Program application language: English
Note: We are asking candidates for the UBC Program to apply to each of the distributed Programs separately. This includes submission of each of the items listed below to every one of the Programs the candidate is applying to. The applicants may be very similar, but as each of the four sites will be ranking candidats individually, we ask that each site also receives a complete application, including a personal letter - thank you.
Three letters of reference are required from attending physicians, preferably in the area of emergency medicine. A reference from a senior resident will not be accepted. Late references will not be accepted after the CaRMS reference letter deadline. Although we require 3 letters of reference, we will review up to 2 additional letters, if provided before the deadline.
[Document must be notarized/certified]
Submit one of the following documents to verify your citizenship.
• Canadian Birth Certificate or Act of Birth
• Certificate of Canadian Citizenship
• Passport page showing Canadian Citizenship
• Canadian Permanent Resident Card (both sides of card)
Required documents for ALL applicants
The province of British Columbia will accept one of the following notarized/certified documents as proof of the citizenship/permanent residency and is required for all types of applicants. Photocopies are accepted but, citizenship documents other than what is listed below are not accepted. Proof of citizenship/permanent residency must be submitted to CaRMS by the File Review deadline. No allowances for late submission.
Submit one of the following documents to verify your language proficiency.
CMG / USMG
If you graduated from an English medical school in Canada (including McGill) or the US, you are exempt from providing proof of language proficiency.
Candidates who attended medical school in Quebec or the University of Ottawa where the language of instruction or the primary language of patient care was not English, must fulfill the English Language Proficiency requirements of the College of Physicians of Surgeons of BC as identified below. This requirement is the same as the IMGs and is required by the start of the Ranking Period.
The College of Physicians and Surgeons of BC requires applicants to be proficient in the English language.
The Registration Committee may determine that an applicant has demonstrated English language proficiency if the following conditions are met:
Applications received by the College of Physicians and Surgeons of BC on or before June 30, 2020, who have not met the above requirements will require an IELTS Academic examination for licensing. As such, applicants must submit the proof of English language proficiency to CaRMS by the start of Ranking Period. Photocopies are acceptable.
Applicants are advised to review the College of Physicians and Surgeons English Language Proficiency Requirements here: https://www.cpsbc.ca/files/pdf/REG-ELP.pdf
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Candidates are required to submit a personal letter describing why they wish to complete a residency in Emergency Medicine, in particular the Royal College residency program.
Medical School Transcript
Order from your Registrar
Medical Student Performance Record
Order from your Dean's office
Custom Résumé / CV
Applications submitted after file review has opened on November 21, 2017
Supporting documents (excluding letters of reference) that arrive after file review has opened on November 21, 2017
Letters of reference that arrive after the unmasking date on November 28, 2017
Applications are reviewed by the Selection Committee. Late applications and references will not be considered, in order to allow appropriate time for application review and invitations for interviews to be issued in a timely manner.
The following criteria will be considered in the selection process:
The candidate's academic record.
The candidate should have demonstrated an interest in emergency medicine.
The candidate must have good communication and interpersonal skills.
It is useful to have a reference from an emergency physician working in an academic centre.
The UBC Royal College Emergency Medicine residency program aims to graduate exceptional emergency physicians skilled in all aspects of acute care. We pride ourselves on teaching the highest level of knowledge and skill related to the specialty of emergency medicine. UBC offers a comprehensive training program with a breadth of selection in training site and areas of concentrated expertise. We are looking for future leaders in emergency medicine clinical care, administration, education, research and the related supspecialties.
The successful candidate's application demonstrates a well rounded background with an interest and success in emergency medicine and acute care specialty electives. Scholarly work and interests related to emergency medicine is highly valued. Successful applicants often have a history of varied extra-curricular activities which demonstrate the importance of work-life balance in medical education and training. Applications are reviewed for examples of the breadth of CanMEDS Skills. Particular attention is focused on Communication and Collaboration as well as Leadership and Professionalism.
