Dr. Julia Ridley

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Stephanie Milne

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Program Highlights

The mission of the Palliative Medicine Subspecialty Residency Program at the UBC is to train outstanding palliative care subspecialists who will use clinical, academic, scholarly, and leadership skills throughout their future careers to improve the quality of death and dying for patients and family members.


Since UBC is the only medical school in the British Columbia, the resident will have access to the entire provincial palliative care community. Opportunities will be provided for clinical training to occur in a variety of care settings. The Lower Mainland and Vancouver Island are rich with world-class tertiary pallaitive care units, hospices, and community based palliative care services. Fraser Health is a world leader in advance care planning and an integrated authority wide palliative care program. Victoria Hospice and its educational offerings are internationally recognized. Those interested in the delivery of palliative care in rural communities can have electives in Interior Health, Northern Health or Yukon. The Downtown Eastside offers clinical exposure and service provision to potentially marginalized populations. Residents can look forward to honing intercultural competencies as they work with Indigenous populations and those who have come to BC from all over the world.


The Division of Palliative Care at UBC has a close association with the BC Centre for Palliative Care (BC CPC) which is engaged in innovative work in Compassionate Communities. Grassroots ownership of advance care planning promotion and the normalization of dying, death, and bereavement are being encouraged with seed grants from BC CPC. Palliative care is being advocated as a public health issue by the Division and BC CPC. These initiatives create a learning environment rich with research, quality assurance, and educational opportunities.


The Palliative Medicine Subspecialty resident will also have close associations with the family practice year of added competency in palliative care trainees, allowing for the creation of a community of learners for the sharing of experiences, collaboration, and camaraderie. Resident wellness is fully recognized as a key ingredient for success, and a wellness faculty member will work with the program director to offer sessions on mindfulness, humanities in medicine,  communication, work-life balance, and social activities.


Interdisciplinary preceptors, teachers and mentors with varying backgrounds are readily available for mentorship and collaboration. Academic sessions are designed with rigor and flexibility to match evolving learning needs. Access to specialty and subspecialty providers in other medical fields will enable the resident to achieve competencies in palliative care integration across the spectrum of disease states and trajectories.

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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.


Sample 2-year schedule:



Sample schedule


Program Year Content and Sequence of Rotations

Months or 4-Week Blocks

  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13
First PCU IPC Geri Med sel Med sel Flex/ research Home PC Med onc

Rad onc


Second PCU IPC Med sel

Longitudinal clinics

Selective Ped PC Amb PC PC selective PC selective Research Selective

Key: PCU = Palliative Care Unit (Tertiary or Complex Care unit or equivalent)

IPC = In-patient Consult service (palliative care)

Med onc = Medical Oncology

Rad onc = Radiation Oncology

Flex = Flexible block

Med sel = Medical selective

Chosen from:

cardiology, critical care, gastroenterology, infectious diseases, nephrology, neurology, or respirology

Ped PC = Pediatric palliative care

Amb PC = Ambulatory palliative care clinic

Home PC = Home palliative care

PC = Palliative Care

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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 Palliative Medicine - 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 (/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.