GIM Fellowship

UBC offers a RCPSC-accredited two-year sub-specialty postgraduate training program in General Internal Medicine. The UBC GIM Fellowship program welcomes applicants wishing to pursue community-based or academic careers.

The PGY-4 year is focused on obtaining the necessary skills for the practice of General Internal Medicine. The fellowship is characterized by graded responsibility and increasing levels of independence in decision-making under supervision. By the end of the PGY-4 year, the resident will be able to demonstrate a level of knowledge, clinical skills, technical skills, and attitudes consistent with independent consulting practice.

The PGY-5 year is extremely flexible based on the career path of the resident.

Application and Admissions

The program accepts approximately 8 residents per year. All applications are done through the CaRMS Medicine Sub-Specialty (MSM) match. For more information including details on eligibility, application process and timeline see CaRMS MSM.

Program Curriculum

The total duration of the program is two years divided into 26 blocks (four weeks per block). Many of the rotations in the PGY-4 year are taken outside of Vancouver, in smaller communities around British Columbia. These rotations are considered a mandatory part of the program.

Mandatory Rotations (PGY-4)

  • 4 blocks Community General Internal Medicine (see below for potential communities);
  • 1 block Critical Care Medicine (Richmond General Hospital);
  • 1 block Cardiology (Royal Jubilee Hospital, Victoria);
  • 1 block Obstetric Medicine (BC Children’s & Women’s Hospital, Vancouver);
  • 1 block Perioperative Medicine (Vancouver General Hospital);
  • 1-2 blocks Junior Attending (can be scheduled anytime, though recommended towards the end of PGY-4);
  • 48 weeks of longitudinal clinic (one half-day per week over two years).

Mandatory Rotations (PGY-5)

  • 1 block Junior Attending (depending on how many blocks are completed during PGY-4);
  • Balance of longitudinal clinics to ensure 48 weeks of longitudinal clinic (one half-day per week over two years).

Potential Community General Internal Medicine rotation sites: Burnaby, Campbell River, Comox, Cranbrook, Duncan, Kamloops, Nanaimo, Nelson, Penticton, Richmond, Salmon Arm, Surrey, Terrace, Trail, Victoria, and others.

The balance of rotations for the PGY-4 year are planned in discussion with the Program Director and Program Coordinator. Commonly chosen electives include: Addictions, Ambulatory Hematology, Ambulatory Cardiology, CKD Clinics, Healthy Heart Clinics, Neurology, Palliative Care, POCUS, Thrombosis, more Community General Internal Medicine or other sub-specialty rotations.

The PGY-5 year of GIM Fellowship at UBC is extremely flexible. Our mandate is to train residents for their future career in GIM. With guidance from the Program Director, and providing all mandatory rotations have been completed, residents are permitted to undertake training that is specifically tailored to their intended future practice plans. Some PGY-5 training pathways that have been followed previously include:

  • Clinical areas of expertise: Addictions, Hypertension, Obesity Medicine, Obstetric Medicine, Palliative Care, Perioperative Medicine, Thrombosis, etc.
  • Technical skills: POCUS, ECHO*, Bronchoscopy*, Endoscopy*, etc. (*typically pursued when there is a specific community site requiring a General Internist with these skills).
  • Expertise in Medical Education: UBC CHES Clinical Educator Fellowship Program
  • Expertise in Health Research: UBC Clinician Investigator Fellowship Program (CIP)
  • Other: Master of Public Health, Quality Improvement, building the first comprehensively integrated healthcare network in sub-Saharan Africa. What is your passion? How can we help you get there?

The above described PGY-5 training paths are not exhaustive are not meant to be limiting. The program is open novel training plans to help residents achieve their desired career goals. In cases where the desired training cannot be fully achieved within the resources at UBC, the program is flexible in allowing trainees to train at other sites across Canada and abroad. Planning for the PGY-5 begins upon acceptance into the program and is done in discussion with the Program Director.

Scholarly Sessions (Academic Full Day)

Scholarly Sessions (Academic Full Days) are a series of lectures and workshops that follow a curriculum of high-yield topics covering the breadth of General Internal Medicine. They are held once a month from September to June. Scholarly Sessions are considered protected time and residents are relieved from their clinical duties to attend.

Journal Club

Journal Club is an interactive forum to critically appraise emerging evidence. It is a well-attended session involving both GIM residents and faculty. Journal Club is held at noon on the same days as the Scholarly Sessions, once per month from September to June. All GIM residents and faculty are invited to attend. During the PGY-4 year, each GIM resident is expected to present an article at the Journal Club. For more information, see Journal Club.

Research/Scholarly Project

Engagement in scholarship is part of the well-rounded training of GIM subspecialists. During the GIM Fellowship, each resident will engage in research or some form of scholarly work. This may include something related to a health research project, case report, in-depth critical appraisal, systematic review, quality improvement, quality assurance, system redesign or other related work. For those not yet connected to a research/scholarship mentor, this can be arranged through the Program Director. By the end of the PGY-5 year, each GIM resident is expected to present their research/scholarly work at the GIM Resident Research Evening. For more information, see Resident Research Evening.

Quality Improvement Retreat

With the goal of further improving the program, GIM residents are invited to attend the annual GIM Fellowship Quality Improvement Retreat. This 1-2 day event is typically held each winter and is an opportunity to reflect on opportunities to further enhance the fellowship.


Bootcamp kicks off the year for incoming PGY-4s. It serves as an orientation to the UBC GIM program, an opportunity to bond and develop fellowship cohesiveness, and covers high-yield topics to prepare residents for their upcoming year. Topics vary from year to year but often include content related to critical care (e.g., airway workshop) and cardiology (e.g., introduction exercise stress testing) and others. Bootcamp typically involves lectures, workshops, team building exercises and other small group sessions. Bootcamp is held every year at the beginning of July.