Review team composition : Program Director & Associate Program Directors
Clinical Faculty from 4 teaching sites
Residents from 4 teaching sites
Average number of applications received by our program in the last five years : 51 - 200
Average percentage of applicants offered interviews : 26 - 50 %
|CV||Breadth of experience in education, medicine and other interests.|
|Electives||Interest in emergency medicine and related acute care specialties.|
|Extra-curricular||All pursuits and interests at the extra-curricular level are appreciated.|
|Leadership skills||Previous experience in leadership roles and how it relates to emergency medicine is noted.|
|Personal letters||Personal letters are reviewed for experience and interest in emergency medicine and UBC.|
|Reference documents||Reviewed for the personal skillset and knowledge related to emergency medicine.|
|Research/Publications||Reviewed for research experience and in particular emergency medicine scholarly work.|
The Selection Committee recognizes that it is difficult for out of province students to obtain an on site elective due to the number of UBC students who are doing their mandatory Emergency Medicine rotation. Students should not be discouraged from applying, as many of our current residents are from out of province, and did not complete on site electives as students.
Interview format :
We do not offer other interview formats for applicants unable to attend an in-person interview.
|Collaboration||The candidate can demonstrate a history of collaborative skills inside and outside of medicine.|
|Collegiality||The candidate can reflect on prior experiences that demonstrates collegial working relationships.|
|Communication skills||The candidate demonstrates excellent communication skills throughout the interview.|
|Interest in the discipline||The candidate can clearly explain and rationalize his/her interest in emergency medicine.|
|Interest in the program||The candidate can describe their interest in and reasons to apply to the UBC program.|
|Leadership skills||The candidate can recall experiences that demonstrate leadership skills relevant to emergency care.|
|Professionalism||The candidate conducts themselves in a professional manner throughout the CaRMS process.|
|Punctuality||The candidate demonstrates reliability in their application and interview.|
|Scholarship||The candidate can describe his/her interest in academic emergency medicine.|
Candidates should apply to all 4 UBC EM sites separately, selecting whichever locations appeal to them.
The Fraser Program accepts two residents per year, for a total of ten across the 5-year program.
The Fraser Program is based out of Royal Columbian Hospital in New Westminster, BC, with rotations in other Fraser Hospitals such as Surrey Memorial.
As you might expect, in an expanding program we realize that the exact distribution of learning events will likely evolve over the coming years.
Here are some key points about Fraser:
This residency program is for 5 year(s)
Program length of training does not exceed the Royal College or College of Family Physicians of Canada standard.
This residency program is 5 years duration. The UBC FRCP emergency medicine program curriculum has transitioned to a Competency by Design (CBD) format in July 2018. The anticipated rotations under the new program are as follows:
|Year||Emergency Medicine||Off Service||Specilty Rotations|
Discipline (3 blocks)
|2 blocks of EM + 1 block of Peds EM|
|Foundations (10 blocks)||
||1 block POCUS/Ultrasound|
PGY 2 -4
17 blocks of EM +
4 blocks Pediatric EM
1 block each of:
|PGY 5||Transition to Practice 13 blocks||
5 blocks +
1 block Pediatric EM
6 blocks Area of Concentrated Expertise (ACE)
1 block Medical Teaching/Education
ACE – Area of Concentrated Expertise
Under the previous curriculum, UBC residents have pursued many areas of interest, including: sports medicine, disaster medicine, wilderness medicine, clinical epidemiology, public health, medical education, pre-hospital care, hyperbaric medicine, ICU and anaesthesia. Our goal is to tailor the program to the needs and expectations of the senior resident, with an emphasis on subspecialty interest and future career goals, while continuing to fulfill the CBD curriculum.
ACADEMIC DAYS AND VIDEO-CONFERENCING
Residents get protected full academic days on Wednesdays. The lectures are video-conferenced with Vancouver and other UBC training sites. Each UBC site takes turns hosting academic day. RCH hosts once per month, and VGH usually attend in person. Fraser residents usually attend downtown in person as well, except when we're at SMH for Sim.
Academic Sessions include: Rosen's based "Foundations" junior resident seminars and "Core" senior resident sminars, Radiology Rounds, Pharmacology Rounds, Trauma Rounds, Simulation Sessions, Research Rounds and Provincial Grand Rounds.
Residents can choose from a wide selection of electives. Electives in the past have included research, sports medicine, ophthalmology, radiology, hyperbaric medicine and trauma in major urban centers in the United States and South Africa. Toxicology is a core rotation offered in Vancouver; however, many residents elect to complete this rotation at the New York City Poison Centre or at Oregon Health and Science University.
