Prospective Residents

CaRMS Applicants

The UBC PHPM Residency Program accepts both first and second round applicants through the Canadian Resident Matching Service (CaRMS).

Requirements

Requirements for application to the CaRMS match are standardized across residency programs and available at the CaRMS website.

Documentation

Biographical Letter

Please consider the following questions when writing your biographical letter:

1. Why are you interested in Public Health and Preventive Medicine?
2. What experiences demonstrate your interest in Public Health and Preventive Medicine?
3. How does PHPM differ from other clinical specialties?
4. What unique qualities can you bring to the program and the specialty?

IMG Applicants

International Medical Graduates (IMGs) are welcome to apply to the program in the second CaRMS round, although availability will depend on the number of positions filled in the first round.

IMGs must ensure they meet the following requirements:

• Canadian Permanent Residency or Citizenship
• Medical Degree from an accredited institution
• Eligible for a license with the College of Physicians and Surgeons of BC
• Passed the Medical Council of Canada Evaluating Examination (MCCEE) and National Assessment Collaboration (NAC) exam
• Meet English Fluency Requirements:
o TOEFL iBT with a total score of 96 with 24 in each of the four sections taken within the past 2 years; or
o IELTS with a minimum score of 7 in each component with an overall band score no less than 7 taken within the past 2 years; or
o The language of instruction at medical school was English, the primary language of patient care was English, and the first and native language of the country for medical training is English.

For more information, please contact the PHPM program coordinator at spph.residency@ubc.ca

Re-entry Applicants

The UBC PHPM Residency Program offers positions for licensed physicians to gain further training in )Public Health and Preventive Medicine. Re-entry residents often enter the program as a third or fourth year resident, depending on whether they have previously completed a graduate degree in a field related to public health.

Application Process

Re-entry residents apply directly to the program after the R1 CaRMS match has been completed. Please contact the Program Coordinator for further information at spph.residency@ubc.ca

Requirements

• Completed two years of accredited Post-Graduate training
• Has a full license to practice medicine (or is eligible for a full medical license) from the College of Physicians and Surgeons of BC
• Canadian citizen or permanent resident at the time of application
• Not currently enrolled in a residency-training program

Documentation

Biographical Letter

Please consider the following questions when writing your biographical letter:

1. Why are you interested in Public Health and Preventive Medicine?
2. What experiences demonstrate your interest in Public Health and Preventive Medicine?
3. How does PHPM differ from other clinical specialties?
4. What unique qualities can you bring to the program and the specialty?

Official transcripts

For ALL post-secondary education including Medical School Transcript – (sent directly from the post-secondary institution).

Reference Letters

Three reference letters are required and should be sent directly to the PHPM Residency Program address below.

Other Documentation

• C.V.
• Dean’s Letter – order from your Dean’s office.
• LMCC and any other exam transcripts.
• Letter from Program Director – if in a residency program in the last 3 years.

Interested applicants should submit an application package with the following documents to:

Dr. Marcus Lem, Director
c/o Program Assistant
Public Health & Preventive Medicine Residency Program
University of British Columbia
School of Population and Public Health
168 – 2206 East Mall
Vancouver BC V6T 1Z3

Notification

Re-entry residents will be notified by phone within several weeks if they have been chosen for an interview.

For more information, please contact the PHPM program coordinator at spph.residency@ubc.ca