RCPS-EM Residency

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We are excited that you have taken the time to find out more about our program. We take pride in being members of what we believe to be one of the best residency programs in the country. And we’re not just saying that! In 2013 the UBC FRCP-EM program passed a rigorous accreditation with flying colours, achieving the maximum six years until our next assessment.

Here at UBC, you will find both the staff and residents incredibly passionate and dedicated to emergency medicine. In the Vancouver, Victoria, Kelowna, and Fraser Valley sites our residents are exposed to large volumes of diverse patients with unique and challenging pathologies. They work with staff and fellow residents who have interests in toxicology, wilderness medicine, sports medicine, palliative care, pre-hospital care, clinical ethics, ultrasound, hyperbaric medicine, critical care, epidemiology and more!

No matter your interests, we are a diverse, flexible and supportive group that is dedicated to personal and professional growth. You can read more about our program below.


The UBC RCPSC emergency medicine residency program was established in the 1980’s, and our graduates include many leaders in academic and clinical EM, and EM subspecialties. Our program offers training to physicians wishing to pursue a career in Emergency Medicine. The program is accredited by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and is five years in length.

Residents in the program are thoroughly trained in all aspects of emergency care. Upon completion of the program, graduates have consultant level abilities in the management of patients with any illness or injury presenting to the emergency department and are well prepared for clinical, academic or leadership roles in emergency medicine.

The program is designed to provide graded responsibilities in the emergency department and in the classroom to achieve competency in all of the CanMeds roles: medical expert, communicator, collaborator, manager, advocate, scholar and professional. The curriculum includes clinical rotations that are designed to meet the requirements of the Royal College, innovative rotations designed to achieve academic excellence such as our recently established teaching and research blocks, and elective rotations that are individualized to allow residents to achieve enhanced competency in an area of their choice related to emergency medicine.

The first three years of the residency consist of a mixture of off service and emergency medicine rotations. The majority of residents pursue an area of enhanced competency in their fourth and/or fifth years of training. Examples of such areas include (but are not limited to): EMS, Sports Medicine, Hyperbaric Medicine, Palliative Care, Ethics, Medical Informatics, Public Health, Clinical Epidemiology, Wilderness Medicine, Medical Education, Critical Care and Ultrasound.

In response to the increasing needs for RCPS-trained emergency physicians in BC and throughout Canada, our residency program expanded in July 2013 . The existing Vancouver/Lower Mainland site was joined by three new sites: Victoria (including Victoria General and Royal Jubilee Hospitals), Fraser Valley (including Royal Columbian Hospital) and Kelowna (including Kelowna General Hospital). The UBC RCPSC emergency medicine residency program is now one of the largest EM residency programs in Canada.


For inquiries please contact the RCPS-EM Program Manager, Mira Pandya.