University of British Columbia - Obstetrics and Gynecology - Vancouver

2022 R-1 Main Residency Match - first iteration
CMG Stream for CMG

Last approved on September 21, 2021

Approximate Quota:


Accreditation status : Accredited

Provincial Criteria

Dr. Hanna Ezzat
Department of Obstetrics and Gynaecology 
Vancouver General Hospital 
2775 Laurel Street - 6th Floor
Vancouver, British Columbia, V5Z 1M9
UBC Obstetrics and Gynaecology Residency Program Website

Program Contacts

Dr. Hanna Ezzat
Program Director

Mr. Scott Lewis
Program Administrator
604-875-4111 ext. 22925

Important Information

Please visit the residency program website for more information on our program.

General Instructions

Program application language: English

A copy of your CV is not required.  Please enter all work, volunteer, education, electives, interests, research and publications into the appropriate fields throughout the application.

Supporting Documentation

Applicants are advised to only provide the documents requested by the program. No other documents submitted will be reviewed.
Canadian citizenship
CaRMS partners with third-party organizations to verify your citizenship or permanent resident status. If your status is verified by one of these organizations, you will not need to provide citizenship documents in your application. If your citizenship status is not verified, you must provide one of the documents listed below.
Document must be notarized/certified
Submit one of the following documents to verify your Canadian 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

Canadian Citizenship

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.

  • Canadian Birth Certificate
  • Canadian Passport
  • Canadian Citizenship Certificate
  • Canadian Citizen Card (both sides)
  • Current Canadian Permanent Resident Card (both sides)
Language proficiency
Submit one of the following documents to verify your language proficiency:
• Occupational English Test (OET) - Medicine
• Canadian English Language Proficiency Index Program (CELPIP) - General


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 for 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:

  • The primary language of medical education was English, and
  • The primary language of patient care was English.

Applications received by the College of Physicians and Surgeons of BC on or before June 30, 2022, who have not met the above requirements will require one of: IELTS Academic examination, OET Medicine Examination or CELPIP General Examination for licensing (see criteria below).  As such, applicants must submit the proof of English language proficiency to CaRMS by the start of Ranking Period. Photocopies are acceptable.

  • IELTS Academic - Minimum score of 7 in each component.
  • IELTS scores are valid for a period of 2 years from the date taken.
  • OET Medicine Examination - Minimum grade of B in each component.
  • OET results are valid for a period of 2 years from the date taken.
  • CELPIP General Examination - Minimum score of 9 in each component.
  • CELPIP results are valid for a period of two years from the date taken.

Please note that results from these three examinations cannot be mixed. Candidates must meet all of the criteria in either the IELTS, OET or CELPIP examination.

Applicants are advised to review the College of Physicians and Surgeons English Language Proficiency Requirements here:


Reference documents
Number requested: 3

Only the first 3 reference letters will be reviewed.  Any additional reference letters submitted will not be reviewed.

Reference letters from referees in other specialties can be submitted.  Applicants are encouraged to submit reference letters from referees who know them best regardless of their specialty.

Additional documents
Personal Letter 
Word count
Minimum : None
Maximum : None

Please keep the letter under 500 words.

[Note: Photograph is used as memory aid only]

Applicants selected for an interview are also required to submit a photo prior to the interview -- instructions will be sent with the interview offer email.

Medical School Transcript 

Medical Student Performance Record 

Review Process

Applications submitted after file review has opened on January 31, 2022

Supporting documents (excluding letters of reference) that arrive after file review has opened  on  January 31, 2022

Letters of reference that arrive after the unmasking date on January 31, 2022

Applicant documents are reviewed and scored independently by resident and faculty members of the Residency Program Committee (RPC). Those scores are ranked to determine candidacy for an interview at UBC.

Reference letters and research/publications are weighted fairly heavily.  Your elective, work and volunteer experience that showcase unique life experiences that may provide you with special skills to bring to our program are also highly valued.



  • February 28, 2022
  • March 1, 2022
Interviews will be held February 28 and March 1, 2022.

Applicants who have been granted an interview will receive an email February 17-18 outlining the details for their interview.

Program will notify all applicants through CaRMS Online and will send email invitations directly to applicants selected for an interview.
All applications will be reviewed and successful candidates will be invited for an interview. A personal videoconference interview is required before an applicant will be considered for the final ranking. 

Faculty, residents and the Program Director will participate in the interview process.   Interviews will be approximately 60 minutes in length.

