Doctor shortage in northern B.C. ongoing concern

Doctor shortages in Mackenzie, Burns Lake, Fraser Lake and the Robson Valley as well as Fort St. James have been an ongoing concern for Northern Health.
Some people partly blame the selection process at the Northern Medical Program, run by UBC, for not ensuring graduates are serving northern communities. The program, started in 2003, is aimed at training doctors in the north, but they’re not obligated to stay there.
Dr. David Snadden, executive associate dean of UBC’s Faculty of Medicine, said young doctors often do their residencies elsewhere before returning to the north to practice. “They often spend some time and extend their training or locums until they decide where they want to be,” he said. “We’re certainly beginning to see signs of the rural ones we recruited coming back.”

Vancouver Sun, Fri Mar 16 2012, By: Kelly Sinoski, Link to full text