Mandatory Rotations (PGY-4)
- 1-2 Blocks of Junior Attending (can be scheduled anytime, though recommended towards the end of PGY-4);
- 4 Community Blocks (see below for potential, recommended communities);
- 1 Block Obstetric Medicine (BC Children’s & Women’s Hospital);
- 1 Block Cardiology in Victoria;
- 1 Block Critical Care Medicine (Richmond General Hospital);
- 1 Block Perioperative Medicine (Vancouver General Hospital);
- 48 weeks of longitudinal clinic (over two years, one half-day per week).
Mandatory Rotations (PGY-5)
- 1-2 blocks of Junior Attending (dependent on how many blocks are completed during PGY-4);
- Balance of longitudinal clinics to ensure 48 weeks of longitudinal clinic (over two years, one half-day per week).
Of the 26 blocks (over two years), there are 10 mandatory blocks and 16 flexible blocks that can be scheduled to suit your future career path. The balance of rotations for the fourth year will be planned with the Program Director and Coordinator. Common selections are Ambulatory Hematology, Ambulatory Cardiology, CKD Clinics, Healthy Heart and AHF Clinics, more community rotations or other sub-specialty rotations.
The fifth year of GIM Fellowship is extremely flexible. Our mandate is to provide the training you require for your future career.
- Medical Education—A Clinical Education Fellowship
- Health Research—Clinical Investigator Program Fellowships (PGY-5, 6 and possibly 7)
- Specialty Clinical and Technical Skills—Training specifically chosen to prepare the resident for clinical practice that aligns with their career goals.
- Within GIM, these include: Hypertension, Obstetric Medicine, HIV, Addiction Medicine, Palliative Care, and Perioperative Medicine (not all of this training would be exclusively undertaken at UBC).
The Royal College Objectives of Training for GIM can be found on the Royal College website.
Academic Half Day
Our Academic Half Day is currently structured to provide preparation for the Royal College Exam in PGY-4. In 2019, the Academic Half Day structure will be revised to accommodate the removal of the FRCPC exam in the PGY-4.
Academic Half Day runs from January to June of each year and takes place for a full day, twice per rotation block. Residents have a protected study half-day once per week, from September to December but this is subject to call requirements, especially during community rotations. Discretion is required to negotiate the study time with service requirements.
Divisional Academic Activities
Each resident will present at Journal Club at least once in their PGY-4. The GIM Journal Club takes place once per month from September to June, and we additionally have 3-4 Social Journal Clubs per year, which take place at a faculty member’s home. View our Events page for more information on Journal Club and upcoming dates.
All GIM residents participate in Evidence Based Medicine Teaching for Internal Medicine residents.
During the training period, each resident is expected to engage in a scholarly project, which may take the form of one, or a combination of the following activities. All residents are expected to present at least once during the Resident and Faculty Research Evening which takes place in June of each year.
Examples of past work include:
- Health research project;
- Case report;
- In-depth, critically appraised review of a topic;
- Systematic review of a clinical topic as part of the Review of Drug Therapy Evidence elective;
- Project related to Quality Assurance.