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The University of British Columbia Pediatric Critical Care Training Program is fully accredited by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. The program is based at British Columbia's Children's Hospital, which is the only tertiary care pediatric facility in BC, serving a population of approximately 4,500,000.

Canadian trainees who have completed 3 years of training in a Royal College approved program including Anesthesiology, Pediatric Cardiac Surgery, Emergency Medicine, Pediatric General Surgery or Pediatrics are eligible for enrolment in our Pediatric Critical Care Subspecialty Training Program, and must complete 2 years of training to achieve certification. Entry from other eligible programs will be considered on an individual basis. Critical Care Medicine is a complex discipline, requiring the trainee to acquire a large body of knowledge and skills in a relatively short two-year period. Hence, we do not offer combined training with any other programs.

Training includes 1 year of pediatric critical care medicine, 6 months of electives, and 6 months of research.

Pediatric critical care training is available for foreign trainees who have current certification in their own jurisdiction in Pediatrics, Anesthesiology, or Critical Care Medicine. In addition, a test of English proficiency is required (either TOEFL, scoring at least 24 in each of the 4 categories, or IELTS, achieving a minimum band scale of 7). Training is available for 1 or 2 years.

Weekly protected academic time is scheduled to meet Royal College objectives. This includes case conferences, morbidity/mortality rounds, lectures by staff and trainees, combined rounds with cardiology and emergency medicine, and many more. These sessions are designed to facilitate learning for the trainee. Over the two year training period, residents will be exposed to the core concepts of Critical Care Medicine.

We have an active multidisciplinary simulation program that provides additional exposure to resuscitative and critical care scenarios, as well as a fully functional high fidelity ECLS simulation facility.

We require all of the Critical Care residents to be certified in Advanced Trauma Life Support (ATLS), Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS), and Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS).

Our Program evaluates trainees both by bedside contact during the clinical rotations, by periodic oral and written examinations and by participation in the American Board of Pediatrics annual Subspecialty In-Training Examination (SITE) in Pediatric Critical Care Medicine.

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