The UBC EM program welcomes two residents based at its Fraser Site at the Royal Columbian Hospital (RCH) every year. As a Fraser resident, you will have your own supportive, flexible program director, Dr. Caroline Tyson. In your PGY-1 year, you will be integrated into the well-established intern program which hosts weekly protected half-days hosted by experienced and enthusiastic preceptors (many of whom were interns once themselves!). The interns are a group of diverse, fun loving individuals from multiple specialties who get to experience all the wonders of first year residency together. This year we've bonded through our co-ed soccer team, celebrating birthdays and the end of Movember, and playing rock band and eating late night Thai food on call in our famous residents' lounge. The structure of the program will be similar to that of the Vancouver program. For example, in first year, all core rotations are at RCH except for Pediatric EM hosted at a brand new, high-volume ED in Surrey Memorial Hospital. Academic days will be hosted monthly at RCH. Journal Club, practice examination, simulation and elective opportunities will be equal across all sites. Please visit the Fraser Site Program Overview and the residency section of the Royal Columbian Hospital website, for more detailed looks at the Fraser Program.
The Royal Columbia Hospital is the oldest operating hospital in British Columbia with 68,000 ED visits a year, 10,000 trauma patients and the most air ambulance patients in BC. It is a provincially designated hospital for trauma, cardiac, neuroscience, high-risk maternity and neonatal intensive care for over 1.6 million patients yearly. RCH is a well-established teaching hospital that functions as a tertiary care centre, without losing a community feel. For example, on most services, staff physicians are in-house, and as a resident, your main priority is learning. Current UBC EM residents have been doing EM placements at RCH for years, loving the opportunity for higher volumes of trauma and more hands-on opportunities. In first year, VGH residents complete one block of EM, ICU and Trauma at RCH because of the unique learning opportunities. The residents lounge has a gym, television, a foosball table and a fridge stocked with tons of free food (interns are known to make ice cream sundaes and grilled cheese sandwiches routinely).
Located at the center of the lower mainland, New Westminster is the oldest city in Western Canada. With small town charm and close proximity to Vancouver, it has the best of both worlds. If you choose to live in New Westminster, you will benefit from a considerable decrease in your cost of living, a considerable increase in living space and possibly a view of the beautiful Quay. With the stunning New Westminster Quay within walking distance from the hospital, you’ll have your own escape from reality steps from your door. RCH is conveniently located within a 20-minute drive, 30-minute skytrain ride or 60-minute bike lane ride from VGH. This means that regardless of where you live you won’t be far from either hospital. The majority of residents commute because it’s so convenient. New West also has a thriving arts and culture community with street festivals and amateur and professional performers that command stages around the city on a weekly basis. With its never-ending hills and network of biking and walking trails, it’s the perfect place to train for a triathlon or to work off all the Tim Horton’s timbits that at one time made RCH famous.