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

Application Materials

Please note that the following programs have separate application forms:
Clinician Scholar Program
Year of Added Competency in Palliative Medicine

For all other programs:

  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 reference letters/letter of community support sent via mail, email or fax to Lindsay Gowland, Enhanced Skills Coordinator, and Dr. Tina Webber, Enhanced Skills Program Director.

Application Dates & Deadlines for Prospective 2020-2021 Residents

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

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 will usually be required.