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.
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St. Paul's Hospital Site
Family Practice training is carried out in diverse community practices. Residents are matched for two years with a community family practice preceptor and spend time in downtown or surrounding community clinics that are oriented to people living in the inner city and urban core. Residents also have the opportunity to learn how to work effectively with vulnerable and marginalized populations.
The majority of hospital training takes place at St. Paul's Hospital located in downtown Vancouver. This is a tertiary referral hospital of 480 beds with a busy emergency department and expertise in HIV/AIDs care and Addiction Medicine. Training in Pediatrics takes place at B.C. Children's Hospital and in a busy outpatient clinic. Training in Primary Care Maternity and Obstetrics/Gynaecology is offered at BC Women’s and St. Paul’s Hospital.
Other elective experiences may occur at different sites in British Columbia. St. Paul's has been a teaching hospital for over 75 years and has a proud reputation for the quality of its teaching programs. Research, Behavioural Medicine and Resident resilience are very well supported at St. Paul’s.
UBC Family Medicine
Family Medicine training in BC presents you with many unique opportunities. We are a fully accredited distributed program with 20 training sites. In an effort to meet the evolving needs of our society, each site provides a solid foundation in the knowledge and clinical skills of Family Medicine so that our graduates are prepared to practice in a variety of settings. While our program offers diversity of training, it is based on common goals, learning objectives, and assessment standards.
All residents are required to do a mandatory 2-month rural rotation in Family Medicine in their second year. Residents in the Coastal, or rural programs in the Okanagan or the North complete longer rural placements. Residents can also apply to participate in Enhanced Rural training for a total of 4-6 months in rural communities.
There is extensive academic and administrative support for the entire residency program. Our central program administrative team is based in Vancouver on UBC campus. At the site level, leadership teams are made up of a Site Director, Site Faculty, Chief Residents and administrators. Lead Program Faculty provide provincial education support in the areas of curriculum, assessment, faculty development, scholarship and behavioral medicine.
The Family Practice Postgraduate Education Committee has representation from all sites to ensure a connected, distributed program that fully meets accreditation standards. Residents are represented at all levels of governance.
A wide range of amazing recreational and cultural opportunities are at your doorstep, as well as a collegial community of residents and physicians with whom you can learn, grow, and play. We want your experience to be in BC to be a positive and enjoyable one.
Training Sites: Overview
Visit the UBC Family Medicine Postgraduate website for a detailed overview of each of the 20 sites and their surrounding communities. Each site provides opportunities to experience Family Medicine in their unique context, offering special opportunities to gain experience and skills unique to the area where you are training.
The following is a list of our sites and their base community/hospital. Each site serves the surrounding community (see training sites for full details).
Greater Vancouver / Lower Mainland
- Coastal (North Vancouver, Lion’s Gate Hospital)
- Indigenous (Greater Vancouver and rural Indigenous communities)
- St. Paul's (Downtown Vancouver, Inner City)
- Surrey South Fraser (Surrey Memorial Hospital)
- Vancouver Fraser (New Westminster, Royal Columbian)
- Kootenay Boundary (Trail, Nelson, Rossland, Castlegar)
- Kelowna Rural (Kelowna R1 year; rural communities across BC in R2 year)
- Kelowna Regional
- Okanagan South (Penticton)
- Indigenous (Victoria, Duncan, Ladysmith and rural Indigenous communities)
- Strathcona (Comox, Campbell River and Courtenay)
- Fort St. John (Northeast)
- Northern Rural (Prince George R1 year; rural communities across BC in R2 year)
- Prince George
- Terrace (Rural Northwest)
IMG positions are offered at the following sites:
- Fort St. John
- Kootenay Boundary
- Okanagan South
- Kelowna Rural
- Kelowna Regional
- Prince George
- St. Paul’s
- Surrey South Fraser
- Vancouver Fraser
Resident resilience and wellness is our top priority. Important resources have been developed by our program to support our residents throughout the course of the training.
All UBC programs are allocated a fixed amount of funding per resident for Resident Activities. This funding is used to provide educational support to residents during their 2 years of training. This includes funding for residents to attend program-wide courses and events. Additionally, residents may identify conferences and educational materials that would supplement their training experience. A discretionary, per resident funding will also be allocated to the sites for a similar purpose at the site level.