The changing faces of rural docs

August 6, 2017
Eight-year-old Ambrose Colbeck reverses roles with Dr. Travis Thompson in the exam room at the Fairview Medical Clinic where Thompson is doing part of his UBC Family Practice Residency program.  Mark Brett/Western News

Eight-year-old Ambrose Colbeck reverses roles with Dr. Travis Thompson in the exam room at the Fairview Medical Clinic where Thompson is doing part of his UBC Family Practice Residency program.
Mark Brett/Western News

The face of the kindly, old country doctor standing at your door with the well-worn leather medical bag in hand is changing.

Enter the new generation, physicians like Dr. Travis Thompson, 27, and while the appearance may not be the same the dedication and commitment to be a really great small town doc is.

For Thompson and others of his genre it’s not the appeal of the bright city lights, but rather a commitment to work in a wide range of medical disciplines and ultimately deliver the best care they can for their patients in a familiar setting.

To help these young physicians along their chosen path and ultimately bolster the medical ranks of rural doctors in B.C., there is the new UBC Family Practice Residency Program in the South Okanagan.

Thompson and three other doctors recently completed the inaugural 12 months of the two-year curriculum and four more new physicians were just added at the start of the second semester.

This marks the first time those doctors can complete their entire residency in this region, which hopefully will lead them to put down roots.

To read the full article as published in the Vernon Morning Star, click on the following link:
The changing faces of rural docs

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