We would like to acknowledge that the land on which we provide care is the traditional territory of the xwməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil- Waututh).
As the founding site of the UBC Emergency medicine program, Vancouver has had a long-standing reputation for graduating strong, competent and confident residents who go on to excel in Emergency Medicine across Canada.
- As Vancouver General Hospital (VGH) is the quaternary referral centre for the province, you will work with physicians from Emergency Medicine and other specialties who are nationwide experts in their field.
- Dedicated teaching during both Emergency Medicine and off-service rotations from experienced senior residents and supportive staff physicians.
- Ability to care for and be exposed to complex patients from across the province including the province’s transplant and burns cases.
- High fidelity in situ simulations every Tuesday in the trauma bay with nurses and allied health care staff.
- Newly introduced and highly rated Coaching program where each resident is paired with a staff physician for 5 years. This allows for residents to have a mentor who works with them to enhance their academic growth and supports them through the ups and downs of residency.
- Annual resident retreat, Dr Brian Chung’s famous barbeques and regular staff-resident get togethers.
Vancouver General Hospital (VGH)
- VGH is a 900 bed Level 1 Trauma Center and the province’s Burns and Transplant center. With a busy Emergency Department that sees more than 100,000 patients per year, the acuity you will see here is unparalleled.
- Close to one of the city’s busiest streets, Broadway, with its innumerable coffee shops and food choices, VGH is a wonderful place to call home.
- You will also rotate through BC Children’s Hospital, which is the provincial referral centre for pediatrics.
Welcome to Vancouver, BC!
Vancouver is a world-class city with something to offer everyone – you can sample any global cuisine your heart desires, purchase artisanal goods from Granville Island, conquer the famous Grouse Grind ‘hike’ and relax at one of the trendy microbreweries at Olympic Village all in one day!
Vancouver’s geography is an important force shaping the city’s economy. Owing to its proximity to Asia, as well as its excellent deep-water harbour and transportation infrastructure, Vancouver is Canada’s primary hub for trade with Asia. Major corporations such as Microsoft, IBM and Nintendo maintain offices in Vancouver.
Tourism and conventions contribute substantially to the city’s economy as visitors come to enjoy the city’s beauty and amenities or to use it as a transfer point to nearby destinations such as the resort at Whistler. Along with tourists, filmmakers have been attracted by Vancouver and British Columbia’s natural beauty. Inspired by the adjacent mountains, forests and ocean, Vancouver has a strong active outdoors culture which has produced a small but significant industry producing athletic performance apparel.
The Vancouver area offers many opportunities for outdoor recreation, including skiing and year-round boating, golfing and diving. Within the city are more than 200 parks, of which the largest and most important, Stanley Park, has many recreational facilities including an 8.85 km portion of the seawall, a favourite location for walkers and joggers.
Being the 3rd largest city in Canada, you will find spaces to delve into any hobby or passion of your liking where it’s team sports, pottery, shopping, kickboxing, or painting night.
Food & Drink
Vancouverites know their city’s culinary scene. They know where to find the best tower of fresh seafood, the finest house-made charcuterie, the most delicious taco truck, and the best list of B.C. wines. Vancouverites are entirely capable of having a stand-up argument about which sushi restaurant is the best, even if both restaurants are exquisite. The city’s restaurants, wine bars, tasting rooms, cocktail dens, food trucks, farmer’s markets and bakeries are absolutely deserving of this passion. Contact our residents and they will hook you up with the best brewery tour, sushi tasting, or Happy Hour!
Arts & Culture
Our city is alive with creativity. We have amazing: music, dance, new media, theatre, festivals, film, design, exhibitions, galleries, museums, and special events. It’s home to the Vancouver International Film Festival, more than 50 professional theatre companies, and the Rogers Arena and BC Place where large scale concerts always offer a great show!
For all the bikers out there –Vancouver is one of the most bike-friendly cities in Canada. And for those who don’t bike, it’s extremely easy to explore the city with its interconnected bus routes, Skytrain and carshare programs.
Warmed by Pacific Ocean currents and protected by a range of mountains, Vancouver’s weather is mild year-round. From low 20’s Celsius in summer to a mild 0º to 5º Celsius in winter, the climate is always hospitable. Our winters are wet, but it rarely snows, except on our local ski hills. What a dream!
Vancouver believes that its diversity, be it gender identity, disability, race, colour, religion, sexual orientation, culture or ethnicity, helps to create a rich and vibrant community in which all individuals live in mutual respect, dignity and harmony.
This is reflected in the values of our RCPSC-EM program and our clinical work at Vancouver General Hospital through the diverse population that we serve. This diversity offers a cultural richness and a sense of inclusivity unique to Vancouver.
