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University of British Columbia - Diagnostic Radiology - Vancouver

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

Last approved on September 28, 2021

Approximate Quota:

 6 

Accreditation status : Accredited

Provincial Criteria


Dr. Cameron Hague
UBC Radiology 
2775 Laurel Street, 11th Floor  
Vancouver, British Columbia, V5Z 1M9
(604) 875-5060
778-839-6097
UBC Radiology Website

Program Contacts

UBC Radiology Residency Program
Marwan Taliani
Education Program Manager
marwan.taliani@ubc.ca
604-875-5060
778-883-4373


Important Information

PGY 1 training sites: There are 3 PGY 1 training sites; St. Paul's Hospital, Royal Jubilee Hospital (Victoria) and Royal Columbian Hospital. Typically two residents are designated for SPH and RJH and three to RCH. The PGME Deans office determines placement by a ranking process or "mini-match" implemented by the Program Office, based on first, second and third choices submitted by each resident. A lottery is used to break a tie.  The PGME Dean's Office deems the site match as non-negotiable and will *not* consider extenuating circumstances except where a disability exists.  Candidates accepted into the UBC Radiology Residency Program must be prepared for 2nd and 3rd preferences including possible relocation to Victoria for the duration of their PGY 1.

 

Casper Test - admissions assessments of non-cognitive skills 

All applicants applying to the Diagnostic Radiology residency program at The University of British Columbia are required to complete the Casper Test (Altus Suite), to assist with our selection process for the 2022 Application Cycle. Casper is an online test that assesses non-cognitive skills and interpersonal characteristics.  

The Casper test comprises 12 sections of video and written scenarios. Following each scenario, you will be required to answer a set of probing questions under a time contract. The test typically takes between 75-90 minutes to complete. Each response is graded by a different rater, giving a very robust and reliable view of personal and professional characteristics important to our program. No studying is required for Casper, although you may want to familiarize yourself with the test structure at TakeAltus.com, and ensure you have a quiet environment to take the test. We strongly urge you to take advantage of the 12-section practice test, which will not only immerse you in the test environment but will also ensure you meet the technical requirements to access and complete the test. 

How to Complete Casper 

In order to take the Casper Test, you will be responsible for securing access to a laptop or desktop computer with webcam and audio capabilities. You will require the following for both account creation and completing Casper:  

  • Government-issued photo ID
  • Valid email address (the same one you will use to submit your application)
  • Working webcam
  • Working microphone
  • Reliable high-speed internet connection

Please go to www.TakeAltus.com to sign up for Altus Suite for Canadian Postgraduate Medical Education (CSP-20201 – Canadian Postgraduate Medical Education) after selecting Canada as the country which the school you are applying to resides in.

  1. Register using your CaRMS ID and a piece of government-issued photo ID.  
  2. Select a Casper test date. You will be provided with a limited number of testing dates and times. Please note that these are the only testing dates available for your Casper test. There will be no additional tests scheduled. Please use an email address that you check regularly and that you have used for your application; there may be updates to the test schedule. 
  3. Important: To account for identity verification and payment processing timeline, ensure that you register for your test at least 3 days before your preferred test date and time. Last-minute bookings are not recommended. 
  4. Ensure you have selected CaRMS for distribution before the posted Distribution Deadline. Likely, there will be no additional tests scheduled, but the most up to date information can be found by browsing the Test Dates and Times  on TakeAltus.com. 
  5. Please direct any inquiries on Altus Suite to support@altus.as. Alternatively, you may use the chat bubble in the bottom right hand corner of your screen on the TakeAltus.com website. 

Accommodations: If you require testing accommodations for the Casper Test you will need to submit the Accommodations Request Form signed by you and your qualified professional 3 weeks in advance of your desired test date. More information regarding accommodations can be found here. 

More About Casper 

The Casper test comprises 12 sections of video and written scenarios. Following each scenario, you will be required to answer a set of probing questions under a time contract. The test typically takes between 75-90 minutes to complete. Each response is graded by a different rater, giving a very robust and reliable view of personal and professional characteristics important to our program. No studying is required for Casper, although you may want to familiarize yourself with the test structure at TakeAltus.com, and ensure you have a quiet environment to take the test. We strongly urge you to take advantage of the 12-section practice test, which will not only immerse you in the test environment but will also ensure you meet the technical requirements to access and complete the test. 

Casper test results are valid for one admissions cycle. Applicants who have already taken the test in previous years will therefore be expected to re-take it. 

For a more detailed look at the Casper test, please see this video. 


General Instructions

Program application language: English


Supporting Documentation

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
Required
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
Required
Submit one of the following documents to verify your language proficiency:
• IELTS
• Occupational English Test (OET) - Medicine
• Canadian English Language Proficiency Index Program (CELPIP) - General

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.

