Our annual half day conference brings together medical students from across the province interested in learning more about family medicine. This year’s event will be held virtually on Saturday November 27, 2021 from 9:00-12:00.

Registration information will be sent out through UBC’s Family Medicine Interest Group (FMIG). Contact your FMIG representative at ubcfamilymedinterest@gmail.com or contact us directly at office@bccfp.bc.ca

Topics include:

  • Overview of Family Medicine
  • Cultural Safety and Humility
  • Breakout sessions: Women’s health, addictions medicine and rural medicine
  • Scheduling Electives and Other Tips for a Competitive Family Medicine Application

We will also be recognizing the 2021 Medical Student Scholarships recipients during the conference.


  • An Overview of Family Medicine - Dr. Aryn Khan

    I was born in Burns Lake BC and always dreamed of becoming a rural family doctor. The road was windy as I previously worked in laboratory sciences, biochemical sales, and as a registered dietitian.

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    I took a few years to travel and study abroad in England, and in 2009 I started my medical degree at the University of Alberta in Edmonton.  I managed to juggle having our first daughter between medical school and residency without taking any time off and still found time to snowboard, volunteer in Cambodia, partake in the MS off road bike tour in Hinton, and enjoy window shopping at West Edmonton mall.

    We moved to Vanderhoof in March 2016 and I literally hit the ground running.  I work more than full time in clinic, obstetrics, emergency medicine, offer circumcisions, lumps and bumps clinics, scrub in for surgical assists, round on hospital patients, provide community detox/addictions support, and am now learning endoscopy.  I am currently on the MSA for St John Hospital and am chair of our Facility Engagement. I love the variety of rural family medicine!

    I also love coffee, cooking, visiting with friends and family, camping, fishing, travelling, kickboxing, biking, and gardening.  My life is crazy busy with three amazing kids, two dogs, three cats, two parrots and one husband and the best job in the world: Rural family medicine in Vanderhoof!

  • Cultural Safety & Humility - Dr. Rebekah Eatmon

    Dr. Eatmon is a family physician serving both urban and rural Indigenous peoples at the Lu’ma Medical Centre in Vancouver, as well as Carrier Sekani Family Services in Northern BC.

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    She is Tsimshian from Lax Kw’alaams, from the Raven Clan on her father’s side and Métis on her mother’s side. She completed her medical training at UBC, where she participated in cultural safety learning as a resident in the Indigenous Family Medicine Program.

  • Rural Family Medicine: A day in the life - Dr. Joshua Greggain

    Dr. Greggain has served as the medical director at the Hope Medical Centre and the Fraser Canyon Clinic; site medical director at Fraser Canyon Hospital; and the chairperson of the Chilliwack Division of Family Practice.

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    Through his leadership in these roles, Dr. Greggain recruited and expanded his local medical community in order to stabilize 24/7 access to care in Hope and surrounding areas. He was actively involved in advocating for and implementing the Hope Health and Wellbeing Initiative, which provides $500,000 of annual funding to improve the health and well-being of underserved people in the region.

  • Women's Health - Dr. Amanda Whitten

    Amanda Whitten is a new family physician with extra training in reproductive health care and is very fortunate to work with people surviving the war on the poor, the war on drugs and systemic medical violence.

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    She works in a variety of settings as a locum providing maternity care, abortion and contraception care and support for people who use substances.

  • Addictions Health - Dr. Melanie van Soeren

    Dr. Melanie van Soeren is a clinical assistant professor at Memorial University and a clinical instructor at the University of British Columbia.

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    Her medical education took her from coast to coast to coast in Canada; She is an alum of UBC medical school Island Medical Program, she completed her residency at Memorial University in the Nunafam program in St. John’s and Iqaluit, and she was the first fellow with the Care of Underserved Populations enhanced skills program at MUN where she trained in Labrador, St. John’s and Nepal.  She previously worked with the Downtown Health Collaborative in St. John’s, providing primary care for marginalized individuals at the Gathering Place and Choices for Youth (CFY), and was the physician aligned with the CFY program Momma Moments which provides wrap around supports to at risk mothers.   Since a move home to BC in 2020, she has been working with the PHS Community Services Society providing low barriers full scope primary care for patients living in the Downtown Eastside, a vibrant and multicultural inner city neighborhood which is also Canada’s poorest postal code and the epicenter of the opioid overdose crisis in Canada.  The most rewarding parts of her career include delivering babies and supporting her most underserved patients achieve their health goals.  When not working or advocating for change she can be found on a local ski hill or trail running with her dog Fogo.

  • Scheduling Electives and Other Tips for a Competitive Family Medicine Application - Dr. Cassia Tremblay

    Cassia Tremblay is a first year family medicine resident in UBC's Kootenay Boundary Program.

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    She completed medical school through the UBC Island Medical Program in Victoria, where dedicated staff and faculty modelled flexibility and passion in family medicine. Originally from Calgary, she completed a BSc at St. Francis Xavier University in Nova Scotia, and now is thrilled to be practicing medicine in the mountains of Beautiful British Columbia. She’s interested in the arts in medicine, and her poem “In That Regard” appears in the Fall 2020 Intima Journal of Narrative Medicine