British Columbia

Updated July 19, 2017

General Information

For Entry in the 2018-19 Academic Year

The following policies apply to the 2018 Medicine Subspecialty Match.  It is important to note that individual programs may have specific criteria that are used to review applications.  Applicants are responsible for reviewing program specific criteria, as well as the provincial criteria listed below, to ensure they meet all the eligibility criteria.

All matched applicants must meet the criteria for registration with the College of Physicians and Surgeons of British Columbia (CPSBC) for postgraduate medical education.  https://www.cpsbc.ca/

First and Second Iteration

Who can apply:

Training Level and Program

Medicine Subspecialty applicants:

Graduates of a Canadian medical School who are:

  • Currently in their R3 year of training in Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada accredited Internal Medicine Core Program, or;
  • an accredited US ACGME accredited Internal Medicine Core Program.

Graduates of a United Stated Medical school who are:

  • Currently in their R3 year of training in Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada accredited Internal Medicine Core Program

Graduates of an international medical school who are:

  • Currently in their R3 year of training in Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada accredited Internal Medicine Core Program

Off-cycle Residents: Residents commencing their R3 year after December 31, 2017 are NOT eligible to apply.

Candidates who have not completed medical school in Canada and/or are not in a residency program in Canada will not be considered at this time.

International Medical Graduates applicants must declare any Return of Service obligations on the application and may be disqualified if their provincial obligations preclude subspecialty training

VISA Sponsored residents are NOT eligible

Notes:

  • Residents who are planning to complete a “Chief Medical Resident (CMR)” year are eligible to apply in their PGY4 year provided that:
    1. The PGY4 year is supported outside of the usual funding source (e.g. Provincial government funding). The year cannot be self-funded, and
    2. The Resident remains registered in an accredited Core Internal Medicine program for the full length of the Chief Medical Resident year.
    3. Residency in a medical subspecialty would start at a R4 salary level.

Critical Care Medicine applicants:

Graduates of a Canadian Medical School who are:

  • Currently in their final year (R4-R6) or who have completed training in a Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada Accredited program in Anesthesia, Emergency Medicine, Internal Medicine, General Surgery and Cardiac Surgery.
  • Currently in their final year or who have completed training in an accredited US ACGME program in Anesthesiology, Emergency Medicine, Internal Medicine, General Surgery and Cardiac Surgery may be eligible to apply. Applicants in this category must receive an official ruling of eligibility to sit the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada exams in their core specialty prior to application to be eligible to apply.

International Medical Graduates who are

  • Currently in their final year (R4-R6 ) or who have completed training in a Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada accredited program in Emergency Medicine, Internal Medicine, General Surgery and Cardiac Surgery.

International Medical Graduates applicants must declare any Return of Service obligations on the application and may be disqualified if their provincial obligations preclude subspecialty training.

VISA Sponsored residents are NOT eligible

Pain Medicine Applicants:

All active residents should be in good standing with their program director.

Graduates of a Canadian medical School who are:

  • Currently in their final year (R4-R5) or who have completed training in a Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada Accredited program in Anesthesiology, Emergency Medicine, Internal Medicine, Neurology, Pediatrics, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Psychiatry, and Rheumatology. Entry from other FRCPC programs such as Orthopedics, Neurosurgery and Palliative Care is possible in exceptional cases.
  • Currently in their final year or who have completed training in an accredited US ACGME program in Anesthesiology, Emergency Medicine, Internal Medicine, Neurology, Pediatrics, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Psychiatry, and Rheumatology may be eligible to apply. Entry from other FRCPC programs such as Orthopedics, Neurosurgery and Palliative Care is possible in exceptional cases. Applicants in this category must receive an official ruling of eligibility to sit the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada exams in their core specialty prior to application to be eligible to apply.

International Medical Graduates who are:

  • Currently in their final year (R4-R5)or who have completed training in a Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada accredited program in Anesthesiology, Emergency Medicine, Internal Medicine, Neurology, Pediatrics, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Psychiatry, and Rheumatology . Entry from other FRCPC programs such as Orthopedics, Neurosurgery and Palliative Care is possible in exceptional cases.

International Medical Graduates applicants must declare any Return of Service obligations on the application and may be disqualified if their provincial obligations preclude subspecialty training.

VISA Sponsored residents are NOT eligible

Palliative Medicine Applicants:

All active residents should be in good standing with their program director.

Graduates of a Canadian medical School who are:

  • Currently in their R3 or R4 year of training in Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada accredited Internal Medicine Core Program.
  • Currently in their final year (R5) or who have completed training in a Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada Accredited program in Anesthesiology or Neurology.
  • Currently in their final year or who have completed training in an accredited US ACGME program in Anesthesiology, Internal Medicine or Neurology may be eligible to apply. Applicants in this category must receive an official ruling of eligibility to sit the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada exams in their core specialty prior to application to be eligible to apply.

Entrance from other specialties may occur but must follow completion of the primary specialty training and must include twelve (12) months of clinical medicine-based rotations with a minimum of 6 months at a senior level (e.g. PGY-2 or if resident is regularly entrusted with responsibility for direct independent patient care under the supervision of and direct responsibility to a senior subspecialty resident or faculty member), designed to allow achievement of competencies in the consultation and care of complex medical patients, interprofessional care, and effective communication skills.

All candidates must be certified in their primary specialty in order to be eligible to write the Royal College certification examination in Adult Palliative Medicine.

