May 19 is BC’s second Family Doctor Day! This day gives us a chance to celebrate and honour the work of family doctors that practice in communities across BC. This year, all of Canada will be following BC’s lead, setting aside the same day to honour the unique role of family doctors in the health care system.
Nanaimo physician, Dr. Christopher Collins is one of the 2019 My Family Doctor Award winners! A founding board member of the Nanaimo Division of Family Practice, he has also served as a faculty member for the Nanaimo residency program. In addition to his family practice, he is the medical lead for Snuneymuxw physician services (an indigenous community based primary care group) and provides care for patients at Options for Sexual Health. Dr. Collins passion is “learning from my patients, understanding and advocating for their beliefs and wishes.”
Family Doctor Day is supported by a proclamation by the Province of BC. The May 19 date was chosen to coincide with World Family Doctor Day, the international day of celebration set by the World Organization of Family Doctors.