Application to Program



Canadian Medical School Graduates

All Canadian medical school graduates must apply through Canadian Resident Matching Service (CaRMS). Those candidates selected for an interview will be notified in late December. For comprehensive information on the application process, please visit the CaRMS website.


Visa Trainees

(with funding from Kuwait, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and the United Arab Emirates)


Each academic year General Surgery Residency Program offers 1-2 residency positions for Visa Trainees. All applicants must provide proof of external funding, as well as satisfy the College of Physicians and Surgeons of British Columbia stringent English Language Proficiency Requirements, before applying.


Application Process

  1. Applicant must contact the Program 16-18 months prior to an anticipated start of training. General Surgery Residency Program is a 5 year program and training starts in July.


  1. Applicant must email the following documents to Luiza Shamkulova, Program Manager at


  1. Program Director reviews the application documents.


  1. Qualified applicant will be offered an 8 week clinical elective in the program: 4 weeks at Vancouver General Hospital and 4 weeks at Saint Paul’s Hospital or BC Children’s Hospital. Residency Program starts in July. The elective must be completed by November-December.


The applicants will be considered an International Postgraduate Trainee.

Note:     International Postgraduate Trainees are post-MD trainees enrolled in a recognized Family Practice or Specialty training program in their home country, and who wish to complete an elective in the province of British Columbia, must obtain a work permit (Visa) from Canada Immigration. Please visit UBC PGME website for information on eligibility, application procedures, English language proficiency requirements, immigration/work permit documentation, and more.


  1. Upon successful completion of elective qualified applicant will be offered an interview in December-January.