Crash Course

(Formerly the Basic Skills Course for Rheumatology Trainees)

Each year we invite new Rheumatology trainees from across Canada to beautiful Vancouver in early July, to attend our Crash Course in Rheumatology in the company of their future colleagues.
The Crash Course in Rheumatology (formerly the Basic Skills Course for the Rheumatology Clinical Fellow) is a week-long course designed for new Rheumatology trainees, to provide them with a comprehensive background in the basic clinical and academic skills required in rheumatology training. We started it in 2001 as a small 3-day basic crash course for our own new trainees, and it has now grown to a comprehensive one-week course open to new Rheumatology trainees from across Canada (and open to trainees from other countries upon request).

The course has been held for the last several years in a bright and airy space at the Hampton Inn & Suites at 111 Robson Street, in downtown Vancouver. Lunches are provided by us during the week. From Monday thru Friday, numerous faculty from UBC Rheumatology, and the occasional guest speaker, cover topics ranging from a refresher on physical exam and joint injections, to systemic lupus erythematosus, spondyloarthropathies, to research considerations and the critical appraisal of literature.

The 2017 course is now full and closed for registration. The 2018 application details will be available in approximately February or March 2018, and the course will be open to all new Rheumatology trainees scheduled to start in Rheumatology in July (offset starting residents are accepted as well – contact your program administrator for approval).  Course registration fee is $250 per resident, and is usually refundable by your home rheumatology program. Talk to your the administrator of your Rheumatology program about funding, if you are interested in attending in 2018.

Sample Crash Course Schedule: