University of British Columbia - Medical Genetics and Genomics - Vancouver

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

Last approved on September 29, 2021

Approximate Quota:


Accreditation status : Accredited

Provincial Criteria

Dr. Katherine Blood
Dr. Sylvie Langlois
Medical Genetics 
Room C234, Children's and Women's Health Center  
4500 Oak Street
Vancouver , British Columbia, V6H 3N1

Program Contacts

Robin Curtis
Program Assistant

Dr. Katherine Blood
Co-Program Director

Dr. Sylvie Langlois
Co-Program Director

Important Information

Co-Program Directors, Dr. Katherine Blood and Dr. Sylvie Langlois, or our Program Assistant would be happy to answer your questions. Do not hesitate to contact the program by email at 

The Medical Genetics and Genomics residency programs in Canada will launch Competence by Design in July 2022.

General Instructions

Program application language: English

All applications  will be reviewed by the Program Selection committee and candidates selected for interviews will be contacted by email in February 2022.

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
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

We require 3 letters of reference.

Additional documents
Medical School Transcript 

Order from your Registrar

Custom Résumé / CV 

Medical Student Performance Record 

Personal Letter 
Word count
Minimum : None
Maximum : None

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



  • March 9, 2022
  • March 11, 2022
Interviews will take place on March 9 and March 11, 2022.  

Our departmental academic rounds occur on Fridays and this will allow applicants the best opportunity to interact with the trainees, counsellors, lab scientists and MD's.  All applicants will be invited to attend virtually, even if the interview occurs on March 9th.

Program will notify all applicants through CaRMS Online and will send email invitations directly to applicants selected for an interview.
Formal interviews will be offered to short-listed candidates after review of application forms, letters of reference, and personal letters. Candidates will be notified by email if they are short-listed. The candidates will be interviewed by representatives of the program as well as by current resident trainee(s). In previous years, our applicants would typically have the opportunity to tour the facility, clinic and hospital, and we will aim to give applicants an impression of these virtually this year.

Selection Criteria

Candidates are judged on the basis of written applications and interviews by the Residency Training Program Selection Committee. Candidates are prioritized on the basis of: academic performance, clinical ability, demonstrated interest in clinical genetics, reference letters, and interpersonal communication skills.

Program goals

At UBC, we are committed to training well-rounded medical geneticists prepared to serve Canadians' health needs, and advance the translation of genetics and genomics to clinical care.  Residents in our program are expected to demonstrate clinical and academic excellence, exemplary interpersonal and teamwork skills, 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 rely on the entire province for training. Therefore, the ability to complete rotations 'away' from your home base is expected.

Selection process goals

  • Identify applicants interest in our specialty, and those who will develop into the excellent medical geneticist
  • Identify applicants who have demonstrated the ability to interact appropriately with patients, colleagues,
    and healthcare team members alike
  • Identify applicants who have demonstrated attributes highlighted in the CanMEDS 2015 roles.
  • Identify applicants who have demonstrated the ability and enthusiasm to learn and are able to adapt to the
    various demands of residency training.
  • Identify applicants who have a sincere interest to serve British Columbians

File review process

Review team composition : Our review team is composed of the program director, a selection of MD, PhD, and genetic counsellor faculty (including faculty from our department and departments we interact with), residents. Depending on availability, administrative members relevant to the program may be involved.

Average number of applications received by our program in the last five years : 0 - 50

Average percentage of applicants offered interviews : 51 - 75 %

Evaluation criteria :
File component Criteria
CV Research, publications, elective choices
Electives Clinical evaluations (in particular those from our and related specialties)
Examinations We do not evaluate this file component.
Extra-curricular Meaningful contributions and engagement
Leadership skills Meaningful contributions and engagement
MSPRs Demonstrated interpersonal skills
Personal letters Interest in discipline; what the candidate would bring to the discipline and our program
Reference documents Positive interaction with colleagues and patients. Interest in discipline.
Research/Publications Interest in participating in future research projects; ability to communicate about research
Transcripts Academic performance

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.

We encourage candidates who have done at least one elective in Medical Genetics and who demonstrate they understand the depth and breadth of our specialty, to apply.  The elective does not need to have been at UBC.  

