Program Overview

Enhanced Skills ProgramThe Department of Family Practice at the University of British Columbia is very pleased to make available a number of residency positions for family physicians in the province of British Columbia for the purpose of developing specific advanced skills. These positions represent a commitment on the part of the Department of Family Practice, and the Faculty of Medicine, to respond to community needs in an effective way. They are not a back door to a Royal College Residency.

Generally we try to offer flexible programs, aimed to accommodate a practicing family physician’s requirements for advanced training. Depending on the residency, and the goals and objectives of the resident, training may take place completely in major teaching hospitals, or there may be opportunities for training in community hospitals or other appropriate community sites throughout the province. Teaching is interdisciplinary and focused on the specific needs of the candidate.


An outline of the general educational objectives are available for most programs. However, specific learning objectives will need to be developed between the candidate, their preceptor, and the Department of Family Practice. Certain areas of training such as CCFP(EM), FP Anesthesia, and Care of the Elderly, have set curriculae.

Program Benefits

At the end of the training period, a UBC Certificate of Completion will be presented to residents who complete 6-month to one-year residencies. A Letter of Completion will be provided to residents who complete a shorter residency. Successful graduates of Category 1 Programs in Family Practice Anesthesia, EM, Palliative Care, Obstetrical Surgical Skills, Sport & Exercise Medicine and Care of the Elderly will be eligible for a Certificate of Added Competence from the College of Family Physicians of Canada.


Successful candidates will be registered and paid as a PGY3 UBC resident. For information on salary and benefits for medical residents in BC, please see the Collective Agreement from Resident Doctors of BC.


“I learned more in this one year than I thought possible. It was extremely challenging but I feel very excited to take on the challenge of Emergency Medicine as a career.”

“Program organised with insight, sense of purpose and motivation. Dr. Rusnak is a good listener and works with strengths and weaknesses of residents – more of velvet glove and little of iron fist.”

“I really enjoyed obstetrics/maternity in residency but just didn’t feel comfortable doing it independently after such a short training program. Doing three months of R3 enhanced skills allowed me to get much more experience so that I now feel comfortable doing maternity care independently.”