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Where are BC's New Doctors?

HOSPITAL WHERE ARE BC'S NEW DOCTORS? FOR MORE THAN TWO DECADES, THE NUMBER OF PHYSICIANS IN TRAINING DID NOT KEEP PACE WITH BRITISH COLUMBIA'S POPULATION GROWTH. IN 2002, ABOUT 44% OF MEDICAL SPECIALISTS IN B.C. WERE OVER 50 YEARS OLD, AND APPROACHING RETIREMENT. 2000 Over 7000 people attend a health care rally in Prince George to protest the state of health care and a major exodus of health professionals in northern B.C. PRINCE GEORGE HEALTH RALLY MiMT In response to these challenges, the B.C. Government and UBC partnered with the University of Victoria, the University of Northern British Columbia, and B.C.'s Health Authorities to create province-wide medical education programs. UBC's MD program was distributed across B.C. to four geographically distinct sites: • Northern Medical Program UNBC Southern Medical Program UBC E University • Island Medical Program O of Victoria • Vancouver Fraser Medical Program New community-based postgradu- ate training programs were launched on Vancouver Island, in northern B.C., the Interior and the Lower Mainland. 2003 2013 MD Undergraduate Program entry positions 308 288 Postgraduate medical training entry positions 128 134 SINCE THE PROGRAM'S EXPANSION WE'VE GRADUATED 1871 M.D.S Once the four year MD program is complete, postgraduate or residency training is required to be licensed for independent practice. Graduates choose between family medicine or specialty training. Bachelor Program Undergraduate Medical Program Training a physician can take anywhere from 10 to 15 years. Family Physician (2yrs) Specialist (5-7 yrs) 1434 NEW PHYSICIANS NOW IN PRACTICE That's enough physicians to fill the Royal Theatre in Victoria! пШи 70% of these physicians are currently practicing in B.C. I0 UIl n 57% of these are new family doctors for British Columbians. COMMUNITY BENEFITS Doctors are more likely to stay in the area they train in. Presence of learners helps increase the level of care. Training facilities are not just limited to hospitals - a large amount of teaching takes place in physician's offices and clinics. HOSPITAL Interconnectivity at local facilities means less travel time for students and teachers. Access to tele-education and telehealth technologies. Hospitals with training facilities help recruit more physicians. FACILITY BENEFITS COVERAGE There are over 80 training facilities throughout British Columbia. These include: H) COMMUNITY EDUCATION e.g. 100 Mile House, Masset, Cranbrook AFFILIATED Il REGIONAL CENTRES e.g. Vernon Jubilee, Abbotsford Regional More equitable distribution of training facilities helps expose future doctors to communities and patients they may one day serve. CLINICAL ACADEMIC CAMPUSES Lower Mainland e.g. Royal Columbian Hospital, Kelowna General Hospital TIMELINE RESULTS UBC's province-wide medical education programs have increased the number of physicians entering the workforce. Students entering undergraduate education begin to complete postgraduate training in family medicine and enter practice Students entering undergraduate education begin to complete post- graduate training in Royal College speciaities and enter practice Undergraduate Education Expansion of MD and Postgraduate 2002 training announced 2004 Northern Medical Program and Island Medical Program open | 2008 First class of UBC's expanded MD Program graduates and begins Postgraduate training 2010 Southern Medical Program opens | 2012 Building on the province-wide expansion model, UBC Physical Therapy launches northern program UBC accepts the largest number of post- graduate trainees in the history of B.C., with significant increases in family medicine 2013 THEN NOW B.C. is educating the right kind of physicians to ensure the province makes an equitable contribution to the Canadian medical workforce, and is self-sustaining as a province. There were serious physician shortages in British Columbia TOZ LPED CSTOSR In B.C., the ratio of specialist trainees per capita was lower than any other province. We have significantly increased the number of postgraduate trainees including those in family medicine and specialties most needed by British Columbians. In B.C. there were fewer student medical spaces per capita than any other province; accordingly, BC's young people had less oppor- tunity to pursue a medical degree than those in any other province. By more than doubling entry positions for MDs and distributing medical education throughout the province, UBC has expanded oppor- tunites for non-urban communities to access health education THE FUTURE An increased number of physicians in training. 300 physicians per year will be completing medical training and entering practice in B.C. By 2020, over Further expansion and development of to train health professionals in communities across B.C., where they may one day practice. A greater supply of health professionals for urban, rural and underserved programs communities. Continued development and delivery of excellent and innovative health education programs responsive to the needs of B.C. patients and communities. HOSPITAL O @UBCMDUP UBC A

Where are BC's New Doctors?

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This infographic, completed for the UBC Faculty of Medicine, highlights the success of various training programs over the past few years.


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