Dr. Christopher Nguan

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Timea Oroszi

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We acknowledge and are grateful to live and work on the unceded territory of the Coast Salish Peoples, including the territories of the xwməθkwəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), Stó:lō, and Səl ̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations.



The University of British Columbia (UBC) is a global centre for teaching, learning and research, consistently ranked among the top 20 public universities in the world and recently recognized as North America’s most international university.

Since 1915, our motto, Tuum Est (It is Yours), has been a declaration of our commitment to attracting and supporting those who have the drive to shape a better world. As a result, UBC students, faculty and staff continue to embrace innovation and challenge the status quo, placing us at the forefront of discovery, learning and engagement. UBC encourages bold thinking, curiosity and initiative, so you can realize your greatest potential.



Inspiring people, ideas and actions for a better world.



Pursuing excellence in research, learning and engagement to foster global citizenship and advance a sustainable and just society across British Columbia, Canada and the world.





A profound and aspirational value: the quality of striving to be, and being, outstanding.



A moral value: the quality of being honest, ethical and truthful.



An essential and learned value: regard felt or shown towards different people, ideas and actions


Academic freedom

A unique value of the academy: a scholar’s freedom to express ideas through respectful discourse and the pursuit of open discussion, without risk of censure.



A personal and public value: being responsible for our conduct and actions and delivering upon our respective and reciprocal commitments.

  • Vancouver is consistently ranked one the world’s most livable cities. The bustling downtown core is just minutes from world-renowned ski resorts, pristine beaches and natural forest.
  • Vancouver is called “Hollywood North” because of the large number of movies and TV shows filmed in and around the city. These have included The X-FilesMission ImpossibleTwilightX-Men, and Fifty Shades of Grey. Visit Tourism Vancouver’s new film portal for more information.
  • In January 2018 Vancouver was named among the best cities to live and work as a movie maker by Movie Maker Magazine.
  • Vancouver has produced top artists, actors and musicians including Michael Bublé, Sarah McLachlan, Wanting Qu, Michael J. Fox, Ryan Reynolds, Seth Rogan, Jeff Wall, Douglas Coupland, and Jason Wu.
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  • Vancouver’s award-winning airport (ranked best in North America for the tenth consecutive year) is less than half an hour from downtown and is connected by a light rail train called the Canada Line that was built for the 2010 Olympic Winter Games.
  • Vancouver has hosted major international events including Expo ’86, the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games, the 2015 FIFA Women’s World Cup, the HSBC Canada Ruby Sevens, ISU World Figure Skating Championships, the World Junior Hockey Championships.
  • The City of Vancouver has set the ambitious goal of becoming the world’s greenest city by 2020.
  • Vancouver is well-known for urban planning and design. In fact, “Vancouverism” has become global shorthand for sustainable urban development.
  • Vancouverites’ enjoyment of the mountains and ocean has spurred development of a performance and technical apparel industry that is conquering world markets (notable companies include Lululemon, Arc’Teryx, Hershel, Native and RYU).
  • Vancouver embodies multiculturalism not as a slogan but as part of everyday life. The city is renowned for world-class cuisine that fuses cultural ingredients and influences with local sourcing and sustainable practices.


  • Capital of Food: Vancouver – The Economist’s1843 (2018)
  • Best Places to Live and Work – Movie Maker Magazine (2018)
  • 2nd Best Country Globally: Canada – US News & World Report (2017)
  • #1 Highest-Rated Destination Site for a Business Meeting – STR’s DestinationMAP (2017)
  • Best in Destinations Canada – Travel Weekly Readers’ Choice Awards (2017)
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  • Best Cities in the World – Conde Nast Traveler (2017)
  • #1 Startup City in the World – PeoplePerHour Startup City Index (2017)
  • 3rd Most Liveable City in the World – Global Liveablity Report (2017)
  • Favourite Canadian City – Travel Press Agents’ Choice Awards (2017)
  • One of the World’s Best City Beaches: English Bay – The Guardian (2016)
  • Best Destination in Canada – Travel Weekly Readers’ Choice Awards (2014, 2015)
  • Top 10 cities in the USA and Canada – Travel + Leisure (2013)
  • Best quality of living in North America, fifth best quality of living in the world – Mercer (2012)
  • Best Airport in North America – The World Airport Awards (2011)
  • World’s most livable city – Economist Intelligence Unit (2010)


