University of British Columbia - Family Medicine - Vancouver - St. Paul's
This residency program is for 2 years.
Program length of training does not exceed the Royal College or College of Family Physicians of Canada standard.
St. Paul’s (CMG) Site offers opportunities to gain experiences in Inner City Medicine, HIV/AIDS, Addiction Medicine, Palliative Care and Indigenous Health, along with highly acclaimed rotations in Emergency Medicine, Internal Medicine, and our own Family Practice Teaching Service. We focus on the development of strong clinical skills and independent judgment through experiential learning with excellent Family Medicine and specialty support in both community-based and hospital settings.
Our Site prepares family physicians for the full spectrum of family practice in addictions, inner city medicine, HIV primary care, LGBTQIA2S+ medicine, trauma informed care and participatory research.
Our first year consists of block rotations as well as longitudinal academic and Family Medicine time to allow you to build comprehensive clinical skills and to start to experience continuity of care with your preceptor’s patients.
Our unique “longitudinal” second year allows you to select and tailor your electives and selectives to meet your particular clinical, academic, and career needs and interests. You will be responsible for organizing your entire PGY-2 schedule. This format provides you with a flexible and unique opportunity to focus your training to collect the skills you need for broad spectrum family medicine. The PGY-2 year requires organization and self-directed initiative. It is imperative that you have strong administrative skills in order to make the necessary arrangements for your schedule.
Academic Days and Research
Residents attend mandatory academic activities — usually a half day per week. This includes academic teaching, which is a mix of clinical case discussions and core topics. Residents are also expected to do presentations. Throughout the program, we stress Evidence-Based Medicine in both academic and clinical areas.
In the first year, residents will be expected to complete a quality improvement project. Throughout the two years, residents must complete a scholar project and present their work at Scholarship Day.
Residents can do one month of interprovincial or international electives during their training.
Third year training positions are available in the area of Emergency Medicine, Care of The Elderly, Anesthesia, Palliative Medicine, Sports and Exercise Medicine, Clinician Scholars program and a wide range of other category 2 Enhanced Skills programs.