We would like to acknowledge that the land on which we provide care is the traditional territory of the QayQayt and Kwikwetlem First Nations.
The UBC Emergency Medicine Fraser program is a five-year training program satisfying the Royal College requirements for Emergency Medicine. We accept two residents per year out of the 13 residents across the UBC program. We are based out of Royal Columbian Hospital (RCH) in New Westminster, BC, with rotations in other Fraser Hospitals such as Surrey Memorial Hospital and Eagle Ridge Hospital. Like all residents in the UBC program, our residents also complete rotations at BC Children’s Hospital, Vancouver General Hospital… and pretty much anywhere else they like.
In short, RCH is a Tertiary Level I Trauma centre with a small community attitude. With fewer residents (two new per year) you will be mentored from the ground up and have your learning experience protected. We have the benefits of working at a high volume, high acuity centre while still boasting a tight-knit feel. Our staff is committed to teaching learners of all levels. We are only a short 30 minutes away from the downtown Vancouver core, and easily accessible to the lifestyle of the surrounding mountains and water.
- Monthly high-fidelity simulation lab at Surrey Memorial recruits ER physicians for cases from their areas of specialization (pediatrics, environmental medicine, toxicology, trauma, airway, and more) . We currently run one resident SIM day and one RCH ER in-situ SIM per month.
- In R1, all of your core rotations are at RCH except for a dedicated Pediatric EM rotation, which takes place at the brand new, high-volume ED in Surrey Memorial Hospital. This is the busiest pediatric ER in British Columbia.
- Dedicated ultrasound block early in first year with ongoing longitudinal training.
- Local ECG rounds, radiology rounds, and staff-led journal club in conjunction with the VGH EM Program.
- Annual summer and winter resident retreats.
- Being one of two FRCPC Royal College Programs formally based at RCH, you will have no competition between other specialties for access to experiences.
Royal Columbian Hospital
RCH is a 440 bed hospital that sees 80,000 ED visits a year, 12,000 trauma patients and the most air ambulance patients in BC. As a level I trauma centre, it is no surprise that ER residents from across BC come to RCH for their trauma blocks. In fact, it’s the only centre that you can undertake a trauma fellowship as an ER resident in BC! As the only hospital in British Columbia that is full service to any patient population (including kids and obstetrics) – your ER training is for whatever comes through the door. It is a provincially designated hospital for trauma, cardiac, neurosurgery, ECMO, high-risk maternity and neonatal intensive care. Despite being a well-established teaching hospital, it has not lost its community feel. Off-service blocks are undertaken one-on-one with a staff expert and you will therefore know all of your consultants on a first-name basis when working ER. The legendary residents lounge has a gym, television, a foosball table and a fridge stocked with tons of free food (interns are known to make ice cream sundaes and grilled cheese sandwiches routinely).
Surrey Memorial Hospital
Surrey Memorial Hospital is the other large hospital within Fraser. SMH is the busiest emergency in BC seeing >150,000 EM visits per year including the largest pediatric volume seen in BC within their dedicated pediatric emergency department. The facility is brand new with a state-of-the-art simulation centre.
Welcome to Fraser, BC!
RCH is conveniently located within a 25-minute drive, 25-minute Skytrain ride to the hospital front door, or 50-minute bike lane ride from Vancouver. This means you will never be too far from either hospital, no matter where you live.
New Westminster is the oldest city in Western Canada at the centre of the largest health authority in British Columbia. If you choose to live in New West, you will benefit from a massive decrease in your cost of living, a considerable increase in living space, and almost always a waterfront view. That said, all but one of our residents live in Vancouver, and we don’t hold that against him.
The lower mainland of British Columbia is world class outdoor recreation without parallel. You can ski in Whistler, hike or mountain bike the North Shore, kite-board or kayak the ocean inlets and more – all within the same small radius. RCH residents cycle to work year round on protected trails and commute to the mountain all winter for world class back-country skiing. We have whatever it is you ‘do’ right here.
