Trauma and Acute Care Surgery Fellowship Program

Department of Surgery, University of British Columbia

The University of British Columbia offers 1-2 funded, one year clinical fellowship in Trauma and Acute Care Surgery. The fellowship is designed to prepare general surgeons for imaginative and dynamic careers dedicated to caring for patients with acutely life-threatening surgical conditions.

Clinical Excellence

Promoting a diverse and intense clinical experience is a central priority of the fellowship program. All clinical activities take place at the Vancouver General Hospital, British Columbia’s provincial level 1 trauma center. The fellowship provides a high volume operative experience in trauma and acute care surgery. Trauma/ACS fellows serve as clincal and administrative chiefs on dedicated Trauma and ACS services, and are responsible for directing patient management, teaching, and initiation and completion of surveillance and quality improvement initiatives. In addition to the trauma and acute care surgery blocks, fellows will rotate through highly relevant surgical subspecialties including, Thoracic Surgery, Vascular Surgery, and Hepatobiliary/Pancreatic and Transplant Surgery, and will have the option of participating in a 6-8 week clinical and research exchange in a high volume academic trauma center in South Africa. Fellows will also have the opportunity to participate and teach in structured educational curricula including the ATLS and ATLS Instructors’ Courses, the STARTT Course, ultrasound training, REBOA training, and the Definitive Surgical Trauma Care Course.

Academic Excellence

The fellowship has a rigorous educational curriculum, with structured reading, journal article reviews, video sessions, and formal rounds, that promote both breadth and depth of knowledge. All fellows will also develop academic agendas in 1-2 areas, based on their personal interest and career ambitions. These projects may span numerous disciplines but could include work in clinical research, quality improvement, health informatics, health policy, public and global health, surgical education, and leadership.


Fellows will be training at a level 1 academic trauma center, at the center of an organized, provincial trauma system. They will have exposure to all administrative and quality processes in an integrated, surgeon led system of trauma care. Fellows will be encouraged and supported to view injury control as a public health issue that requires broad, innovative, and interdisciplinary approaches.

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We offer 1-2 funded one-year position(s) for the August 1, 2020 – July 31, 2021 term.

Applicants should have completed a full General Surgery residency. If you are a non-Canadian applicant, you must be eligible for an Educational License with the BC College of Physicians and Surgeons. If you are a Canadian applicant, you must apply for a Full License with the BC College of Physicians and Surgeons.

Applications will be accepted until August 30, 2019. Please submit your CV, personal statement and 3 letters of reference.

All application material and inquiries should be sent to:

Sylvia Donnelly
Academic Program Assistant
Trauma Services – Vancouver General Hospital
Phone 604.875.5292 / Fax 604.875.5348
Fellowship Program Director
Emilie Joos, MDCM, FRCSC
Associate Fellowship Program Director

Link: http://vghtrauma.vch.ca/fellowship

Complex General Surgical Oncology Subspecialty Program

The University of British Columbia offers a 2-year clinical training program in Complex General Surgical Oncology for one fellow per year. Applicants can apply through the National Residency Matching Program (NRMP). The fellowship is accredited by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. Fellows will have the privilege to work at Vancouver General Hospital (VGH), the largest hospital in BC, and the major referral center for patients in BC and the Yukon (>5 million people). VGH is one of the largest teaching hospitals in Canada, with over 1000 in-patient beds. The BC Cancer Agency delivers oncology care to patients through six regional centers in Abbotsford, Kelowna, Prince George, Surrey, Victoria and Vancouver. The Vancouver Center alone evaluates 9300 new cancer patients per year and is involved in a number of clinical trials.

Clinical Rotations

The fellowship will involve core rotations in General Surgical Oncology as well as Medical Oncology, Radiation Oncology, Pathology and research. Rotations will include significant exposure to breast cancer, gastric cancer, colorectal cancer, peritoneal surface malignancies, hepatobiliary/pancreas (HPB), sarcoma, melanoma, and thyroid cancer. Specialized elective rotations in community surgical oncology, HPB, head and neck surgery, community breast surgical oncology, academic colorectal cancer surgery, palliative care, and international elective rotations are available depending on the fellow’s interest.


