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Program Highlights

The PICU at BC Children’s Hospital is a state of the art unit with Cardiac (8 bed) and Med-Surg (10 bed) pods. This unit serves as the tertiary care center for British Columbia and the Yukon Territory, with a population of approx. 5 million people. The unit is staffed by two teams during the day, currently one team out of hours, allowing ample opportunity for exposure and education for Subspecialty Residents in Critical Care. Attending physicians are not in house at night which provides for trainee autonomy; however on-site support is provided without hesitation.  This allows for a challenging yet rewarding training experience with trainees who are ready for independent practice at the conclusion of their training.

The unit has an average of 1200 admissions per year, with about 300 cardiac cases. Transplants offered include Cardiac, Renal and an active Bone Marrow Transplant service. Liver transplant will be added in the near future.

There is an active ECLS and device program, with 20-25 ECLS cases/year. These cases include both Neonatal and Pediatric patients. Fellows receive an ECLS training course and then are active in the management of these patients.

There is an active Pediatric Transport service, with PICU coordinating and providing medical staff as needed for all Pediatric transports in the province. Subspecialty residents are an integral part of the team, both coordinating/advising and participating as medical escorts on Transport.  Subspecialty residents are also included in Outreach Education throughout the province and with trainees.

The PICU participates in Code Blue teams throughout the site. BCCH is also a Level 1 Trauma Centre.

There are a total of 8-12 fellow level positions, for one to two years depending on the background of the trainee. There are usually 1-2 Subspecialty trainees and 6-10 Clinical Fellows in the program at any time. Our full two-year Subspecialty Training Program was fully accredited by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada most recently in 2020. Graduates have been successful in the Subspecialty exam in Pediatric Critical Care.


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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.


Subspecialty training in Pediatric Critical Care is a two-year program, which will follow Royal College Compentcy By Design training, which commenced July 2019. The first year is focused on building a solid foundation in critical care, with the first year being heavily PICU based. There is a mandatory one month Anesthesia rotation in 1st year. Research time is embedded longitudinally in the program and is backed up with research blocks of time in order to complete research projects.  Research mentorship is available.  The resident will complete PALS, ACLS and ATLS in the first year if they do not already hold certification. There is protected Academic time every Thursday that consists of a coordinated series of lectures and hands on sessions meant to systematically address the required competencies  of the  Royal College in Pediatric Critical Care Medicine.  Fellows are also actively involved in morbidity and mortality conferences and processes for the duration of their program.  The second year is designed to solidify the resident’s Critical Care consultancy skills and to allow time to develop specific research, education or clinical skills. There are blocks dedicated to functioning as a junior attending at the end of training during the transition to practice phase of CBD.

Elective training is tailored to the interest of the resident. Electives available include Adult intensive care, Trauma, Cardiology, Palliative Care, Toxicology, Neonatology, Neurology, Infectious Diseases, Cardiac Anesthesia, etc but other areas are accepted in discussion with the Program Director.

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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 - Pediatric Critical Care 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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