University of British Columbia - Family Medicine - Vancouver Fraser

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

Last approved on November 17, 2021

Summary of changes

Approximate Quota:


Accreditation status : Accredited

Provincial Criteria

Dr. Mark Mackenzie
Faculty of Medicine – Department of Family Practice 
300-5950 University Boulevard 
Vancouver, British Columbia, V6T 1Z3
UBC CaRMS Website

Program Contacts

Jana Ogdenova
Program Manager

Cindy Choi
Education Coordinator

Raquel Kirby Feswick
Site Coordinator

Dr. John Edworthy
Site Director

Important Information

Prospective residents should refer to the Family Medicine Residency Selection website for ongoing updates, deadlines and detailed information.

General Instructions

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).

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

Three letters of reference are required.

  • Regardless of reference source, reference letters should speak to an interest in Family Medicine and aptitude for the discipline.
  • Using anecdotal narrative if possible, letters should provide evidence of attributes and abilities well suited for a career in Family Medicine.
  • These attributes and abilities are also evaluated in our interview process (see interview criteria and components).
Additional documents
Medical School Transcript 

Order from your Registrar

Medical Student Performance Record 

Order from your Dean's office

Personal Letter 
Word count
Minimum : None
Maximum : None

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.

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 4, 2022
  • March 5, 2022
  • March 11, 2022
  • March 12, 2022
All 2022 R-1 match interviews will be in a virtual format, as per the decision of the Association of Faculties of Medicine of Canada.

The national interview period is February 28-March 20, 2022. UBC interviews will take place on March 04, 05, 11, and 12.

Candidates will be interviewed once, regardless of number of sites you apply to. 

Program will notify all applicants through CaRMS Online and will send email invitations directly to applicants selected for an interview.
All interviews will be conducted in a live, synchronous MMI format. The UBC Family Medicine (FM) program will contact the selected applicants by email to provide program-specific interview details and interview links.

If you wish to add a new program/site to your rank list after your interview, you must update your CaRMS application by March 16 12PM PST.


Any additional sites added to your application after this date will not be considered for ranking.

Important: you must also link your documents to any newly ranked site.

Regardless of the number of sites to which you apply, one final score will be generated after the interview.

If you are matched, the program will be unable to facilitate transfer from one site to another.

Selection Criteria

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. 


Program goals

  1. To graduate residents who have developed the competencies needed to begin independent family practice in diverse community settings
  2. To deliver an effective academic, clinical and scholarly educational program
  3. To graduate residents who are inspired, resilient, and balanced
  4. To graduate residents who demonstrate evidence-based and reflective practice
  5. To provide working and learning environments that ensure residents, faculty and staff feel respected and supported

Selection process goals

  1. Identify individuals with an aptitude for family medicine who are most likely to thrive in our diverse residency sites and in the unique context of British Columbia communities
  2. Identify individuals with a demonstrated solid foundation of clinical skills and clinical approach which equips them for Postgraduate Education training.
  3. Identify individuals who have consistent professional behavior; who interact appropriately with patients, colleagues and staff.
  4. Identify mature, motivated individuals with a broad range of life experience which they can draw upon to adapt to the demands of residency training.

File review process

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 %

Evaluation criteria :
File component Criteria
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.

Elective criteria

We do not evaluate this component; however reference letters from elective experiences may be helpful (see reference documents required).

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 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
Patient centeredness

Information gathered outside of CaRMS application

We do not consider any information gathered outside of the CaRMS application and local interview processes.

Ranking process

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

Program Highlights

Uniquely B.C:  UBC Family Medicine

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.

Training Sites: Overview

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

  • Abbotsford-Mission
  • Coastal (North Vancouver, Lion’s Gate Hospital)
  • Chilliwack
  • Indigenous (Greater Vancouver and rural Indigenous communities)
  • St. Paul's (Downtown Vancouver, Inner City)
  • Surrey South Fraser (Surrey Memorial Hospital)
  • Vancouver Fraser (New Westminster, Royal Columbian)


Interior Region

  • Kootenay Boundary (Trail, Nelson, Rossland, Castlegar)
  • Kelowna Rural (Kelowna R1 year; rural communities across BC in R2 year)
  • Kelowna Regional
  • Okanagan South (Penticton)
  • Kamloops


Vancouver Island

  • Indigenous (Victoria, Duncan, Ladysmith and rural Indigenous communities including Pacheedaht, Penelakut, ‘Namgis)
  • Nanaimo
  • Strathcona (Comox, Campbell River and Courtenay)
  • Victoria



  • Fort St. John (Northeast)
  • Northern Rural (Prince George R1 year; rural communities across BC in R2 year)
  • Prince George
  • Terrace (Rural Northwest)


IMG positions are offered at the following sites:

  • Abbotsford-Mission
  • Chilliwack
  • Coastal
  • Fort St. John
  • Kamloops
  • Kootenay Boundary
  • Nanaimo
  • Okanagan South
  • Kelowna Rural
  • Kelowna Regional
  • Prince George
  • Strathcona
  • St. Paul’s
  • Surrey South Fraser
  • Vancouver Fraser
  • Victoria


Resident Support

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.

