Doctors of BC was founded in January 1900 as the BC Medical Association with Dr R.E. McKechnie, a surgeon from Nanaimo, as President. The Association was founded on two primary principles; the first to guard and strengthen economic security and second to promote education so that the best medical minds had a forum to share the knowledge of the profession. Membership was open to BC doctors with an annual fee of just $2.00. The first annual meeting, held in August of 1900, opened with an address by the President on "The Relation of the Profession to Politics". He emphasized the importance of the association in the influence of legislation that would protect the practice of medicine.
With a new Strategic Plan implemented in January 2014, the Association has set forth clear goals that will see us do the work we've always done but also places a greater emphasis on achieving quality patient care by promoting engagement, collaboration, and physician leadership. With these goals in mind, the Association took on a new name—Doctors of BC. The new name defines who the Association represents and works for—the doctors of BC. When doctors work both together and collaboratively with health care partners, we can make a meaningful difference. We are better together.