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  • Arc’Teryx – technical outdoor apparel company
  • Lululemon – yoga wear company
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  • Flickr – image and video hosting website
  • Slack – productivity and communication platform for organizations
  • Plenty of Fish – free online dating website employing 66 people in Vancouver
  • Mountain Equipment Co-Op – outdoor recreation apparel cooperative founded in 1971, now across Canada
  • Lions Gate Films – one of the most successful film distributors in the world, founded here in 1997
  • Greenpeace – international environmental organization, founded here in 1972
  • Indochino – online menswear company
  • Native – purveyors of foam form shoes.
  • Six Hundred Four – a boutique shoe gallery with shoes designed by local artists. A chunk of the proceeds go to charity


  • PlentyOfFish employs over 75 staff in Vancouver, and deals with the romance of 60 million users
  • HootSuite has close to 1,000 staff located in Vancouver and worldwide, and more than 15 million users in more than 175 countries
  • Vancouver boasts more than 1,500 yoga classes a week—not bad for a city of only 600,000
  • Amazon has 50,000 square feet of office space set to open by 2020, and aims to add 1,000 tech jobs
  • Going local: 49% new local food and green jobs have been introduced since 2010
  • By 2020 the city will require all new buildings to be constructed with carbon neutral operations. Since 2007, there has been a 43% decrease in greenhouse gases (per square mile) from new buildings.
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General Information

This residency program is for 5 years.

Program length of training does not exceed the Royal College or College of Family Physicians of Canada standard.



The UBC Department of Urologic Sciences provides training in all aspects of urology including uro-oncology, renal transplantation, endo-urology, pediatric urology, reconstructive urology, urodynamics and andrology/infertility.  The duration of the program is five years following medical school graduation.

Strengths of the program include a very high volume of clinical material covering all aspects of urology.  Especially strong training is available in urologic oncology and transplantation.  Separate pediatric urological rotations are mandatory.  A very high pass rate has been obtained on the Royal College examinations over the past 25 years.

We do not have a mandatory rural rotation.  We offer elective time in the PGY-4 year which can be rural, urban community, or academic.

Curriculum follows RCPSC Urology CBD format.  (



All residents have ongoing research projects under the preceptorship of the staff Urologists.  Active research is being carried out in uro-oncology, pediatric urology, reconstructive urology, urolithiasis, bibliometrics and outcomes assessment.  No formal rotations are assigned to laboratory research.  Residents are well supported by the Department to attend local, national and international meetings to present their research projects.



Academic activities include weekly grand rounds, weekly chapter review rounds and a blend of resident seminar rounds, radiology rounds, uropathology rounds and professor’s rounds during a weekly academic half day.  The academic schedule is prepared by the incoming PGY5 residents in conjunction with the program director.  In addition, there are weekly case-based and indication rounds conducted at each of the teaching hospitals.

On an annual basis mock oral and OSCE examinations are conducted for all PGY3-5 residents and on a weekly basis for residents in the final year of preparation for Royal College examinations.

Evaluations are carried out by in training reviews, mock oral examinations and by the annual American Urological Association In-Service Examination.

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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 - Urology - Vancouver.
British Columbia
Gross Annual PGY-1 Salary
Gross Annual PGY-2 Salary
Gross Annual PGY-3 Salary
Gross Annual PGY-4 Salary
Gross Annual PGY-5 Salary
Gross Annual PGY-6 Salary
Gross Annual PGY-7 Salary
Educational Leave
Annual Vacation
4 weeks
Meal Allowance
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)
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
Life Insurance
100% Premiums Paid
Updated July 25, 2023

Terms of Agreement April 1, 2019 to March 31, 2022
Resident Doctors of BC website

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Vancouver cityscape
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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