Welcome Message

Thank you for your interest in the Terrace ICC Program. We were the second ICC to be formed and are currently in our fifth year. As you know, third year is a huge year in a medical student’s development, transitioning from the preclinical years to hands on clinical experience, with a few high stake exams thrown in! Having had several years to develop our program, we are confident in our ability to deliver a complete third year experience knowing that our preceptors are familiar with third year content and expectations. Terrace serves a large population in Northern B.C., which includes approximately 30% First Nations. We have a full complement of specialists and many family doctors who are enthusiastic participants in teaching. We are confident that your year in Terrace will give you more than adequate exposure to all disciplines. We also have an active Family Medicine Residency Program, which involves residents who mentor and teach students.

Dr. Andrea Geller and Dr. Denise Jaworsky
Co-Site Directors

Dr. Andrea Geller is an anesthesiologist who has been living in Terrace for 18 years. She has been the site director for all 5 years of the program, being pivotal in developing the ICC program in Terrace. 

Dr. Denise Jaworsky is a general internist who just completed training at UBC. She is also working on a PhD in clinical epidemiology at the University of Toronto. She is new in the site director role but does have a longstanding interest in medical education.

General Program Overview

Students take “mini-block” rotations with scheduled “flex days” distributed throughout the academic year. A typical schedule for a Terrace student is:

  • Three days per week – Clinical duties in specified rotation
  • One half day per week – Family Practice clinic with preceptor
  • Academic Half Days (AHDs) – majority are delivered locally
  • Friday afternoons – Resident teaching sessions
  • One 24-hour ‘on call” OB/GYN shift per week day and one evening ER shift per week. And one weekend shift per month
  • Flex/Ward days, students arrange clinical duties within current rotation, pursue a special interest project or study for an upcoming exams.
  • Students work the majority of their time in Terrace with some time in Prince Rupert
  • Students rotate between three Family Practice preceptor every four months

All exams are scheduled and written in Terrace except for the Internal Medicine Oral when students commute to Prince George.

Community Profile

  • Population: 15,000 (medical catchment area 30,000)
  • Geographic hub of North West BC with a two hour flight from Vancouver
  • Located in the middle of the Nisga’a Territory serving First Nations and sits on the Skeena River in the Coast Mountain Range
  • The area is surrounded by pristine wilderness and is a playground for outdoor enthusiasts
  • Indoor activities: Sportsplex with a pool, gym and two ice rinks
  • Outdoor activities: Hiking, Mountain Biking and World Class Kayaking
  • The ‘real jewel’ of Terrace: the Saturday morning Farmer’s Market!

Mills Memorial Hospital

  • Northwest Medical Referral Centre with 35 acute care beds and 8 psychiatric beds
  • Shared Electronic Medical Records
  • Full Medical Services, including: diagnostic imaging/CT/mammography
  • Fully equipped laboratory

For further information, please contact:

Dr. Andrea Geller
ICC Site C0-Director, Terrace

Dr. Denise Jaworsky
ICC Site C0-Director, Terrace

Jaclyn Sawtell
ICC Program Assistant, Terrace