Since 2014, Kelowna has been home to the newest Emergency Medicine training site affiliated with the University of British Columbia. Our program is unique in Canada. Being the only Royal College training program in the BC Interior, we are in a position to gain more hands-on experience and assume more clinical responsibility in a high volume, high acuity centre. Residents who train here have the opportunity not only to be a part of a program but also to build a program. If you are a medical student who is keen on a high level of responsibility and are an ambitious, creative, self-motivated person, we could be the residency program for you.

Program Highlights:

  • High fidelity simulation 2x per month, including “in situ” scenarios done in the trauma bay with multidisciplinary teams
  • Dedicated Ultrasound block with CEUS-IP certification in first year
  • Local radiology rounds, case rounds and intimate journal club
  • New trauma bays with CMAC video laryngoscopy projected onto plasma screen
  • Annual resident/staff retreat at Big White Ski Resort
  • New 30,000 square foot Emergency Department built in 2012
  • Opportunities to teach medical students through the UBC Southern Medical Program

Please visit for a more detailed overview of the program.

Kelowna General Hospital (KGH) is a 400-bed tertiary care referral centre for the interior of British Columbia. A designated stroke, interventional cardiology and trauma referral centre for the interior of the province, KGH sees 84,000+ patients per year. The new emergency department opened in 2012 and is part of a new hospital pavilion with a helicopter pad, an internal medicine clinical teaching unit and resident call rooms. In addition, a new surgical centre opened in 2015. KGH is the base teaching hospital for the UBC Southern Medical Program with 32 undergraduate medical students/year. An established UBC family practice program has 16 residents/year. We are becoming a thriving academic centre having successfully recruited many new specialists closely allied with the UBC Southern Medical Program. The Interior Health region is also developing a research program.

Emergency physicians in Kelowna are Trauma Team Leaders; we see all ages of patients and perform a vast array of technical procedures. We offer a collegial and friendly community hospital feel with all the services and opportunities of a tertiary care medical centre. There are few other learners to compete with for learning opportunities. Residents will have excellent exposure to a wide variety of patient pathology and ample opportunity to master technical skills.

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Kelowna is a dynamic, rapidly growing lake-front city that offers unsurpassed opportunity for young medical professionals. With a metro population of 200,000, Kelowna offers the perks of a big city but the laid back lifestyle of the Okanagan.

Our backyard offers a four-season playground with long, hot summers, mild winters, and more than 2,000 hours of sunshine per year.


Kelowna is home to UBC Okanagan, which is a thriving campus of well over 8,000 students including the medical and graduate schools. Okanagan College and BCIT add to the post-secondary landscape. There are an abundance of elementary schools and secondary schools, both private and public, many of which rank in the top 10% in the province.


Kelowna continues to be one of the fastest growing cities in BC with technology, manufacturing, health care, tourism and post-secondary education sectors in particular attracting new business and residents to the area. The city’s vibrant retail and commercial base accesses a trading area of at least 550,000 consumers within a two-hour drive or less, making it the largest centre for urban development, business, commercial, retail, and health care services between the Lower Mainland and Calgary (

The Kelowna International Airport is among the busiest 10 airports in Canada, serving 1.6 million passengers annually. From an employment standpoint Kelowna has much to offer young families. The Okanagan Young Professional collective offers a wealth of information -

Outdoor Recreation

Kelowna has nearly 300 km of on-street bicycle lanes and 40 kms of separated, paved, multi-use pathways. Off the road there are many mountains in the surrounding area offering world-class mountain biking, hiking, snowshoeing, and bouldering just minutes from your doorstep. Check out Active by Nature by The City of Kelowna highlighting just a few of the outdoor attractions our region offers. Check out this link for things to do in Kelowna.


Big White Ski Resort is 56 km away from the city and is the third largest resort in BC, receiving an average annual snowfall of 750 cm. Revelstoke, Sun Peaks and Silver Star are all within a short drive and backcountry skiing is readily accessible.

Wine and dining

The Okanagan Valley is home to more than 130 licensed wineries and more than 30 are located in the Kelowna area alone. Kelowna also has a rich and thriving culinary scene. The downtown core has seen a surge of new restaurants and microbreweries and is home to the Canadian Culinary Championships.

Arts & Culture

The city is home to Ballet Kelowna, Opera Kelowna, and the Okanagan Symphony Orchestra. Kelowna also has a strong theatre scene. The Kelowna Art Gallery offers a unique blend of local and world-renowned works.


Interim Interior Associate Program Director
Dr. Josh Williams

Kelowna Emergency Medicine Residency Program website