Rural Rotation

Rural Rotations

All UBC Family Practice R2 residents are expected to complete a rural rotation. For Rural and Northern Rural a minimum of 8 blocks is spent in rural communities. For other residents, there is a minimum of 2 blocks, with the option for some interested residents to spend more time rurally (if interested, speak to your Site Director). We hope that you will welcome the rural experience from both an academic/medical, and a lifestyle/community perspective.

When you are on your rural rotation, you will be treated like a colleague – and we ask that you take this role seriously. This means communicating clearly and letting your rural practice know well in advance if you will not be starting on the first day of the rotation due to vacation, courses, exams or mandatory program activities. You also need to let them know when you will be absent during the rotation, again well in advance; this way they will not schedule patients/ ER coverage/ call for you during these times.

Treated as colleagues, you will be sharing responsibilities, knowledge, and physical space in the offices. A respectful approach will ensure the best experience for all involved.

Please refer to the RCCBC website for the most up-to-date Rural Rotation schedule. Changes that occur throughout the year will be reflected on this schedule. 

Rural Communities

The details of who you will be working with and accommodation information can be found in Rural Resources.

Once the rural match is finalized, it is your responsibility to contact your preceptors well in advance of your Rural Rotation to confirm your start date and time. You may also wish to contact the administrator at the site to inquire about available accommodation.

If you have any questions or concerns please contact the Rural Liaison Coordinator: Larissa McLean

Rural Community Accommodation

Most preceptors or rotation coordinators in the rural communities may be able to give you some assistance in finding accommodation for your rotation.

For additional information on short term accommodation in any community, there is a database maintained by Faculty of Medicine Housing website for the undergraduate medical students.  Residents interested in accessing the accommodation information can contact the FOM through the “contact us” tab on the website.