University of British Columbia - Family Medicine - Vancouver - St. Paul's - IMG
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 (IMG) 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, Rural 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.
PGY 1 Overview
The site is organized on a traditional block system, with exposure to the basic specialty areas in the first year along with 10 weeks of family medicine. Each week, residents are expected to spend a half day with their family practice preceptor to ensure continuity of care. For one month, the resident will work alongside a Canadian trained colleague on the Family Practice Teaching Service and share the patient care responsibilities. Not all of the rotations will be at St, Paul's Hospital and other hospitals in the lower mainland such as Mount St. Joseph and Children's and Women's. First year residents will also get to complete a 4-week rotation in a rural family practice setting where they can obtain some basic exposure before their mandatory 2-month rotation in the second year. There will be opportunity for horizontal electives and/or secondary preceptorship during the FP rotation in the second year.
In the second year, there will be ample elective time for the resident to pursue areas of particular interest in preparation for practice. In addition to spending time with their preceptor in Vancouver, each resident will be required to spend 2 months in a small town or rural area of B.C. This will be good preparation for future practice as the IMGs will have a return of service contract to fulfill in a practice-focused under-serviced population.
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 and teaching. Throughout the program, we stress "Evidence-Based Medicine" in both academic and clinical areas.
Once a year, t. Paul’s Hospital IMG residents join their peers from St. Paul’s Hospital CMG site and Coastal site for a day-long Scholarship Day.
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 the second year of 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.
For IMGs, these positions can be accessed only with the permission of the Area Health Authority where the Return of Service will be contracted.
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St. Paul's Hospital
Majority of the specialty rotations take place at St. Paul's Hospital located in downtown Vancouver. This is a tertiary referral hospital of 480 beds including obstetrics, and it has a very busy emergency department. Training in Pediatrics may take place at Children's Hospital or in community clinics.. Other elective experience may occur at different locations in British Columbia. St. Paul's has been a teaching hospital for residents and interns for the past 70 years and has a proud reputation for the quality of its teaching programs. St Paul’s Hospital faculty have unrivalled experience in the teaching of IMGs.
*In addition, several lower mainland as well as rural hospitals will be accessed during rotations.
All hospital and community teaching locations have access to electronic medical resources.
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.