PROGRAM PROFILE

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University of British Columbia - Anatomical Pathology - Vancouver

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CONTACT INFORMATION

Program Director

Dr. Brian Skinnider

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Program Manager

Shelley Berkow

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HIGHLIGHTS
  1. Multiple training sites throughout Vancouver, representing a diverse patient population, as well as numerous electives in community hospitals throughout the province of British Columbia

  2. Large and diverse case volume

  3. Dedicated teaching faculty with routine one-on-one teaching as well as regular group teaching rounds

  4. Abundant opportunities for research, with internal funding for research and presenting at national and international meetings

  5. Strong training in Molecular Pathology


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GENERAL INFORMATION
FAQ

What is the teaching like at UBC?

An average day starts with residents signing out cases with staff on a one-on-one basis, followed by grossing specimens and previewing slides for the next day. Organized teaching rounds includes Academic Half Day and multihead microscope teaching sessions.


What are the research opportunities at UBC? There is a wide spectrum of research opportunities for residents at UBC, ranging from review of small cases series to tumor genomics to the use of artificial intelligence in Pathology. The program has internal funds for each resident research project (up to $3000/project). Additionally, up to $3000/year is available for residents to present their research at national and international conferences (once we are able to travel again!)


Are there teaching opportunities for residents? Residents who want to gain experience in formal teaching can lead Pathology small group sessions for undergraduate Medical students, and can give lectures on normal histology to Bachelor of Medical Laboratory Science students.



How many clinical blocks are done in PGY1?

First year residents are required to complete six blocks of Clinical Medicine, including rotations in Internal Medicine, Surgery, and Oncology.


Where do UBC Anatomical Pathology residents typically go after training? Graduating residents typically do Fellowship training after residency, and the program has a good track record of residents being accepted into excellent fellowships (at Stanford, Memorial Sloan Kettering, Cleveland Clinic, etc). Most graduating residents come back to British Columbia for staff positions.


What is the work/like balance like in the program?

While some rotations can be busy, other rotations have a lighter workload that allows for residents to enjoy all that Vancouver and British Columbia have to offer.