Starting Residency

Starting Residency

Congratulations on matching to BC! We are excited to welcome you to Resident Doctors of BC

Starting residency can be both exciting and hectic; for many it is your first job. Resident Doctors of BC is committed to make this transition from student to trainee-employee as smooth as possible. The content in this section is to help you familiarize yourself with all that is required to start your first year off on the right foot: Read each item carefully and ensure you have completed your to-do list before July 1st. Also check out our new member resource guide.

  • CMPA

    Canadian Medical Protective Association coverage is mandatory for all residents. It provides comprehensive coverage and is tax deductible. The cost of coverage is based on the type of work.

     

    Code

    Type of Work

    Annual Cost

    Monthly Cost

    12

    Residents who are registered in a program of postgraduate training recognized by the CFPC or the RCPSC, or a provincial or territorial medical regulatory authority.International medical graduates in a program to obtain a license for independent practice also use this code.This code includes extra resident shifts, but will not include CMPA assistance in medico-legal difficulties arising from independent practice of medicine outside the program whether remunerated or not. No moonlighting. Clinical fellows who moonlight must select the appropriate practicing physician code, not code 14. $2,232.00 $186.00

    13

    Clinical fellows and physicians pursuing a structured university affiliated program not recognized by the College of Family Physicians of Canada (CFPC) or the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (RCPSC), or a provincial/territorial medical regulatory authority, with a maximum of 36 months.This code includes extra resident shifts, but will not include CMPA assistance in medico-legal difficulties arising from independent practice of medicine outside the program whether remunerated or not. No moonlighting. Clinical fellows who moonlight must select the appropriate practicing physician code, not code 14. $2,232.00 $186.00

    14

    Residents who are registered in a program of postgraduate training recognized by the CFPC or the RCPSC, or a provincial or territorial medical regulatory authority. This code will include eligibility for CMPA assistance in medico-legal difficulties arising from independent practice of medicine outside of the program whether remunerated or not. With moonlighting. Residents who moonlight must hold licensure or registration acceptable to the regulatory authority (College) in the moonlighting jurisdiction. Residents who limit their clinical activities to moonlighting (e.g. locum) for more than two consecutive weeks must change to a practicing physician code. $1,716.00 $143.00

    *These costs are current to 2015.

  • Licensure

    You must apply directly to the College of Physicians and Surgeons of BC for your postgraduate license, and pay the annual fee.

    There are four classes of postgraduate license:

    Residents A registrant who is enrolled in postgraduate training in the Faculty of Medicine at UBC.
    Residents – Elective A registrant who is enrolled in postgraduate training in an accredited program outside of British Columbia.
    Fellows A registrant who is pursuing further postgraduate training in his/her specialty or sub-specialty.
    Trainees A registrant who is pursuing further postgraduate training in his/her specialty or sub-specialty but does not meet the requirements for registration as a postgraduate fellow.

    Eligible postgraduate residents who have registered with the College of Physicians and Surgeons of BC as a “resident clinical associate” are authorized to provide supervised services on an in-patient ward of a clinical academic centre affiliated with the UBC Faculty of Medicine.

  • Immunizations

    Residents are required to report their immunization status prior to beginning training. Residents must call the Workplace Health Call Centre from within BC (1-866-922-9464) during the scheduled time for their applicable group.

    Group Location Last Name Date to Call
    1 Living in BC prior to April 2015 A to L June 8 to June 12
    2 Living in BC prior to April 2015 M to Z June 15 to June 19
    3 Moved to BC after April 2015 A to L June 22 to June 26
    4 Moved to BC after April 2015 M to Z June 29 to July 3

    The WHCC is open Monday through Friday 0700-1700, please have your records ready when you call:

    • Hepatitis B – series of 3 vaccines and documentation of antibody level >10 IU/L. Residents working in Northern BC, Vancouver Island Health Authority, or Interior Health who are unsure of their Hep B antibody level should get serology testing done before starting. Residents working in any of the Vancouver area hospitals can come to a drop-in vaccination clinic at the hospitals to get vaccines or a lab REQ for serology testing.
    • Measles/Mumps/Rubella – 2 documented doses measles/mumps
      vaccine required for all Residents born after 1956. History of disease is no longer considered reliable. Reactive serology from measles accepted but not for mumps.
    • Chicken Pox/Varicella – history of chicken pox, reactive serology, or documentation of two vaccines
    • Tetanus/Diphtheria – booster needed every 10 yrs. One adult dose of Pertussis recommended also (Tdap).
    • TB skin testing – baseline required for all new VCH employees. Report of a TB Skin Test (TBST) within 6 months of hire is acceptable or chest x-ray within 1 year of hire.

    * TBSTs are done free at Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH), Providence Health Care (PHC) or Vancouver Island Health Authority (VIHA) hospitals. If you will be working at Fraser Health, Interior Health, Provincial Health Services or Northern Health sites you must get your TB Skin Test (TBST) or chest x-ray done before you arrive. If necessary, please send your paid TBST invoices, and information about where to mail the reimbursement cheque, by email to Lidija Zilic, Administrative Assistant to VCH Employee Engagement; or you can mail the receipts attention to Lidija Zilic at VCH Employee Engagement, 10th Floor, 601 West Broadway, Vancouver, BC, V5Z 4C2.

  • Medical Council of Canada Qualifying Exam Part I

    UBC encourages all residents to take the MCCQE Part I prior to beginning residency, or to take it as soon as possible. The MCCQE-I is a one-day, computer-based test that assesses the competence of candidates who have obtained their medical degree, for entry into supervised clinical practice in postgraduate training programs.

  • Online Courses and Learning Modules

    There are three online courses which all residents are required to complete prior to starting residency:

    • Infection Control Basics
    • Information Privacy and Confidentiality
    • Student Practice Education Core Orientation

    There are additional requirements for those training in the Provincial Health Services Authority and Vancouver Coastal Health.

  • Payroll, Health and Benefits Forms

    Payroll and Benefits are administered through Health Shared Services BC (HSSBC) [in the process of changing their name to BC Clinical and Support Services (BCCSS) Society]. Extended Health and Dental are provided through Pacific Blue Cross. Full details can be found in the Group Benefits Plan, which includes Group Life, Accidental Death and Dismemberment, Dental and Extended Health. Benefits begin after one month of employment (August 1st for those who start on July 1st). Your group benefits number is provided in your resident appointment package.

    The Employer as per Article 15 pays the premiums for the BC Medical Services Plan (MSP). Coverage begins 1 month after enrollment (August 1st, if you begin residency on July 1st). MSP coverage for residents who are new to BC can take up to three months due to a mandatory waiting period.

    All necessary forms are provided in the Resident Appointment Package, and processed by HSSBC/BCCSS. To update your information, such as change of address or dependents, or to inquire about the status of your benefits please contact HSSBC/BCCSS:

    Phone: 1-866-875-5306
    Fax: 604-297-9316
    Email: employeeRBSupport@hssbc.ca
    Mail: 1795 Willingdon Avenue, Burnaby, BC, V5C 6E3

  • UBC

    Registration

    UBC uses a Resident Management System (RMS) to manage the academic and administrative records of all residents; use this system to access Letters of Offer, update your contact information, review your academic records, and self-report any statutory holidays you’ve worked.

    This service and all correspondence with the UBC Postgraduate Medical Education programs or Dean requires a UBC issued email address. This address is where you will receive your offer letter, and you must register before your start date.

    You must also pay your registration fee, through the Student Service Centre (SSC).

    Policies

    UBC has a single comprehensive manual with all of their policies relating to residency. It is updated periodically throughout the year.