UBC Emergency Medicine — Victoria Site is a 5-year training program satisfying the Royal College requirements for Emergency Medicine. It is based in Victoria, B.C. with approximately 2-3 months per year in Vancouver. Detailed CaRMS Program Description

Program highlights

  • High fidelity simulation 2x per month, including “in situ” scenarios done in the trauma bay with multidisciplinary teams
  • Dedicated Ultrasound block in R1 with separate ultrasound scanning shifts
  • Local radiology rounds, ECG rounds, and staff-sponsored journal club
  • Trauma Team Lead, our residents do longitudinal TTL call throughout their residency
  • Two recently renovated emergency departments that combined see approximately 110,000 visits per year
  • Annual resident retreat: surfing in Tofino, climbing on Salt Spring Island, camping on Galiano.
  • Multiple opportunities for teaching residents (as a senior resident) and medical students through the UBC Island Medical Program

Victoria General Hospital

This emergency department was rebuilt in 2009 and sees 55,000 patients annually. Victoria General Hospital specializes in neurology, neurosurgery, pediatrics and obstetrics, and is also a Level-2 Trauma Centre. It is the trauma referral center for Vancouver Island with a trauma program that is run by trauma team leaders from the Departments of Emergency Medicine, General Surgery, Anesthesia and ICU. EM residents do trauma team leader call as soon as they start their EM rotations. 25% of the annual visits to Victoria General Hospital are pediatrics. The hospital has both a pediatric and neonatal ICU, and a variety of pediatric specialists (ICU, anesthesia, cardiology, general surgery). All pediatric resuscitation and trauma is done by the ER physicians.

Royal Jubilee Hospital

This hospital in the centre of Victoria has about 55,000 Emergency department visits annually. As the inner-city hospital, the patient population consists of a variety of demographics, including those with substance abuse issues, homelessness, and infectious disease. It is the interventional cardiac, vascular, and thoracic center, and of course also sees medical and general surgery cases. There is a dedicated psychiatric ER attached to the main ER.

Year Schedule

This residency program is 5 years’ duration. As with a majority of other programs across the country, the UBC FRCP ER program is in the process of transitioning to the Competency by Design (CBD) format commencing July 2018. The following is an outline of the new curriculum
Year Stage EM Blocks Off-Service Blocks Special Rotations
PGY-1 Transition to Discipline (3 blocks) General EM (2 blocks) Pediatric EM (1 block)
Foundation (10 blocks) General EM (2 blocks) 1 block each of:
  • ICU
  • Trauma
  • Psychiatric EM
  • Internal Medicine
  • General Surgery
  • Pediatrics
  • Orthopedics
General EM/Ultrasound (1 block)
PGY-2 PGY-3 PGY-4 Core (39 blocks) General EM (18 blocks) Pediatric EM (2 blocks) ICU (3.5 blocks) CCU (1.5 blocks)1 block each of:
  • Internal Medicine
  • Neurology
  • Plastic Surgery
  • Otolaryngology (ENT)
  • Sports Medicine
  • Anaesthesia
  • Pediatric Anaesthesia
  • Pediatric ICU
Electives (3 blocks) 1 block each of:
  • EHS/Prehospital Medicine
  • NERD (Research Course)
  • General EM/Ultrasound
PGY-5 Transition to Practice (13 blocks) General EM (5 blocks) Pediatric EM (1 block) Area of Concentrated Expertise (6 blocks) Medical Education / MERIT (1 block)