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Choosing the right place to establish your family practice is one of the most important decisions you'll ever make. We asked doctors like you why they chose Victoria...their answers may reveal some secrets to life's happiness here on B.C.'s warm west coast.

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  • perfect day,every day.

    CHOOSING VICTORIA FOR YOUR FAMILY PRACTICE

  • CHOOSING THE PLACE TO SET UP YOUR PRACTICE, OR TO JOIN AN EXISTING ONE, CAN BE ONE OF THE TOUGHEST DECISIONS YOULL EVER MAKE.

    2 YOUR PRACTICE CAN SUIT YOUR LIFESTYLE

    4 PRIORITIZING YOUR WORK-LIFE BALANCE

    6 OUTDOOR LIVING IN THE WARM WEST

    8 THE BEST PLACE TO RAISE YOUR FAMILY

    10 YOUR VICTORIA DIVISION OF FAMILY PRACTICE

    12 WELCOME & TRANSITIONS MENTORING

    14 MAKING PRACTICE COVERAGE A PRIORITY

    16 CARING FOR OUR PHYSICIANS WELLBEING

  • THE BEST decisionOF YOUR LIFE.

    WE ASKED DOCTORS LIKE YOU WHY THEY CHOSE TO PRACTICE IN VICTORIA. THEIR ANSWERS MAY HELP YOU TO MAKE...

    10 YOUR VICTORIA DIVISION OF FAMILY PRACTICE

    12 WELCOME & TRANSITIONS MENTORING

    14 MAKING PRACTICE COVERAGE A PRIORITY

    16 CARING FOR OUR PHYSICIANS WELLBEING

    18 ACCESS TO CME

    20 STRONG CONNECTIONS WITH SPECIALISTS

    22 MANY OPPORTUNITIES TO TUTOR & TEACH

    24 BIG CITY OFFERINGS, SMALL TOWN VIBE

    26 AFTER HOURS FUN

    28 FACT FILE

    30 RESOURCES

    31 BOOK A TOUR

  • SO MANY REASONS TO FLIP OVER VICTORIA. ?WHY PRACTICE FAMILY MEDICINE IN VICTORIA?

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    ? Everyone knows Victoria is a stunning city that boasts one of the warmest climates in Canada, and that offers recreational opportunities to excite outdoor enthusiasts year round. As a family doctor, you want a practice that best serves your community, while engaging your interests and vision. Here, you have the flexibility to create the practice that you desire, and that matches your lifestyle.

    Perhaps you like the idea of testing the waters

    as a locum physician, to give you a strong

    introduction before either launching your

    own practice, or joining an established clinic.

    Maybe you see yourself as a hospitalist or ER

    doctor at Victoria General Hospital (VGH) or the

    Royal Jubilee Hospital (RJH), or as supporting

    one of our many busy walk-in clinics.

    There are also plenty of opportunities for a

    more specialized practice, whether that means

    developing your niche, working with teens at

    the Victoria Youth Clinic, working as a military

    physician with CFB Esquimalt, or joining the

    oncologists at the B.C. Cancer Agency.

    Whatever your professional goal, youll find

    it here, on the warm and temperate west coast

    in British Columbias vibrant capital city.

    The Victoria Division of Family Practice,

    the thriving professional association that

    represents our GP community, organizes

    a full roster of professional development

    opportunities to build your knowledge base.

    We enjoy strong ties between GPs and

    specialists. We have an excellent medical

    school, with opportunities to teach medical

    students and residents. Our growing locum

    matching system can give you a job,

    or a much needed break.

    in a nutshell, we want you here, and your services are needed. We will support you in settling in Victoria, and in caring for your overall wellbeing.

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    Your practice can suit your lifestyle.To pick a place to setup a practice, I think you really have to look at your lifestyle and your personality.

    Ask yourself what kinds of things you want to do and to get

    at, both outside the office and within the office itself.

    I think you have to be able to reconcile your interests and your

    hobbies with the environment. Certainly around here, theres

    a variety of opportunities, from a big city feel in an urban

    environment, to a country feel in a rural environment, all

    within very short order of downtown Victoria.

    Dr. Steve Martin, Course Director, Clinical Skills,

    Island Medical Program at the University of Victoria

    There are many options here to tailor your work to create a practice that reflects what you really want. If you want to be solely community-based, you can

    do that. If you prefer hospitalist work, there are ways to do that.

    Theres an abundance of walk-in clinics, so you can add hours

    on evenings and on weekends if you need to. Its very flexible.

