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Program Highlights

The University Of British Columbia Division Of Nephrology offers a 2 year residency in Nephrology which is accredited by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. Applicants must have completed a three year residency in internal medicine.

The program is based in Vancouver at Vancouver General Hospital (VGH) and St Paul’s Hospital (SPH). Each hospital provides the full range of nephrology services, including general nephrology clinics, chronic kidney disease clinics, hemodialysis (both outpatient and in-centre nocturnal), peritoneal dialysis, transplantation and in-patient nephrology. Between them, the two hospitals provide tertiary and quaternary referral services for the Province, with a population of approximately 4 million people, and VGH is one of the largest hospitals in Canada with approximately 600 acute care beds. St Paul’s Hospital includes a small maternity ward offering some opportunity for exposure to complications of pregnancy, while VGH operates a busy burns and trauma service and neurosurgery, and both hospitals provide most other specialty medical and surgical services and critical care. The renal services at VGH also include a large home hemodialysis program.

The Division of Nephrology currently has 25 full time Nephrologists working at the two main sites. The residents have an office at each hospital with computers and internet access. Internet resources including UpToDate are offered by the hospitals. Nephrology residents do call from home one weekend per month and up to a total of eight nights per block in accordance with Resident Doctors of BC Contracts. There is presently internal medicine residents in-house at both sites every night cross covering medical subspecialties.

The Division also offers clinical fellowships in hemodialysis, peritoneal dialysis and home hemodialysis depending upon funding, and there is an AST accredited transplant fellowship. Trainees are also encouraged to pursue additional research training through programs such as KRESCENT and the Clinician Investigator Program.

Formal academic programs include an academic half day on Monday afternoons, at least one noon journal club/teaching session per week, monthly or biweekly Grand Rounds with visiting speakers or local faculty presenting, and a formal pathology curriculum of monthly sessions which repeats annually. Residents present at evening journal clubs approximately every 2 months.

Residents are assigned a faculty supervisor for their once a week longitudinal clinic, which starts in the third month and is protected time away from clinical rotations.

Trainees will be required to attend the CSN annual meeting and funding is available for this. Attendance at other national and international conferences is encouraged, and funding is guaranteed if the resident is presenting original research. Five week days of conference leave per year is permitted, not including time spent presenting ones own research.

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General Information

This residency program is for 2 years.

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


The 2 year Clinical Program is comprised of rotations covering inpatient nephrology, hemodialysis, peritoneal dialysis and transplantation as well as chronic kidney disease clinics. Trainees also have a dedicated outpatient office mentored one on one with a staff nephrologist. Up to 5 blocks of electives are available typically spent in pathology, dialysis access (insertion of peritoneal dialysis catheters, tunneled and temporary hemodialysis catheters, and vascular access clinics), maternal/fetal medicine, critical care, and pediatric nephrology (at BC Children’s Hospital). Out of town electives are also permitted to increase exposure to specific areas such as glomerular diseases or to complete research projects. Community electives in various regions of the Province are encouraged, and the training program can offer opportunities in Victoria, Nanaimo, Surrey, Abbotsford, Kelowna, Penticton, and Kamloops. Trainees are encouraged to devise a plan for their second year and are given considerable latitude in terms of elective planning to complete a research project or pursue specific clinical interests.

Please refer to our website for additional information.

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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 - Adult Nephrology - 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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