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Program Highlights

Surrey Memorial Hospital is an extremely busy community hospital. Annual ED visits are expected to surpass 180,000 this year with approximately 45,000 of these visits in the Pediatric emergency department. The ED is divided into Adult, Pediatric, Mental Health and Substance Abuse departments. EM residents are the senior residents on all shifts in the ED as well as in ICU. The goal of the program is to immerse residents in a comprehensive environment of EM training. We have a high acuity and high-volume department with emphasis on clinical and procedural experience. A highly collegial department fosters a learning environment that will enable residents to master the skills necessary to practice competent emergency medicine. Surrey is the fastest growing community in the Metro Vancouver. Downtown Vancouver is only a 35 minute drive, making access easy to all the Lower Mainland has to offer.

Although established as a satellite site of the existing UBC CCFP(EM) program, this site has the benefit of its own in-house site director and administrative assistance for the two accepted residents.


We provide the opportunity for our residents to become certified as a “Independent Practitioners” by the Canadian Point of Care Ultrasound Society (CPoCUS) (

Additionally, some formalized echo training is available through the department of Cardiology.


We make regular use of the high-fidelity simulation centre at Surrey Memorial Hospital to deliver a synchronized sim curriculum across all sites. In Situ SIMs are done in our Pediatric ED as well as in the Adult ED


There is a rigorous weekly academic day that consists of various learning opportunities. Every week there is core content that focuses on learning as well as transitioning to practice. These sessions are led by faculty at all sites and videoconferenced to wherever the residents are.

Additional sessions with all EM staff include monthly Surrey Memorial Morbidity and Mortality (M&M) rounds and monthly SPH EM Department Grand Rounds, and UBC DEM Provincial Grand Rounds.   Over the course of their training year, EM residents will have the opportunity to present at rounds.

Resident EM-based radiology, ECG and research rounds occur monthly.

All residents are provided with a HIPPOEM subscription for the training year. (

All residents attend the St. Paul’s Hospital Emergency Medicine Update Conference in Whistler.

Several EM-specific workshops and courses are given over the year and include:

    • 2-day introduction to “being a great EM resident boot camp” in the first week of the year
    • Cadaver procedure course
    • PALS or APLS course
    • UBC EM research day

There are monthly evening journal club sessions. Each EM resident is responsible for presenting at one of these sessions.


There are regular practice oral exam sessions throughout the year. There is a practice written exam in the spring.


We have several social events throughout the year including a welcome BBQ, the St. Paul’s Hospital Emergency Medicine Update Conference, a two-day winter retreat in January and a graduation party.


We strive to meet the training needs of each resident and are always open to creating specific training opportunities when possible.

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General Information

This residency program is for 1 year.

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


16 weeks ED High Acuity Tertiary ED Care at SMH where they are the senior residents on all shifts

4 weeks Abbotsford ED

4 weeks of rural chosen from a variety of sites across BC

4 weeks in the busy inner-city emergency department of St Paul’s Hospital where they are the senior resident on all shifts

4 weeks Trauma at Royal Columbian Hospital

6 weeks ICU Surrey Memorial Hospital

4 weeks Pediatric ED Surrey Memorial Hospital

4 weeks of ED with focus on acute orthopedic injuries at Whistler Health Care Clinic/ED

2 weeks CCU Surrey Memorial Hospital

4 weeks combined adult & pediatric anesthesia

Opportunity to participate in a variety of clinics/specialties (Radiology, ENT, EDE, EHS, Plastics, Poison control, Ophthalmology) on a longitudinal basis. It will work out to the equivalent of two weeks’ worth of shifts and be taken out of emergency rotations. If there is interest in spending the two weeks focused on one topic that can be arranged.

Family medicine longitudinal experiences can be arranged with prior approval.


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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 - Family Medicine - Emergency Medicine - Surrey.
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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Explore Location

Rocky beachfront and pier on the water
Surrey-South Fraser
Surrey is a city in British Columbia, Canada. It’s part of the Metro Vancouver area and lies between the Fraser River and the U.S. border. In Peace Arch Provincial Park, a white arch marks the international boundary between Canada and the U.S. On Boundary Bay, the Ocean Point Shoreline Walk curls along Crescent Beach. Migrating birds gather at Blackie Spit. The Historic Stewart Farm is a late-1800s pioneer home.