Training Programs

Category 1

Category 1 programs are those in which the College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC) has established national standards for curriculum and training.

The Category 1 Addictions program is new to UBC for the 2021-22 year. It will be largely based on the existing Addictions Fellowship offered by the BC Centre on Substance Use.

Please refer to CaRMS website for the application process and deadline.

Dr. Annabel Mead
Interim Program Director

Lindsay Gowland
Enhanced Skills Coordinator

The UBC FPA year is a diverse and challenging blend of high volume/high acuity tertiary centre rotations and rural FPA educational experiences.  The design is intended to provide adequate volume of clinical exposure to achieve learning objectives while still providing adequate exposure to rural broad spectrum FPA practice to prepare our residents for the unique challenges they will face working in rural surgical and critical care environments  with limited resources.

This program is primarily based in Vancouver-area hospitals except for a core community rotation in Whitehorse, Yukon Territory,  and elective block which is also often rural based. The Whitehorse rotation in the Yukon Territory is very popular and highly valued as excellent clinical exposure to broad scope FPA practice.  The elective block provides further opportunity in several rural BC communities for additional time with FPA preceptors and further FP clinical exposure.

There are up to four positions available each academic year (July 1-June 30).

A brief outline of year structure is as follows:

  • Adult anesthesia: A total of 6 blocks at Vancouver General Hospital, St. Paul’s Hospital, Lions Gate Hospital, and/or Royal Columbian Hospital.
  • Pediatric anesthesia: 2 blocks each at BC Children’s Hospital
  • Obstetrical anesthesia: 2 blocks at BC Women’s Hospital
  • ICU: 1 block at Royal Columbian Hospital, New Westminster, BC
  • Community Rotation: 1 block in Whitehorse, Yukon
  • Elective: 1 block

Successful completion of this enhanced skills program requires passing:

  • Rotations
  • Written exam
  • Oral exam

Specific FPA CBD curriculum is in process of being developed

Please refer to CaRMS website for the application process and deadline.

Dr. John McAlpine
Program Director

Lindsay Gowland
Program Coordinator - Enhanced Skills

Jill Delane
Program Coordinator - RC Anesthesia Program

This program is a continuation of the CCFP Residency Program and is designed to meet the needs of the physician who wishes to acquire extra skills in Emergency Medicine. Graduates of the program are anticipated to act as leaders in emergency medicine with a major commitment to emergency care and teaching, regardless of where they practice. The program, though very clinically based, has a strong academic component. For the incoming 2019-2020 year, 2 of the CCFP-EM positions are based in Nanaimo, while the remainder are based at St. Paul's Hospital in Vancouver.

The EM Program is currently offered in three locations:

Nanaimo: Located on Vancouver Island, NRGH has an annual census of approximately 68,000. They are provincial leaders in ultrasound training. This is the main site for resident in the Nanaimo program.

Surrey: Surrey Memorial Hospital is the busiest emergency department in the province. This is a high volume, high acuity department with both adult and pediatric emergency departments. Annual visits are on average over 165K.

Vancouver: St Paul's: St. Paul's is a busy, fascinating and gritty tertiary-care hospital in the heart of downtown Vancouver with an annual census of 88K.

Please refer to CaRMS website for the application process and deadline. Physicians interested in this program should obtain all information/application as early as possible.

Dr. Rob Saona
Program Director

Dr. Sally Barrio
Site Director - Surrey

Phaedra Bennett
Program Assistant

Dr. Kevin McMeel
Program Lead - Nanaimo

Do you have an idea for how to improve practice, health care delivery or any aspect of community-based primary health care?

The UBC Department of Family Practice is pleased to offer two-year, part-time, Clinician Scholar positions for family physicians in family practice scholarship starting July 1 each year. The Clinician Scholar Program is one of seven across Canada. These positions are Category 1, Enhanced Skills residency positions, accredited by the College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC).

We will help you to develop your research ideas into  scholarship. Our program includes scholarship related to:

  • Developing and conducting research
  • Community engagement
  • Contributions to education
  • Knowledge translation
  • To support the development and enhancement of core scholarship skills
  • To cultivate scholarship within family medicine
  • To contribute to the knowledge base of family    practice and primary health care
  • To engage practicing family physicians in conducting  scholarly work
  • To foster innovative, interdisciplinary, community-based scholarship
Program Structure
  • Clinician Scholars work with their identified Family Practice faculty research mentor. The CSP Mentorship Agreement guides the level and type of support the Clinician Scholar will receive. This is a requirement to apply to the Clinician Scholar Program.
  • Overall facilitation of the program is the responsibility of the CSP Director, Dr. Wendy Norman, with the oversight and guidance of the CSP Steering Committee.

