University of British Columbia - Internal Medicine - Vancouver


Program Director

Dr. Mark Roberts


Senior Program Assistant

Natalie Cheng

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Strengths of the program include the large number of skilled and dedicated clinical teachers, the wide variety of clinical experience, protected AHD time, 2-week Boot Camp for incoming PGY1s, and our distributed sites throughout the province allow residents to see and participate in community medicine throughout rural areas in the Province, very multicultural population.

The program also has other numerous features:

  1. One week of annual conference leave with additional funding provided

  2. Associate Membership to the American College of Physicians

  3. Subscription to NEJM+ Knowledge Plus

  4. Annual Resident Research Day

  5. International Elective

  6. Annual Winter Conference

  7. Annual Resident BBQ and other numerous social events

  8. Additional funding for residents presenting at national/international conferences

  9. OSCEs

  10. Simulation/Ultrasound Curriculum

  11. Resident wellness initiatives and events

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The primary mission of the UBC Internal Medicine Residency Program is to train residents to attain the knowledge, skills and attitudes to become excellent general internists who are committed to upholding the highest ethical and professional standards of medicine. Residents learn to provide compassionate, respectful, patient-centered and evidence-based care in a variety of academic and community settings. The primary instructional strategy is experiential learning, which occurs through the residents’ graduated patient care responsibilities in combination with a variety of CanMEDS non-medical expert learning projects. Graduates are prepared to enter the practice of general internal medicine or to pursue fellowship training, either in general internal medicine or the subspecialties of internal medicine.

For a detailed look at the Program’s 4-year curriculum, please refer to our website.


When will I be notified of an invitation to interview?

All applicants, whether successful or not, will receive notification on March 1, 2021.

Will I know who my interviewers are prior to the interview?

You will not have information with respect to your interviewers prior to the morning of your interview.

Is there a chief resident or another resident I can contact with respect to program-related questions?

The program offers several live sessions where you will have the chance to ask questions. You can view the event details on the afmc calendar and on our website. If you are unable to attend the sessions, we will have the recording uploaded to the website. If you are unable to find answers on this website, in the program description, or on our website, please forward your question to Your questions will be forwarded to one of the chief residents.

If I am not shortlisted how can I appeal to have my file reviewed again?

Files are not re-reviewed . The Department of Medicine receives a large number of excellent candidates and it is extremely difficult to develop a shortlist. We do feel, however, that we have developed excellent criteria for development of a shortlist. We receive many requests from applicants asking us to review their files again and out of fairness to all applicants will decline to do this except for very extenuating circumstances.

My referee has not sent my reference letter to CaRMS by the deadline date. Can I send you a hard copy?

We do not take hard copies of any file materials. The selection process is completely electronic. No paper copies are printed and our faculty work directly from the electronic CaRMS site.

I note your program does not require any additional documentation other than noted on the carms site. Would it be beneficial to submit any medicine clerkship evaluations or medicine elective evaluations?

Yes — it would be beneficial to submit medicine clerkship evaluations and medicine elective evaluations.

I will be in Vancouver for an elective prior to the interview dates. Is it possible to set up an interview at that time?

No interviews will be set up prior to the shortlisting process or the formal interview dates. Our process is intended to be equitable to all applicants.

Is there any specific criteria for the personal letter?

We don't want to limit the personal letter to just medical content so along with telling us why UBC/Int Med interests you please provide additional information about yourself that may be of interest

If my personal letter is longer than the requested one page will it negatively impact my application?

No — UBC, however, receives over 400 applications each year and we are attempting to keep the paperwork down to a minimum for the file reviewers.

Will the interviewers have access to my file on the interview day?

No — the files will already have been reviewed and scored. The interview scoring is based solely on the interview.

I have heard a rumour that UBC ranks their own trainees first. Is this correct?

No — UBC has never had a policy of ranking their students first. We believe in ranking the best applicants we can regardless of where they trained.

Is it easy to find research mentors and opportunities?

Our research office assists residents in connecting with faculty with related research interests.

If I have family commitments will I still be required to do rotations away from the lower mainland area?

Yes — all residents are expected to do 3 — 6 blocks away their 3 core years at one of our Expansion Sites. This is exclusive of any rotations at Royal Columbian Hospital or any Community Rotation.

What is the current accreditation status of your program.

The UBC Postgraduate Program is fully accredited.

How much out of province elective time is allowed?

Three months during the core three years of training. This is negotiable for special requests.

How much research time is allowed?

Three months during the core three years of training.

How many residents currently in the program?

We currently have 165 Core Medical Residents in the Program making us the second largest program in the country.

Are fellowship positions guaranteed?

Residents are guaranteed four years of funding. Fellowship positions are competitive and residents are not guaranteed of a position at UBC. IMG residents cannot apply to subspecialty fellowship programs as they are required to complete Return of Service.