Residency Program

The Orthopaedic Residency Program at the University of British Columbia is one of the leading orthopaedic training programs in Canada. Drawing upon our commitment to education, multidisciplinary approach, and collaborative culture, our program offers residents an unmatched variety of exposure to develop their clinical skills. Our 5-year program is fully accredited by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.

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Program Overview

The Orthopaedic Residency Program at the University of British Columbia consists of 28 residents, over 40 faculty, 9 university-affiliated hospitals, and more than 300 beds available for educational purposes. The training program is the only orthopaedic program in Canada with departmental status. This has permitted the development of divisions within the department which has greatly facilitated the organization of rotations, research and education and has allowed the development of a comprehensive and highly integrated residency experience. Areas of major clinical and research interest and expertise have been developed at each of the hospitals within the training program. Each orthopaedic surgery subspecialty is taught during a clinical rotation at a hospital site specific to that subspecialty.

The resident rotations are based on the educational requirement of each resident and not on the service requirements of the training hospitals. In addition, the residents play a major role in designing and assigning the rotations. The training is a preceptor based adult learning model, allowing residents to have a close relationship with the attending surgeon they are working with and graduated levels of responsibility. By the time of graduation, our residents are competent surgeons who have participated in a large volume of surgical procedures.

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Curriculum

PGY 1

  • Orthopaedic trauma surgery
  • General surgery trauma service
  • Vascular surgery

  • Plastic surgery
  • Perioperative medicine
  • Surgical Foundations “CRASH” course
  • Orthopaedic Surgery “Bootcamp” course


PGY 2

  • ICU
  • Orthopaedic trauma
  • Pediatric orthopaedic surgery

  • Spine surgery
  • Community orthopaedic surgery

The Surgical Foundations academic training program is administered by the Department of General Surgery and is provided by a weekly academic half-day as well as the PGY1 CRASH course. Residents are required to successfully complete the Royal College Examination in Surgical Foundations in the spring of the PGY-2 year.


PGY 3

  • Hip and knee reconstruction
  • Spine surgery
  • Arthroscopic surgery and upper extremity surgery

  • Foot and ankle surgery
  • Hand and upper extremity surgery


PGY 4

  • Adult MSK oncology
  • Orthopaedic trauma
  • General and community orthopaedic surgery
  • Hand surgery

  • Foot and ankle surgery
  • Elective (may be taken locally, in a rural location, or at an international center)


PGY 5

  • Orthopaedic trauma
  • Hip and knee reconstruction
  • Pediatric orthopaedic surgery

  • Arthroscopic surgery and upper extremity surgery
  • Knowledge consolidation, review, and elective

Training Sites

British Columbia Children’s Hospital
  • Pediatric orthopaedic surgery rotations
Burnaby Hospital
  • Community orthopaedic practice rotation
Eagle Ridge Hospital
  • Hand surgery rotations
Royal Columbian Hospital
  • Orthopaedic trauma
St. Paul’s Hospital
  • Foot and ankle surgery rotations
  • Hand and upper extremity surgery rotations

UBC Hospital
  • Arthroscopic surgery and athletic injuries
University Hospital of Northern BC
  • Community orthopaedic practice rotation
Vancouver General Hospital
  • Hip and knee reconstruction
  • Orthopaedic trauma
  • Spine surgery
  • Most surgical foundations rotations (trauma service, plastics, vascular, perioperative medicine, ICU)

Research Education

Participating in orthopaedic research is a key component of successful modern orthopaedic practice. Orthopaedic surgery by its nature is greatly affected by advances in surgical techniques, engineering, biomaterials, pharmacology, genetics and human biology. An understanding of orthopaedic research and critical appraisal skills are mandatory for successful practice and Royal College Certification.


