The original site of UBC emergency medicine program, Vancouver, has the reputation it does for a reason. Year after year, the Vancouver site has graduated strong, competent and confident residents who go on to excel in emergency medicine across Canada. As with all three sites, it is an adaptive program that changes year to year based on residents feedback and experience. Traditionally, residents complete their rotations at Vancouver General Hospital (VGH), Royal Columbian Hospital (RCH) and Royal Jubilee Hospital in Victoria. The opportunity for residents to complete their rotations at the sites of the new distributed streams will continue, however you will be primarily based at VGH.

Please visit the Vancouver Site Program Overview for a more detailed look at our program.

VGH is a 900 bed comprehensive teaching hospital. It is a level 1 trauma center with a busy emergency department that sees 75,000 patients per year. The acuity seen in this department is incredibly high, with an excellent mix of medical and surgical pathology. With a stellar menu selection in the cafeteria and a large volume of residents from other services, VGH is a wonderful place to call home.

For the beach running, snowboard shop browsing, yoga-posing people out there, Kitsilano is the place for you. You’ll sacrifice square footage for ocean views and salt water smells in a beautiful multi unit house and it will be worth it. Not for you? How about the West End? Here you’ll find sky rises that border Stanley Park and English Bay that offer you proximity to fine dining and great street meat. But, if it’s a trendy urban neighborhood with a great night scene intermixed with boutique shops, then maybe Yaletown is the place for you. Of course, for the record collecting, vintage-clothing wearers who appreciate heritage architecture, SoMa or Mount Pleasant could be your future home. But where do the hipster glass wearing, dog owners who enjoy ethnic food and live poetry readings live? That would be Commercial Drive…where you can sit and play hipster all day long while people watching. Now if you want to live within walking distance of VGH and central to all of these places, then Fairview is where you’ll happily call home among great sushi restaurants and bike trails. Regardless of where you choose to live or visit, Vancouver is a beautiful city waiting to be discovered.

Dr. Brian Chung

Mira Pandya 

UBC Program Director
Dr. Brian Chung



Program Manager
Ms. Mira Pandya