University of British Columbia

Updated August 31, 2016

Postgraduate medical education

The University of British Columbia offers full training in Family Medicine recognized by the College of Family Physicians of Canada and in seventy of the specialties and subspecialties recognized by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. All programs use resources in the University affiliated teaching hospitals and related community clinics throughout the province. The University of British Columbia is committed to community-based, integrated, Family Medicine and Royal College specialist training. Candidates must expect to perform a part of their training in a geographically distinctive setting with in the province.

All applicants should be advised that the College of Physicians and Surgeons of BC requires disclosure of blood borne communicable infection. For further details, please consult the Postgraduate Medical Education website and review the PGME policy on Blood Borne Infections.

The University of British Columbia is situated in one of the most beautiful cities in the world. Its multicultural environment should satisfy the cultural tastes of the most discriminating. Vancouver has a temperate climate and abundant natural resources encouraging year round participation in the outdoor activities of your choice.


A PGY-1 year is designated for those successful applicants entering a specialty program requiring a year of basic clinical training. These positions are in the institutions that have supported our excellent traditional PGY-1 programs for many years (Royal Columbian, St. Paul’s, and Victoria Hospitals). These positions are allocated by means of an internal placement process.

University registration fee

The university registration fee is currently $412.81.

Tuition fees

UBC has not charged tuition fees to date.

Salaries and benefits

See terms of the contract of the Resident Doctors of BC.

International medical graduates

Graduates of foreign medical schools must be Landed Immigrants or Canadian citizens.

All international medical graduates (IMGs) and graduates of schools of Osteopathic Medicine applying for first and second iteration CaRMS positions in British Columbia are required to provide passing scores for both the Medical Council of Canada Evaluating Exam (MCCEE), and the National Assessment Collaboration Examination (NAC EXAM).

There is a return of service contract attached to all IMG stream positions.

Program start date

The programs commence on July 1.