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 Program Director, Dr. Chris 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. The Program has converted to Competency Based, and follows the standard Transition to Discipline, Urology Foundations / Surgical Foundations, Urology Core and Transition to Practice phases within a 5 year target time horizon.
Surgical Foundations and Urology Foundations occupy the majority of the first 24 months of training and includes rotations in urology, as well as allied specialties such as general and vascular surgery, intensive care and radiology. PGY2 trainees are required to write the Royal College Principles of Surgery and the LMCC II qualifying examination. The Urology Foundations program is structured so as to allow the trainee to meet eligibility requirements for American Board of Urology certification following graduation, should the trainee so desire.
In Urology Core and Transition to Practice phases, 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, Gender Affirmation Surgery, Pediatrics, and Infertility/Andrology/Mens Health. Community rotations, selectives, electives, QA/QI and scholary pursuit rotations are all offered during these phases as well. A wide variety of subspecialty clinics and ORs are available for trainees to attend with world class faculty supervising. After completing the minimum requirements for training and meeting all mandated EPAs, trainees are required to sit the Royal College certifying examination, which includes a comprehensive multiple choice and OSCE examination 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.
Trainees are encouraged to pursue scholarly activities throughout their training under mentorship of either Urologic faculty or the wide range of key opinion leaders within the UBC Faculty of Medicine. Topics range from oncology, transplantation, pediatrics, endourology, robotics, reconstruction, medical education, basic sciences, health economics and translational medicine. While the Program encourages scholarly activity and productivity is a requirement of the EPAs, trainees are encouraged to pursue interests which align with a successful career in Urology including patient advocacy, leadership, entrepreneurship, etc. UBC has a formal Clinician Investigator Program, a 2 year commitment, fully funded for those trainees interested in dedicated research time within the training Program.
Trainees are funded to attend regular meetings and courses including AUA Review Course, McGill oncology course, Northwest Urological Society meeting, AUA annual meeting, Canadian Urological Association meeting, Western Section of the AUA meeting, the EAU exchange, and QUEST. Residents receive a print copy of Campbell’s Urology and a subscription to the AUA Update series on admission to the Program. Loupes are also purchased for Residents to promote their use during radical prostatectomy, transplantation and pediatrics cases, amongst others.
Despite being a world class, high volume Urologic center, there are relatively few fellows circulating through the Department. Two oncology fellows are the standard, and intermittent Endourology, Pediatric, and Andrology fellows may appear as well. The Program is recognized for its Resident-focussed educational program.
Workload for trainees is variable and service commitments can be intermittently demanding, however call schedules target 1 in 4, and Urology call is taken from home. There is ample support while on call and on service from peers in your training cohort as well as senior residents. The Program Director is very accessible and maintains an open door policy as well as having created a single point of online access to the Department of Urologic Sciences (DUS) Office of Education (OOE) so as to facilitate resident reporting of evaluations, but also to serve as an anonymous reporting tool for and outstanding resident issues. The DUS OOE has a principle mandate to provide a superior educational experience to its trainees, but following very closely is the second principle of providing this experience in the context of a safe environment, promoting resident wellness throughout.
Evaluations are collected through the Entrada platform as administered by the UBC PGME office, and DUS OOE also requires mid rotation and end of rotation CanMeds oriented ITERS to be completed. A Resident Report Card is available for formative faculty feedback as a debriefing methodology post procedure. Quarterly PD check-in ITERS are also issued to trainees so as to maintain a strong connection with the Program Director.
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A SAMPLING OF RANKINGS
- Capital of Food: Vancouver – The Economist’s1843 (2018)
- Best Places to Live and Work – Movie Maker Magazine (2018)
- 2nd Best Country Globally: Canada – US News & World Report (2017)
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INNOVATIVE COMPANIES BORN IN VANCOUVER
- Hootsuite – social media management system with more than seven million users in 175 countries.
- Arc’Teryx – technical outdoor apparel company
- Lululemon – yoga wear company
- Herschel Supply Co. – trendy backpacks and duffel bags (sales soared by 900 percent between 2010 and 2011)
- Flickr – image and video hosting website
- Slack – productivity and communication platform for organizations
- Plenty of Fish – free online dating website employing 66 people in Vancouver
- Mountain Equipment Co-Op – outdoor recreation apparel cooperative founded in 1971, now across Canada
- Lions Gate Films – one of the most successful film distributors in the world, founded here in 1997
- Greenpeace – international environmental organization, founded here in 1972
- Indochino – online menswear company
- Native – purveyors of foam form shoes.
- Six Hundred Four – a boutique shoe gallery with shoes designed by local artists. A chunk of the proceeds go to charity
VANCOUVER BY NUMBERS
- PlentyOfFish employs over 75 staff in Vancouver, and deals with the romance of 60 million users
- HootSuite has close to 1,000 staff located in Vancouver and worldwide, and more than 15 million users in more than 175 countries
- Vancouver boasts more than 1,500 yoga classes a week—not bad for a city of only 600,000
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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 Timea Oroszi (Timea.Oroszi@vch.ca) in the Department of Urologic Sciences Office of Education.