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Program Description

The UBC medical biochemistry residency training program o­ffers a 2-year fellowship designed for trainees to develop expertise in all aspects of biochemical laboratory training, and to become proficient in the operation and management of clinical laboratories. The content of these 2 years encompasses:


  • Biochemical test interpretation, and consideration of analytical and clinical reasons for anomalous test results
  • Analytical techniques with regard to test principles and method design, evaluation, implementation, and quality control
  • Involvement in a longitudinal basic science, clinical or epidemiologic research project
  • Maintenance of clinical skills by taking part in a longitudinal outpatient clinic (lipids, preventative cardiology, diabetes, inborn errors of metabolism, general internal medicine, etc.) 0.5-1 day per week


Rotations are scheduled in 4- to 12-week blocks in various settings, including adult and pediatric acute care hospitals (Vancouver General Hospital, St. Paul’s Hospital, Children’s and Women’s Health Centre of British Columbia), community hospitals/laboratories (Royal Columbian Hospital, LifeLabs), and specialty sites (Provincial Toxicology Center, C&W Biochemical Genetics Laboratory). For more information, please visit our website.


Much flexibility exists in the residency structure to meet the needs and interests of the trainee, provided that the requirements of the Royal College are met.


Research and Conferences

Residents are expected to take advantage of the numerous research opportunities available, and to present original research projects at Pathology Day (mandatory in PGY-4, optional in PGY-5).


Attendance at the annual AACC, CSCC, and/or CAMB meeting is expected, with funding available to cover the costs of travel and accommodation. Presentation of research findings as a poster or an oral presentation at the aforementioned conferences is strongly encouraged.


Interested residents who wish to pursue further research training can do so through the UBC Clinician Investigator Program.


Additional Information

For further information, please see the UBC Medical Biochemistry Resident Manual.

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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.


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.

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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 - Medical Biochemistry - 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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