Residents can choose either a standard PHPM pathway or a combined PHPM-FM pathway through the program. There is a re-entry option for physicians in current practice in Canada.
- Standard: five years, including one year of basic clinical training and one year of specialty public health elective
- Combined: five years, including two years of family practice training in UBC’s Family Medicine Program
- Re-Entry: three years in addition to current College of Family Physicians Canada (CFPC) or Royal College certification
As part of the program, residents must meet several academic requirements including graduate level coursework.
Basic Clinical Training
During their clinical training in direct patient care, residents have the option of completing a basic clinical year over a 12-month period or completing UBCs Family Medicine Program over a 24-month period.
Re-entry residents with certification from the CFPC or the Royal College are exempt from completing basic clinical training or the Family Medicine Program.
Public Health Practice
Over the course of the five-year program, residents must complete a minimum of 12 months of general public health practice and 12 months of subspecialty public health practice. In most cases, training experiences in general public health practice will include three 4-block rotations working with at least three of B.C.’s five regional health authorities. Training experiences in speciality public health practice will include three to five 2 to 4-block rotations drawing from a number of B.C. agencies that specialize in various aspects of public health and preventive medicine.
Elective Subspecialty Experience
Residents who have completed their general public health practice training and subspecialty training may use the remaining time in their program for elective or fellowship training experiences relevant to public health.
Research and Scholarship Opportunities
Residents are required to complete a scholarly project relevant to the practice of public health and preventive medicine. Over the course of the PHPM Residency Program, you will have many opportunities to become involved in academic activities, pursue research projects, and publish in both peer-reviewed journals and policy papers.