Program Curriculum

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 Vancouver Fraser Site offers residents the unique combination of high level and specialized experiences available in Greater Vancouver referral hospitals and the first contact, primary care experiences of smaller hospital and community practices within the Lower Mainland. Residents learn in primary care focused environments but have access to tertiary care experience. We provide full service training with a focus on family physician intra-partum Obstetrics if the resident so desires. Being able to tailor your second year to your learning needs is an asset of our site.


Vacation: 4 weeks annually: preferably taken as 2 weeks in each 6 month period. Only one week can be taken in any 4 week rotation and vacation is not allowed during the 2 week core Pediatric rotations.  A maximum of one week of vacation may be taken during either the CTU or General Surgery rotation, but not one week in each.

One full day per week on alternate weeks is spent on the core academic program (VFAC).

One full day call-backs (CB) to the Family Practice preceptor’s office to see patients (alternate weeks) are compulsory during all rotations located in Greater Vancouver.

A Continuous Quality Improvement Project with your FP preceptor on a topic of your choice. 



Location / Notes

Family Practice                

16 weeks                                   

In 1st year you will be at the UBC family practice clinic or a Greater Vancovuer community clinic. In 2nd year you may re-match to a new preceptor from a list of community preceptors.


8 weeks 

B.C. Children's Hospital, Royal Columbian Hospital, Kensington Urgent Care Clinic and community pediatricians' offices: 4 weeks ER/urgent Pediatric care; 2 weeks office; 2 weeks Neonatal Nursery(ICN/NICU)


4 weeks 

2 weeks Royal Columbian Hospital and 2 weeks at Eagle Ridge Hospital or 4 weeks at Burnaby hospital


4 weeks 

Royal Columbian Hospital or Richmond Hospital  


8 weeks  

Royal Columbian Hospital, Peace Arch Hospital or BC Women's Hospital

Internal Medicine (includes ICU and CCU)                                   

12 weeks 

4 weeks CTU at Royal Columbian Hospital; 4 weeks preceptor-based IM at Burnaby or Mt. St. Joseph's Hospital; 4 weeks inpatient Family Practice/Hospitalist at the Royal Columbian Hospital or Burnaby General Hospital.


14 weeks of elective time

One full day per week on alternate weeks is spent on the core academic program (VFAC).

One full day call-backs (CB) to the Family Practice preceptor’s office to see patients (alternate weeks) are compulsory during all rotations located in Greater Vancouver.

Up to 3 half-days of horizontal elective time while on Family Practice rotation

Scholarly project on a topic of your choice is mandatory

Vacation: 4 weeks annually: preferably taken as 2 weeks in each 6 month period.

Elective opportunities allow increased experience in Emergency Medicine, Sports Medicine, Obstetrics and other fields according to the needs of the resident. Each resident plans his or her second year during the latter half of his or her first year. Family Practice block times may include longitudinal electives from an extensive listing of electives.



Location / Notes

Family Practice                

minimum 12 weeks                                   

A community Family Practice office


8 weeks 

Approved rural sites in B.C. (may request enhanced rural up to an additional 8 weeks)


4 weeks 

Royal Columbian Hospital, Burnaby General Hospital or Peach Arch Hospital

MSK selective

4 weeks 

Rotation in Musculoskeletal Medicine at Sports Medicine clinics and the offices of Sports Medicine specialists

Palliative Care

4 weeks 

Royal Columbian Hospital, Richmond Hospital, Burnaby Palliative Care Unit, Ridge Meadows Hospital,  Vancouver General Hospital and Eagle Ridge Hospital


4 weeks 

STAT Unit - Vancouver General Hospital, Mount St. Joseph’s Hospital


2 weeks

Royal Columbian Hospital

Academic Days and Research


Residents attend mandatory academic activities including academic teaching which is a mix of clinical case discussions and core topics. Residents are also expected to do presentations. Throughout the Program, we stress "Evidence-Based Medicine" in both academic and clinical areas.

In June of each year, residents will come together for a mandatory Site specific Scholarship Day.

In the first year, residents are expected to complete a quality improvement project. Throughout the two years, residents must complete a scholar project and present their work at Scholarship Day.

International Electives

Residents can do one month of interprovincial or international electives during their training.

Further 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.

Training Sites

Royal Columbian Hospital (New Westminster)

Burnaby Hospital (Burnaby)

B.C. Children's Hospital (Vancouver)

Mount St. Joseph's Hospital (Vancouver)

Peace Arch Hospital (White Rock)

Richmond Hospital (Richmond)

St. Paul's Hospital (Vancouver)

Vancouver General Hospital (Vancouver)

B.C. Women's Hospital (Vancouver)

Eagle Ridge Hospital (Port Moody)

Numerous long-term care facilities and community practices throughout Greater Vancouver

Access to Rural Residency Program sites

Additional Information

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