Journal Clubs are held locally on a monthly basis. Recent relevant emergency medicine articles and topics are review, critiqued and discussed. We follow a province wide curriculum for article selection and review, and collaborate with the other UBC sites in critical appraisal.
$1500 from UBC for conferences and courses
$500 from the RCH EM for textbooks and courses
Residents write two nationally standardized practice exam in a short answer format similar to the Royal College exam each year. Marks are collated across the country. Residents are then able to benchmark their progress. Practice oral exams are given twice per year. Senior residents will receive more practice oral exams as they approach the end of their training and prepare for the Royal College exams.
RESEARCH AND SCHOLARLY ACTIVITY
All residents are required to complete two scholarly projects during the course of their residency. There is considerable flexibility in the types of projects undertaken. In general, residents are expected to complete one case report or topic review with an analysis of the literature, and one piece of original clinical or educational research. These projects are undertaken with a faculty adviser in an area of mutual interest. Excellent research support is available through the department's Emergency Medicine Research Division.
The newly developed research design block, specifically targeted for our junior residents, allows them to start on the research/scholarly activity that is now mandated by the Royal College.
Senior residents are encouraged to present their research projects at the annual CAEP Conference or the annual UBC Department of Emergency Medicine research day.
First year residents go to Vancouver in July to complete the introductory ultrasound course. They are also given the opportunity to learn more advanced ultrasound skills.
Senior residents complete a four-week elective in medical education. It introduces the resident to some of the topics relevant to bedside teaching (e.g. one minute preceptor, how to provide effective feedback, how to teach procedures), and also incorporates teaching shifts allowing the residents an opportunity to put the techniques into practice. There are small group sessions for discussion and debriefing.
THE ROYAL COLUMBIAN HOSPITAL (RCH)
The Royal Columbian Hospital is a large (450 bed) community hospital located in New Westminster, southeast of Vancouver. The emergency department census is in excess of 75,000 per year with a full spectrum of all types of adult and pediatric emergencies.
Our hospital was recently awarded the designation of a Level One Trauma Centre. We are among the busiest trauma centres in Canada.
There are only two Royal College Residency Programs based at our site – Fraser Psychiatry and Fraser Emergency Medicine. Residents from other programs rotate here as well.
Royal Columbian Hospital is the referral center for Stroke, Cath Lab, and Cardiac Surgery and Trauma.
There is a Clinical Teaching Unit service for Internal Medicine, and there are often senior residents on GenSx and OBGYN, but other services, such as Neuro and Plastics, are run by attending physicians so our residents get one-on-one teaching with a focus on learning rather than service.
Royal Columbian Hospital is in the midst of a major site redevelopment with a new Emergency Department planned for 2022.
SURREY MEMORIAL HOSPITAL (SMH)
Surrey Memorial Hospital has an annual census of 150,000 patients. Fraser Residents go there for Peds EM because their recently renovated emergency department has designated peds shifts. Fraser residents also do rotations in the ICU there.
The hospital has a state of the art sim centre and Fraser residents do sessions there regularly.
Residents will have opportunity to complete rotations at other UBC Emergency medicine training sites. Please see each site’s description for details about the respective hospitals.
Vancouver General Hospital
St. Paul’s Hospital
BC Children’s Hospital
Victoria General Hospital and Royal Jubilee Hospital
Kelowna General Hospital
As all training sites are part of the UBC program, electives at any site are easy to arrange.
If you'd like to know more about to come to Fraser for your EM Residency, rest assured that you will gain the skills necessary to practice EM anywhere, and have a great experience at the same time. UBC is a large program, but we’ve managed to maintain the “family” feeling both within each site, but also across the program as a whole.
If you’d like to know more about our program, or would just like to talk to someone on the ground, feel free to email!
Dr. Tom Green, Associate Program Director, Fraser site:email@example.com
Or Dr. Brendan Arnold, PGY2 and contact for CaRMS at the Fraser Site: firstname.lastname@example.org
We also have a website that might help you learn a bit more about us. Prior years' Carms Videos give a nice overview of what it’s like to be a Fraser Resident.
Good luck with Carms!!