Duncan (Cowichan Valley)


Welcome Message

Welcome to the Cowichan ICC. Our program has evolved in leaps and bounds over the past four years and we continue to include new elements and experiences into our program. Our past students have been a very important component of this evolution. Students in our program need to be self-directed, flexible and ready for a challenge. This is an amazing year as a student and is the start of your transformation into a physician. My Program Administrator (Stacey Taylor) and I look forward to sharing this process with you, and to having some fun in the process. I did my medical training at UBC and then went to Dalhousie for my Family Medicine Residency, and have lived and worked in the Cowichan Valley since 1999. I am fortunate to wear many other hats in the community other than my Site Director’s hat: in my family practice, as the physician lead for the Cowichan Maternity Clinic and as a wife and mother of three small boys. I am passionate about teaching and providing an excellent experience for learners in our community. I invite you to come join us for an unforgettable year.

Dr. Maggie Watt
Site Director

General Program Overview

The Cowichan (Duncan) ICC was established in 2010. Medical education has a long history in the Cowichan Valley being host to rural practice students since the 1970’s. Since the beginning, the medical community has been very engaged with the ICC program and we work together to provide a high level of clinical experience and supportive environment for the ICC students. It is a great place to live and work.

Our schedule is longitudinal, meaning that you will have repeated exposure to all of the disciplines through the course of the year. A typical schedule for a Duncan student is:

    • Two half days per week – Family Practice clinics with preceptors
    • Specialty Experience
    • Academic Half Days (AHDs)
    • Emergency Room Shifts
    • Flex Time – extra study time, Specialty or Family Practice exposure
    • Longitudinal Community Experiences
    • Multidisciplinary Care – spend time with other health care providers

Community Profile

Welcome to the ‘Warm Land’. The Cowichan Region is a collection of communities that services a population of approximately 80,000 people. Duncan, where the Cowichan ICC is based, is located 1 hour each way to Victoria and Nanaimo, and 20 minutes to Vancouver by float plane. It consists of the communities from Mill Bay in the South to Ladysmith in the North and out West to Lake Cowichan and Nitnat. We have a large First Nations (Hul’qumi’num) community with over 6,200 members, and this adds a rich cultural component to our community.

Who can describe us better than Tourism Cowichan: Fertile valleys, rolling mountains, undulating rivers and pristine lakes come together to form the backdrop of the Cowichan; a place of incredible beauty, timeless traditions and tidal rhythms…Cowichan offers a wide choice of things to see and do throughout the year, from exploring the wine country trails, to unforgettable fishing, kayaking, hiking and golfing adventures….explore and engage in our rich cultural heritage and discover the many historic sites and artists galleries along the way. This unique area of Southern Vancouver Island is increasingly recognized internationally for its charming communities, the local cuisine scene and its overall ambiance and quality of life. Whether you come for a day or stay for a lifetime, your senses will be filled by your experiences in the Cowichan – its sights, its sounds and its tastes will be your guide as each day presents a new adventure.” [from the Toursim Cowichan website, 2012]