Radiology Residency

Curriculum

The Department of Radiology is accredited by the Royal College of Physicians & Surgeons of Canada for specialist training purposes in clinical radiology.

The program is based at the five UBC affiliated hospitals listed below.  Residents will receive training in the subspecialties of radiology including nuclear medicine. Upon completion of the program, the resident will be prepared for clinical, academic or leadership roles in diagnostic radiology and be able to demonstrate consultant abilities in the management of patient care.

Resources

  • Vancouver General Hospital (VGH)
  • St Paul’s Hospital (SPH)
  • University of British Columbia Hospital (UBCH)
  • BC Children’s Hospital
  • British Columbia Cancer Agency – Vancouver Cancer Centre

Training

PGY-1
This year, as arranged at present, encompasses several facets of clinical medicine using a standard rotating format in the following disciplines: Medicine, Surgery, Ob/Gyn, Peds, Emergency, Family Practice, ICU, Anesthesia, Anatomy, and Electives.

PGY-2
The first six months of the second year is devoted to obtaining a broad exposure to diagnostic radiology, covering neuroradiology, chest radiology, musculoskeletal radiology, abdominal imaging, trauma radiology, through the modalities of CT, radiography and ultrasound.  A dedicated course in emergencies in radiology is given prior to the start of call, which begins approximately after 6 months.  The remainder of the year is rounded out with additional rotations including MR, mammography and nuclear medicine. A dedicated one week physics course given by physicists and radiologists is given during this year, and repeated in the PGY3 year.

PGY-3
The third year covers a broad spectrum of radiology completing more of the required rotations in the different subspecialty areas, including angiography/intervention. In this year the residents start to function more or less as general radiologists under supervision.

PGY- 4 and 5
The last two years can be tailored to the needs of the individual resident as long as the requirements of the Royal College have been met. Training in pediatric radiology, interventional radiology, nuclear medicine, magnetic resonance imaging, mammography and oncological radiology is added to the areas already mentioned. Block periods of training can be arranged in specific areas according to the interest or needs of the resident. Electives at community hospitals and private clinics are also available. Dedicated time to research projects is available.

Throughout the academic year we have three or four internationally known visiting professors in the department for several days, who hold daily seminars with the residents and give lectures on topics covering their own special interests. There are daily hospital conferences, and weekly evening grand rounds which each resident is expected to attend. The academic half-day also includes rounds with community radiologists, practice OSCE exams, and resident-resident teaching rounds. Journal Club is also active. Each resident has the opportunity of attending the AFIP in Washington, D.C. with department financial support. Each of the major teaching hospitals has hardware and software for computer-based learning, and residents are provided Internet access free of charge.

Research

Every resident is required to pursue at least one research project during his/her residency training. To facilitate this process, during the second year of training the residents will be introduced to the basics of research; data collection, critical evaluation of information, critical reading of scientific literature and the basic principles involved in writing a manuscript. There is an annual resident research day in June of each year.

Selection

Residents are selected through the Canadian Resident Matching Service (CaRMS).

For more information contact CaRMS at:
171 Nepean Street, Suite 300
Ottawa, ON K2P 0B4
telephone: (613) 237-0075 or (877) CARMS-42
fax: (613) 563-2860
or visit:  http://www.carms.ca/

Selection Criteria
Candidates should have an above average academic record. Candidates should have good clinical and interpersonal skills.

Elective Requirements
We encourage applicants to have completed at least one elective in our specialty. We do not require applicants to do on site electives to be considered for selection.

Interviews
Short-listed candidates will be invited for a personal interview. The candidates will be contacted by email. Video conferencing interviews not permitted. Telephone interviews not permitted. Individual interviews are conducted with each member of the Residency Selection Committee.

Extra Documents
A personal letter should summarize the candidate’s background, achievements, interests and reasons for applying to the UBC Radiology Residency Program.

Reference Letters
Three letters of reference are required.

Contact

Please contact dept.radiology@ubc.ca

Please note that due to the volume of prospective applicants to the Radiology Residency Program, information meetings are not possible.