Port Alberni Division of Family Practice

About Pathways

What is Pathways?

Pathways is a ‘made in BC’ resource that allows GPs and their office staff to quickly access current and accurate referral information, including wait times and areas of expertise, for specialists and specialty clinics. Currently, Pathways has information on over 3,500 specialists and 850 clinics.  In addition, Pathways makes available hundreds of patient and physician resources that are categorized and searchable.  

The key goals of Pathways include:

  • Allowing GPs to identify the most appropriate specialist with the shortest wait time.
  • Simplifying the patient referral process by easily identifying specific areas of practice offered by each specialist and clinic.
  • Providing GPs with the most up-to-date information possible to ensure appropriateness of referrals.
  • Decreasing the incidence of re-referrals, thereby increasing the efficiency of patient care.

Click here for an introductory tour of Pathways.

Since its inception, Pathways continues to spread throughout the Province and is now available at no charge to Port Alberni physicians who are members of the Port Alberni Division of Family Practice. 

Within seconds - literally - you have access to reliable and credible information about: 

More information about Pathways:

97% of users report that Pathways has improved the referral process.

For more about accessing Pathways, please contact Pathways Coordinator Janice Schmidt at nanaimo@pathwaysbc.ca