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.

RCPSC-EM Residency

In July 2013, the UBC Emergency Medicine Residency Program became a distributed residency program, with residents based out of Vancouver, Vancouver Island, the Interior, and Fraser. Candidates may apply to all sites separately, selecting whichever locations appeal to them. Residents of the program are matched to 1 primary site, however, they may complete rotations at any of the program sites throughout their residency.

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.

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


Dr. Shavaun MacDonald received the 2020 Canadian Association for Medical Education Certificate of Merit Award.
July 14, 2020Congratulations to Shavaun MacDonald on receiving the 2020 Canadian Association for Medical Education Certificate of Merit Award. This award recognizes her commitment to medical education in Canadian Medical Schools. She is a critical care and emergency physician in Victoria. She is also the residency program director for the UBC Basic Clinical Year Residency Program and […] Read More >


Jill McEwen Receives 2019 CAEP President’s Award
July 17, 2019Dr. Jill McEwen was recognized with the 2019 CAEP President’s Award, presented at the recent CAEP conference. The President’s Award recognizes a member who has demonstrated a commitment to CAEP through activities that have directly impacted the association. CAEP activities include board activities, committee work, involvement with working groups, advocacy, research, CPD activities, international work. […] Read More >


Jim Christenson Receives Helen Karounis Memorial Award for Professionalism in EM
July 17, 2019  Congratulations to Dr. Jim Christenson, who received the Helen Karounis Memorial Award for Professionalism in Emergency Medicine at the 2019 CAEP Conference. This award recognizes a physician, resident, staff, who upholds the highest standards of professionalism in emergency medicine. The recipient demonstrates the following qualities:   Is altruistic, has integrity, is honesty, and conducts themselves […] Read More >


Caroline Tyson Receives CAEP Terry Sosnowski Memorial Teacher of the Year Award
July 17, 2019  Dr. Caroline Tyson received this prestigious teaching award at the 2019 CAEP conference. The award recognizes excellence and dedication in teaching the next generation of emergency medicine physicians. Congratulations Dr. Tyson! See more 2019 CAEP award recipients.   Read More >


First Residents Graduate from Kelowna Residency Program Site
July 16, 2019Congratulations to Dr. Jared Baylis and Dr. Daniel Ting on their recent graduation from the UBC RCPS-EM Kelowna Program Site! This is the inaugural graduation for the remote residency training site which began accepting residents in 2014. Dr. Ting has started working clinically at Vancouver General Hospital and BC Children’s Hospital. Dr. Baylis has started […] Read More >

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