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Program Highlights

  • Hematopathologists have a broad scope of practice in BC compared to some other places in Canada and the program provides excellent exposure to those areas
  • There is no shortage of clinical faculty willing and interested to help residents in pathology education, career mentorship, or guidance in developing and executing research projects.
  • Residents rotate through a variety of high-volume sites offering a variety of experiences and learning opportunities. Our Vancouver teaching sites are referral centers for the province of British Columbia (and sometimes beyond), therefore the case volume is relatively high. Rare diseases (or unusual presentations of common diseases) are well-represented during rotations at these sites
  • While the majority of the curriculum is designed to meet Royal College requirements, there is time (and encouragement by faculty) to pursue areas of individual interest through elective rotations.
  • Our clinical year is all hematology focused, sites are used to having hematopathology residents and all clinical rotations are in the PGY-2 year. All the rotations are relevant to our training and by doing hematopathology in PGY-1 residents can add a lot of hematology and lab knowledge when rotating on the clinical services.
  • We have dedicated Coagulation, Transfusion Medicine and Instrumentation blocks that help consolidate learning in these areas
  • All sites demonstrate close collaboration between laboratory and clinical staff.
  • Because of the concentration of training programs in Vancouver there are many opportunities for residents to teach others, including laboratory technologists, medical students, fellow residents, and hematology trainees.
  • Many hematopathologists in BC continue to procure bone marrow biopsies, including pediatric patients, which allows great opportunity and support when learning how to do this procedure.
  • The program has very reasonable expectations of residents, which offers a good work-life balance. It is a family-friendly city and program.
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General Information

  • All the major training sites in Vancouver are close (within ~5km) to one another making commute simple from almost anywhere you live in Vancouver. Community sites are easy to access by SkyTrain/ transit.
  • Residents have designated work areas at all core training sites with good quality equipment for daily work.
  • Current residents and HP faculty at the sites are welcoming, eager to teach new learners, and easy to get along with, which makes it easy to ask questions.
  • The laboratory technical staff at the teaching sites are very knowledgeable, approachable and happy to answer questions.
  • The program administrators are extremely helpful and are exceptional at what they do.
  • Vancouver is a great city for year-round outdoor activities because of the temperate weather and proximity to the mountains and ocean. Highlights including biking to work all year and being able to go skiing, hiking, climbing etc. on weeknights. You could even go skiing and to the beach on the same day.
  • Vancouver has a huge selection of places to eat, from all parts of the world and at amazing prices
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Salary Information

Post graduate salaries and benefits differ by province and are determined by two things: your training year, and the province you work in. See below the salaries and benefits for University of British Columbia - Hematological Pathology - Vancouver.
British Columbia
Gross Annual PGY-1 Salary
$65,332.37
Gross Annual PGY-2 Salary
$72,818.39
Gross Annual PGY-3 Salary
$79,301.62
Gross Annual PGY-4 Salary
$85,318.65
Gross Annual PGY-5 Salary
$91,710.67
Gross Annual PGY-6 Salary
$97,877.39
Gross Annual PGY-7 Salary
$104,271.09
Educational Leave
Yes
Annual Vacation
4 weeks
Meal Allowance
No
Frequency of Calls
1 in 4 onsite/1 in 3 offsite
Maternity Leave
17 weeks, plus up to 78 weeks Parental Leave
Provincial Health Insurance
100% Premiums Paid
Provincial Dues (% of salary)
1.50%
Extended Health Insurance
100% Premiums Paid
CMPA Dues Paid
Yes, mandatory
Dental Plan
100% Premiums Paid
Statutory Holidays
2x pay plus extra day with pay
Long-Term Disability Insurance
Yes 100% Premiums Paid
Sick Leave
Yes
Life Insurance
100% Premiums Paid
Updated July 25, 2023

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Vancouver (/vænˈkuːvər/ (listen) van-KOO-vər) is a major city in western Canada, located in the Lower Mainland region of British Columbia. As the most populous city in the province, the 2021 Canadian census recorded 662,248 people in the city, up from 631,486 in 2016. The Greater Vancouver area had a population of 2.6 million in 2021, making it the third-largest metropolitan area in Canada.

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