The UBC residency program is a unique program with absolutely wonderful residents and faculty. I love coming to work and knowing that I’ll be surrounded by supportive, energetic, and brilliant people. The one thing that makes my day is when I show up for work and there is one of our residents working with me – I know that it’s going to be a good shift no matter how difficult the patients are.” – Dr. Tina Yokota
“As an attending Emergency Physician at Vancouver General Hospital, one of the things I love most about my job is working with the outstanding group of resident physicians we have at UBC.They are a diverse, accomplished group who continually push me to learn and improve my own clinical practice.As a resident I benefited tremendously from the collegial, collaborative, and patient-care focused learning environment at VGH, and as an attending my goal is to continue to foster this learning environment. – Dr. Emerson Genuis
“I graduated from the UBC emergency medicine program with such appreciation not only for an excellent education but for the family feel and supportive environment. The program provides both training and mentorship and I knew as staff I would want to be involved in such a legacy. Residency is hard, but I think having staff invested not only in your education but also your wellbeing makes a difference.” – Dr. Kaitlin Lee
“I love working at VGH because we have a particularly collegial group and in fact I think the best relationship with our nursing colleagues and other allied health staff that I have ever seen. I particularly love working with our residents; they are so smart, hard working and fun. It’s amazing and incredibly rewarding watching them grow each year and I feel really lucky to be a part of it.” – Dr. Kelsey Innes
Did he drive from Northern Ontario, or did he actually trail run to Vancouver? We will never know. What we do know is Adam grew up in North Bay, ON and finished an undergrad in Bio-medical science at the University of Guelph. Moving back North for medical school at NOSM, Adam’s constant search for endorphins […]
This Brockville (aka Brock Vegas) import brought a whole new level of stoke to the VGH ED. Joining us from Toronto, this committed carnivore is adjusting to all the plant-based foods in his new home. He moved to Vancouver to take the first step in his lifelong dream…. of becoming a boat captain. He’s always […]
Andrew hails from “far away” Coquitlam, BC, where he grew up with the dream of moving to the big city. From SFU for undergrad, he made it to Vancouver for med school and residency, all before taking his training wheels off. He may be our youngest R1, but he knows what he wants. He was […]
Born and raised in BC, Ben is a McMaster Health Sci alumnus who returned to Vancouver for medical school, during which he developed a burgeoning side hustle in hobbyist music production and videography for his under-subscribed channel www.youtube.com/benjhuang. Affectionately nicknamed ‘Gourmand’ early in his R1 year, Ben is known amongst the resident community for his […]
This UBC real estate mogul has endless tricks up his sleeve. Born and raised in Vancouver, after an extended Spring Break at Western he skedaddled back across the country to his beloved Vancouver. Lover of mountains and exploring new establishments, you can always count on Brandon to provide the inside scoop on local hotspots and […]
Brendan is the only flat-lander to make his way to the VGH crew all the way from Saskatchewan. As a born and bred prairie boy, he is enjoying experiencing a new province and taking advantage of all that beautiful B.C. has to offer. Although he drinks cool local craft beer while he is out with […]
Originally from Kelowna, Chantal is best known as the R4 most likely to win against every other R4 in a 1 vs. 11 fight. After an undergraduate degree at Queen’s and playing soccer on both her varsity and the Swiss National Team (!), Chan continued her athletic career while a medical student in Ottawa. Finally, […]
Christina hails from the far-away town of Langley, BC. She grew up as a classically trained competitive dancer, but now can commonly be found tearing up the dance floor at any and every event. Christina’s also a self-proclaimed coffee snob, but on-call she’ll drink whatever Java bean juice she can find and will only complain […]
Though Claire would tell you she chose Emerg late in the game, with her numerous visits to the ER, we knew it was never in doubt. Hailing from the North Shore, you’ll either find her with a rose crown at Shambhala or wearing three layers of Patagucci in Squamish. She has a passion for Addictions, […]
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Growing up in the prairies, Helene dreamt of finding mountains and coasts. She first sought out the shores of Lake Ontario for medical school – the proud Queen’s alum will talk your ear off about the incredible community she found there and the nearby Adirondack mountain range. Now that she’s finally made it to BC, […]
Who needs a switchboard when Holly’s in town? This born and raised Vancouverite turned field hockey star has got everyone in the city on speed-dial. After touring the states playing for Michigan State University, this green-eyed beauty came back up north and completed her medical degree at UBC. Hooked by emergency medicine late in medical […]
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Our transplant from tropical Singapore, this cold-averse chicka was once torn between wanting to catch babies, fix bones and figure out the cause of someone’s hyponatremia before discovering that Emergency Medicine would allow her to do all those things at once. She has been described as an energizer bunny but only during the daylight hours […]
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Meg, if that’s even her real name, lived in 5 countries before she started university at McGill for undergrad. Now that she’s lived in both Ottawa and Kingston, this proud Ontarian is able to name a grand total of two cities in her home province. With parents in the diplomatic service, we’re not sure if […]
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Vancouver General Hospital offers a 4 week elective for medical students that provide 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. Additional learning opportunities may include weekly academic days with the residents, monthly journal clubs, weekly grand rounds, and simulation sessions.
If you were unable to get an elective at VGH and are interested in our 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.
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.
Applications for electives are submitted online via the AFMC Portal.
The first come, first serve principle applies for UBC electives. Applicants are encouraged to apply and pay as close to the 7 month mark as possible. Note that while you may complete the application process early, the placement process may start several months later, as this is dependent on the UBC student schedule.
Associate Program Director – Vancouver Site
Dr. Brian Chung
For general inquiries, please contact our program admin:
Caryl Spinelli, Site Program Administrator – Vancouver
For undergraduate or medical student inquiries, please contact:
Dr. Tina Yokota
Interested in speaking to one of our Vancouver residents? Please contact:
Xin Mei Liu & Kiran Rikhraj, Vancouver Residents