IMG

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: https://www.cpsbc.ca/files/pdf/REG-ELP.pdf

 

Reference documents
Required
Number requested: 3
Additional documents
Required
Undergraduate Transcript (Bachelor's Degree) 

Medical School Transcript 

Abstract/Publications 

Graduate Transcript (Master/PhD Degree) 

Medical Student Performance Record 

Personal Letter 

Photo 
[Note: Photograph is used as memory aid only]

Optional - will be reviewed
Custom Résumé / CV 


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



Interviews

Dates:

  • March 16, 2022
  • March 17, 2022
  • March 18, 2022
Interview Dates: March 16-18, 2022.

*** Please note that the Program Office will eventually contact all applicants with respect to their interview status. Contacting the Program Administrator / Director will NOT expedite or improve the outcome, and may in fact be detrimental to obtaining an interview. ***

Interviews will be conducted by members of the Interview Committee, which may include the chief resident(s), resident representatives, residency Program Director, faculty members, staff radiologists, etc. Interview questions vary each year. All interview candidates will be given a chance to speak with radiology residents not involved in the interview process. 

There are no minimum thresholds for the interview selection; the relative strength of the application pool determines the quality of candidates selected for interviews. 

Program will notify all applicants through CaRMS Online and will send email invitations directly to applicants selected for an interview.
Short-listed candidates will be invited for a personal interview which is slated to be conducted virtually for 2022.


Selection Criteria

Candidates should have an above average academic record. Candidates should have good clinical and interpersonal skills.

Program goals

The goal of the UBC radiology residency program is to train well rounded radiologists capable working in either community or academic environments, to serve the imaging and image-guided interventional needs of the patients of British Columbia and Canada. UBC radiology residency endevours to train radiologists capable of working equally in both a clinical as well as academic setting. Our hope is to train radiologists who can act as stewards and leaders of the specialty for years to come.

Selection process goals

The selection process goals for UBC radiology residency is to select residents who have demonstrated an aptitude for academic learning, medicine and radiology. Additionally, an application package will help to demonstrate a keen interest in the field of radiology. Residents must want to work in a team atmosphere and be willing to embrace the many challenges that need to be overcome during residency. Leadership skill and collaborative ability are valued, though prior leadership experience is not necessary.

File review process

Review team composition : Program director, assistant program director, representatives from our major teaching sites (St. Paul’s, Vancouver General/UBC and BC Childrens Hospital [one each]), and one of our chief residents.

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

Average percentage of applicants offered interviews : 51 - 75 %

Evaluation criteria :
File component Criteria
CV past work experience, review of previous awards won
Electives reviewed to determine interest in specialty
Examinations
Extra-curricular Evaluation for well-roundedness, service to the community
Leadership skills Review prior leadership positions.
MSPRs reviewed to discern medical school performance
Personal letters reviewed.
Reference documents reviewed if required
Research/Publications reviewed to help gauge interest and exposure to radiology
Transcripts reviewed to determine academic aptitude

Elective criteria

We encourage applicants to have completed at least one elective in our discipline.
We do not require applicants to have done onsite electives.

Interview process

Interview format :



We do not re-schedule interviews for applicants after we have completed the scheduling process.

Interview evaluation criteria :
Interview components Criteria
Collaboration skills Asssesed via scenario question.
Collegiality Assessed at interview.
Communication skills Performance at interview
Health advocacy Assessed at interview.
Interest in the discipline Via CV and direct questions.
Interest in the program Via CV and direct questions.
Leadership skills Via CV and scenario questions.
Professionalism Performance at interview
Scholarly activities Demonstrates understanding and knowledge of the research they have been involved with.
Other interview component(s)  

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

PGY-1

This year, as arranged at present, encompasses several facets of clinical medicine using a standard rotating format in the following disciplines: Medicine, Surgery, Ob/Gyn, Peds, Emergency, Family Practice, ICU, Neurology, Anesthesia, Anatomy, and Electives. UBC radiology offers a day back curriculum which runs longitudinally through the PGY1 year to help residents gain a basic understanding of radiology, as well as to feel a stronger connection to their home program. This occurs the last wednesday of every month. Additionally, a block 13 anatomy course/radiology bootcamp is also provided to all PGY1s. 

PGY-2

The first six months of the second year is devoted to obtaining a broad exposure to diagnostic radiology, covering neuroradiology, chest radiology, musculoskeletal radiology, abdominal imaging, emergency and trauma radiology, through the modalities of CT, radiography and ultrasound.  A dedicated course in emergencies in radiology is given prior to the start of call, which begins approximately after 6 months.  The remainder of the year is rounded out with additional rotations including MR, mammography and nuclear medicine.  

PGY-3

The third year covers a broad spectrum of radiology completing more of the required rotations in the different subspecialty areas, including angiography/intervention and pediatric radiology. In this year the residents start to function more or less as general radiologists under supervision.  The Physics curriculum has been condensed into an intensive one-year curriculum which is taken by all PGY3s.

PGY-4&5

The last two years can be tailored to the needs of the individual resident as long as the requirements of the Royal College have been met. Further training in pediatric radiology, interventional radiology, nuclear medicine, magnetic resonance imaging, mammography and oncological radiology is added to the areas already mentioned. Block periods of training can be arranged in specific areas according to the interest or needs of the resident. Rotations at community hospitals and private clinics are also available. Dedicated time to research projects is available.

Throughout the academic year we have three or four internationally known visiting professors in the department for several days, who hold daily seminars with the residents and give lectures on topics covering their own special interests. There are daily hospital conferences, and weekly evening grand rounds which each resident is expected to attend. The academic half-day also includes rounds with community radiologists, practice OSCE exams, and resident-resident teaching rounds. Journal Club is also active. Each resident has the opportunity of attending the AIRP in Washington, D.C. with department financial support. Each of the major teaching hospitals has hardware and software for computer-based learning, and residents are provided Internet access free of charge and an electronic Radiology resource Rad Primer and StatDX.

Audits & Research

Every resident is required to complete a clinical audir project and is strongly encouraged to pursue at least one research project during his/her residency training. To facilitate this process, during the second year of training the residents will be introduced to the basics of research; data collection, critical evaluation of information, critical reading of scientific literature and the basic principles involved in writing a manuscript. There is an annual resident research day in June of each year.  Residents are also expected to complete a Clinical Audit project.


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 is based at the five UBC affiliated hospitals listed below. The residents will receive training in the subspecialties of radiology including nuclear medicine.

Upon completion of the program, the resident will be prepared for clinical, academic or leadership roles in diagnostic radiology and be able to demonstrate consultant abilities in the management of patient care.

PGY-1

This year, as arranged at present, encompasses several facets of clinical medicine using a standard rotating format in the following disciplines: Medicine, Surgery, Ob/Gyn, Peds, Emergency, Family Practice, ICU, Neurology, Anatomy, and an Elective.

PGY1 residents will benefit from a monthly return from service lecture series focused directly on introduction to radiology topics. Additionally, Block 13 is a dedicated radiology anatomy block with access to the Sectra table and lectures from staff and residents.



PGY-2

 

The first six months of the second year is devoted to obtaining a broad exposure to diagnostic radiology, covering neuroradiology, chest radiology, musculoskeletal radiology, abdominal imaging, emergency and trauma radiology, through the modalities of CT, radiography and ultrasound.  A dedicated course in emergencies in radiology is given prior to the start of call, which begins approximately after 6 months.  The remainder of the year is rounded out with additional rotations including MR, mammography and nuclear medicine.  A healthcare and epidemiology course is  taken during this year. The residents also commence their clinical audit project.

 



PGY-3

The third year covers a broad spectrum of radiology completing more of the required rotations in the different subspecialty areas, including angiography/intervention and pediatric radiology. In this year the residents start to function more or less as general radiologists under supervision.  The Physics curriculum has been condensed into an intensive one-year curriculum which is taken by all PGY3s.

 



PGY-4 and 5

The last two years can be tailored to the needs of the individual resident as long as the requirements of the Royal College have been met. Further training in pediatric radiology, interventional radiology, nuclear medicine, magnetic resonance imaging, mammography and oncological radiology is added to the areas already mentioned. Block periods of training can be arranged in specific areas according to the interest or needs of the resident. Rotations at community hospitals and private clinics are also available. Dedicated time to research projects is available.

Throughout the academic year we have three or four internationally known visiting professors in the department for several days, who hold daily seminars with the residents and give lectures on topics covering their own special interests. There are daily hospital conferences, and weekly evening grand rounds which each resident is expected to attend. The academic half-day also includes rounds with community radiologists, practice OSCE exams, and resident-resident teaching rounds. Journal Club is also active. Each resident has the opportunity of attending the AFIP in Washington, D.C. with department financial support. Each of the major teaching hospitals has hardware and software for computer-based learning, and residents are provided Internet access free of charge.

 

 

Audits & Research

Every resident is required to complete a clinical audit project and strongly encouraged to pursue at least one research project during his/her residency training. To facilitate this process, during the second year of training the residents will be introduced to the basics of research; data collection, critical evaluation of information, critical reading of scientific literature and the basic principles involved in writing a manuscript. There is an annual resident research day in June of each year. 

 

 


Training Sites

Resources

Vancouver General Hospital

St. Paul's Hospital

UBC Hospital

BC Children's Hospital

British Columbia Cancer Agency

The Residency Program provides residents with all necessary electronic medical resources including UBC issued email accounts and a wide selection of electronic teaching materials (including but not limited to Rad Primer, STAT DX, and RadExam).




Additional Information

Quick Facts

-Opportunities for interprovincial and international electives are available, but the resident must first demonstrate satisfactory progress in the existing clinical program.

-Ratio of residents to faculty is 1 to 2.46

There are currently no mandatory rural rotations. There are elective Community Hospital rotations: Lions Gate Hospital in North Vancouver, Royal Columbian Hospital in New Westminster and Surrey Memorial Hospital in Surrey. Each of these rotations is 4 weeks in duration, and can be tailored to resident need. The rotation is intended for senior residents.