South Okanagan Simillkameen

Welcome to the South Okanagan Similkameen Division of Family Practice

The South Okanagan Similkameen Division of Family Practice is a membership organization, and a place for primary care providers to connect, collaborate and create positive change.

Our Division, which represents primary care providers in the communities of Keremeos, Oliver, Osoyoos, Penticton, Princeton and Summerland, is a leader in the province when it comes to supporting our full-service physician network, team-based care, residential care, maternity care and many more healthcare improvements — making the South Okanagan Similkameen a great place to practice, and a great place to live.

Feature story from our latest newsletter

SOS Division Recruitment Team working alongside physicians to recruit new primary care providers

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Kelly Hawes        Julie Young              Riley Gettens

The SOS Division recruitment committee is working closely with physicians in our community to identify  the recruitment needs of individual offices, create new opportunities for recruitment, and develop an interactive site for potential primary care providers to discover a practice that suits their individual interests.
 Alongside physicians on the committee, our SOS Division team works to attract and retain physicians in our area. On the team are: Julie Young, who coordinates member services, Riley Gettens and Kelly Hawes.
    Gettens takes the lead on creating community connections for the physician and family; Hawes helps match potential physicians to the type of practice of interest to them, and helps new physicians settle by assisting them with practicalities such as obtaining privileges, and answering questions around billing and clinic set-up.
   As part of the overall recruitment strategy, the team is also coming up with a planned retirement package for local physicians.  This will include  a retirement checklist, suggestions on ways to enhance a practice so that it's attractive to new physicians, and tools for letting patients and the community know about an impending retirement. 
    If you are thinking of recruiting into your office or are planning a retirement, contact Kelly for assistance: read the full newsletter: 2018 fall newsletter (vol.2).pdf


SOS Division CME and Events Calendar

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