Nuclear Medicine Residency

Curriculum

The program is based at the UBC affiliated hospitals listed below. Residents will receive training in core, paediatric and community nuclear medicine, technical procedures and basic sciences including physics, radiopharmacy and radiation biology and protection. Upon completion of the program, the resident will be prepared for clinical, academic or leadership roles in nuclear medicine and be able to demonstrate consultant abilities in the diagnostic and therapeutic aspects of nuclear medicine, and the management of a nuclear medicine department.

Resources

  • Vancouver General Hospital
  • St Paul’s Hospital
  • BC Children’s Hospital
  • British Columbia Cancer Agency
  • Lion’s Gate Hospital
  • Surrey Memorial Hospital
  • Abbotsford Regional Hospital & Cancer Centre

Selection Criteria

UBC nuclear medicine does not currently participate in the CaRMS match, preferring candidates who are currently enrolled in, or have finished a Royal College Specialty relevant to nuclear medicine. Residents who have completed training in diagnostic radiology require a further 2 years of nuclear medicine training. Residents who have completed training in other relevant specialties require 3.5 years of training (3 years of nuclear medicine and 6 months of cross sectional diagnostic radiology).

Training

The PGY-1 year must meet the requirements of the Royal College and will include rotations in internal medicine with emphasis on cardiology, surgery, and paediatrics. The remainder of the resident’s time will be tailored to meet their requirements depending on previous experience and future desires. Training will include rotations in core, paediatric and community nuclear medicine, including 6 months of training in PET imaging. Residents will do a one-month rotation in technical skills, and up to 2 months of radiopharmacy. Physics, radiation biology and radiation safety are taught in the academic half-day and in ancillary courses. Residents will be expected to acquire and maintain certification in ACLS and obtain ISCD certification in the interpretation of bone density studies. Residents will also be expected to obtain the necessary skills and credentials to assume the role of a Radiation Safety Officer. Grand rounds and academic half-day are held weekly throughout the academic year with two to three visiting professors involved per year.

Research

Every resident is required to pursue at least one research project during his/her residency training. Nuclear medicine residents participate in the annual radiology resident research day in June of each year.

Application

Interested candidates are required to submit their CV, three letters of reference (from staff), and a letter of intent summarizing the candidate’s background, achievements, interests and reasons for applying to the UBC nuclear medicine residency program. Short-listed candidates will be invited for a personal interview. Video conferencing and telephone interviews are not permitted. Individual interviews are conducted with each member of the Residency Selection Committee.

Contact

Further information Please contact the residency program director:

George P. Sexsmith, MD FRCPC
Department of Nuclear Medicine, St. Paul’s Hospital
sexsmith@telus.net