Dr. Solmundson is a Family Medicine Physician and a Sports and Exercise Medicine Consultant. She completed her Bachelor of Science (Chemistry) and Medical degree at the University of Manitoba. She then completed her Family Medicine Residency followed by a Sports and Exercise Medicine Fellowship and Master’s Degree in Exercise Medicine at UBC, and is fully credentialed as both a Family Doctor and Sports and Exercise Medicine Physician.
In addition to her clinical practice, Dr. Solmundson is involved in academics, research and medical education. She was a funded UBC Clinical Scholar and completed her Master’s Degree in exercise prescription in medical education. She recently published, “Are we adequately preparing the next generation of physicians to prescribe exercise as prevention and treatment? Residents express the desire for more training in exercise prescription” in the peer-reviewed Canadian Medical Education Journal (www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5344058/).
She currently is a UBC Clinical Instructor for the Faculty of Medicine in the departments of Family Medicine and Sports Medicine. Her teaching responsibilities range from teaching interactive hands-on clinical skill sessions with medical students, to facilitating workshops for physicians, residents and allied health care providers and lecturing at medical conferences.
Dr. Solmundson is active in the Sports Medicine Community and sits on the board of directors of the BC Sports Medicine Research Foundation, the Doctors of BC Athletics and Recreation Committee, and the Canadian Academy of Sports and Exercise Medicine’s Health Enhancing Physical Activity Committee (HEPA), and has been an examiner for the Canadian Academy of Sports and Exercise Medicine national certification exam. She is a member of the Canadian Academy of Sports and Exercise Medicine (CASEM), American College of Sports Medicine (ACSM), The International Federation of Sports Medicine (FIMS), Exercise is Medicine Canada (EIMC), Lifestyle Medicine Education Collaboration and the Global Physical Activity Network.
In addition to providing patient care in the clinical setting, Dr. Solmundson is experienced providing live event medical coverage at the finish line and sidelines of a variety of events that include the 2010 Olympic Games men’s hockey and media centre, mass endurance events, national men’s volleyball, UBC men’s hockey and football, World Police & Fire Games, the National Ballet, and Ironman triathlons.
As a 2000 Olympic Games badminton athlete herself, Dr. Solmundson is a passionate advocate for health promotion and the key role of physical activity, nutrition and lifestyle in the prevention and treatment of chronic diseases. She is engaged in outreach programs, giving back to the community by participating in initiatives such as the “Be Active Every Day,” challenge where community physicians partner with elementary schools to educate kids, teachers and parents on health, physical activity and nutrition.
Dr. Solmundson enjoys working with people of all ages, and delights in supporting and empowering her patients to be more physically active and to embrace healthier lifestyles. Witnessing her patients’ improvements and the transformation in their health, happiness and quality of life, fuels her passion to help anew every day. When not engaged in medicine, you can find Kara with her husband chasing their two young boys along the trails on the North Shore.
Dr. Kara Solmundson is supported by Clinical Care Coordinator, Tina Bradley