Rural FAQs

No. Selecting appropriate rural sites and providing the necessary faculty development takes time. We have more than enough rural rotations for all the residents in our Program. Some locations have longstanding relationships to certain of our sites. Your Site administrator will let you know about these.

You will be reimbursed according to the Rural rotation policy for practices in BC. For those choosing Inuvik, transportation and accommodation are provided by the site. You should check with them regarding reimbursement before deciding on travel arrangements.
All mid rotation trips are reimbursed at the lesser of round trip airfare or mileage to a max of $700 round-trip.

No, if you do not have a car, you should select a site where the office, accommodation and hospital are in walking distance, or transport is provided. Please check with the Rural Education Manager if you are unsure which sites do not require a car.

Some sites can accommodate families but not all.

This is not recommended. If you decide to take your pet, please ensure the accommodation permits animals. Sites with PGME leased housing do not permit pets.

This information is on ENTRADA under Program Resources > Rural Rotations. Your Site Coordinator will also have information about rural communities that have an affiliation with your site.

Yes, if you wish to add a third month from your elective time you may be able to do so if the schedule permits. Please contact the Rural Education Manager if you wish to arrange this. REAP may be able to cover up to $1400 for travel and accommodation for that month for RSA communities. Contact Lisa Hetu at lisa.hetu@familymed.ubc.ca

Generally one day is adequate for travel to most of our sites. In the case of Masset, Haida Gwaii and Inuvik 2 days are required for travel. Accommodation is covered up to $200 per night.

Don’t contact the community without first speaking with your Site Coordinator or Rural Education Manager to confirm your rotation.

In exceptional cases, where being away from home would be a hardship to the resident and their family, rural rotations may be arranged in communities that you can commute to from your home site. Speak to your site director regarding this.

You need to submit your request to the residency office for approval.

You are not expected to attend academic half day while on your rural rotation, even if you can commute. You will not be reimbursed if you choose to attend these sessions. See the Rural Academic Log tab for information on continuing academic activities while away from your site.

Residents will be reimbursed for economy airfare or mileage to a maximum of $700 to and from (one round trip) a mandatory rotation at a distributed site within the province of British Columbia. One return trip mid-rotation to the home site per four-week block or one spousal trip will be funded during the rural rotation to a maximum of $700 within BC only.

Your travel will be covered for attending Residents Conference, Residents Retreat and Scholarship Day. However, we will not pay for travel for CCFP and LMCC exams, or Year End parties.

Residents must have pre-approval by the program office if they want to stay elsewhere. Please email residency@familymed.ubc.ca for approval.

Residents are responsible to pay accommodation costs in excess of $1400 per month. At some of our sites, particularly those that are tourist destinations, it may be difficult to find accommodation for less than $1400/month. Residents should take this into account when making their site selection.

For general frequently asked questions about residency, please visit the Resident FAQ page.