Transitioning to Practice

Preparing for Independent Practice

You’re finally at the end of your training, and it’s time to transition into practice, an exciting and potentially daunting venture. Resident Doctors of BC strives to provide its soon-to-graduate members with the resources they need to make a smooth transition.

  • Information Sources

    Divisions of Family Practice: Resource, Recruitment, and Retention Portal

    Divisions of Family Practice has launched a new one-stop web portal created to make it easier for new family doctors to join BC communities.

    CMA New in Practice Guide

    This comprehensive guide covers important issues for transitioning into practice, such as evaluating practice opportunities, the business side of medicine, medical billing, financial planning and insurance, and medical law. Read the 2016 edition.

    CMA Resident Timeline

    A helpful tool for family practice residents to remember deadlines and the steps to transitioning to practice. Sign-up for reminders.

    Divisions of Family Practice BC: Practice Toolkit

    The Practice Toolkit is a new online resource to help BC doctors manage practices of all sizes efficiently and effectively. Comprehensive and customizable to suit any GP or specialist’s practice, the toolkit contains information and sample documents covering:

    • Workplace safety
    • Employee conduct
    • Privacy and confidentiality
    • Facility checklists
    • Clinician contracts
    • Confidentiality agreements

    Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons

    The Royal College has a number of general information and clinical/professional development resources available to those transitioning to practice.

    They also have billing information for each of the provinces and resources for managing your practice and work life balance.

    All of their transition resources are available on their website.

    Society of General Practitioners of BC: Practice Tips & Tools

    A guide to administration, taxes, equipment, billing and more for those entering practice in Family Medicine. 

    Society of General Practitioners of BC: Simplified Guide to Fees

    A searchable and detailed reference guide for billable services.

    UBC Transition Into Practice

    UBC provides resources on a variety of topics for residents who are preparing for the next step, including how to develop a medical curriculum vitae, where to find job postings and job fairs. It also provides information on financial and office management topics, such as incorporation, office space purchase, and contract negotiation. Visit their website.

    UBC is hosting a seminar series running September 2015 – June 2016 on the first Tuesday of each month on various topics relating to transitioning to practice. For a list of the topics and event details visit Transition to Practice Events.

    HealthForceOntario Transition into Practice Service

    Planning to practice in Ontario? Transition into Practice Service (TiPS) modules provide practical, career-focused information sourced from experts throughout Ontario’s health-care sector. Links to further learning are also provided, where available.

  • Employment Opportunities

    BCMJ Classifieds

    The BC Medical Journal has a classifieds section of advertised employment opportunities in BC.

    CMA Dr Careers

    The CMA’s career centre for physicians is available at

    Divisions of Family Practice BC


    Search for family practice opportunities in British Columbia at the various divisions throughout the province on their website.

    Vancouver Division

    VDFP has developed a personalized matching mechanism providing assistance to any GP seeking locum, and permanent opportunities in Vancouver-based clinics. There are numerous locum opportunities, raging from short-term to turnkey practice takeovers. See this link for details.

    Health Match BC

    Health Match BC is a free professional recruitment service that offers a database of positions available across BC.

    MD Career Portal

    MD Career Portal is a resource that provides employment opportunities across Canada.

    Society of General Practitioners of BC

    Search for family practice opportunities across British Columbia in an easily filterable format on the SGP’s locum and job listing website.

  • Training/Workshops

    Canadian Medical Association

    Practice Management Modules

    The CMA offers 15 modules on Practice Management that cover issues ranging from financial planning through record management and negotiations.

    MD Management: Preparing for Practice

    The CMA and MD Management offer a full suite of professional and leadership resources to help residents as they transition from residency into practice. Their integrated suite of clinical, practice management and financial services is designed to meet your unique needs and save you time.

    Doctors of BC

    Transition Tuesdays

    Doctors of BC provides monthly workshops on various transition topics. Visit their Calendar of Events to see what the upcoming topics are.

    Practice Management Presentations

    Doctors of BC’s insurance department is offering 15-60 minute presentations on a number of topics relating to practice. Contact them to schedule one for your next academic half day. View details here.