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Program Highlights

The Division of Pediatric Rheumatology at UBC offers a 2-year Royal College-accredited fellowship program for eligible trainees. The main goals of our program are to equip the subspecialty resident to provide optimal multidisciplinary care to children and adolescents with rheumatic and allied diseases, to act as a consultant Pediatric Rheumatologist in an academic setting, and to acquire the skills necessary to develop and continue independent clinical research in Pediatric Rheumatology. The educational strategies by which these goals are achieved are through a coordinated program of clinical rotations, elective rotations and research rotations. The candidates are expected to sit the Royal College accreditation exam at the end of their 2-year fellowship program.

We have 7 dedicated faculty members with diverse clinical and research interests and expertise.  We work in a shared care model and work closely with our allied health team which includes nurses, physiotherapist, occupational therapist and social worker.  Our program is small and we aim to personalize the training according to individual trainees area of interest as well as to nurture relationships and collaboration between trainees and the rheumatology community within BC, Canada and further abroad as guided by trainees’ professional goals. Recent trainees have completed additional training and longitudinal elective experiences in medical education, global health, quality improvement, pain and ultrasound.

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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.


As of July 2019, the Pediatric Rheumatology Subspecialty Training Program has adopted the Royal College’s Competence By Design (CBD) curriculum. Under this new curriculum, trainees have their educational experiences structured within a 2-year time period by stages:

1) Transition to Discipline – 2 months

2) Foundations of Discipline – 4 months

3) Core of Discipline – 16 months

4) Transition to Practice – 2 months

Promotion from one stage of training to another will be based on successful completion of a designated number of observations as relates to specific Entrustable Professional Activities (EPAs), e.g., Recognizing rheumatologic emergencies and following up appropriately. Promotion will be a decision made by a Competency Committee as a collective. This committee will consist of the program director, a Chair, and a clinician outside the specialty of training, at minimum. For more information on CBD, please visit All EPAs are documented via Entrada, an electronic documentation platform supported by the University of British Columbia.

It is anticipated that training experiences within the CBD curriculum will be as follows:

First year: 5 clinical (outpatient) blocks, 5 clinical (inpatient, including infusion and joint injection clinics) blocks, 1 elective, 2 research blocks. 4 weeks vacation.

Second year: 4 clinical (outpatient) blocks, 4 clinical (inpatient, including infusion and joint injection clinics ) blocks, 2 elective, 2 research blocks, 1 Adult Rheumatology block. 4 weeks vacation.

There are a number of outpatient clinics including arthritis clinics, connective tissue disease clinics, transition clinics (attended by both pediatric and adult rheumatology trainees and faculty), combined renal / rheumatology clinics, combined dermatology/rheumatology, combined neurology / rheumatology clinics, auto-inflammatory disease clinics and a fellows clinic.  Senior residents also have the opportunity to participate in outreach clinics (Surrey, Terrace, Prince George). All residents will participate in a longitudinal clinic starting in their first year of training.

In addition to these specific rotations, a number of learning experiences are ongoing. These include weekly Radiology rounds, academic half-day, Pediatric Grand Rounds; biweekly journal club and biweekly academic rounds (consensus treatment guidelines, quality assurance / quality improvement);  monthly renal histopathology rounds, research meetings; quarterly morbidity and mortality rounds, and pediatric subspecialty resident CanMEDs rounds. Several site-wide learning opportunities occur on an annual or biannual basis. These include series of presentations on Evidence Based Medicine, an immunology course, an epidemiology course, a statistics course and a resident teaching course. An annual week long orientation to Rheumatology (Basic Skills in Rheumatology) course presented by the Adult Rheumatology program is attended by pediatrics residents. Residents are also encouraged and funded to attend national and international scientific conferences.

Of note, during the COVID-19 pandemic, the majority of outpatient care is still delivered in person with the addition of virtual (telephone and Zoom) clinics for non-urgent cases. A smaller number of off-service residents have been scheduled to prioritize learning for rheumatology trainees. Clinical meetings and the majority of formal scheduled teaching is also done virtually until further notice and will be guided by university, hospital and public health policies moving forward.


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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 Rheumatology - 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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