A new emergency medicine residency training site at Kelowna General Hospital (KGH) has been launched, with the acceptance of its first two Royal College emergency resident physicians.

“Recruitment and retention of doctors is a challenge for many communities,” says Kelowna-Lake Country MLA Norm Letnick. “The two emergency resident physicians accepted in Kelowna will gain valuable skills that we hope will keep them in the area for years to come.”

Over the course of five years of placement, the resident physicians will embark on a range of rotations in emergency medicine, while gaining exposure to other disciplines including cardiology, orthopedics, plastic surgery, neurosciences, internal medicine, psychiatry, pediatrics, obstetrics and gynecology.

The first two resident physicians, Drs. Daniel Ting and Jared Baylis, were accepted in July and will also complete additional postgraduate medical studies to meet the requirements of the Canadian Association of Emergency Physicians.

In five years, the emergency medicine residency site at KGH will be fully implemented, with a total of 10 resident physicians in training.

The residency program is part of a combined effort by the B.C. Liberal government, health authorities, the University of British Columbia’s Faculty of Medicine, and communities to support the recruitment and retention of physicians to serve the health care needs of families across B.C.