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Please submit all application forms, 3 reference letters and medical transcripts to the Canadian Resident Matching Service (CaRMS) at The interview appointments are scheduled in September-October (in accordance with the other training sites across Canada). All those involved in the interview process will complete an evaluation, and these evaluations, together with the letters of reference, are considered by the Training Committee. The Training Committee will make the final recommendation on appointment.

Rotation Schedule:

1st year fellows have 4 months of Clinical Rotation at VGH and 2 months at SPH. They will also complete 5 of elective rotation blocks, and the rest of thier time is for research.

2nd year fellows have 4 months of Clinical Rotation at VGH and 2 months at SPH, and the rest of their time is dedicated to research and electives.

Academic Half Day:

The sessions run every Thursday afternoon from 1:00 -5:00 pm, and are alternating within the 2 sites: VGH and SPH.

  • Journal Club articles: fellows are booked throughout the year choosing articles of preference which are distributed among our distribution list at least one week in advance.
  • Case Based Presentation: A selected resident with the help of a mentor, prepares a case (the topic and objectives are assigned) with questions that are distributed in advance to his/her fellow residents. On the day the case is presented, there is a lively discussion answering questions and reviewing the literature surrounding the present questions. Critical Care faculty members are assigned to mentor and participate in these cases.
  • VGH and SPH Cases: This is another component of Academic Half Day, which includes a more informal interesting case presentation brought forward in turn from each hospital and presented by the trainee concerned.
  • Research in progress: Each trainee is expected to present a research/QI in progress during your first year program; a physician or fellow has the opportunity to discuss their current research project and its progress.
  • Introductory Core Curriculum: it begins with an 8-week introductory series of lectures primarily for new trainees.

Mandatory Exams

  • SCCM In-training exam: MCCKAP (Multidisciplinary Critical Care Knowledge Assessment Program) Exam - every year the Society of Critical Care Medicine holds an exam for the Multidisciplinary Critical Care Knowledge Assessment Program. Fellows are to take this exam to test their knowledge. The program will provide you with the exams and booklets; the exam is usually scheduled for 4 hours with a break in between.
  • Short Answer Question (SAQ) twice-yearly oral exams: which consists of a practical station and hands-on examination usually held in June and December.
  • Royal College examination for certification: as a resident in one of the accredited specialty residency programs of the RCPSC you will be eventually taking the Royal College examination to achieve certification in your specialty. Monthly exam preparation sessions are usually scheduled as part of the Academic Half Day.


We require all of the Critical Care residents to be certified in the following courses

  • ATLS (Advanced Trauma Life Support)
  • FCCS Instructor (Fundamentals of Critical Care Medicine)

Support for these courses will come from the Training Program and at least four times a year residents will be observed (not for evaluation, but for education) managing a scenario with the use of our simulator.

Critical Care Website:

Mainly designed to include all the teaching hospitals in the lower mainland; the content comprises the hospital basic information such as orientation package, educational objectives for a rotation in ICU, supporting reading material, etc.

Be advised that some areas are password protected, prior the start of the rotation you will be given the general log-in and password information which will grant you access to the papers that are discussed for each Journal Club and Case Based Presentations (and slides). In order to keep this section up-to-date we require getting such papers at least one week before the presentation is taken place. The Program Secretary will then upload the papers into the corresponding website section.

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Rules of Engagement

Important Rules to Remember

  • Vacation and conference requests: residents can attend a maximum of two Critical Care Medicine related conferences per year.
  • Expenses reimbursement (such as travel, accommodation and meals) are directly related to Critical Care conferences, we have a limited budget of $3,000.00 per resident a year. Bring original receipts to the office.
  • The maximum of time off per academic year is four weeks; the program does not permit taking both holidays and conference leave during ICU rotations and any other rotation different than Research. Also, holidays should not be taken over a 4 block at Christmas/New Years
    Holiday Block: July to December: 2 weeks; January to June: 2 weeks
    Vacation time not taken in your 1st year is not transferable to next academic year
  • All vacation requests and conference leave must be sent at least 3 months in advance to the Program Secretary.
  • No more than 1 week of holiday is allowed in one-month rotation.
  • For rotations that require 2 fellows in the same site, only one resident is to be absent at the time (some exceptions may apply).
  • Christmas and New Years holidays: as stated in the Collective Agreement of PAR-BC, the resident is entitled to 5 consecutive days off at Christmas giving priority on a first come first served basis.


Harassment Policy

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Safety Policy for Critical Care Medicine Residents

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