Selection Criteria

  • Individuals who are strong in both academics and surgical skills
  • Individuals who demonstrate commitment to improving the care of women either through a keen interest in women's health research or through women's health advocacy

  • Individuals who are able to function extremely well in a cohesive team environment

Program goals

At UBC, we are committed to training physicians who will serve our population.

Residents in our program are expected to demonstrate clinical and academic excellence, exceptional interpersonal and teamwork skills, research experience and a sense of responsibility and dedication to the profession.  Residents are expected to be active community members and demonstrate balance as evidenced by engagement in volunteer, extracurricular or other types of activities.

At UBC, we reply on the entire province for training.  Therefore, the ability to complete rotations 'away' from your home base is expected.

Selection process goals

  • Interest in Obstetrics and Gynaecology, and those who will develop into exceptional Obstetricians and Gynaecologists
  • Interact appropriately with patients, colleagues and healthcare team members alike
  • Demonstrated attributes highlighted in the CanMEDS 2015 roles
  • Demonstrated ability and enthusiasm to learn and are able to adapt to the various demands of residency training
  • Sincere interest to serve British Columbians

File review process

Review team composition : Our review team is composed of 10 resident and 15 faculty members of the Residency Program Committee (RPC), including the Program Director and Program Administrator.

Average number of applications received by our program in the last five years : 51 - 200

Average percentage of applicants offered interviews : 26 - 50 %

Evaluation criteria :
File component Criteria
CV Research, publications, electives and work experience
Electives Wide selection of electives from various specialties
Examinations We do not evaluate this file component.
Extra-curricular Volunteering (medical and non medical) and mentoring
Leadership skills Holding office in a student government, club or organization
MSPRs We do not evaluate this file component
Personal letters Interest in discipline and desire to serve patients
Reference documents Positive interaction with colleagues and patients. Interest in discipline.
Research/Publications List of projects (complete or in-progress) and publications. Interest in future research projects.
Transcripts Academic performance

Elective criteria

We are looking for and rewarding applicants who have completed a broad range of electives including in our discipline.
We do not require applicants to have done onsite electives.

Completing a UBC elective in Obstetrics & Gynaecology is not a requirement, however the applicant will need to be able to demonstrate a strong commitment to the speciality in their other electives.

Interview process

Interview format :

We routinely accommodate requests to re-schedule interviews for applicants.

Interview evaluation criteria :
Interview components Criteria
Collaboration skills Promotion of high-quality patient care through working in a team environment
Collegiality Behavior, attitude and ability to work well with others
Communication skills Ability to speak and write in English
Health advocacy Demonstrated interest
Interest in the discipline Demonstrated interest and ability in the specialty; evidence for compassion
Interest in the program Demonstrated interest in the specialty, program and serving British Columbians
Leadership skills Ability to initiate programs, lead organizations or group and make an impact
Professionalism Correspondence with staff, residents and interviewers during, before and after the interview
Scholarly activities We do not evaluate this interview component
Other interview component(s) Medical-legal, ethics and decision-making.

Interviews are virtual this year and this is the only format being offered.

Information gathered outside of CaRMS application

Specifically, we may consider:

Ranking process

The behavior(s) exhibited below during the interview process may prevent an applicant from being ranked by our program :

Program Highlights

The program provides an excellent environment to train highly skilled obstetricians and gynaecologists while fostering residents who have an interest in subspecialty training.

Our faculty and residents are the highlights of the program.  All department members are committed to a resident focused environment with strong, supportive teaching and learning opportunities.

The level of obstetrics training each resident receives in unique to our program.  Our laparoscopic training and diversity of patients and cases are excellent. 

We have a tremendous amount of support for resident research that includes a dedicated faculty Research Advisory Group.

Simulation training has become an integral part of our residency training with multiple simulation sessions, OB Simulation, Laparoscopy Dry Lab, Nexplanon Implant training, Surgical Procedure Review, Sphincter Lab, Pig Labs, Cadaver Labs, Bootcamp (Transition to Foundations) and a Hysteroscopy Course.

The Residency Program has developed a strength in international health advocacy work with both faculty and residents committed to this endeavour.

Residents are provided tools to become outstanding clinical teachers.  This commitment parallels the department's vision of improving women's health and providing the best training experience in Canada.

Vancouver is a wonderful place to live with many opportunities to enjoy the outdoors and the thriving arts culture.


Program Curriculum

This residency program is for 5 years.

