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Postgraduate training


Program Director: Dr. Jonathan Misskey


Site Education Leads

VGH: Dr. Jason Faulds

SPH: Dr. Shaun MacDonald

KGH: Dr. Gary K Yang

RJH: Dr. Matt Robinson


Dr. Jonathan Misskey

Program description

The residency program is for 5 years. Program length of training does not exceed the Royal College or College of Family Physicians of Canada standard. The first two years are considered the Surgical Foundations years (see below). A curriculum for all surgical residents at UBC during the PGY 1 and PGY 2 Surgical Foundations years includes weekly seminars, technical skills laboratory sessions, online case-based learning modules, Principles of Surgery Examination Review Lectures and a series of formative assessments.

For the entire 5 years of the program, residents will also participate in academic half-day sessions in vascular surgery (seminars, open surgical and endovascular simulations), weekly vascular city-wide rounds, hospital-based M&M rounds and monthly journal clubs. Research is a mandatory component of the residency training program. Residents are encouraged to pursue scholarly work both longitudinally through the program as well as during the dedicated research time.

All core vascular rotations are based at Vancouver General Hospital, St. Paul's Hospital, Kelowna General Hospital and Royal Jubilee Hospital. Other in province or out of province electives are also possible.

For full details with regards to eligibility criteria and application process, please visit the CaRMS website.

Block schedule template

Resident schedules are finalized in the Spring the year prior with inputs from the resident and the program director. This is only a template and other electives are allowed and encouraged provided that it brings suitable educational value for a future vascular surgeon. Out of province electives and international electives have also been pursued. Please contact us for more details.

Residency Program Committee

The Residency Program Committee (RPC) meets quarterly to discuss pertinent issues that affect residents. Focus of the RPC is to ensure excellence in the delivery of resident education while protecting resident wellness. Topics include but is not limited to specific rotations, divisional retreats, academic activities as well as staff and resident evaluations. 

Surgical foundations

The Surgical Foundations exam is a Royal College examination that takes place in the spring of PGY 2. Passing this exam is a pre-requisite for all surgical residents to take the final specialty training exam. The Surgical Foundations Course at UBC is a longitudinal series of seminars and workshops that take place in the first two years of residency training. Sessions are held on Wednesday mornings. For more information about the exam please see the Royal College website.

CRASH course

The Surgical Competencies in Resuscitation and Stabilization of Hospital Patients (CRASH) Course is a 1-month modular curriculum that emphasizes key cognitive and technical competencies in caring for unstable patients. These include in-depth comprehension of essential scientific literature, critical appraisal skills, fluency in resuscitation algorithms in trauma and critical care, familiarity with technical aspects of resuscitation and effective communication and management skills in high intensity situations. The course takes place in Block 4 of PGY 1 for all surgical residents.


MCCQE (LMCC) - Step 2: PGY 1 or 2

Surgical Foundations exam - PGY 2

Vascular Surgery In-Training Examination - annual PGY 1-5

Vascular Surgery Royal College Exam - PGY 5

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