Island Health

Royal Jubilee Hospital, Victoria General Hospital, Nanaimo Regional General Hospital, Cowichan District Hospital (Duncan), The Comox Valley Hospital, Campbell River Hospital (6 campuses)
1952 Bay Street
Victoria, BC, V8R 1J8

Mr. David Forbes, BSc(Pharm), MPA, ACPR, BCPS
Phone: 250-755-7691 ext. 52302

Sean Spina, BSc(Pharm), ACPR, PharmD
Phone: 250-370-8191

Dr. Reginald Smith, PharmD, ACPR
Phone: 250-508-4283
Fax: 250-519-1854

For program information, please visit the Island Health Pharmacy Practice Residency Program website at


Type: General

Focus: The Island Health Pharmacy Residency Program is designed to provide the resident with a broad experience in hospital pharmacy practice and to promote the development of acumen and confidence in the provision of pharmaceutical care. The emphasis of the program is to prepare residents for independent clinical practice in the institutional setting.

Established In: 1973

# Position(s): 7-8 (TBD)

Application Deadline: October 14, 2022

Starting Date: TBD

PRAMS (Additional PRAMS requirements to complete the Pharmacy Residency Application and Matching Service (PRAMS) application should be sent through PRAMS when applying by the application deadline):

  • N/A

Est. Stipend: Approximately $50,000/year 

Benefits: Yes, including medical & dental

Vacation/Holiday leave: 2 weeks paid

Education/Conference Leave: N/A (due to Covid-19)

Minimum Required Credentials: BSc(Pharm), eligibility for licensure in British Columbia at program start, must be legally entitled to work in Canada, must be fluent in English

Affiliation: University of British Columbia

Program Highlights:

The Island Health Pharmacy Practice Residency develops future clinicians and leaders through a high quality, challenging, experiential training program delivered by skilled clinician preceptors in an inter-professional, patient-centered environment. They focus on clinical practice, but also integrate skill development in leadership, project management, and research through a competency-based approach to learning.

Residents will be assigned to one of the three PODS based at either Royal Jubilee Hospital (Victoria), the Victoria General Hospital (Victoria), or the Nanaimo Regional General Hospital (Nanaimo). Residency rotations may be scheduled at sites across the Health Authority in Campbell River, Comox/Courtenay, Nanaimo, Duncan, and Victoria. Resident expenses for accommodation costs incurred by rotations outside of the resident's primary geographic assignment is covered by the Health Authority.

Core Rotations: *

  • Clinical Orientation (Ward) - 2 weeks
  • General Medicine - 4 weeks
  • Precepting 4th year UBC student(s) - 4 weeks
  • Adult Intensive Care - 4 weeks
  • Infectious Disease & Antimicrobial Stewardship

Elective Rotations: *

  • Adult Psychiatry - 4 weeks
  • Ambulatory Care - 4 weeks
  • Cardiovascular Medicine - 4 weeks
  • Child, Youth, & Family - 4 weeks
  • Community Health Services - 4 weeks
  • Neurology - 4 weeks
  • Nephrology - 4 weeks
  • Indigenous Health - 4 weeks
  • Primary Care - 4 weeks
  • Internal Medicine Clinical Teaching Unit - 4 weeks
  • Surgery (Orthopedic) - 4 weeks
  • Infectious Disease & Antimicrobial Stewardship - 4 weeks

*Other rotations may be available. The list above is subject to change.



Island Health provides health care to more than 765,000 people (17% of BC) on Vancouver Island and surrounding Gulf Islands. They have 18,000 health care professionals, servicing 1500 acute care and rehabilitation beds, and 6350 residential care beds and assisted living units. Island Health pharmacists provide a full scope of pharmacy services to a broad spectrum of patients, ranging from ambulatory to critically ill. Their twelve institutions include rural health care centres, community hospitals, and tertiary care teaching hospitals.



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