Interview process

Interview format :

We may accommodate requests to re-schedule interviews for applicants due to weather, technology failure, or unforeseen circumstances.

Interview evaluation criteria :
Interview components Criteria
Collaboration skills Promotion of high-quality patient care through working in a team environment
Collegiality Behavior, attitude, ability to work well with others
Communication skills Ability to speak and write in English. Ability to build rapport
Health advocacy Track record in and vision around advocacy for patients.
Interest in the discipline Demonstrated interest and ability in the specialty; evidence for compassion
Interest in the program Demonstrated interest program, setting, and serving British Columbians
Leadership skills Ability to initiate programs, lead organizations or groups, and make an impact
Professionalism Correspondence with staff and residents; behavior during interview
Scholarly activities Ability to give short prepared talk, as well as hold conversations related to scholarly activities

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 strengths of the UBC Medical Genetics and Genomics training program are:

  1. Broad clinical exposure: training takes place in the British Columbia Provincial Medical Genetics Programme ensuring a wide variety of clinical experiences in all areas of clinical genetics.
  2. A dedicated "Resident Clinic"  for senior 3rd-5th year residents allowing trainees to see patients from initial consultation through ongoing stages of investigation and follow-up.
  3. Training in a centre with an exceptional genetic counselling and genetics lab scientists training programs and thus an opportunity to learn not only from residents but also from cohorts of genetic counselling students and lab fellows. 
  4. Exposure to cutting edge clinical application and research in genomics.
  5. Strong biochemical training: biochemical genetic rotations include three months with the clinical Biochemical Disease Service at the BC Children's Hospital and 1 month of Adult Biochemical Genetics at the Vancouver General Hospital.
  6. Committed instructors: training with a range of Medical Geneticists committed to resident education, with expertise in different areas of clinical genetics and strong support and teaching from Laboratory Specialists in molecular, cytogenetics and biochemical genetics labs.
  7. A national leader in adopting and translating genomics into clinical care.
  8. Research: strong academic department providing diverse opportunities for research.
  9. Balance: an appropriate balance between education, research and service.

UBC Medical Genetics and Genomics Residency Program is within a busy, provincial service that sees approximately 3000 families per year as outpatient, inpatient and outreach consultations. Our service is centralized at the BC Children's Hospital and Women' Health Centre (C234 – 4500 Oak Street, Vancouver, BC V6H 3N1). Provincial Medical Genetics Clinic provides the following:

  • Evaluation and diagnosis of congenital anomalies and genetic diseases in fetuses, children, and adults
  • Genetic counselling regarding the risks of occurrence or recurrence of congenital anomalies, mental retardation and genetic disease;
  • Inpatient, outpatient and outreach consultations about congenital anomalies, genetic diseases, and teratogen exposures; and
  • Education about medical genetics for the public, for undergraduate, graduate and post-graduate students, as well as for health professionals in B.C.
  • Research

BC Women’s Hospital & Health Centre (BCW) is the only facility in British Columbia devoted primarily to the health of women, newborns and families. It provides a broad range of specialized women’s health services that address the health needs of women of all ages and backgrounds. BC Women’s is one of the largest maternity facilities in Canada, with over 7,000 births a year, and is both the major primary and secondary maternity services provider in the Lower Mainland and the cornerstone of the provincial tertiary care system. As an academic health centre, BCW’s mandate includes providing strong leadership in research and the education and professional development of health care professionals in areas related to the health of the populations we serve.

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 Medical Genetics and Genomics Residency Training Programs will launch Competence by Design in July 2022.


The training follows the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada guidelines. The program is a five-year program.

Our residents have a curricular blueprint organized around the competencies related to:

  • wellness/community building,
  • as designated by the Royal College training document, and
  • around managing select presentations.

In years 1 and 2 the resident will complete 9 months of Pediatrics, 8 months of Internal Medicine, 2 months of Maternal-Fetal Medicine (MFM), 1 month of Reproductive Psychiatry with the remaining months for electives.

In years 3-5, the resident will complete 18 months of clinical genetics, 6 months of laboratory genetics and graduate-level course work. The remaining months will be dedicated to research and electives. Senior MGG residents (PGY3-PGY5) will hold Medical Genetics Resident clinics (minimum 20 clinics in their fifth year of training), during which a resident sees 3-5 new patients per clinic, and is solely responsible for preparing and doing the all the follow-up for the cases selected for the clinic.   


