UBC medical students and residents have an expansive new learning space in the Clinical Services Building (CSB) at Royal Inland Hospital (RIH). The new space was unveiled as part of the official opening of the CSB on Sept 16, 2016 by Health Minister Terry Lake, Dr. Allan Jones, Regional Associate Dean, Interior, Interior Health representatives, and members from the Tk’emlups te Secwepemc.
With approximately 5200 square feet, the new accommodations provide two clinical skills rooms, five videoconference/seminar rooms, five on-call rooms, washroom and shower facilities, a student/resident lounge, and administrative space. Right outside the doors, a new lecture theatre and simulation space to be shared with Interior Health and hospital administration.
Third-year Southern Medical Program (SMP) students will benefit immensely during their training at RIH as they complete clerkship rotations in surgery, pediatrics, obstetrics/gynecology, orthopedics, psychiatry, emergency medicine, internal medicine, dermatology, ophthalmology, and anesthesiology.
Residents from the Kamloops family practice residency site, which opened in the summer of 2014, and other visiting UBC residents will also be housed within the new facilities. It’s expected that students and residents will have more chances to collaborate and train with other health professional students at the hospital.
Lastly, the over 140 health professionals in Kamloops engaged with teaching will have dedicated teaching space and more professional development opportunities in-person and via videoconference with education sites across the province.
The development and operation of the new space exemplifies the ongoing partnership with Interior Health to effectively support the expansion of medical undergraduate and postgraduate education in the region.