Admissions

Eligibility

We require all candidates to satisfy the following criteria:

  1. CCFP certification, or
  2. Eligibility for CCFP certification (current or expected to be obtained within the Enhanced Skills (ES) residency year); that is, a resident in their final year of FM residency, or a physician who is practice-eligible to sit the CFPC certification examination during the ES residency year.

Applications will be considered and approved in the following priority order according to training time and training spots available:

  • Licensed physicians practicing in British Columbia for a minimum of 6 months seeking to develop enhanced skills to meet an identified community need.
  • Physicians straight from a UBC residency program with an interest in a particular area of enhanced skills where there is a clear and urgent identified need (eg. addictions medicine) with or without links to a specific community.
  • Out-of-province requests (Please note: The postgraduate programs of the Department of Family Medicine do not accept Visa trainees)

Application Process (2020-2021 Intake)

The application deadlines for the 2020-2021 academic year have passed. We do take late applications for certain Category 2 programs if spots are unfilled. Please contact the Enhanced Skills Coordinator Lindsay Gowland to inquire about late submissions.

Application Process (2021-2022 Intake)

The application deadlines for the 2021-2022 academic year have passed. We do take late applications for certain Category 2 programs if spots are unfilled. Please contact the Enhanced Skills Coordinator Lindsay Gowland to inquire about late submissions.

Enhanced Skills recently started a new Category 2 program in Pediatrics. There are two, 3-month training opportunities available. Please see our Training Programs page for more information about the curriculum.

Our Category 2 selection process has already occurred for the 2021-2022 academic year, but we still have available positions in our new Pediatrics program. To apply, please follow the instructions below as soon as possible:

Application requirements:
  1. Completed Enhanced Skills Application Form, which includes:
    • Current Curriculum Vitae
    • Personal Statement, stating reasons for desiring enhanced skills, the skill area desired, the amount of training time requested, and identification of specific community need
  2. 3 Letters of Personal Reference in support of the requested training (should be mailed/emailed/faxed directly to the Enhanced Skills Program office from the referee)
  3. Letter of Community Support (from hospital Chief of Staff, Chair of the CHC etc.) identifying the need and confirming the willingness of the community to utilize the skills of the physician once acquired. This letter is helpful but not absolutely required.

Please have all supporting letters sent via email to Lindsay Gowland, Enhanced Skills Coordinator.

Enhanced Skills is now able to offer short term (up to 3 months) Category 2 opportunities to IMG grads from the UBC Family Practice Residency Program. These training opportunities are only available from March - June 2022.

Timeline:

Applications open: July 1, 2021

Applications close: November 15, 2021

Acceptance notification: December 16, 2021

Deadline for acceptance: January 5, 2022

Application requirements:

  1. Completed Enhanced Skills Application Form for IMG Applicants, which includes:
    • Current Curriculum Vitae
    • Personal Statement, stating reasons for desiring enhanced skills, the skill area desired, the amount of training time requested, and identification of specific community need
  2. 2 Letters of Personal Reference in support of the requested training (should be emailed directly to the Enhanced Skills Program office from the referee)
  3. Letter of Community Support (from hospital Chief of Staff, Chair of the CHC etc.) clearly identifying the community need and confirming the willingness of the community to utilize the skills of the physician once acquired (should be emailed directly to the Enhanced Skills Program office from the referee)
  4. Letter from the Ministry of Health authorizing the release of the resident from their Return of Service agreement for a period of up to 3 months (should be emailed directly to the Enhanced Skills Program office from the referee)
  5. Letter from previous Family Practice Site Director confirming the completion of the residency program in good academic standing (should be emailed directly to the Enhanced Skills Program office from the referee)

Please have all supporting letters sent via email to Lindsay Gowland, Enhanced Skills Coordinator.

Enhanced Skills has made available some one-month Category 2 funding designed to support recent graduates who, due to the COVID-19 crisis, have had limited exposure to certain experiences required by their communities. Supported examples might include MSK Medicine, Emergency Medicine, and Anaesthesia (if the situation allows for it).

Please note - if you are committed to working in a rural or remote area, you may qualify for the REAP Rural Skills Upgrade Program. Those who may qualify are encouraged to apply to REAP rather than Enhanced Skills.

Applicants must submit a letter of support from their community, indicating that there is an identified need for such services. Preference will be given to those that are practicing in BC, or show the intention of doing so. This training will take place between January - June 2022.

Application timeline:

Applications open: September 1, 2021

Applications close: October 31, 2021

Acceptance notification: TBD

Deadline for acceptance: TBD

Application Process:

  1. Completed 2021-22 One-Month Category 2 Enhanced Skills Application Form. You will be asked to attach your Curriculum Vitae within the form.
  2. Please provide the following supporting letters:
    1. 1 Letter of Community support: This is a letter from someone in the community (hospital Chief of Staff, Chair of the CHC etc.) identifying the need and confirming the willingness of the community to utilize the skills of the physician once acquired.
    2. 2 Letters of reference: There is no set format for these letters.
    3. If you are an off-cycle resident in training: 1 Letter of good academic standing from your previous Site Director. This letter is not required if you have completed your residency by June 30, 2020.

All of your supporting letters should be submitted directly to the Enhanced Skills office from your referees. Please instruct them to email the letters to the Enhanced Skills Coordinator, Lindsay Gowland, at lindsay.gowland@familymed.ubc.ca.

This opportunity may also be available to IMGs engaged in a return of service at that time - please contact returnofservice@gov.bc.ca for details for this process.

Application Process (2022-2023 Intake)

Please note that the following Category 1 programs have now moved to a CaRMS selection process: Family Practice Anaesthesia, Care of the Elderly, Obstetrical Surgical Skills, Sport & Exercise Medicine, Palliative Care (year long program). For timelines, please visit the CaRMS Family Medicine Enhanced Skills match page.

The Clinician Scholar Program will not be matched via CaRMS. Please see application form.

Timeline:

Applications open: July 1, 2021

Applications close: Tentative - November 15, 2021

Acceptance notification: Tentative - December 16, 2021

Deadline for acceptance: Tentative - January 5, 2022

Application requirements:
  1. Completed Enhanced Skills Application Form, which includes:
    • Current Curriculum Vitae
    • Personal Statement, stating reasons for desiring enhanced skills, the skill area desired, the amount of training time requested, and identification of specific community need
  2. 3 Letters of Personal Reference in support of the requested training (should be mailed/emailed/faxed directly to the Enhanced Skills Program office from the referee)
  3. Letter of Community Support (from hospital Chief of Staff, Chair of the CHC etc.) identifying the need and confirming the willingness of the community to utilize the skills of the physician once acquired. This letter is helpful but not absolutely required.

Please have all supporting letters sent via email to Lindsay Gowland, Enhanced Skills Coordinator.

Selection Process

Candidates will be selected based upon their personal merits, commitment to their community, and ability to meet community needs. Letters of support from members of the community (regional health board, hospital CEO, etc.) and local physicians, confirming the need and affirming support for the candidate in pursuit of these skills are an optional addition to the application package.

Please note, you can only match to a single Category 1 program through CaRMS. Should you match to a Category 1 program through CaRMS, this is a binding contract and you will need to relinquish or decline any subsequent Category 2 offers you receive. Should you receive and accept a Category 2 offer PRIOR to the CaRMS rank order list deadline, you will need to withdraw from the CaRMS match. Between the rank order list deadline and match day, you cannot accept any Category 2 offers. Any circumvention of this policy will result in a match violation and may result in disciplinary actions.