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Program Highlights

There are well over 100 faculty associated with the UBC Pain Medicine residency program with a breadth of clinical experiences, research activities, quality improvement projects and leadership positions.

The multidisciplinary team experience is also unique to UBC in that a total of 7 blocks out of 13 multidisciplinary clinic blocks are completed at an outpatient tertiary pain clinic in Surrey located in the innovative Jim Pattison Outpatient Care and Surgical Centre.  A further 6 blocks are completed to support early intervention and sub-acute inpatient multi-dimensional pain care at the tertiary rehabilitation centre in Vancouver called GF Strong.  Here the experiences gained will be with patients in the subacute period of  one to six months after stroke, surgery, trauma and  illness requiring rehabilitation and transition to the community care.

The choice of electives is extensive and include orofacial medicine, UBC pharmacists clinic, sports medicine, pelvic pain, community pain clinics, ultrasound guided interventional pain medicine, palliative care, neuromodulation clinics, and addiction medicine.

Also, there are numerous opportunities to participate in province wide initiatives in education (e.g. Practice Support Program), leadership (Pain Medicine Physicians of BC) and advocacy (PainBC Society).

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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.



UBC Pain Medicine Residency  Program Overview

The UBC Pain Medicine residency program was designed specifically to capture the breadth of training experiences and settings to support the core competencies to manage the common and unique pain problems faced by pain specialists in the acute hospital setting through to the subacute period rehabilitation management through to transition to community and finally longitudinal care in various outpatient settings including community pain clinics.

The two year RCPSC Pain Medicine subspecialty residency program consists of the following blocks:

  • Multidisciplinary Clinic (MDC): 13 blocks
  • Musculoskeletal (MSK = Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation / Rheumatology): 1 block
  • Neurology: 1 block
  • Cancer Pain : 1 block
  • Pediatric Pain & Psychiatry/Addiction Medicine/Sleep Medicine: 3 blocks
  • Acute Pain: 1 block
  • Electives: 6 blocks
  • Total: 26 blocks


Year 1 will solidify experiences in both outpatient and inpatient multidisciplinary team settings over 9 blocks specifically with the Jim Pattison Outpatient Care & Surgical Centre Pain clinic (JPOCSC) located in Surrey ,the GF Strong (GFS) Rehabilitation centre  and SPH Pain Clinic located in Vancouver.

Year 1 will also integrate the core rotations of MSK, and neurology through a variety of outpatient clinics.

The psychiatry/addiction medicine/sleep medicine rotations take place in an inpatient setting at Vancouver General Hospital (VGH), and outpatient settings with the UBC Sleep Disorders Program. This rotation is combined with the pediatric pain rotation to provide a longitudinal experience over 3 blocks to maximize patient exposure and learning in all of these disciplines.

Year 2 will complete the multidisciplinary pain clinic rotations and rotations in Cancer pain, acute pain and elective rotations.

The academic day typically takes place on Thursday afternoon to enable the pain resident’s participation in the academic days with existing groups such as neurology, physical medicine & rehabilitation, palliative/cancer care, rheumatology, anesthesiology and psychiatry.  This maximizes opportunities for cross-disciplinary collaboration.

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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 - Pain 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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