Education

Undergraduate Education

The Department of Emergency Medicine strives to be “the premier program for medical student learning and development in Canada”.

Undergraduate Education is one of our department’s highest priorities. We believe that clinical learning in Emergency Medicine is of the highest value to the education of doctors, and that all undifferentiated physicians should be prepared to manage rudimentary emergencies upon graduation. Our distributed undergraduate program is taught throughout the province by a large faculty of enthusiastic teachers, with a dedicated leadership. We provide a variety of learning experiences to 288 new UBC medical students each year, in addition to dozens of students from other Canadian medical schools, and selected international medical schools.

We are fully engaged in UBC’s Curriculum Renewal to meet the mandate of the Collective Vision of the AFMC Future of Medical Education in Canada project. We continuously strive to ensure LCME Accreditation Standards are met.

CFPC (EM) Residency

This one year program is a continuation of the CFPC EM 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.

RCPS (EM) Residency

In July 2013, the UBC residency program became a distributed residency program, with residents being based out of Victoria, Fraser and Kelowna, as well as the previously established Vancouver site. We anticipate having academic day videoconferenced, with on-site staff support. Candidates may apply to all sites separately, selecting whichever locations appeal to them. Current residents do rotations at the future distributed sites already, and we anticipate this will continue.

As we transition from a single program to a distributed model, rotations in the new sites will be possible for residents based in other sites.

Pediatric EM Fellowship

Based at BC Children’s Hospital, the fellowship is a two year training program in Pediatric Emergency Medicine for qualified applicants interested in learning in a fun, supportive, enriching environment.

EM Ultrasound Fellowship

The Emergency Medicine Ultrasound Fellowship is a one year curriculum designed to train emergency physicians to be leaders in emergency ultrasound in Canada. Fellows will develop expertise in sonography, teaching, research, and administration.


Education News


ERT Award given to DEM residency program
May 18, 2017The UBC Royal College of Emergency Medicine Residency Program received an award from the Vancouver Police Emergency Response Team (ERT), in appreciation for allowing ERT members to participate in a recent procedural skills educational event. Pictured here is Dr. Eric Vu presenting a plaque to Senior Resident Dr. Jonathan Lee. Read More >


Congratulations to Dr. Quynh Doan on receiving the 2015-2016 for the Academic Teacher of the Year award from UBC Pediatric Emergency Medicine
October 24, 2016DEM would like to congratulate Dr. Quynh Doan in winning the 2015-2016 for the Academic Teacher of the Year award from UBC Pediatric Emergency Medicine. This well-deserved recognition reflects Quynh’s commitment and excellence in her education of Pediatrics emergency medicine. Well done, Quynh! Read More >


Congratulations to Dr. Riyad Abu-Laban on receiving the 2015-16 Off Service Teacher of the Year award from UBC Pediatric Emergency Medicine.
October 24, 2016DEM would like to congratulate Dr. Riyad Abu-Laban in winning the 2015-16 Off Service Teacher of the Year award from UBC Pediatric Emergency Medicine.  This is a recognition bestowed upon him through the Pediatrics Emergency Medicine fellows for his invaluable contributions to their education.  Please join our Department in celebrating Riyad’s success.     Read More >


Dr. Kevin Shi receives BCCFP award for his contribution to the education of family medicine residents
June 10, 2016Dr. Kevin Shi, a CCFP(EM) full time emergency physician at the Delta Hospital, and a Clinical Associate Professor in the Dept of EM, recently received an award from the BC College of Family Physicians for his contribution to the education of family medicine residents. This was an award he was nominated for by the residents […] Read More >


Welcome new DEM residents!
March 3, 2016Congratulations and a warm welcome to our new PGY1 residents who will begin their residency with us on July 1, 2016! On March 2, 2016, the Department of Emergency Medicine welcomed 12 new residents to our Program. Our Fraser site welcomes Dr. Shayla Behrens from UBC and Dr. Adrianna Rowe from U of C. Our […] Read More >

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