Resident research in the UBC orthopaedic surgery training program is facilitated and promoted in several ways:

  • A Director of resident research, who oversees each resident’s progress toward completion of their research.
  • A strong ongoing clinical research program within all Divisions of the UBC Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, which provides a broad range of available avenues for resident research. Many Divisions have a dedicated research coordinator as well as faculty with advanced training in clinical epidemiology, who are able to provide support and guidance to residents completing a research project within the respective Division.
  • Residents may apply during their training for dedicated time to perform basic science or clinical research. The resident will be allowed, over the course of one or more of their scheduled 2-month clinical rotations, to dedicate half of their time each week towards completion of a research project.
  • Residents are required to present a research project at the annual UBC Orthopaedic Surgery Research Day in at least four of their five years in the program.
  • Residents planning a career in an academic centre may consider obtaining an advanced degree in a related field such as clinical epidemiology. If a resident wishes to complete this training prior to the completion of their residency, then (a) they will require approval from the Department Head and the Director of Postgraduate Education, and (b) they will need to lengthen their residency training in order to take time off for their chosen program of study – which will typically be not less than one year. Another option for residents seeking to obtain advanced degree training is to apply to the UBC “Clinician Investigator Program” (CIP). CIP is an opportunity for dedicated research time with funded support.

Career Opportunities

Residents graduating from our program have diverse career paths, ranging from direct entry into community practice to advanced clinical fellowships and PhD training. The reputation of the training program and the orthopaedic faculty provide our residents with a great deal of opportunity outside Canada for fellowship training or career development. A large number of our graduates have gone on to successful academic careers and are among the leaders in orthopaedic surgery in Canada.

Visit the Meet our Alumni page to learn more about our graduates and their diverse career paths!

Frequently Asked Questions

Is there any time for electives in the residency program?
Residents are provided with a two-month elective rotation during their fourth year. Many residents elect to work in a rural community or in another centre for that experience. Residents interested in subspecialty training may use the time to explore fellowship opportunities. The final year of the program also offers residents the ability to structure their year according to their academic needs.

How much holiday time is provided?
Residents are given 4 weeks holiday each year.

Is there maternity leave within the residency program?
Maternity leave is protected within the PAR-BC contract structure and by legislation. Up to a year of leave is available and is at the discretion of the resident.

Is it beneficial to do an elective if you are interested in obtaining a residency position?
Certainly, elective experiences can be very valuable for both the orthopaedic program and the medical student. The student is provided with an opportunity to evaluate the program, staff and residents. The residency program is provided with an opportunity to showcase its educational program and also to evaluate the student. However, the orthopaedic community in Canada is relatively small and the surgeons at UBC have close contact with other surgeons throughout Canada, and in many international centres. Reference letters from other locations are very useful tools for the selection committee and allow us to evaluate students who have not performed an elective at UBC.

Does the UBC Orthopaedic Surgery Residency Program accept applications from IMGs?
No. Applicants to the UBC Orthopaedic Surgery Residency Program must be Canadian citizens who have graduated from a medical school in Canada or the United States.

How to Apply

 

All applications to the Orthopaedics Residency Program at UBC are processed through the Canadian Resident Matching Service (CaRMS). Please refer to the CaRMS website for application deadlines, required documentation, and eligibility requirements. To obtain more information on Admission to Postgraduate Medical Education at UBC, please visit the Postgraduate Medical Education website.

Program Contacts

Dr. Henry Broekhuyse
Director, Postgraduate Education
henry.broekhuyse@vch.ca

 

 

Vicki Wenman
(Interim) Manager, Postgraduate Medical Education
orthopaedics.residency@ubc.ca

 

 

Our Residents:

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Testimonials

“The Orthopaedic Residency program at UBC is one of the best in the country. I believe that what sets UBC apart is the quality of mentorship in the program. Faculty in each division go out of their way to mentor learners both clinically and academically, and as a result graduates are frequently selected to Fellowships of their choice, with the vast majority finding employment afterwards.”

– David Stockton, UBC Orthopaedics Resident


“The University of British Columbia Orthopaedics program was a first choice for me as an incoming candidate. Apart from its exceptional training opportunities and staff, it’s a program that respects its residents, treats them as colleagues and always puts teaching first. Everyone in my resident group was welcoming and warm, creating an ideal environment for learning. As a resident in this program I am confident that I will be prepared for a fulfilling career in orthopaedics.”

– Taylor Crown, UBC Orthopaedics Resident


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Why UBC Orthopaedics?

Learn from our internationally renowned faculty, and join a community of orthopaedic scholars at one of the world’s top-ranked universities.

Meet our Residents

The Orthopaedic Residency Program at the University of British Columbia is one of the leading orthopaedic training programs in Canada.

Meet our Alumni

Our alumni have established themselves as successful clinicians, educators, leaders, and innovators.