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.

2020 BC Family Doctor Day stories and media coverage

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.