University of British Columbia - Medical Microbiology - Vancouver


Program Director

Dr. Christopher Lowe


Program Manager

Shelley Berkow

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  • The UBC Medical Microbiology Residency Program offers a comprehensive training program with clinical exposure to all aspects of Medical Microbiology (acute adult and pediatric tertiary care, community hospitals, regional laboratories, provincial reference laboratories and private laboratories), Infection Prevention and Control, Antimicrobial Stewardship and Infectious Diseases

  • Clinical rotations in infectious diseases provides broad exposure to common Infectious Diseases consultations, but also specialized areas in ID such as transplant ID, urban health/addictions medicine, HIV/AIDS, cystic fibrosis, and pediatrics

  • The training program offers a unique 3 month course during the 2nd year of residency, which is completed with the Adult ID and Pediatrics ID fellows, enabling trainees to master the foundations of Medical Microbiology early in their training

  • Our program features highly engaged clinical faculty at all of our sites with a high faculty to resident ratio (~10:1)

  • With close collaboration between Adult Infectious Diseases and Pediatrics Infectious Diseases, there is a rich academic learning environment with shared journal clubs, tropical medicine rounds, academic half days and case rounds for the trainees.

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  • The UBC Medical Microbiology Residency Program is based in Vancouver, but residents have the opportunity to complete rotations at UBC affiliated sites throughout BC

  • With the number of educational sites available to residents in Medical Microbiology, Infection Prevention and Control, Antimicrobial Stewardship, Public Health and Infectious Diseases at UBC, the training experience at UBC can be tailored to each trainees interests and career goals

  • Vancouver is consistently listed as one of the best cities to live in North America being based on the West Coast surrounded by the sea and mountains.


What is Medical Microbiology?

Medical Microbiology is a combination Specialty of both laboratory and clinical medicine. It is concerned with the diagnosis, management and prevention of infectious diseases on the patient, institution and population level.

The Medical Microbiologist in an expert in laboratory microbiology, infectious diseases, infection prevention and control, antimicrobial stewardship, epidemiology and laboratory management.

What electives are available for residents in Medical Microbiology at UBC?

Almost unlimited possibilities for electives are available within the overall structure of the Medical Microbiology training program, so long as the Royal College requirements are satisfied. There is a total of 13 elective blocks available, and can be tailored to accommodate the career interests and aspirations of the learner.

What is the resident to staff ratio?

A conservative estimate is 1:10-depending on the exact specialty of laboratory medicine. There are approximately 30 Medical Microbiologists in the province of British Columbia, and there are always ample learning and research opportunities. All laboratory medicine ratios are designed to optimize the service to education levels.

What is the status of Competence by Design for Medical Microbiology?

Under the direction of the Royal College, all programs are at different stages of transition to Competence by Design (CBD). Currently, Medical Microbiology has not converted to CBD, and the trainees entering Medical Microbiology in 2021 will be evaluated under the current training structure.

What resources are available to residents?

Electronic medical resources include: access to internet, laboratory information systems, digital imaging, presentation software, and related educational and research resources. The program is very flexible to resident requests with respect to learning resources and conference funding.

Please refer to our program website (within the Program Contact section top of page). Also please consider contacting our Program Director Dr. Christopher Lowe, or the Chief Resident Dr. Samuel Chorlton.