    Im mostly based out of the clinic during the week. Im also

    doing some shifts at a walk-in clinic on weekends, as I feel

    I have the energy to do so. Ive joined a large call group where

    Im only on call six days a year. That allows my patients to have

    after-hours coverage, but I dont have too much burden in the

    evenings and on weekends. It allows me the freedom to enjoy

    other things in my life. I have an infant at home, so I appreciate

    having as much time as I can with her, with my husband,

    to explore the island, to spend time outdoors, and to enjoy

    our new home. Theres a lot to do.

    Dr. Celeste Just, GP, Tuscany Medical Clinic

    Flexibility to Mix + Match Your Own Practice StyleOPTIONS TO WORK AS A: Full-Service Doctor Hospitalist Doctor with a Specialty Locum Doctor Part-time Family Practitioner

    OPTIONS TO WORK IN: The Military Walk-in Clinics Emergency Rooms The Victoria Youth Clinic Island Sexual Health Obstetrics & Maternity Care Palliative Care Long-term Residential Care Hospice Care The B.C. Cancer Agency

    THE 12 BEST THINGS ABOUT VICTORIA

    NATURAL ENVIRONMENT CLIMATE

    AIR QUALITY FRIENDS & FAMILY

    FEELING OF SAFETYWALKABILITY

    PARKS RECREATION OPPORTUNITIES

    ACCESS TO LOCALLY GROWN FOOD ARTS & CULTURE

    FESTIVALS & EVENTS SENSE OF COMMUNITY

  • DESIGN YOUR

    DREAMLIFE.

    88 per cent of locals would describe themselves as happy

    The Galloping Goose is a 60km bike trail that spans Sooke, Metchosin, Colwood, Langford, View Royal, Saanich, Sidney, and Victoria. It attracts 1.7-million users each year.

  • FIND THAT

    SWEET SPOT.

    Snow + Surf Escapes:Victoria to Sombrio Beach 1h:47mVictoria to Mount Washington 3h:8mVictoria to Tofino 4h:16m

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    Prioritizing your work-life balance.I think here in Victoria, we have a different idea of what our lives should look like. Between family

    responsibilities, work, and play, we need

    to strike a balanced equation.

    The Victoria physicians I know do it brilliantly.

    There are so many doctors who are working

    a few days in their family practice or in a group

    practice, doing youth clinic shifts, doing Island

    Sexual Health shifts, sometimes working in the

    hospital, plus trying to have balance for their

    personal and family commitments. I myself

    really honour the variety of work that I have.

    The location of Victoria and Vancouver Island

    is one that just inspires work-life balance,

    because there is so much beauty and so much

    recreational opportunity here.

    Dr. Mark Sherman, Integrative Family Medicine

    Physician, James Bay Community Project; Executive

    Director, B.C. Association for Living Mindfully (BCalm)

    The best thing about being in Victoria is having access to fresh air,

    ocean breeze, and waves that crash down...they lead your mind

    to a peaceful state. I also really enjoy the sense of balance people

    have in their lives between family, work, and the outdoors.

    The general attitude is a mix of productivity

    and relaxation. In some cities, people walk

    straight ahead as though nobody else exists.

    In Victoria, people will talk to you in coffee shops

    and acknowledge each other on the street.

    It gives the city a real feeling of community.

    Dr. Jody Young, GP

    MOST ADULTS WORK LESSTHAN 50 HOURS PER WEEK

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    Outdoor living in the warm west.I grew up in Montreal, and loved the big city environment. When I came to B.C., I fell in love with

    the outdoors: the mountains, the ocean, the outdoor

    opportunities, surfing on the west coast, rainforest walks.

    I had the world of choice of where to practice, and once I had

    visited a few times, it seemed like the perfect place for my wife

    and I to practice medicine, and to live, play, and raise our kids.

    I really love surfing, and spending time in the forests and on

    the beaches with my kids. I love exposing them to that raw

    natural beauty of the West Coast. We love skiing, and Mount

    Washington is just three hours up the island near Courtenay.

    We also love visiting the special subcultures of the Gulf Islands.

    Dr. Mark Sherman

    You can do whatever you want to do, outside,

    all year round. Thats probably

    the one thing that allows

    everyone to stay active,

    and to keep our really healthy

    90-year-olds around.

    Dr. Jody Young

    Its January and the flowers are out. Dr. Janet Mak

    I feel like this is paradise everyday. Its such nice mild weather...

    because Im used to such cold

    and ice, I dont even wear

    a jacket most days. Its nice

    not having to worry about

    winter boots or mitts. I think

    the coldest its been since I got

    here was in December, when

    it was minus one degree.

    So for me, its just wonderful.

    Dr. Celeste Just

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  • EXPLORE WEST COAST

    RAW+RUGGED NATURE.

    more than 27,000 hectares

    (11% of the land base ) under

    park or protected area status

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