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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

    JAN

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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

    33 regional parks & trails

    788 km bikeway network

    (the PIC, or Primary

    Inter-Community Network)

    more than 25% completed

    mildest winters in Canada

    temperatures rarely below

    0C or above 30C

    lowest rainfall on British

    Columbias west coast

    Springtime marked by

    blooming of the cherry

    blossoms, normally

    in mid-February

    71 per cent of locals spend their leisure time being active

  • KID-FRIENDLY. Beach Life! Downtown to:Dallas Road, Gonzales Bay: 10 minWillows Beach: 12 min

    Cadboro-Gyro Beach Park: 16 minWhittys Lagoon: 41 min

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    The best place to raise your family.There arent many places in Canada where kids can play outside without their snowsuit all year long. We walk to school, walk to parks, and were a block away from the beach. I can

    get off of work, pick up my kids within 15 minutes, and get them to their lessons in another 15 minutes.

    The commute, compared to many cities, is incredible. Quality private education is affordable, which

    means, rather than being exclusive, there are a lot of professional parents in the mix. Dr. Janet Mak

    In terms of childcare, there are a lot of licensed family daycares and other

    options. Ive also noticed a wide variety

    of schools for children of different age groups,

    from Montessori, to very good public schools,

    to lots of private options. Dr. Celeste Just

    PARTIAL SCHOOL LIST

    91 per cent of youth spend their leisure time being active

    I dont think theres any better place for families than Victoria. Dr. Janet Mak, GP,Doctors Medical Clinic

    27 PUBLIC ELEMENTARY

    10 PUBLIC MIDDLE

    7 PUBLIC SECONDARY

    14 MONTESSORI

    GLENLYON NORFOLK SCHOOL

    ST. MICHAELS UNIVERSITY SCHOOL

    ST. MARGARETS SCHOOL

    ARTSCALIBRE ACADEMY

    OAK AND ORCA BIOREGIONAL SCHOOL

    ST. PATRICKS ELEMENTARY

    ST. ANDREWS REGIONAL HIGH SCHOOL

    ST. JOSEPHS ELEMENTARY

    ELIZABETH BUCKLEY SCHOOL

    PEARSON COLLEGE

    Fun Stuff for Kids Exploring nature trails,

    rainforests & beaches Beacon Hill

    Childrens Farm IMAX Victoria & the

    Royal B.C. Royal Museum Dolphin & Whale Watching Miniature World Bug Zoo AdrenaLine Zipline

    Adventures Fort Rodd Hill

    & Fisgard Lighthouse Maritime Museum of B.C. Harbour Ferry Tours Blenkinsop Valley

    Adventure Golf Centre Western Speedway

    All Fun Recreation Park Wittys Lagoon Tide Pools

    & Skimboarding Butterfly World Butchart Gardens

    Childrens Pavilion & Rose Carousel

    Shaw Ocean Discovery Centre

    Annual Lego Exhibit Victoria Royals

    Hockey Games Victoria Shamrocks

    Lacrosse Games Victoria HarbourCats

    Baseball Games Fishermans Wharf Ghostly Walks

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    Your Victoria Division of Family Practice.The Division is filling the void of socialization, peer support, and practice improvement. Since its inception,

    our community of family doctors has become more united

    through a variety of projects, such as securing locums and

    practice coverage, working on senior support in nursing homes,

    and increasing communication between patients, caregivers,

    hospitals, and GPs. They offer many CME events, and mentoring

    for new and transitioning physicians to make it easier to settle

    here, or to transition into a different style of practice.

    The Divisions work has allowed community physicians

    to come together and say, This is whats really important

    to me, Im going to get involved. We have almost 400 member

    physicians in Victoria, and those who are getting involved are

    really seeing the positive outcome and change they can have.

    That has a huge influence on creating change, and allows

    physicians to feel they are contributing to society.

    Dr. Jody Young

    Strength in numbers.Benefit from the member-driven

    work of your professional association

    for local GPs in Victoria, the Victoria

    Division of Family Practice.

    Our members are empowered

    to identify areas for change within

    the local medical system, and are

    funded to join working groups that

    reflect their passions. Together,

    we devise and enable strategies

    for real improvement.

    SOME DIVISION INITIATIVES: A GP for Me Welcome & Transitions Mentorship Monthly Dine & Learn Series Locum & Practice Coverage Matching Transitions in Care & e-Notification TORCH: Toward Optimal Residential

    Care Health Emergency Response Planning Mental Health & Substance Use Frail Seniors in the Community Community Building & Engagement Physician Resource Guide MOA Network Mindfulness Meditation for GPs

    I feel this group here is very forward-thinking, so there are lots of opportunities to get involved

    and to push forward initiatives that you believe in.

    Dr. Celeste Just

  • SUPPORTED BY AN awesomePROFESSIONALASSOCIATION.

  • warm WELCOME.

    GPs Dr. Jessica Fry and Dr. Caitlin Harmon have had great experiences with mentoring medical students and new doctors in Victoria.

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    Welcome & Transitions Mentoring Program.Being the new kid on the block can be tough. Thats why the Victoria Division pairs welcoming physician

    mentors with doctors who are new to the area, or who are shifting

    their practice style. Matches are made with the aim of connecting

    people whose interests and availability align.

    Mentors sometimes meet their partners for a casual coffee or dinner, or accompany them to Division

    engagement events. They can make introductions and offer important local or insider knowledge,

    supporting a physicians smooth transition to Victoria,

    or to a new type of practice.

    There are all sorts of reasons you might wish for a mentor

    throughout your career. The Welcome & Transitions Mentoring

    program supports physicians in all stages of their professional

    lives, whether you are a first year student, a resident, a doctor

    new to the area, or a GP practicing in Victoria. The program also

    matches mentors to those transitioning into a new area of practice,

    returning to work after having a baby or raising children, or

    preparing for retirement. These personal connections can offer

    a softer, smoother transition to the next chapter of your life.

    I think it is important to support new doctors, whether they are new graduates,

    or have recently moved here from somewhere

    else. I think it definitely helps them to be more

    successful, and makes them more likely

    to want to stay in Victoria.

    I myself did my residency in Victoria,

    and my main preceptor was Dr. Darcy Ni...

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