BC Family Doctor Day is our annual opportunity to recognize the work of more than 6,000 family doctors who practise in communities across our province.
Held on May 19 each year, this day of recognition has now been adopted across Canada. The date coincides with World Family Doctor Day, the international day of celebration set by the World Organization of Family Doctors (WONCA).
The value of family medicine
The 2020 BC Family Doctor Day focuses on the value of the comprehensive, longitudinal, whole-person care provided by family physicians and celebrates the recipients of the 2020 BCCFP awards.
In recent months, family physicians have rapidly adapted practices, quickly absorbed large volumes of new information, and faced the challenge of working on the frontlines of the COVID-19 pandemic. While we know the challenges are not over, it is important we take some time to recognize and celebrate the important work of family physicians.
We also wish to acknowledge and thank allied health care workers across British Columbia for their extraordinary efforts in response to COVID-19.
- Read about this year’s family physicians and family medicine residents who are receiving awards.
- Learn more about the important role that family doctors play in our health care system.
- Read about how family physicians have adapted to provide safe care during the COVID-19 pandemic.
2020 BC Family Doctor Day stories and media coverage
- Vancouver Sun: Surrey’s Dr. Tahmeena Ali honoured as province’s top family physician
- Agassiz-Harrison Observer: Agassiz doctor wins prestigious My Family Doctor award
- Aldergrove Star: Langley doctors donate meals to local seniors in celebration of Family Doctor Day
- Grand Forks Gazette: Grand Forks doctor recognized for outstanding family practice
- Powell River Peak: Powell River doctor finds work rewarding
- Prince George Daily News: Local doctor wins My Family Doctor award
- Prince George Matters: Prince George physician chosen to receive ‘My Family Doctor Award’
- Surrey-Now Leader: South Surrey physician recognized by peers
- The Province: Dr. Tahmeena Ali: Child development is everybody’s business: Lessons from the pandemic
Why are family doctors important?
Family doctors specialize in providing lifelong care for you and your family.
Your first point of contact with the health care system, family doctors are experts in diagnosing and treating the whole person. Family doctors care for patients in the office, the hospital, other health care facilities or the patient’s home. They also provide care via phone and video appointments in response to the COVID-19 physical distancing guidelines.
Family doctors play a unique role in BC’s health care system.
Family doctors study family medicine, a certified medical specialty, and are trained to deal with any health problem. Family doctors also play an increasingly important role in the early identification of disease.
Having your own family doctor is good for your health!
Research shows that continuity in patient care – developing a relationship with your family doctor – provides better health outcomes for patients. Family doctors advocate for you and work with specialists and other health care professionals to provide patient-centred care. They also work with you to prevent illness and promote healthy living.
Download our infographic about family doctors and family medicine.