University of British Columbia - Urology - Vancouver
The mission of the UBC Department of Urologic Sciences Postgraduate Training Program is to nurture leaders in Urology and launch careers. The UBC Department of Urologic Sciences encompasses 5 main academic training hospitals and over 30 key opinion leaders in Urology as mentors throughout the training duration. We endeavor to develop graduates who go on to become leaders in their communities, their hospitals, departments, associations, and globally. This may take the form of Urology advocacy and teaching, or Hospital and Health administration, or Health economics and business, or academic research innovation. We mentor our trainees to become excellent Urologic Surgeons and also support their graduation into exceptional subspecialty Fellowships and Faculty positions thereafter.
Selection process goals
The successful applicant to the UBC Urologic Sciences training program will demonstrate qualities of commitment, resilience, 'grit', amicability and teachability. We recognize that surgical training programs place stresses on candidates lives in multiple domains including: relationships, family, emotional/psychological/physical health and personal development. The successful candidate must be willing and able to negotiate the oftentimes difficult lines between external stressors of training and personal growth and satisfaction, which can be at odds on occasion. The successful candidate will likewise also recognize that Urologic training is an intermediate to a lifetime of career opportunity and personal fulfillment. Amongst all traits to be possessed by the applicant, the most treasured is that of teachabilty; the ability to listen actively, to learn from seeing, to ask questions and remain inquisitive, and to rapidly integrate those learnings into practice in facile manner. In our program, we generate excellent Urologic surgeons through enormous clinical caseload and close mentorship in the OR and clinics, but our emphasis is in launching careers built on CanMEDS intrinsic roles as well as value add training including advocacy, entrepreneurship, governance, committee work, technical/outcomes/basic research and business development. These domains are taught with an intent to equip the UBC graduate with the skills required to effectively launch a career and any domain of their choosing.
The UBC Urology Program – An Overview
The first 24 months of training are in Surgical Foundations and Transition to Discipline/Urology Foundations with the structure to allow the trainee to meet eligibility requirements for American Board of Urology certification following graduation, should the trainee so desire.
Following this, in Urology Core and Transition to Practice phases, the trainee will circulate amongst our 4 major teaching hospitals: Vancouver General Hospital, St Pauls Hospital, BC Childrens Hospital and UBC Hospital with exposure to clinics and operating experiences in: Minimally Invasive Surgery/Robotics, Transplantation, Oncology, Endourology and Stone Disease, Neurourology, Reconstruction/Gender affirmation surgery, Pediatrics, and Infertility/Andrology/Men’s Health.
Trainees are encouraged to pursue scholarly activities throughout their training under mentorship and are funded to attend regular meetings and courses. They will receive a print copy of Campbell’s Urology and subscription to the AUA update series on admission to the Program, as well as a customized set of surgical loupes.
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What are the strengths of the program according to residents?
Biggest strength of UBC is the operative volume. We do a ton of open surgery, and we have Uro-oncology and Endourology surgeons that are world leaders in their respective fields. The days can be long, and busy at times but UBC is a fantastic program with great residents and staff.
What is it like doing a residency in Vancouver?
I don’t think you can go wrong with a residency in Vancouver. Great food scene, great sports and outdoors, and the music scene is incredible too. Commodore ballroom has a really intimate vibe for shows with pretty big stars. Also there’s some awesome jazz clubs in town and festivals (pre-covid).
Are there opportunities to work and improve on procedural skills outside of the OR? Such as simulations, or models for example.
Outside of the OR, we have access to quite a number of resources. We have access to a Da Vinci simulator as well as laparoscopic models. We have also had simulation sessions organized for TURP, TURBT, URS and percutaneous access, in addition to twice yearly pig labs where we practice laparoscopic access and procedures.