Postgraduate Training Program in Urology
The UBC Department of Urologic Sciences residency program is one of the top Urologic training programs in Canada, offering an unprecedented opportunity for students to be trained in a high intensity, high volume, academic environment rich with interesting and complex clinical cases meshed closely with a world class Urologic research environment at the forefront of discovery. Under the direction of the current Program Director, Dr. C. Nguan, the residency program offers an exceptional training experience aimed at producing best-in-class graduates who launch successful careers in academia or independent practice. The residency program is a five-year commitment, comprised of two years of core surgical training followed by three years of specialized training.
Foundations of Surgery core program includes rotations in urology, as well as allied specialties such as general and vascular surgery, intensive care and radiology. At the end of the two core years, residents are required to write the Royal College Principles of Surgery and the LMCC II qualifying examination.
In years three through five of Urologic Residency, the trainee will circulate amongst our 5 major teaching hospitals, with exposure to the complete range of Urologic subspecialty areas including: Minimally Invasive Surgery / Robotics, Transplantation, Oncology, Endourology and Stone Disease, Neurourology, Reconstruction, Pediatrics, and Infertility/Andrology/Mens Health. Both subspecialty clinics and ORs are available for trainees to attend with world class faculty supervising. After completing the PGY-5 year, trainees are required to sit the Royal College certifying examinations in Ottawa, which include a comprehensive two-day series of multiple choice, short answer and OSCE examinations required for certification as a urological surgeon.
Education is paramount in this Resident-centric training program, and teaching comes in the form of clinical point-of-care feedback in the clinics and the OR as well as more formal teaching in weekly half-day of structured class time, city-wide grand rounds, case-based and indication rounds, and critical inquiry research projects under the preceptorship of one of our faculty urologists.
UBC DUS residency students have a very high pass rate on the Royal College examinations, and approximately 50% of UBC graduates choose to pursue further fellowship postgraduate training in a variety of subspecialties including oncology, pediatrics, transplantation, andrology, and minimally invasive surgery.
On the UBC Postgraduate Dean’s website you will find information on residency issues and various administrative forms (reimbursement, prescription writing, etc.).
The Department of Urologic Sciences uses a web-based evaluation system, that is One45 software. To use the One45 website, you will need your username and password to access the system. If you need a reminder of your password, please contact Fern Rushton (send email to Fern.Rushton@vch.ca) in the Department of Urologic Sciences Office of Education.