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Introduction

The Faculty of Medicine is prepared to assist and advise students in applying for postgraduate education positions. The Office of the Associate Dean, Undergraduate Education, should be consulted early in the final year for information on the application process.

Placement or assignment of postgraduate positions is not a function of the Faculty of Medicine. The Canadian Resident Matching Service in Ottawa performs this service for all applicants to PGY-1 positions.

Canadian Resident Matching Service

All accredited postgraduate training in Canada is university integrated. Students do not apply to hospital programs but rather to university programs.

The Canadian Resident Matching Service (CaRMS) is a non-profit corporation that works in close co-operation with the Association of Canadian Medical Colleges. Since its establishment in 1970 it has matched every graduating class. CaRMS uses a computer program that quickly computes the traditional selection process for postgraduate training by matching students and programs with their highest possible choices. It guarantees the process to be fair and unbiased.

Visit CaRMS for a brochure and information regarding participation in the matching program.

Resident Education

Specialty training at the University of British Columbia is now offered in one of two streams, namely Family Medicine or a Royal College specialty program. Recruitment is now directly from medical school to these programs. All training must be taken in institutions approved by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada or the College of Family Physicians of Canada. All programs are totally integrated and directed by the Faculty of Medicine. All residents are appointed by the British Columbia Interns and Residents Paying Agency and the University of British Columbia. All residents are required to register as postgraduate residents of the University in order to receive accreditation for their training. Postgraduate courses are offered by individual departments or divisions of the Faculty of Medicine in 78 medical, surgical, and laboratory specialties. These courses conform to the specialty training requirements of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and the College of Family Physicians of Canada and are numbered 700 or higher.

Applications for resident staff appointments should be made to the Program Director of the appropriate division or department of the University. Further information can be found at Postgraduate Programs.

Division of Continuing Medical Education

A Division of Continuing Medical Education has been established within the Dean's Office. Its purposes are to initiate and support programs in continuing medical education for physicians in practice, to initiate and support health sciences inter-professional programs of continuing education, to initiate and support efforts designed to define needs in continuing medical education, to initiate and support programs of evaluation in continuing medical education, to initiate and support experiments in new methods of learning in undergraduate and continuing medical education, and to improve methods of information dispersal in continuing medical education leading to improved patient care.

Postgraduate (Residency) Training Programs

Postgraduate courses are offered by individual departments or divisions of the Faculty of Medicine. Graduates of International Medical Schools must be a Canadian Citizen or Landed Immigrant to apply for residency training in the province of British Columbia. These courses satisfy the specialty training requirements of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and the College of Family Physicians of Canada and are approved as a prerequisite for the examinations in each specialty. All residents must register as postgraduate residents of the University.

The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada requires a minimum of four to six years of specialty training dependent on the individual specialty. A broad-based clinical PGY1 year is a mandatory component of many specialty programs but is not a requirement for entrance into such programs as pediatrics, internal medicine and the primary surgical specialties. UBC is committed to community-based, integrated, Family Medicine and Royal College specialist training. Candidates must expect to perform a significant amount of their training in a rural setting. A number of local, regional, and more remote smaller community hospitals have been successfully integrated into such programs as family medicine, pediatrics, psychiatry, obstetrics and gynecology, ophthalmology, and general surgery. Ongoing assessments are made through each of the training years and, on satisfactory completion of the program, candidates may apply to sit the certification examination of the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.

Candidates are eligible to sit the certification examinations of the College of Family Physicians of Canada upon completion of the two-year Family Practice program.

Supervision of each training program is the responsibility of the University department or division concerned. Selection of candidates for each program is at the discretion of the resident training program of each department to whom application should be made.

The training programs run throughout the calendar year, commencing July 1. A variety of service rounds, conferences and seminars, small group tutorials, and divisional sessions having a bearing on patient care, but within which a teaching component is clearly defined, are offered.

For application information and pre-requisites, please visit CaRMS.

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