Food & Drink
There are 2932 active restaurants in Vancouver and 1825 days of residency in the FRCPC program. You will not get bored. What about while on shift at RCH? In addition to the usual cafeteria/standard in-hospital Tim Hortons, next door you will find Sushi, Thai, FreshPrep, Starbucks, Browns, etc. to ensure the hardest decision on-call is selecting take-out. Don’t forget the resident lounge though, where one of our own has been eating (for free) somewhat exclusively for several years straight. After a shift, take the train a few short stops to the “Port Moody Ale Trail” for the outdoor network of craft breweries frequented as a post-shift debrief on the way home.
“I came to RCH with the idea that if I could work at RCH for 5 years, then I could practice anywhere in Canada. Where else can you see trauma, peds, cardiac cath, neurosurg and more all under the same roof, sometimes on the same shift. It’s been 17 years. There is nothing I did in my residency that I don’t still do in my regular practice.” – Dr. Adam Lund
“RCH is a great place to work because although it is a tertiary care centre, it retains a community hospital feel. As such, you get to be super hands on and become an expert in all things emergency medicine including but not limited to: traumas, resuscitations, reductions, acute on chronic abdominal pain, and non-specific neurologic symptoms in young healthy people.” – Dr. Margaret Zhang
“RCH has the following: 1. A high volume of very acute patients in need of resuscitation; 2. Amongst the highest volume of blunt and penetrating trauma in Canada; 3. Both adult and pediatric populations for full on pediatric and adult resuscitation on a regular basis; 4. The quaternary obstetrical trauma center for BC; and 5. The highest volume of cardiac caths in Canada, and is one of the busiest trauma centres in Canada.
Because the Fraser Health Authority has one of the largest populations in Canada (2 million), the sickest patients are funnelled to RCH which is the tertiary referral center in the FHA. I have worked at RCH most of my career and consider myself fortunate to have seen a huge volume of very interesting pathology. What I have most treasured is our team whom I feel is like a second family” – Dr. Joe Haegert
“The Fraser program was our home as residents for the past five years. We began this program together with the combined intelligence of one resident, luckily we learned a few things in R5/R6 (Covid Cohort) and have become two independent staff physicians. While the ridiculous resuscitations are unparalleled, what really makes this program special is the relationships. Not only is the residency program tight-knit, but as a resident, you are part of the emergency department family from day one. Now in the early stages of our staff career, we have chosen to stay and work here for the same reasons: exciting medicine, great academic opportunities, and a really fun work environment. The residency program is integrated into everything this department does and whether you are on emerg or off service you feel at home and get involved in everything.” – Dr. Ben Millar & Kevin O’Riordan
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Royal Columbian Hospital offers a 4 week elective for medical students in their final year that provides the opportunity to gain exposure and competence in managing a wide variety of clinical presentations in a busy emergency department. Students will work one-on-one with enthusiastic physicians who establish an exceptional learning environment and provide an appropriate level of independence. Students will have the opportunity to participate in emergency procedures such as suturing, orthopedic reductions, casting, intubation, central lines, chest tube placement and trauma management. They will also have the opportunity to interact with EM residents who will have dedicated teaching shifts with students. Additional learning opportunities include involvement in weekly academic days with the EM residents, monthly EM journal clubs, weekly grand rounds, and simulation sessions which visiting students are welcome to attend.
Applications for electives can be made through the UBC application system.
Applications for electives are submitted online via the One45 system. There are deadline application dates for each elective block, which must be approved by the elective organizer for successful placement. If you were unable to get an elective at RCH and are interested in our Fraser EM program, we are happy for you to contact us to hear more about the program/set up a shadow shift.
For junior medical students, you may contact us directly to arrange a few shadow shifts.
For general inquiries, please contact our program admin:
April Dolap, Program Administrator – Fraser Site
For undergraduate or medical student inquiries, please contact:
Dr. Dan Wong, Assistant Education Director and Undergrad DSSL
Interested in speaking to one of our Fraser residents? Please contact: