Prospective residents should refer to the Family Medicine Residency Selection website for ongoing updates, deadlines and detailed information.
Program application language: English
Resident selection for the UBC Family Medicine program is a collaborative process between all of our sites. Logistics and administration of resident selection is managed by our central program office in Vancouver, located at the UBC Point Grey Campus.
As the UBC Family Medicine Program is distributed into unique sites and locations, candidates should apply to each site they are interested in. (The applications should be the same for each site).
While applicants apply and rank multiple sites, only one interview is conducted - regardless of the number of sites to which a candidate applies.
A variety of virtual information sessions are held to provide prospective residents with the opportunity to learn more about the programs and discuss the training experience with Faculty and current residents. (see website for details).
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.
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 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:
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.
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: https://www.cpsbc.ca/files/pdf/REG-ELP.pdf
Three letters of reference are required.
Order from your RegistrarMedical Student Performance Record
Order from your Dean's officePersonal Letter
Provide a biographical letter (max. 750 words) that includes answers to the following questions:
1. Why do you want to choose Family Medicine as a career? What makes you a good fit for this career choice?
2. What life skills or experience do you have that demonstrate your suitability for family medicine residency training?
3. Why UBC? Why British Columbia? Elaborate on any connections you might have with the province of B.C.
Note: The same letter must be submitted with each site application.
Optional Rural Questionnaire:
(Answer the following questions. Please write your responses under each question; 250 words max per question)
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
Applicants must submit an application to each site they are interested in and should assign the same set of documents to each site. Selection is based on file review and one set of MMI interviews. Each file is reviewed and given a score. This file review score determines whether a candidate is offered an interview. The file review score is then combined with the interview score to create a total score for each applicant. The file review will contribute to 20% of the overall global score while the interview will contribute 80%. A recommended rank list based on the total score is submitted to each site for consideration. The sites retain discretion to adjust the recommended rank list based on local site selection committee input.
Review team composition : The review team is composed of faculty leadership from across our distributed program, the program director and senior administration.
Average number of applications received by our program in the last five years : 601 +
Average percentage of applicants offered interviews : 76 - 100 %
|CV||We do not evaluate this file component|
|Electives||We do not evaluate this file component; however references from elective experiences may be helpful|
|Examinations||We do not evaluate this file component|
|Extra-curricular||We do not evaluate this file component|
|Leadership skills||Leadership skills are considered in the context of the personal letters and reference letters|
|MSPRs||Taken into consideration only if professionalism issues are identified|
|Personal letters||Demonstrated suitability to Family Medicine and training in BC through experience and life skills|
|Reference documents||Demonstrated suitability through attributes, abilities and interest in the discipline|
|Research/Publications||We do not evaluate this file component|
|Transcripts||We do not evaluate this file component|
|Other file component(s)||Note: The MSPR and transcripts are required supporting documents by CaRMS but are not scored as part of the UBC Family Practice file review process.|
Interview format :
We do not re-schedule interviews for applicants after we have completed the scheduling process.
|Collaboration skills||Yes: with patients and colleagues|
|Collegiality||Yes we evaluate this criteria|
|Communication skills||Yes we evaluate this criteria|
|Health advocacy||Yes we evaluate this criteria|
|Interest in the discipline||Yes we evaluate this criteria|
|Interest in the program||Yes: UBC in general, and in specific programs (rural, under-served populations, inner-city context etc.)|
|Leadership skills||Yes: assessment of leadership of self and others|
|Professionalism||Yes we evaluate this criteria|
|Scholarly activities||We do not evaluate this interview component|
|Other interview component(s)||
Ability to handle Ambiguity/Uncertainty
Family Medicine training in BC presents you with many unique opportunities. We are a fully accredited distributed program with 20 training sites. In an effort to meet the evolving needs of our society, each site provides a solid foundation in the knowledge and clinical skills of Family Medicine so that our graduates are prepared to practice in a variety of settings. While our program offers diversity of training, it is based on common goals, learning objectives, and assessment standards.
All residents are required to do a mandatory 2-month rural rotation in Family Medicine in their second year. Residents in the Coastal, or rural programs in the Okanagan or the North complete longer rural placements. Residents can also apply to participate in Enhanced Rural training for a total of 4-6 months in rural communities.
There is extensive academic and administrative support for the entire residency program. Our central program administrative team is based in Vancouver on UBC campus. At the site level, leadership teams are made up of a Site Director, Site Faculty, Chief Residents and administrators. Lead Program Faculty provide provincial education support in the areas of curriculum, assessment, faculty development, scholarship and behavioral medicine.
The Family Practice Postgraduate Education Committee has representation from all sites to ensure a connected, distributed program that fully meets accreditation standards. Residents are represented at all levels of governance.
A wide range of amazing recreational and cultural opportunities are at your doorstep, as well as a collegial community of residents and physicians with whom you can learn, grow, and play. We want your experience to be in BC to be a positive and enjoyable one.
Visit the UBC Family Medicine Postgraduate website for a detailed overview of each of the 20 sites and their surrounding communities. Each site provides opportunities to experience Family Medicine in their unique context, offering special opportunities to gain experience and skills unique to the area where you are training.
The following is a list of our sites and their base community/hospital. Each site serves the surrounding community (see training sites for full details):
Greater Vancouver / Lower Mainland
IMG positions are offered at the following sites:
Resident resilience and wellness is our top priority. Important resources have been developed by our program to support our residents throughout the course of the training.
All UBC programs are allocated a fixed amount of funding per resident for Resident Activities. This funding is used to provide educational support to residents during their 2 years of training. This includes funding for residents to attend program-wide courses and events. Additionally, residents may identify conferences and educational materials that would supplement their training experience. A discretionary, per resident funding will also be allocated to the sites for a similar purpose at the site level.
This residency program is for 2 years.
Program length of training does not exceed the Royal College or College of Family Physicians of Canada standard.
The North East Health Services Delivery Area (NEHSDA) provides health care to a population of approximately 70,000 in the North East of British Columbia, with the two largest communities of Dawson Creek and Fort St. John accounting for the bulk of the care. The NEHSDA provide per annum 91,000 ER visits, 900 deliveries, 35, 000 inpatient days, and 5000 surgeries. There are over 60 physicians working in the North East providing these services. The residency program is based in the community of Fort St. John for the majority of the time however travel to the other communities in the region (Dawson Creek and Chetwynd) is required for some clinical experiences, so a vehicle is required.
The vision of the Rural Fort St. John Family Practice Residency Site is to offer high quality medical education in a rural community providing a broad spectrum of general and specialist medical care. The majority of this general and specialist care is provided by family practitioners, thus this site provides the opportunity to learn in a truly generalist, broad-based milieu, grounded in the three principles of the Triple C Curriculum: Comprehensive, focused on Continuity and Centered in Family Medicine.
Our Mission is to provide a community-based postgraduate family practice residency program and undergraduate family medicine education in a regional centre affiliated with UBC, the Northern Medical Program, and the Northern Health Authority.
PGY 1 Overview
This two-year program is designed to train physicians interested in practicing in rural Canada. However, the program also suits physicians interested in acquiring a broad skill set useful in any community. The curriculum has been created to maximize the integration of the hospital, the office and the community work of the doctor. The curriculum will provide longitudinal, integrated learning and is organized into Domains of Care.
The first year curriculum consists of 2 blocks each of OB/GYNE, Emergency Medicine, Internal Medicine, General Surgery and 3 blocks of Family Practice with one block of Palliative Care and one block of Psychiatry. While in the blocks you will still do half a day Family Practice every week or a full day two times a month.
PGY 2 Overview
The second year curriculum consists of 6 blocks for Individual learning plan Electives. Examples for electives include non-mandatory rotations in inpatient pediatrics and ICU as well as a trauma elective in South Africa. The rest of the blocks would be at the Fort St John site spreading across other disciplines as per Individual learning plans with the last 4 months being part of the “Transition into Practice.”
To complement the required Domain experiences, visiting specialty services and local expertise is available with some limitations in ENT, Ophthalmology, Dermatology, Orthopedics, Pediatrics, Family Practice Anesthesia, Cardiology, Geriatrics, Sports Medicine, Women's Health, Palliative Care, Chronic Pain, Methadone Management and Travel Medicine and First Nation community’s clinics.
Academic Days and Research
To complement the clinical experience, residents participate in mandatory academic sessions that includes family practice and specialty seminars, case presentations and workshops. These will be provided both locally in Fort St John and by electronic link between Fort St. John and distant sites as opportunities arise. Residents are also invited to attend all medical staff educational rounds. All residents are funded to attend the ALARM (Advances in Labour and Risk Management) course, ATLS (Advance Trauma Life Support) or equivalent (e.g. CARE: Comprehensive Approach to Rural Emergencies and the Essential Surgical Skills Course coordinated by the Kelowna Rural Program. Local Ultrasound education is provided in Emergency Department and in the Obstetrical and Prenatal ward.
This includes academic teaching which is a mix of clinical case discussions and core topics. Residents are also expected to do presentations.
In the first year, residents will be expected to complete a practice improvement project. Throughout the two years, residents must complete a scholar project and present their work at our local Scholarship Day which allows for the attendance of faculty and community members.
Residents can do one month of interprovincial or international electives during their training.
Third year training positions are available in the area of Emergency Medicine, Care of The Elderly, Anesthesia, Palliative Medicine, Sports and Exercise Medicine, Clinician Scholars program and a wide range of other category 2 Enhanced Skills programs.
The communities of the northeast of BC offer a range of outdoor activities including cycling, hiking, tennis, golf, climbing, skiing, snowshoeing, cross-country skiing, snowmobiling, horseback riding, hunting, and fishing. Many indoor sports are available: swimming, soccer, gymnastics, archery, ice hockey, speed skating, curling, squash, and martial arts. There are a number of arts groups in the community: choirs, bands, dance, theatre companies, as well as visiting performing artists. Long-term commitment to the northeast BC rural community lifestyle is an important quality, and we encourage direct contact from interested qualified applicants.
The North East Health Services Delivery Area (NEHSDA) provides health care to a population of approximately 70,000 in the northeast of British Columbia. The majority of this care is centered around the two largest communities of Fort St John and Dawson Creek but medical services are also provided in the smaller communities of Chetwynd, Tumbler Ridge, Hudson's Hope and Fort Nelson. Fort St John, Dawson Creek, Fort Nelson and Chetwynd have community hospitals; Hudson's Hope and Tumbler have diagnostic and treatment centers. These facilities provide, per annum 91,000 ER visits, 900 deliveries, 35,000 inpatient days, and 5000 surgeries. There are over 60 physicians working in the northeast of BC providing over 1000 services per day.
The family practice resident will be based in Fort St. John for the majority of their time, but will need to travel to other communities for some experiences which may include family practice exposure, so a vehicle is required. The program recognizes that winter travel in the north can be challenging, so a strength of the program is that most of the learning can be done while immersed in one community, and travel can be kept to a minimum.
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