Surrey Memorial Hospital is launching a unique emergency training program for doctors who are already certified in family medicine but interested in doing another year of training to become emergency medicine specialists.
The new University of B.C. program will help with the shortage of emergency medicine doctors at hospitals across the Fraser Valley where there are currently about 20 vacancies. Across Canada, there were about 500 emergency physician vacancies in 2016 and that number was projected to rise to 1,500 by 2025.
In the Lower Mainland, Vancouver General Hospital is the “mother ship” for the five-year program, sending trainees into various hospitals around B.C., while St. Paul’s Hospital has been the designated site for the plus-one training program. But next year, Surrey will become another after UBC and the Ministry of Health agreed to fund two such residency positions each year at Surrey Memorial.
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