Research is an integral part of the fellowship training. Fellows are responsible to complete one major research project during each year of training and submit to a National or International meeting as well as journal publication.


The education program includes a protected weekly lecture and seminar series covering a variety of Surgical Oncology topics. Journal club will be held every two months attended by fellows and staff. Regional and Provincial tumor conferences are held weekly at the BC Cancer Agency with regular participation by fellows and staff. All fellows will be provided support to attend the SSO Annual Symposium.


Candidates considered for the fellowship must have completed or expect completion of a recognized General Surgery Residency program and demonstrate significant commitment to Complex General Surgical Oncology.

Link: https://www.surgonc.org/fellows/surgical-oncology-fellowships/program-list/university-of-british-columbia/

Minimally Invasive Surgery Fellowship Program

The University of British Columbia MIS Fellowship offers a one year clinical fellowship in a variety of advanced laparoscopic procedures. It also provides an excellent opportunity for research and teaching for those candidates interested in pursuing an academic career in a university setting. This fellowship has a strong emphasis on colorectal, adrenal, hernia, solid organ and foregut/antireflux surgery. We are now offering training in bariatric surgery where the fellow will spend two months of dedicated time to learn bariatric procedures at Richmond Hospital. In addition, fellows will be exposed to the DaVinci robot which is currently being used for our colorectal operations.

The fellow will have the opportunity for flexible endoscopy training if desired.

Research is an important aspect of the fellowship and the fellow is expected to participate in clinical research projects. The fellow is expected to complete at least 1 manuscript for publication and to present their results at a national meeting.

This is a university based fellowship and the fellow will be expected to participate in teaching rounds and in the education of residents and medical students.

The University of British Columbia MIS Fellowship is affiliated with the Centre of Excellence for Surgical Education and Innovation. CESEI is an internationally recognized, state-of-the-art, multidisciplinary academic centre. It is actively involved in the education of surgeons, students and nurses with high fidelity simulators, computer software and wet/dry lab facilities. This was the first centre to be accredited by the American College of Surgery. The fellow will have access to the resources at the centre and will participate in courses and lectures that are conducted there. In addition, there are numerous opportunities for research.

The fellow will also have access to the Jack Bell Research animal lab facility to conduct research and run training sessions.

Link: https://fellowshipcouncil.org/directory-of-fellowships/display-listing/?match=1&pid=1260

Hepatopancreatobiliary and Liver Transplant Surgery Fellowship Program

Opening for a position as a HepatoPancreatoBiliary and Liver Transplant Surgery fellow at Vancouver General Hospital, Vancouver, Canada for July 1 2020.

This is a high volume clinical fellowship, working with a team of 5 surgeons. We perform over 75 liver transplants per year, below diaphragm retrievals, and approximately 400 elective HPB mostly-oncologic resections. Duration is 1-2 years.

In addition to the clinical activities, the fellow would be expected to lead a team of trainees, including residents and medical students, attend weekly teaching rounds, liver transplant clinic, and pancreas and liver tumour board. There are opportunities to perform research, and we strongly encourage our fellows to publish at least one manuscript as a result.


  • Eligible to take, or have passed the written and oral examinations in General Surgery of the Royal College of Physicians & Surgeons of Canada or with equivalent qualifications from countries other than Canada or the U.S.A.
  • Applicants from non-English speaking countries have language test requirements as shown on the following website https://www.grad.ubc.ca/prospective-students/application-admission/english-proficiency-requirements
  • Must be eligible for an Educational License (through College of Physicians and Surgeons of British Columbia)- https://www.cpsbc.ca/for-physicians/registration-licensing/applying/postgraduate/fellows
  • Obtain malpractice insurance through CMPA

If interested please provide a letter of interest (including preferred duration of 1 or 2 years), CV and contact information of 3 references before Oct 31 2019 to program administrator Kiranjit.Pandher@vch.ca