This family doctor is leaving B.C. Other physicians are among her ‘orphaned’ patients – CBC

Emergency physician worries primary care needs could strain ER resources, as patients search for new doctors

Jul 22, 2022

Dr. Anna Chodyra has crossed land and sea to practise medicine.

Originally from Poland, the 47-year-old first immigrated to Canada as an international medical graduate in 2001.

She did her residency in Calgary before crossing the Rockies in 2006, when she relocated to the small city of Port Moody in the Tri-Cities area of B.C.’s Lower Mainland, just east of Vancouver. She worked there for 13 years before following the Barnet Highway east to Coquitlam, where she joined Meadowbrook Family Practice.

The family doctor said she currently has a patient panel of 2,100 people — and she isn’t sure where any of them will go when she, and her family, relocate to New Zealand this fall.

“It’s a very difficult decision, knowing that I’m leaving my patients without finding someone to replace me, leaving them on their own,” said Chodyra, adding that she never planned on leaving B.C.

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