Recruitment & Locums

Recruitment of New Family Physicians to Our Community

Dr Werner Spangehl, physician recruitment lead, and Kay Abelson, project coordinator, together with Health Match BC, continue with their recruitment efforts in our community.

Recruitment is strongly supported by the following local and provincial partners:

  • The Peace Arch Hospital & Community Health Foundation is in its second year of awarding the Division up to $10,000 annually for a rolling period of three years from the Foundation’s Magnet Hospital Designated Fund to support the family physician recruitment and retention partnership, including the locum program.

    The Foundation also offers the Dr Al Hogg Legacy Fund Family Practice Bursary to attract medical residents to practice long-term in the WRSS community. First year residents who are interested in spending up to eight weeks in WRSS during their second year elective can apply for the bursary which provides financial assistance. This allows the resident to experience what the community has to offer while completing their elective in family medicine.
  • Fraser Health Authority continues to offer a relocation allowance of up to $10,000 to support new recruits coming from out of province. This allowance is only available to full service family physicians who obtain active hospital privileges.

    Other partners include the College of Physicians & Surgeons of BC, and UBC Faculty of Medicine.

    In addition to recruitment of permanent doctors to the community, the locum program continues to develop. Three new locums have been recruited, benefiting 86% of the practices that requested locums.