Program length of training does not exceed the Royal College or College of Family Physicians of Canada standard.

The program offers a wide variety of clinical material in all areas of the specialty along with a strong research base. 

Conference funding is available to residents in all years.  Attendance at conferences and participation in research projects are strongly encouraged and supported. 

Residents participate in the Surgical Foundations program to acquire fundamental and advanced surgical skills training at an earlier stage in their training.

Courses such as the Fetal Health Surveillance, ALARM, ACLS-BLS, FCCS, ATLS and NRP are all offered by the program. 

We have a dedicated Research Advisory Group and mentors to provide residents with assistance in their research projects.

Competence By Design (CBD)

The Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada has embarked upon an initiative to introduce competency based medical education (CBME) in Canadian postgraduate specialty training and in professional practice in Canada.  This initiative called Competence by Design (CBD), aims to enhance patient care by aligning medical education and lifelong learning with evolving patient needs and empowering learners to more fully engage in their education process.  As of July 1, 2019, Obstetrics and Gynaecology residency programs began CBD training.

CBD uses time as a framework rather than the basis for progression.  It is not anticipated that the duration of training will change for the majority of trainees.  Residency programs will be broken down into stages, and each stage will have a series of milestones based on required competencies.  These milestone will create more targeted learning outcomes and involve more frequent, formative assessments within the clinical workplace, to ensure residents are developing and receiving feedback on the skills they need.

Programs implementing CBD will continue to undergo the same accreditation processes as traditional programs.  All CBD programs (and traditional programs) will continue to lead to Royal College approved certification.  Certification for trainees includes the completion of the Royal College Examination; however, residents in CBD programs will also be assessed against program milestones throughout their training.  Within a CBD program, all milestones (documented within an electronic portfolio) and the Royal College Examination, must be successfully completed to achieve certification.

For more information, please refer to

Transition to Discipline

The first 9 blocks of residency training offers broad-based clinical training in all basic disciplines that is similar to a rotating internship.

These blocks are completed at the Royal Columbian Hospital (New Westminster) and St. Paul 's Hospital (Vancouver).  Residents will have a site match in April prior to the start of residency to determine their training site.

Residents participate in the Surgical Foundations program which consists of weekly academic seminars throughout the entire year and a 4 week CRASH Course in Block 4.

- General Obstetrics

- General Gynaecology

- General Surgery

- CRASH Course (Surgical Foundations)


- Emergency Medicine


- NICU/Ultrasound

- Bootcamp (prepare for Transition to Foundations; introduction to Research included)




This stage of training is comprised of General Obstetrics and Gynaecology and Family Planning rotations at five difference locations in Vancouver and the Lower Mainland:

- BC Women's Hospital (Obstetrics)

- Vancouver General Hospital (Gynaecology)

- Royal Columbian Hospital (Obstetrics and Gynaecology)

- St. Paul's Hospital (Obstetrics and Gynaecology)

- Surrey Memorial Hospital (Obstetrics and Gynaecology)

- Family Planning

- Research



This stage of training consists of subspecialty training as well as further development of gynaecological skills as follows:

- Maternal Fetal Medicine & Ultrasound

- Reproductive Endocrinology and Infertility including Pediatric Gynaecology

- Vulvovaginal Health/Sexual Medicine

- Reproductive Infectious Diseases

- Gynaecologic Oncology 

- Urogynaecology 

- Community Obstetrics and Gynaecology (Kamloops, Prince George, Victoria or Nanaimo)*

- Chronic Pelvic Pain

- Surgical Selective/Elective

- Daycare O.R.

* Accommodations are provided at no charge for residents during their Community rotation.  Funding is available for round-trip visits back to Vancouver every 4 weeks and for mandatory program events.  Weekly academic seminar are videoconferenced to each site so the resident remains connect with the other residents.  The Community site is assigned prior to the start of the stage of training and residents must attend that assigned site.

Transition to Practice

This stage of training consists of Chief resident rotations at BC Women's, Vancouver General and St. Paul's Hospitals.  These rotations encourage development of teaching and leadership skills.  They also include ambulatory clinic experiences where residents hone and develop their skills as independent consultants.



Resident involvement in research is a mandatory requirement of the program. Each resident must complete one research project to manuscript form and present their research at least twice by the end of their residency training.  A minimum of one presentation must occur at the annual department Academic Day.

Residents receive dedicated research rotations, as well as training in research design.  Residents are encouraged to present their projects at local, national and international meetings and conferences.

