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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. Further details regarding the hospital can be viewed under the “Hospital Information” tab.

Canadian trainees who have completed training in a Royal College approved program including Anesthesiology, Pediatric Cardiac Surgery, Emergency Medicine, Pediatric General Surgery or in their 3rd year of Pediatrics are eligible for enrolment in our Pediatric Critical Care Subspecialty Training Program via the Canadian Residency Matching Service. They 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 a total of 26 blocks of training (13 blocks per year). The majority of that time is spent divided between the CICU and MSICU units. Time is afforded each year for a few blocks of elective including anesthesia time. Research time is provided with dedicated blocks for those who require it and longitudinal research time in order to attend to research goals weekly. Electives have been offered in NICU, cardiology, transport, palliative care, trauma, toxicology, emergency medicine, global health and adult ICU. The program is open to rotations outside of those listed if they are relevant to career goals and training.

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 Pediatric Advanced Life Support (PALS) and Advanced Cardiac Life Support (ACLS).

For International Applicants, please refer to the “Application Process” tab for important information regarding categories of training.

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