Application Process


Canadian Residents applying to our program may submit all application forms, academic transcripts and letters of reference to the Canadian Resident Matching Service at For all other applicants, the application form is required by the University of British Columbia and should be returned to the Program Director together with three letters of reference along with a passport sized photograph. We encourage applicants to provide at least one referee who can speak to the previous critical care experience and ability of the candidate.

Applications are reviewed and short-listed by the Critical Care Medicine Program Training Committee. Short listed candidates are then offered an interview at which time they will meet faculty and fellows in both participating hospitals. All those involved in the interview process complete an evaluation and these evaluations, together with the letters of reference are considered again by the Training Committee. This information is then sent back to CaRMS in preparation for the match.

Salaries are in agreement with the requirements of the University of British Columbia and PAR BC. Apart from the salary, the Program provides an additional amount to allow each trainee to attend a scientific meeting once each year. If you require further information please do not hesitate to contact us.


We accept applicants who have completed or are in their final year of training in one of the recognized base specialties. These include; Anesthesia, Emergency Medicine, Internal Medicine, General Surgery, and Cardiac Surgery. Funding is provided by the Ministry of Health for Canadian’s who have finished or are in the process of finishing their base training from a Royal College of Canada approved program.

Individuals with base training from other countries may apply; however, they should realize that both funding and positions are very limited. In addition, they must understand that satisfactorily completing training does not allow them to obtain certification through the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. Be advised: this is not a back door entry to practice in Canada.


Application to the two-year subspecialty program in Critical Care at UBC is coordinated through the Medicine Subspecialty Match (MSM) offered by the Canadian Residency Matching Service (CaRMS). Applicants to the match must generally be in their be in their final year of Canadian residency training in Anesthesiology, Internal Medicine, Emergency Medicine, Cardiac Surgery, or General Surgery, or must be in their third year of a Core Internal Medicine residency. For complete details on eligibility and on applying to the UBC CCM Program through the MSM, visit

Candidates wishing to apply for CCM training overlapping with their base specialty training in Anesthesiology, Emergency Medicine or General Surgery must have completed at least three years of residency prior to entry into Critical Care. Overlap training is usually restricted to trainees from UBC University residency programs, but applicants from other centres may be considered in some circumstances. Overlap training requires the consent and recommendation of the base specialty training program director, and interested applicants should contact the Critical Care program director
directly to discuss application requirements and procedures.

Entrance to Critical Care training from other specialty programs is possible, but must follow completion of primary specialty training and candidates must meet the eligibility requirements set by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada Specialty Committee in Critical Care. Such applications are considered on a case-by-case basis, and generally require significant advance planning on the part of the trainee to ensure that entrance requirements are met during base specialty training.

Critical Care Medicine – CBME