A dedicated Research Advisory Group provides assistance and mentorship to the residents throughout their residency.

Training Sites

Training Hospital Site Information

Please visit our website for more information on each training site.

In summary we have five major teaching centres in Vancouver (BC Women's, Vancouver General, St. Paul's, Surrey Memorial and Royal Columbian Hospitals) and provide mandatory rural Community rotations in Nanaimo, Kamloops, Victoria and Prince George.


Each affiliated hospital teaching site has resident access to computers in the resident call room.

All the teaching hospitals have UpToDate subscriptions and access to the UBC E-Journal library.

Additional Information

Vancouver is set in the midst of great natural scenic beauty and offers a wealth of outdoor and cultural activities to suit all lifestyles.

Residents in the program come from a variety of cultural, educational and ethnic backgrounds. The program prides itself on the collegiality of the residents.

More information about the program can be found on our website.


Q: What subspecialty fellowships and advanced training programs are there at UBC?

A: There are fellowships offered in Maternal Fetal Medicine, Reproductive Endocrinology & Infertility and Gynaecologic Oncology. 

UBC Advanced Training Programs are available for Female Pelvic Medicine & Reconstructive Surgery, Family Planning, Infectious Diseases and Endometriosis, Pelvic Pain & Advanced Laparoscopic Surgery.


Q: What are the recent changes to the program?

A: We are in the third year of CBD (Competence By Design) competency based medical education training.  Rotations continue to evolve with additional training in Ultrasound in the first year and increase of general obstetric and gynaecology training.  Residents are assigned Academic Advisors to help review their progress and coach the residents through the stages of training.  Competence Committee reviews each resident biannually and provides update reports to the residents.

We have introduced a Daycare rotation to increase surgical exposure and opportunities for junior residents, split Maternal Fetal Medicine/Ultrasound rotation into junior and senior rotations throughout Core stage of training and increased Urogynaecology to two consecutive block rotations for greater exposure and learning opportunities.

QUINTS mentorship groups have been established where residents in all 5 years of training are paired with a faculty mentor and provides an opportunity for OBGYN residents to create relationships between the training year with near-peer mentorship, as well as mentorship with a staff physician to help residents' personal and professional development.

Dr. Roxana Geoffrion is our new Resident Research Chair and has implemented a Resident Research Fair, staged research project reports and mentorship to help aid the residents with their research projects.  A Research Research Database has been created to house a list of projects available to the residents.

Simulation training has increased with the introduction of OB Simulation, Laparoscopy Dry Labs, Surgical Procedure Review, Sphincter Labs, Hysteroscopy Course, Cadaver Labs, Bootcamp (Transition to Foundations) and Pig Labs.

Laparoscopic box trainers are housed in each of our local and Community hospital centres for residents to use.  

Academic seminars are offered in-person and virtual and structured by topic blocks and the format has been modified to a combination of didactic lecture, case based discussion and review.  Transition to Discipline residents participate in academic seminars or program event for the last 4 months of the academic year once finished Transition to Discipline. 

First and second year residents participate in the UBC Surgical Foundations program to enhance their surgical skills knowledge early in their training.  Residents attend weekly seminars and a dedicated CRASH Course rotation.


Q: What makes UBC unique?

A: You will find a wide variety of clinical material, teaching and faculty support, the diversity of patients from the DTES (Downtown East-Side) at St. Paul's Hospital, the obstetrics experienced at BC Women's Hospital (> 7500 deliveries per year), provincial training at distributed rural community sites, excellent training in advanced laparoscopic gynaecology procedures, dedicated rotations for Family Planning (Terminations and Contraceptive Counselling) centered in an inter-professional maternity unit, dedicated research support staff, support for international experiences/electives, funding support for conferences and research endeavours, a collegial atmosphere amoungst residents and strong resident input into the Residency Program Committee (RPC) and Business Meetings.  Funding to attend conferences and research projects are at some of the highest levels of any program in Canada.


Q: What are the locations for the 3 block Community rotation?  It is mandatory to attend a rural community location and how it is funded?

A: The Community rotation block occurs during Core stage of training in Nanaimo, Prince George, Victoria or Kamloops.  This rotation is mandatory and residents are expected to complete their rotation in one of those training locations.  Accommodations are provided and funding is available for travel every 4 weeks back to Vancouver and for mandatory program events.  Academic seminars are video broadcast to Community hospital sites so residents can interact and participate in the seminars along with their colleagues.