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).

As of 2020 and the pandemic, the Crash Course has been offered virtually, rather than in person. From Monday thru Friday, numerous faculty from UBC Rheumatology, and the occasional guest speaker, cover topics ranging from a rheumatoid arthritis, systemic lupus erythematosus, spondyloarthropathies, to Indigenous Health.

The 2022 course is now open for registration. The 2023 application details will be available in approximately February or March 2023, 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 $75 per resident, and is usually refundable or covered by your home rheumatology program. Talk to the administrator of your Rheumatology program about funding, if you are interested in attending.

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