKenzie
Assistant Program Director

Dr. Laura Fraser
Clinical Teaching Unit Director
Royal Jubilee Hospital

Kristen Stanbridge
Program Coordinator

Olivia Atwal
Program Assistant
250-370-8111 ext. 13710