International Medical Graduates who are:

  • Currently in their R3 or R4 year of training in Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada accredited Internal Medicine Core Program.
  • Currently in their final year (R5) or who have completed training in a Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada Accredited program in Anesthesiology or Neurology.

International Medical Graduates applicants must declare any Return of Service obligations on the application and may be disqualified if their provincial obligations preclude subspecialty training.

VISA Sponsored residents are NOT eligible

Legal Status

Candidates must be Canadian Citizens or Permanent Residents and must provide proof by submitting one of the following verifications to CaRMS by the Rank Order List deadline. No allowances for late submission. No other forms of verification are acceptable:

  • Photocopy of Birth Certificate issued by an authority in Canada with any photo ID, or
  • Photocopy of Canadian Passport, or
  • Photocopy of Canadian citizenship certificate, Records of Landing; or
  • Photocopy of Permanent Resident Card/Canadian Citizen Card – copies of both sides of card must be provided.

Proof of citizenship documentation must be notarized/certified.

Previous subspecialty training /transfers

Medicine Subspecialty Applicants:

Current R4 subspecialty trainees and residents in a GIM or a PGY 4 core program are NOT eligible.

Critical Care Medicine Applicants:
Residents in their final year (R4-R6) or who have completed training in a Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada accredited program in Anesthesia, Emergency Medicine, Internal Medicine, General Surgery and Cardiac Surgery are eligible to apply.

Pain Medicine Applicants:

Graduates of a Canadian medical School who are currently in their final year (R4-R5) or who have completed training in a Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada Accredited program in Anesthesiology, Emergency Medicine, Internal Medicine, Neurology, Pediatrics, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Psychiatry, and Rheumatology are eligible to apply. Entry from other FRCPC programs such as Orthopedics, Neurosurgery and Palliative Care is possible in exceptional cases.

Palliative Medicine Applicants:

Graduates of a Canadian medical School who are currently in their final year (R4-R5) or who have completed training in a Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of  Canada  Accredited  program  in Anesthesiology, Internal Medicine, Neurology are eligible to apply.

Licensed Physicians (including those on restricted licenses)

Medicine Subspecialties:

Are not eligible to apply

Critical Care Medicine:
Licensed Physicians who have certification from the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada in Anesthesiology, Emergency Medicine, Internal Medicine, General Surgery and Cardiac Surgery are eligible to apply.

Pain Medicine:

Licensed Physicians who have certification from the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada in Anesthesiology, Emergency Medicine, Internal Medicine, Neurology, Pediatrics, Physical Medicine and Rehabilitation, Psychiatry, and Rheumatology are eligible to apply. Entry from other FRCPC programs such as Orthopedics, Neurosurgery and Palliative Care is possible in exceptional cases.

Palliative Medicine:
Licensed Physicians who have certification from the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada or College of Family Physicians of Canada may apply, but must meet the following:

Entrance from other specialties may occur but must follow completion of the primary specialty training and must include twelve (12) months of clinical medicine-based rotations with a minimum of 6 months at a senior level (e.g. PGY-2 or if resident is regularly entrusted with responsibility for direct independent patient care under the supervision of and direct responsibility to a senior subspecialty resident or faculty member), designed to allow achievement of competencies in the consultation and care of complex medical patients, interprofessional care, and effective communication skills.

Source of Funding/Source of Medical Degree/Return of Service

Non-MOH funded positions and individuals with a Return of Service Agreement are not eligible unless the Return of Service Agreement includes subspecialty training. Applicants are required to provide written verification of eligibility.

None of our positions have a ROS obligation.

All matched applicants must meet the licensing criteria for registration with the College of Physicians and Surgeons of British Columbia (CPSBC) for postgraduate education.

English Language Proficiency Requirements

IMGs

  • Graduates of International Medical schools must fulfill the English Language Proficiency requirements of the College of Physicians and Surgeons of BC through one of the following, and results must be submitted to CaRMS by the Rank Order List deadline:
    1. TOEFL iBT, with a total score of 96 with 24 in each of the four sections. TOEFL iBT score is valid for 2 years from the date taken; or,
    2. Academic IELTS with a minimum score of 7 in each component with an overall band score of no less than 7. IELTS scores will be considered valid for 2 years from the date taken.
  • Applicants are considered to have met the English Language proficiency requirements if:
    1. the language of instruction at medical school was English, and
    2. the primary language of patient care was English, and
    3. the first and native language of the country where the physician was trained is English.
  • Complete details of the English Language Proficiency requirements can be found on the College of Physicians and Surgeons of BC website:  https://cpsbc.ca/files/pdf/REG-ELP.pdf

English Language Proficiency Requirements for graduates of Quebec Medical Schools:

Please note that candidates who attended medical school in Quebec where the language of instruction or the primary language of patient care was not English, must fulfill the English Language Proficiency requirements of the College of Physicians of Surgeons of BC through one of the following, and results must be submitted to CaRMS by Rank Order List deadline:

  1. TOEFL iBT, with a total score of 96 with 24 in each of the four sections. TOEFL iBT score is valid for 2 years from the date taken; or,
  2. Academic IELTS with a minimum score of 7 in each component with an overall band score of no less than 7. IELTS scores will be considered valid for 2 years from the date taken.

Complete details of the English Language Proficiency requirements can be found on the College of Physicians and Surgeons of BC website: https://cpsbc.ca/files/pdf/REG-ELP.pdf