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.
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.
Type of Work
*These costs are current to 2015.
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:
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.
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.
The WHCC is open Monday through Friday 0700-1700, please have your records ready when you call:
* 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.
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.
There are three online courses which all residents are required to complete prior to starting residency:
There are additional requirements for those training in the Provincial Health Services Authority and Vancouver Coastal Health.
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:
Mail: 1795 Willingdon Avenue, Burnaby, BC, V5C 6E3
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).
UBC has a single comprehensive manual with all of their policies relating to residency. It is updated periodically throughout the year.