CFPC Enhanced Skills Palliative Medicine Residency Programs

CFPC Enhanced Skills Category 1 Palliative Medicine Residency Program


The Family Medicine Enhanced Skills Category 1 Palliative Medicine Residency Program (Year of Added Competency (YAC) in Palliative Medicine)  is for family physicians seeking added competence in palliative medicine, who intend to focus their career on palliative medicine.  They must satisfy one of the following criteria:

  1. CCFP certification
  2. Residents in their final year of family medicine residency who are eligible for CCFP certification (current or expected to be obtained within the YAC residency year).
  3. A physician who is practice-eligible to sit the CFPC certification examination during the enhanced skills palliative residency year.

On completion of the program, the physician will be able to provide primary and consultant palliative care services, including the education of medical students and physicians, and receive the right to use the CCFP-PC (Palliative Care) Certificate of Added Competence (CAC) designation.

The resident will gain knowledge, skills, and clinical experience in pain and symptom management and the psycho-social and spiritual dimensions of caring for patients and families facing terminal illness.

The program is based primarily in Vancouver or Victoria, but there will be opportunity to gain palliative care experience in other B.C. centers. The resident will gain experience on palliative care units, acute care hospital palliative consultation services and at BC Cancer and community hospice programs.  There are also a variety of elective options available depending on the specific interests of the resident.

Residents are expected to complete a scholarly project during the one-year residency.

Applications for the Category 1 Enhanced Skills Palliative Medicine residency are made through the Canadian Resident Matching Service (CaRMS).  A detailed program description is available at this site.

For individuals who do not intend to practice full-time Palliative Care Category 2 programs are available.  This training is shorter and can be tailored specifically to meet the objectives of individual physicians who wish to enhance their Palliative Medicine skill set.  Further information and applications can be found on the Family Medicine Enhanced Skills website.

Additional information on postgraduate education at UBC can also be found at the Residency Program Website.


The UBC Program in Palliative Medicine is funded for Graduates of Canadian Medical Schools who qualify for licensure in Canada. We are not presently accepting applications from international applicants or visa trainees.

If you wish additional information at this time, please contact Program Administrator, Stephanie Milne or Program Director, Dr. Shannon Bunn at 


Enhanced Skills Category 2 Palliative Medicine Residency Program

UBC offers clinical rotations in palliative care for funded trainees with a family practice or specialty background of up to 3 months’ duration. These programs are funded for physicians from BC who will be providing service here after completion of their training. The Specialist Enhanced Skills Program is supported by the Koerner-Owen Endowment, and the Family Practice Enhanced Skills program is funded by BC taxpayers.

Further information and applications fort the Enhanced Skills Palliative Medicine Category 2 program can be found on the Family Medicine Enhanced Skills website.

We can also accommodate trainees from other programs for extended as well as short electives by special arrangement. Home programs for non-Palliative Care residents are responsible for payment of preceptors and all other administrative supports for their trainees whilst on palliative care rotations. Division members at the clinical sites will provide instruction and curriculum support. For Palliative Care elective rotation requests, please contact: Stephanie Milne