University of British Columbia, Urban

Urban Program

College of Family Physicians of Canada
Emergency Medicine Residency Program CFPC-EM

Program Contact Quota (approx): 9
Dr. Brian Lahiffe, MD, CCFP EM
Program Director
Dr Erin Kenny, MD, CCFP EM
Program DirectorMs. Phaedra Bennett, Administrative Assistant

c/o Emergency Department
St. Paul’s Hospital
1081 Burrard Street
Vancouver, BC V6Z 1Y6


Supporting Documents

  1. Reference Letters
    Three reference letters are required. One must be from a practicing emergency physician. The second must be from your primary Family Medicine Preceptor (that is one that has spent the most clinical time with you).
    Click here to access the “Referee assessment form”
  2. Assessment form and letter from Program Director or Site Director

The “Family Medicine Program Director’s Assessment of Applicant” must be completed by your Program Director or Site Director and accompanied by a letter of reference. (CCFP-certified physicians may substitute a letter written by their chief of staff.)
Click here to access the “Family medicine program / site director’s assessment of applicant form”

  1. Personal Letter
    A personal statement outlining your career interest. 

Review Process

Applications submitted after File Review has opened:
– will not be considered

References and other supporting documents which arrive after File Review has opened:
– will not be considered


Date(s) of Interview: October 31st

Invitation/ Notification Information:

All applicants will be contacted by email.

Details regarding Interview:

Interviews will be held at St Paul’s Hospital and will last approximately 30 min.

Program Information


UBC CCFP-EM residents are recruited from all over the country. They train alongside physicians in other specialties to foster both personal and professional collegiality. This approach prepares residents for careers in a field where the interface with all specialties is of great importance. During the year, the residents have progressively increased responsibility in the emergency departments. In addition, teaching activities for the residents are multiple and diverse. Residents graduate with the ability to practice independently in any demanding ED in the country.

The program is available to all Canadian citizens or Permanent residents currently in their second year of a CCFP Residency program or already holding a CCFP Certification. The successful applicants will show acceptable academic record, proven interest in Emergency Medicine, commitment to leadership skills in Emergency Medicine and excellent communication and interpersonal skills.


  • Emergency Medicine at St Paul’s Hospital – 15 weeks (includes EMS elective)
  • Emergency Medicine at Royal Columbian Hospital – 4 weeks (lots of undifferentiated trauma and pediatric cases)
  • Emergency Medicine at Lion’s Gate Hospital – 4 weeks (community hospital experience)
  • Emergence Medicine at Prince George Regional Hospital, Royal Inland Hospital (Kamloops) or Nanaimo Regional Hospital – 4 weeks (rural hospital experience)
  • Pediatric Emergency Medicine at BC Children’s Hospital – 4 weeks
  • Emergency Medicine at Whistler Health Care Centre – 4 weeks (strong emphasis on Orthopedics)
  • Plastic Surgery, Horizontal with SPH ED
  • Anesthesia – 4 weeks
  • Trauma – 4 weeks
  • CCU – 3 weeks
  • ICU – 6 weeks

Academic Information

We have a group of highly committed physicians who are very involved with teaching residents. We also have a well-established and very prominent Research Department that is also engaged in teaching.

Academic sessions are largely combined with the Royal College Emergency Residency program. There are also separate scheduled academic sessions for the CCFP-EM residents.

  • Weekly core seminars led by staff physicians and combined with the Royal College Emergency Residency program.
  • Weekly alternating M&M Rounds and Grand Rounds in which the EM residents participate.
  • Monthly Journal Club
  • Monthly literature review led by staff physicians.
  • Monthly Radiology Rounds led by Radiology Fellows.
  • Monthly EKG Rounds led by staff physicians.
  • Opportunity for horizontal time in Family Medicine throughout the year.
  • An Emergency Medicine Scholarly Activity is expected.

In addition, we have two in house written examinations as well as six oral examinations to prepare residents for their CCFP-EM Certification Exam.

Unique to Our Program

  • Formal US course and opportunities for proctored scans during the year with an expectation of achieving CEUS IP certification by graduation
  • Cadaver Lab – a full day dedicated to practicing procedures like thoracotomies, cricothyroidotomies, etc in the Anatomy lab
  • Patient Simulator sessions led by staff physicians
  • Whistler Conference – residents are expected to attend our annual SPH Emergency Medicine Conference held in Whistler
  • Annual Whistler Resident Ski Day Retreat
  • Annual Welcoming BBQ and Graduation Dinner
  • Opportunity to pursue a Fellowship in Research in our department following the EM Residency year
  • Mentorship program