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). This year’s theme is Building the Future with Family Doctors.

Read this year’s provincial proclamation.

2021 BC Family Doctor Day media coverage

Family doctors are good for your health

The 2021 BC Family Doctor Day focuses on the value of relationship-based, comprehensive, longitudinal care provided by family physicians and celebrates the recipients of the 2021 BCCFP awards.

We’re letting British Columbians know that family doctors are good for their health: evidence shows that long-term care from a family doctor leads to fewer hospitalizations, lower mortality, better overall health outcomes, and higher satisfaction with the health care system. Through our My Family Doctor Cares website, we’re helping British Columbians find a family doctor who will get to know and care for them throughout all stages of life.

Celebrating the specialty of family medicine

This year, we’re also celebrating the specialist skillset of family physicians. Family physicians are specialists in delivering relationship-based, comprehensive, longitudinal care. Their practice is centred around the patient-doctor relationship, which extends across all ages, health conditions and settings. They apply a specialist skillset to manage a patient’s journey from the preventative health stage, through to diagnosis, treatment, and resolution.

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 may also provide care via phone and video appointments in response to 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.