CFPC-EM Residency


CFPC-EM Residency Co-Director
Dr. Brian Lahiffe
CFPC-EM Residency Co-Director
Dr. Erin Kenny
Program Manager
Phaedra Bennett

Mission Statement

The mission of the UBC CFPC-EM Program is to produce excellent practitioners and leaders in Family and Emergency Medicine. The Program strives to be the national leader in Family and Emergency Medicine.

Value Statements

The UBC CFPC-EM Program is based on the following values:

  • There is a body of knowledge and skills unique to Emergency/Family Medicine
  • The Emergency/Family physician is a skilled clinician
  • Emergency/Family Medicine is community-based
  • The Emergency/Family physician is a resource to a defined practice population
  • The doctor-patient relationship is central to the role of the Emergency/Family physician

Rotation Outline

General Emergency Medicine – 27 weeks
-  15 weeks urban emergency medicine at St Paul’s Hospital (downtown Vancouver)
-  8 week community Emergency Medicine at Royal Columbian Hospital (New Westminster) and Lions Gate Hospital (North Vancouver)
-  4 weeks rural emergency medicine in either Prince George, Kamloops or Nanaimo

Pediatric Emergency Medicine – 4 weeks
-  BC Children’s Hospital

Adult Anesthesia – 2 weeks

Pediatric Anesthesia – 2 weeks

Orthopedics – 4 weeks in Whistler Health Ctr

Intensive Care Unit – 6 weeks

Cardiac Care Unit – 3 weeks

Trauma – 4 weeks
-  This is usually done as part of the trauma team at Royal Columbian Hospital. It can also be arranged at Cook County Hospital in Chicago. Several past residents have set up trauma rotations in South Africa.

Plastic Surgery, ophthalmology, EHS
-  These are arranged as horizontal electives during a 4 week emergency medicine block

Academic Outline

  • weekly academic day encompassing rounds, presentations
  • several patient simulator (sim-man) sessions throughout year
  • formal emergency medicine ultrasound course and opportunities to achieve CEUS IP certification over the course of the year
  • Cadaver procedures lab
  • Half-day focused emergency airway seminar
  • Monthly journal club
  • Opportunities to participate in emergency research project (optional)
  • Support for case study presentation
  • Mock written and oral exams
  • 4 day emergency medicine conference (Whistler)
  • Seminars in effective presentations in teaching techniques


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

The program is open to all those holding a CCFP certification whether by residency or practice eligible route. Selected individuals will be invited for interviews in the fall of each year.