VGH & RCH Stream

The Hospitals

The fellowship is a multi-site program based at Vancouver General Hospital (VGH) and Royal Columbian Hospital (RCH). VGH is a level one trauma center and the primary regional referral center for British Columbia with emergency department volumes of over 95,000 visits per year. VGH is also the home base for UBC’s Royal College emergency medicine program. RCH is a level one trauma center and the main referral center for the Fraser Valley. With 75,000 emergency department visits per year, it functions as a tertiary care center but maintains the feel of a community hospital. It also hosts the Fraser Site of UBC’s Royal College emergency medicine program.


  1. Sonography: Fellows will become expert sonographers in basic and advanced POCUS applications. Academic days incorporate weekly didactics covering a breadth of up to date POCUS topics, quality assurance of fellow’s recorded scans and supervised scanning with a POCUS faculty. Fellows are required to do 2 independent scanning shifts per week in the emergency department and are expected to complete at least 800 ultrasound scans over the course of the fellowship.
  2. Teaching: Teaching is an essential component of the program. Fellows will provide bedside ultrasound teaching as well as didactic teaching to emergency medicine residents and medical students. Fellows will also be expected to give presentations at UBC Department of Emergency Medicine rounds. There will be opportunities to participate in ultrasound courses both locally and nationally.
  3. Research: Fellows will prepare an original scholarly work suitable for peer review. Quarterly journal club will review new, interesting and innovative POCUS literature.
  4. Administration: Fellows will learn how to develop and direct an ultrasound program, including physician credentialing, continuing quality improvement, and the intricacies of inter-specialty relations pertaining to ultrasound.

Program Highlights

  • Annual winter Whistler retreat
  • Quarterly fellowship journal club
  • Regular fellowship social events
  • Blue Phantom trainers for peripheral vascular access, central venous access, and nerve blocks
  • Research mentorship and academically productive ultrasound research program


  • Interest in point of care ultrasound
  • Resident in a Canadian Royal College emergency medicine program or board-certified emergency medicine physician (either FRCPC-EM or CCFP-EM certification)
  • Hold or be eligible for a certificate of registration to practice medicine in British Columbia as issued by the College of Physicians and Surgeons of British Columbia
  • Hold or be eligible for appropriate medical liability insurance by the Canadian Medical Protective Association

Application Process

Submission deadline for applications is November 1st to start the fellowship in the following academic year. Late applications will be considered on an individual basis. All applicants will be invited for an interview either in person or by phone. Click HERE to access our application form.

For more information, please check out our website


Daniel Kim, MD FRCPC
Ultrasound Fellowship Director
Department of Emergency Medicine
University of British Columbia

twitter: @dan___kim
mailing address: Vancouver General Hospital, 855 12th Ave W, Vancouver, BC V5Z 1M9


Justin Ahn, MD FRCPC
Associate Ultrasound Fellowship Director
Department of Emergency Medicine
University of British Columbia

twitter: @vancouverpocus