It’s a weird year to be involved in CARMS! Normally, we would have the opportunity to meet you face to face, to answer your questions and for you to get a sense of who we are. But, we can’t and you’ll just have to take a look around! Like the rest of your medical education, we have adapted. Our commitment as a Site is to ensure our Residents get the education and experience despite the limitations of Covid. Because of this, this next year we will be taking one less Resident (7) to ensure we have the capacity for current and future residents.
Our site is very busy and you’re likely to get exposure to a variety of patient cases and demographics. We’re also fortunate in that competition for rotations, electives, and patients is minimal. That means you’ve got a multitude of opportunities here to learn and we encourage you to be creative and self-directed in driving your own journey. For example, our maternity department delivered over 2,000 babies last year. Our ER department receives over 50,000 visits per year. The Abbotsford Regional Hospital and Cancer Center is a 300-bed facility in which FP Hospitalists and specialists work closely together. Our proximity to and distance from Vancouver put us in a unique position where we have access to tertiary care but manage our acute patients more so than in larger urban centres.
What is it like to live here? For those outside the West Coast, be prepared to bring your winter gear… but just so you can go skiing! We have hot summers and moderate (wet) winters. We get snow on average less than 1 week per year. You can access Vancouver in 1 hour, Seattle in 2 hours, and Whistler in 3 hours. Your friends and family can visit by flying directly to Abbotsford. As part of the Lower Mainland we’re still relatively affordable and easy to drive around in with minimal traffic. Of course, there’s the range of outdoor BC activities that you’ll have easy access to including hiking, kayaking, golfing, skiing, mountain biking, and ice climbing. We’ve intentionally built our site around our residents. You will become part of our team, and we invest in you with the expectation that you will contribute to the growth and improvement of the group. Our track record so far is that we make happy, successful residents! Yes, you will work hard, and you will be challenged. More importantly, you will make enduring friendships and hopefully, lots of fun!
We hope you consider a future in Family Medicine and would love to have you join us!
Dr. Holden Chow and Dr. Thanh Luu, Co-Site Directors
Phone: 604.851.4700 ext. 642326
Our Abbotsford-Mission Family Practice Residency Program is located at Abbotsford Regional Hospital and Cancer Centre (ARHCC).
Abbotsford Regional Hospital and Cancer Centre
32900 Marshall Road
Abbotsford, British Columbia, Canada V2S 0C2
Map of ARHCC and Parking
Learn more about the City of Abbotsford here.
We are honoured to work on the ancestral and unceded territories of the Lower Fraser Salish peoples of the Sema:th (Sumas) and Matsqui Nations.