For more information, please visit

Dr. Wendy Norman
Program Director

Program Coordinator - TBD, please contact Lindsay Gowland

The mission of the Health Care of the Elderly residency is to promote the education of family physicians to enhance their competence and confidence in health care for seniors. Our goal is to develop leaders, teachers and researchers in elder care in the community. Training may occur in Vancouver or Victoria.

This program includes defined objectives for each rotation, including the requirement of a completed research project:

  • family practice, assessment and treatment program
  • geriatric medicine
  • geriatric psychiatry
  • palliative medicine
  • rehab objectives
  • electives and time for research project.

Please refer to CaRMS website for the application process and deadline.

Other training locations and shorter training periods in geriatrics (no research project required) are possible via a Category 2 program.

Dr. Conrad Rusnak
Program Director

Tamar Haytayan
Program Assistant
Phone: 604-827-4395

Six-month advanced obstetrics surgical skills training is available at Surrey Memorial Hospital. The goal of this program is to train physicians who are intent on practicing in rural communities to be competent in performing C-sections.

Please refer to CaRMS website for the application process and deadline.

Dr. Maged Bakhet
Program Director

Lindsay Gowland
Enhanced Skills Coordinator
Phone: 604-822-0869

The Family Medicine Year of Added Competency (YAC) in Palliative Medicine  is for physicians seeking added competency in palliative medicine, who intend to focus their career on palliative medicine.  They must satisfy one of the following criteria:

  1. CCFP certification
  2. Residents in their final year of family medicine residency who are eligible for CCFP certification (current or expected to be obtained within the YAC residency year).
  3. A physician who is practice-eligible to sit the CFPC certification examination during the YAC residency year.

On completion of the program, the physician will be able to provide primary and consultant palliative care services, including the education of medical students and physicians, and receive the right to use the CCFP-PC (Palliative Care) Certificate of Added Competence (CAC) designation.

The resident will gain knowledge, skills, and clinical experience in pain and symptom management and the psycho-social and spiritual dimensions of caring for patients and families facing terminal illness.

The program is based primarily in Vancouver or Victoria, but there will be opportunity to gain palliative care experience in other B.C. centers. The resident will gain experience on palliative care units, acute care hospital palliative consultation services and at BC Cancer and community hospice programs.  There are also a variety of elective options available depending on the specific interests of the resident.

Residents are expected to complete a scholarly project during the one-year residency.

Please refer to CaRMS website for the application process and deadline.

Dr. Anoo Tamber
Program Director

Kathryn Inman
Program Assistant

Enhanced Skills offers a primary care Sports and Exercise Medicine year of training. This is a comprehensive training program to create expertise in the assessment, management and ultimately prevention of sport and exercise concerns. The endpoint is the creation of community leaders in this relatively new area of medicine. There is 1 position per year.

The UBC Sport and Exercise Residency Program combines several longitudinal clinics with core rotations throughout the year.

Weekly Longitudinal Clinics:

  • ½ day Varsity Clinic at UBC Student Health
    ½ day family practice clinic at UBC Health Clinic
  • ½ day Ultrasound clinic at Allan McGavin Sports Medicine Clinic
  • 2 days of Sport Medicine Clinic at the Allan McGavin Sports Medicine Clinic, and various other Sport Medicine clinic locations in Vancouver and the surrounding area


  • Foot & Ankle
  • Radiology
  • Sport Cardiology
  • MSK-ER
  • Pediatric Orthopedics
  • Orthotics/Bracing/Physio
  • Hands/Plastics
  • Brain Health
  • Physiatry
  • Rheumatology
  • Electives

Please refer to CaRMS website for the application process and deadline.

Dr. Jason Crookham
Program Director

Lindsay Gowland
Enhanced Skills Program Coordinator
Phone: 604-822-0869

Category 2

Category 2 programs are those in which training is tailored specifically to meet the objectives of individual residents. Perspective residents should be specific in their goals and objectives upon applying. Note: This menu is not an exhaustive list.

The category two Addiction Medicine program seeks to educate and train practicing clinicians to identify and treat substance use disorders with three months of focused rotations. This time is typically divided between high yield clinical settings that include inpatient and outpatient Addiction Medicine, withdrawal management facilities, residential treatment centres, and culturally focused substance use disorder treatment clinics. Enhanced Skills trainees enter with the goal of providing specialized care to a particular community by developing focused competencies within Addiction Medicine. Previous trainees have completed training within various health authorities including Vancouver Coastal Health, Vancouver Island Health Authority, and Fraser Health.

