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University of British Columbia - Family Medicine - Indigenous - Mainland Vancouver

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

Last approved on November 17, 2021

Summary of changes

Approximate Quota:

 2 

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
residency@familymed.ubc.ca

Cindy Choi
Education Coordinator
residency@familymed.ubc.ca

Carlea Remodo
Site Coordinator
cremodo@uvic.ca

Dr. Terri Aldred
Site Director
terrialdred@gmail.com
250.370.8980


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
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

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
Required
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



Interviews

Dates:

  • 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
Advocacy/Compassion
Resilience
Patient centeredness

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

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

 

Northern

  • 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.

Introduction

This site provides opportunities to develop special expertise in Indigenous health for both Indigenous and non-Indigenous physicians. Please note that this site also includes residents based at Indigenous – Vancouver Island. Information regarding Indigenous – Vancouver Island can be found under a separate CaRMS description.

Our program is relationship-based and engaged with Indigenous communities. We work in collaboration with a number of Indigenous communities and their health care teams to provide educational experiences whereby residents are connected within an Indigenous community for the duration of their training.  Over the course of their training residents develop relationships with specific Indigenous individuals, families and their community and see these same clients and their extended family networks in a variety of care settings (ie. primary care clinic, in-hospital etc.). The residents are welcomed and encouraged to participate in community activities and gatherings in order to help them develop trust with the community they are serving. Our program focuses on supporting residents to engage with communities in a respectful way in order to learn about health and healing with and from Indigenous peoples.

In order to enhance the amount of time spent in Indigenous communities, our site has adopted a distributed model. We have residents placed across BC, including Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside in the Indigenous - Mainland Vancouver site located on located on unceded xʷməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and Səl̓ílwəta/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) territories. The primary clinical sites for our Indigenous – Mainland Vancouver residents are Vancouver Native Health Society, Sheway, Lu’Ma and starting in 2019, the Urban Indigenous Health and Healing Cooperative (UIHHC). All of our residents also gain experience in remote Indigenous health which is unique to our site. Our primary clinics incorporate longitudinal curriculums that maximize residents’ continuity of care. All sites offer educational experiences to meet accreditation standards.

PGY1 Overview

R1

Duration

Location/Notes

Family Practice

20 + weeks

Horizontal time includes clinics in FM, maternity care, care of children/adolescents and psych, also includes OB call and WARD call

Indigenous FP

4 - 8 weeks

4 x one week fly-in visits to Takla Landing, Yekooche and Fort Babine throughout horizontal family practice and a 4 wk block in the ‘Namgis territory (Alert Bay)

Elective

4 weeks

 

OB/Gyn

4 weeks

BCWC OB

ER

4 weeks

St. Paul’s Hospital

Pediatrics

4 weeks

Selective (can be done out of province)

IM-CTU

4 weeks

St. Paul’s Hospital

 PGY2 Overview 

R2

Duration

Location/Notes

Family Practice

24 weeks

Horizontal time includes elective, remote Indigenous community visits, care of elderly, psych, and transition to Family Practice

Rural Family Practice

8 weeks

This can be extended to 12 or 16 weeks coming from Elective or FP

Ward

4 weeks

 Mount St. Joseph’s

Surgery or Proc Rounds

2 weeks

Location TBD

Palliative

2 weeks

St. Paul’s Hospital or UBC

Elective

12 weeks

 

Academic Days and Research

Due to our small size (ie. 2-4 residents per geographic site), our sites collaborate with other UBC Family Practice sites to deliver academic curricula.  Indigenous - Mainland Vancouver site residents participate in the St. Paul’s site academic curriculum (MAC), usually a half day per week. This includes 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 the first year, residents are required to complete a quality improvement project. Throughout the two years, residents must complete a scholar project and present their work at Scholarship Day.

Indigenous Educational Experiences

In addition to the variety of experiences residents have within their home base community, the full complement of Indigenous site residents meets quarterly for Indigenous academic days.  These gatherings occur face to face in our Indigenous home base communities to learn from Elders and participate in local activities.  The purpose of these gatherings is to honor and celebrate Indigenous approaches to health and healing.  Indigenous academic days also offer an opportunity to reconnect and share stories about the successes and challenges in working in the area of Indigenous health and also to consolidate teachings about cultural safety.

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

Sheway – Sheway is a Pregnancy Outreach Program (P.O.P.) located in the Downtown Eastside of Vancouver. The program provides health and social service supports to pregnant women and women with infants under eighteen months who are dealing with drug and alcohol issues. The focus of the program is to help the women have healthy pregnancies and positive early parenting experiences

Lu’Ma Native Housing – Located within Lu’Ma Native Housing Society. The Lu’Ma clinic provides safe, culturally integrated health care that is accessible to families to increase positive health outcomes and remove disparities. The clinic offers a smudging area and medicine bag making materials as well as access to traditional healers and Elders.

Kilala Lelum – a collaboration between Indigenous Elders, physicians and allied health professionals to provide a safe and healing space for the Indigenous and non-Indigenous community in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside. This centre officially opened in June 2019, to provide care to over 3000 individuals of all nations who face the challenges of inner-city living.

Vancouver Aboriginal Health Society – Vancouver Aboriginal Health Society (VAHS) was established in 1991 with a mission to improve and promote the health of individuals with a focus on the Indigenous community residing in Greater Vancouver.  Today, Vancouver Aboriginal Health Society delivers comprehensive medical, counselling and social services generally to Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside Indigenous community. The majority of VAHS clients struggle with overlapping issues and con-current health issues such as substance abuse, mental health, chronic disease, homelessness and poverty.

St. Paul’s Hospital – St. Paul’s is the home of one of only two active Family Practice teaching wards in Canada, modeling comprehensive and continuous care in a metropolitan setting. Majority of primary care inpatient and specialist training takes place at St. Paul’s Hospital, a tertiary referral hospital of 480 beds including Family Practice Ward, Obstetrics, and a very busy Emergency department. St. Paul’s has been a teaching hospital for residents and interns for over 70 years and has a proud reputation for the quality of its teaching programs.


Additional Information

Please see our site-specific selection criteria.


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