Orientation

Congratulations. If you are among those matched to a UBC medical residency program through CaRMS it’s time to start your first postgraduate year.

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To help ensure a smooth transition to residency, UBC is pleased to announce that starting in June 2017 all IMGs who are successful in obtaining a residency position in B.C. will participate in a week-and-a-half-long orientation hosted in Vancouver.

Over the course of the mandatory orientation incoming IMG residents will gain a deeper understanding of the Canadian medical system and be exposed to a number of tools and resources designed to help them succeed over the course of their time in training.

FAQs

Exposure to the Canadian healthcare system and clinical practice varies widely among International Medical Graduates.

To help ensure a smooth transition to residency all IMGs who are successful in obtaining a residency position in B.C. will be required to participate in a week-and-a-half-long orientation.

Over the course of the mandatory orientation, incoming IMG residents will receive exposure to a number of Canadian medical practices that are fundamental to delivering high-quality, patient-centered care in B.C. By the end of the orientation, IMG residents will have gained a deeper understanding of the Canadian medical system and received exposure to a number of tools and resources to help them succeed over the course of their time in training.

The orientation will take place starting in June 2017.

The orientation will take place in Vancouver. The specific location will be confirmed in the coming months.

UBC clinical faculty members will deliver the orientation through a combination of classroom-based lectures and hands-on simulation training.

Yes, you will receive payment for participating in the orientation at the PGY1 rate, as set out in the Collective Agreement between the Health Employers Association of BC and Resident Doctors of BC.

IMGs who have successfully matched to a site outside of the Greater Vancouver area will receive funding for travel and accommodation. Travel and accommodation costs must be approved in advance by the PGME office before booking.


IMG medical residency positions are funded by the Ministry of Health and are subject to a return of service.

Successfully matched applicants are required to sign a Return of Service (ROS) contract with the Ministry of Health as a condition of accepting an IMG medical residency position.