For more information on Addiction Medicine Medicine Training including the Category 1 program, please refer to the BC Centre on Substance Use,

Please contact the Enhanced Skills Coordinator Lindsay Gowland if you are interested in applying to this program.

This program is designed to prepare licensed physicians to undertake clinical and/or public health work in a resource-limited international setting.  It also provides opportunities for enhanced learning local global health, including refugees and new immigrants.  The program consists of 4 months of Vancouver-based clinical training, live courses, online Global Health resources, in addition to participation in the Global Health journal club; the remaining 2 months will consist of a single placement in an approved, UBC-affiliated resource-limited, international site.  The clinical placement can be extended beyond the R3 program at the resident's discretion and pending site approval.  The overall program objectives are defined in terms of the CanMEDS competencies; the resident will be expected to define a set of shorter term learning objectives tailored to individual interests and goals to achieve within the 6-month training program

For more information about the program, please visit our Global Health Enhanced Skills webpage.

It is recommended that those who are interested contact the program co-directors prior to applying:

Dr. Videsh Kapoor
Dr. Ali Okhowat

All Program Co-Directors can be reached at

H2SUM (HIV, Viral Hepatitis, Substance Use Disorder and Mental Health)

The Enhanced Skills HIV-AIDS program has been re-structure to adapt to the changes in the management of this chronic condition.

Providing care for marginalized populations with complex medical and psycho-social conditions can be challenging for most family physicians, as treatments for: HIV, Viral Hepatitis, Substance Use Disorders and Mental Health conditions, are in constant evolution.

To provide comprehensive training in the management of marginalized complex populations, the BC-Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS, in partnership with the Vancouver Costal Health Department of Family and Community Practice, have developed a three-month postgraduate enhanced skills training program. The primary objective of this program is to enhance the skills of family physicians in the care and management of HIV, Hepatitis B and C, substance use disorder, mental health and other related conditions. With access to a network of clinics across the Vancouver Coastal Area including the Hope to Health Research and Innovation Centre, the John Ruedy Clinic (outpatient HIV primary care) and other specialist clinics at St Paul’s Hospital, this program is sure to provide a unique experience to physicians looking to increase their knowledge in these areas.

Dr. Silvia Guillemi
Program Director

Tatiana Parrott
Education Program Coordinator - BC Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS

Program Description

University of British Columbia offers one position for 6 (six) months of R3 Enhanced Skills in Hospital Medicine training and mentorship in integrated hospitalized complex patient, family and system-centered healthcare. Our residents are working in the context of a multidisciplinary team with the Hospitalist having the leading role in managing patients with multiple co- morbidities, and providing a skilled resource to transition of care by meeting the patients, families, hospital and community needs.

Residents in this program are mentored by faculty with focused practices in in- patient care as hospitalists, and by faculty from various sub-specialty training programs. This training opportunity represents one of the pathways for obtaining the Provincial Hospital Medicine Clinical Privileges.

Outline of the Program/ Training Sites
  1. ICU - RCH - 1 month
  2. IM/ Nephrology -RCH- 1 month
  3. EM - RCH and ERH or Hospital Medicine RCH- 1 month
  4. Hospital Medicine- RCH - 1 month
  5. Hospital Medicine- SMH/ ERH/ BH - 1 month
  6. Elective- RCH - Addiction/ Geriatric Medicine/ Geriatric Psychiatry / Palliative Medicine- 1 month

Our program has a flexible format in terms of the block rotation sequence, and blocks 3, 5 and 6 will be tailored to the candidates’ learning needs. Our role is to connect our residents’ interests and skill set needs to advanced training pathways.

This training opportunity is offered at Royal Columbian Hospital, with Hospital Medicine rotations in Surrey Memorial Hospital, Eagle Ridge Hospital, and Burnaby Hospital. Upon request, rotations in other Fraser Health Hospitalist Program Sites can be

Our residents are expected to attend weekly scheduled Internal Medicine rounds, and Monthly Hospitalist Grand rounds.

Shorter training periods in hospital medicine may also be available depending upon availability and capacity.

Dr. Diana Stancu
Hospitalist Royal Columbian Hospital
Program Lead

Dr. Tina Webber
R3 Enhanced Skills Program Director

For more information about training opportunities in Indigenous Health, please contact us directly.

Dr. Terri Aldred
Program Director

Carlea Remodo
Program Coordinator
Phone: 250-370-8980
Fax: 250-370-8016
RJH-Coronation Annex
CA205-1952 Bay Street
Victoria, BC V8R 1J8

Training in low-risk obstetrics with Enhanced Skills usually takes place at BC Women's Hospital + Health Centre. It is possible to train in obstetrics at other locations but it is generally up to the resident to seek out the opportunity and design their own learning plan.

