Program Overview

The Rheumatology residency program is divided into two years.  The first year is designed to cover basic clinical rheumatology and includes 2 hospital-based rotations and one community rotation. The second year contains 2 intensive clinical blocks focusing on a range of rheumatologic diseases, one combined Paediatric and clinical block, and one full 3-month elective to give residents considerable flexibility to tailor their own training according to their specific needs and career plans.

Number of Ministry of Health funded positions per year: 2 to 3

First Year
All new trainees will attend the week-long Crash Course in July, along with their new trainee colleagues from across Canada.
St. Paul’s Hospital Consultation Service & Clinics – 4 months
Vancouver General Hospital Consultation Service & Clinics – 4 months
Community Rheumatology – 4 months

Second Year
General Rheumatology Clinical Block – 3 months
Specialty Rheumatology Clinical Block – 3 months
Paediatric Rheumatology – 1 month plus Young Adult clinics
Flex Block – 2 months (scheduled clinics plus elective time)
Elective Block – 3 months (for research, local or away electives
High Clinic – Longitudinal Clinic running throughout the entire 2nd year, except during Paediatrics and any out-of-town electives
Longitudinal Clinic – Longitudinal Clinic with resident’s choice of faculty, running throughout the 2nd year except during Paediatrics and any out-of-town electives

Schedule templates can be found here.

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