Each resident will complete a scholarly project (clinical or laboratory). The topic will be chosen by the end of year 3 and completed during years 4 & 5. The resident will be able to access world-renowned laboratories and clinical research groups to define and complete the projects.

Educational Activities

Residents are offered protected learning/research time, which includes weekly participation in the Academic Half Day (AHD) activities, which run Fridays from 12-4. Medical Genetics AHD includes weekly patient reviews, monthly journal club, and weekly tailored learning sessions which have resident/fellow-led learning and learning with a faculty member, who will lead discussions of specific competencies/topics in the field of clinical genetics, discussions and analysis of the select cases etc. This curriculum provides a wide variety of learning opportunities addressing all of the CanMeds roles. PGY1’s attend pediatric AHDs instead but are welcome when service requirements allow to attend Medical Genetics half days.

The residents are also informed about and welcome to attend rounds of other services highly relevant to Medical Genetics (Fetal Diagnosis Service Rounds, Combined Perinatal Rounds, Pediatrics Grand Rounds, DSD rounds, Biochemical Diseases Clinical Service Rounds, Autopsy Rounds).

Course work and Seminars

In their third year, the residents participate in two graduate level genetic courses. In addition, they are involved in dedicated weekly academic half-days throughout their five years of training, which are geared towards preparation for their career and Royal College Examination.

In addition, Objective Standardized Clinical Encounters (OSCE) and practice written examinations are held twice a year. OSCE's are multi-station exams designed to be similar to the Royal College examination format. Each resident also is offered funding to write the ABMGG practice exam once during the residency, most likely in a senior year. 

Residents also participate in Telehealth for Genetic Residents and Fellows (TeleGRAF) sessions; across Canada monthly teaching seminar series delivered via videoconference.

Training Sites

Training Sites

The pediatric, internal medicine, MFM and other basic training in the Medical Genetics and Genomics Residency Program is interdisciplinary. Residents train at a number of tertiary level academic teaching hospitals and laboratories in Vancouver, all with large patient loads derived from the entire province.  Sites include, but are not limited to:

BC Children's Hospital, 4480 Oak Street, Vancouver, BC, V6H 3V4

BC Women's Hospital and Health Centre, 4500 Oak Street, Vancouver, BC, V6H 3N1

Vancouver General Hospital, 899 12th Avenue W, Vancouver, B.C. V5Z 1M9

BC Cancer Agency, Vancouver Centre, 600 West 10th Avenue, Vancouver, BC, V5Z 4E6

Saint Paul's Hospital, 1081 Burrard St. Vancouver, B.C., V6Z 1Y6

Royal Columbian Hospital, 330 E Columbia St, New Westminster, BC V3L 3W7

UBC Hospital, 2211 Wesbrook Mall, Vancouver, BC V6T 2B5

The core Medical Genetics clinical training is within a busy, provincial service that sees approximately 3000 families per year as outpatient, inpatient and outreach consultations.  Our service is centralized at the BC Children's Hospital and Women' Health Centre (C234 – 4500 Oak Street, Vancouver, BC  V6H 3N1).  Residents have the opportunity to take part in Genetic Outreach clinic in underserviced areas in British Columbia and to attend dedicated clinics at the BC Hereditary Cancer Program affiliated with the BC Cancer Agency. Patients demonstrate a wide variety of prenatal, pediatric, and adult conditions. There is close affiliation with both diagnostic and research laboratories.  

Our program emphasizes learning and integration of basic genetics with clinical genetics, with our residents completing upper level course work within the UBC Medical Genetics Graduate Program. 

Additional Information

Quick Facts:

- The ratio of residents to faculty is 1:2

- The dedicated "Resident Clinic" allows senior residents the opportunity for continuity of care and follow-up of their own patients.

- There are opportunities to serve rural communities via videoconference.

- Our institution provides residents with access to electronic medical resources.

- There are opportunities for interprovincial and international electives.

- Research electives can be tailor-fit to the residents' interests, designed to focus on future goals.