The South Island boasts a spectacular natural beauty combined with all the suburban amenities you could ever need, offering you the feel of island living with the lifestyle of the big city . We enjoy warm, dry summers and mild, wet winters, with the first of spring blossoms coming out early January! We are surrounded by breathtaking beaches, spectacular hiking trails, and a fantastic network of biking trails (both for road and mountain biking).
With outdoor activities accessible year round, the South Island is a fantastic place to live and work, and raise a family. The area also offers unique professional opportunities, including rural and suburban practices, attending privileges at Saanich Peninsula Hospital, access to large tertiary hospitals, and a diverse patient population.
Vancouver Island is experiencing a significant shortage in Family Physicians and are actively recruiting. The South Island alone presently has about 40,000 unattached patients, many of which are complex care patients, and that number keeps growing. We really encourage you to explore your options on the Island, and choose your ideal work / lifestyle scenario: find the balance that works for you.
There are a myriad of options on the South Island, and a huge embrace of long-term and continued Physician Health and Wellness. Whether your goal is to be a full-time or part-time family practice physician, a locum, a walk-in doctor, a military physician, a youth clinic doctor, a hospitalist, or a combination of many, the South Island Division of Family Practice can help you explore options.
The South Island Division of Family Practice is an active and dynamic professional non for profit, with a goal to provide the best health care possible for residents of the South Island region, as well as ongoing professional support for family physicians. Together, South Island Division Members are working to improve patient access to local primary care, increase local physicians’ influence on health care delivery and policy, and create a community for family physicians.
One of the most significant and organic benefits of being a South Island Division member, is having instant access to a wide network of colleague physicians. The Division can also facilitate connections based on lifestyle, stage or type of practice, professional interests, or schooling.
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