There are 3 options for the Obstetrics exposure at BC Women’s Hospital + Health Centre. Some of these options can be combined for a more varied experience:

  1. Integrated Maternity Rotation (iMAT): FP’s office that does primarily OB as part of a full-service family practice.  Mentored by a member of BCW Department of FP at BC Women’s.  Work in their office and be a SRMC resident on call with FPMS groups.
  2. Ob Group Elective: Work as a Junior OB resident in high-risk labor and delivery.  Work with one of the attending obstetricians while on call.  Little or no ambulatory work, but would be busy in BC Women’s high-risk LDR and Urgent Care Centre for triage, assessment and admissions
  3. PCM Rotation: AKA “Single Room Maternity Care” rotation. Work alongside midwives, FP’s and Ob’s in low-risk L&D at BC Women’s. Will join a number of ambulatory clinics including obstetrics and some gynecology if available.  This is a great elective and popular amongst our PGY1 residents.

The three-block Enhanced Skills Program in Obstetrics at BC Women’s Hospital + Health Centre usually looks like this:

  • Consists of doing two blocks of PCM rotation (low-risk L&D), working as a resident on call with FP physicians and one block of Ob Group rotation (high-risk L&D), working as a resident on call with the Obstetricians or a combination of both rotations depending on learning objectives.  If you are a FP physician who is going into rural practice that incudes maternity care and obstetrics without an Obstetrician, then it is advisable to request to spend more time as an Ob Group resident working with the Obstetricians
  • Will have exposure to various Women’s health clinics including prenatal,  menopause, obstetrics medicine, gynecology clinics and more depending on availability.  This exposure depends on learning objectives if you have preference to shadow certain clinics
  • Will be evaluated by the Primary Care Maternity rotation supervisor

Please contact Lindsay Gowland, Enhanced Skills Program Coordinator for further information.

Training periods of up to 3 months are available in Category 2 Palliative Medicine. The Palliative Program has developed specific competencies for a 3 month training period.

As with other Category 2 Programs, specific training locations are dependent on the resident's own goals and objectives.

Please contact Lindsay Gowland, Enhanced Skills Coordinator, for further information.

Enhanced Skills is offering a pilot Category 2 Program in Pediatrics for the 2020-21 year. Please note that applicants for this program must be physicians who intend to practice in Terrace, BC for a period of at least six months for program evaluation purposes. Please see Admissions page for details on how to apply.

Pediatric specialists are less available in many rural areas in British Columbia, but there are a significant number of patients of the pediatric age group in these areas.  Efforts are being made to improve the number of pediatricians in rural and remote areas, but the presence of Family Medicine practitioners with Enhanced Skills in Pediatrics would provide better care to this patient population.  The trainee would receive skills training in acute management of pediatric patients. Individual learning objectives could also be accommodated.

Applicant Requirements

Applicants must be CCFP certified or be within the process of obtaining CCFP certification within their training period.


The initial training will be a three (3) month period with rotations through areas managing acute pediatric and neonatal presentations.

  • Surrey Memorial NICU (3 weeks) - this training would have emphasis  on neonatal resuscitation and stabilization, and care of the “older” premature infant
  • Surrey Memorial Pediatric Consult service (3 weeks) – assessment and stabilization of term infants, and management of common pediatric consultations/inpatient care
  • BC Children’s Hospital Emergency Room (2 weeks) – this will allow exposure to General Pediatrics but also a significant exposure to pediatric acute mental health disorders
  • Regional Hospital Experence (4 weeks) – experience in “full service” General Pediatric hospital practice, which includes neonatal care (resuscitation and stabilization) ideally in the regional hospital serving the trainee’s planned practice area (eg. Prince George, Kelowna/Kamloops, Victoria or Nanaimo)

The trainee should have current PALS and  NRP.  Completion of an APLS course is also recommended.  If the trainee has been unable to obtain above certification as a result of COVID-19, assistance can be given in accessing training opportunities

Contact information:

Dr. Tina Webber, Enhanced Skills Program Director

Or Lindsay Gowland, Enhanced Skills Program Coordinator,

This is a three-month program, aimed at practicing physicians and new residency graduates wishing to offer enhanced skills in Women’s Health to underserviced areas of British Columbia, that:

  • encompasses a broad selection of Women’s Health disciplines
  • incorporates focused time in two individually chosen areas of skill development
  • offers the opportunity to spend two weeks in a Women’s Health focused clinical practice
  • provides training oriented around specified learning objectives
  • provides regular supervision and support

Dr. Unjali Malhotra
Program Director