University of British Columbia – Pediatrics – Vancouver
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Dr. Janet Greenman

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Dylan King

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University of British Columbia – Pediatrics – Vancouver

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Riley Chen-Mack
3rd year
Our global health electives are a distinguishing feature for residents (ex. South Africa), but there is ample opportunity for residents to gain rural pediatric experience in smaller communities all over BC (ex. Prince George, Terrace, Haida Gwaii), due to elective opportunities and intermittent outreach trips with visiting paediatricians. These rural opportunities have been my favourite part of the program! We also have a robust simulation training program, run by residents and several emergency physicians. Simulation sessions are held during academic half days, weekly during CTU blocks, and are often spontaneously organized by our ICU staff and fellows (especially if there are quieter days on the ward!). Finally, I would emphasize our resident body as the biggest highlight of our program – they have created a supportive and collegial atmosphere right from day one of my residency.
There are senior residents who have checked-in on me after a difficult patient interaction or outcome; they are also quick to congratulate and support us on our small achievements as we progress through residency (ex. my first champagne tap as a junior resident!). The program administration and senior residents have put a lot of effort into helping new residents transition into our program. In recent years, they have developed a boot camp, re-arranged rotation blocks, and created “buddy shifts” with upper year residents, to better support your transition. It is easy to find a pediatrician to support you in a research project of your choice; working at BC Children’s Hospital allows us to be well-connected to all of the subspecialty services and a wide variety of general pediatricians with different experiences and research-interests. Finally, we work in a state-of-the-art, new, well-lit, healthcare facility (I hope you get to check out that mountain view!). This plays a huge role during those long night-shifts!
Our resident body is large enough to have a diverse collection of individuals; I hope and believe that, if you match here, you will feel supported and find those with whom you connect as you progress through residency. Some of our welcome/retreat events have included: beach BBQs, kickboxing class, yoga sessions, ice cream biking tours, Haunted Walks, retreats in Whistler. Many residents live near the hospital, and even more residents are down for a hang out at Kitsilano beach, or a hike in North Vancouver.
I love to bike (and then grab ice cream) with my wife, along False Creek! There is a skytrain that helps with the uphill parts. I also like to call up some of my co-residents for a friendly game of spike ball.
We have a dedicated pediatric resident lounge (often filled with snacks, baby photos of residents and their children, a daily joke, and fun updates), and a Wellness Committee that works to provide opportunities for wellness during a busy season in your medical career. Most recently, the team arranged for a panel of pediatricians to share their personal experiences with making medical errors. We are also connected to a mentor group (comprised of residents from all years, and a pediatrician), that is accessible and meets throughout the year. I’ve had many meals with my mentor group and last year, our staff pediatrician even delivered us individual holiday baked goods!
Meeting some of you during the CaRMS process, and when we welcome some of you in July 2022!
Our global health electives are a distinguishing feature for residents (ex. South Africa), but there is ample opportunity for residents to gain rural pediatric experience in smaller communities all over BC (ex. Prince George, Terrace, Haida Gwaii), due to elective opportunities and intermittent outreach trips with visiting paediatricians. These rural opportunities have been my favourite part of the program! We also have a robust simulation training program, run by residents and several emergency physicians. Simulation sessions are held during academic half days, weekly during CTU blocks, and are often spontaneously organized by our ICU staff and fellows (especially if there are quieter days on the ward!). Finally, I would emphasize our resident body as the biggest highlight of our program – they have created a supportive and collegial atmosphere right from day one of my residency.

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