Postgraduate Training Program in Urology
The UBC Department of Urologic Sciences provides a training program in all aspects of urology, and is one of a total of 12 such programs in Canada. The duration of residency is five years following graduation from medical school. This is comprised of two years of core surgical training followed by three years of exposure to all spheres of our specialty. Core surgery consists of rotations in allied specialties such as general and vascular surgery, intensive care, and radiology as well as rotations in urology. At the end of the core years, residents are required to write the Royal College Principles of Surgery and the LMCC II qualifying examinations. At the end of the PGY-5 year, trainees are required to sit the Royal College certifying examinations in Ottawa. This consists of a comprehensive two day series of multiple choice, short answer and OSCE examinations required for certification as a urological surgeon.
Required academic activities for residents typically include weekly city-wide grand rounds, and case-based and indication rounds conducted at each of the teaching sites. Friday afternoons are reserved for the residents’ academic half-day which consists of a blend of chapter reviews, resident seminars and presentations, radiology rounds, pathology reviews, and mock examinations. In addition, residents are expected to participate in a critical inquiry research project under the preceptorship of one of the faculty urologists.
Strengths of the UBC program include a very high volume of clinical and surgical exposure to all aspects of urology, and a well structured academic curriculum. As a result, a very high pass rate has been obtained on the Royal College examinations over the past 20 years. Approximately 50% of UBC graduates have chosen 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@ubc.ca) in the Department of Urologic Sciences Office of Education.