Family Medicine Year of Added Competency

For more information see the Residency Program Website.

The University of B.C. Division of Palliative Care currently offers a one year program in Palliative Medicine, jointly accredited by the College of Family Physicians Canada (CFPC) and the Royal College of Physicians & Surgeons of Canada (RCPSC). However, as of June 2017, The RCPSC will no longer accredit the Year of Added Competency. UBC will be amongst one of the first schools to offer a new 2-year subspecialty residency program in adult palliative medicine for Royal College residents and certificants. Starting in July 2017, the YAC year will only be offered to the CFPC residents and certificants. The YAC program is for physicians seeking added competency in palliative medicine, and would be suitable for a) family practice residents who have completed their two year residency or practicing family physicians who intend to focus their career on palliative medicine. 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. There will also be a solid foundation should he/she wish to pursue an academic/research career in palliative medicine.

The resident gains extensive knowledge, skills, and clinical experience in pain and symptom management, 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 have experience in palliative care units, acute care hospital palliative consultation services, the B.C. Cancer Agency, and community hospice programs.

There is also an academic research project during the one-year program, and there is a variety of elective options available, depending on the specific interests of the resident.


The UBC Program in Palliative Medicine is funded for Graduates of Canadian Medical Schools who qualify for licensure in Canada.

If you intend to apply, please write a preliminary email to Kathryn Inman indicating this intention. We will then look for reference letters and keep an eye out for your application package. If during this process you choose to withdraw your application, please let us know, so that we don’t think your application documents are lost in cyberspace.

International Applicants may submit application for consideration only if they can secure external funding for both the tuition fees and living expenses.

Year of Added Competency in Palliative Medicine Handbook (May 2017)

Applications for the Year of Added Competency in Palliative Medicine, UBC for the 2019-2020 year are now closed.

Applications for the Year of Added Competency in Palliative Medicine, UBC for the 2021-2022 year are now being accepted.


Year of Added Competency in Palliative Medicine Application-Form-2021-2022

Please provide the following:

1. Completed Application form

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2. Curriculum Vitae

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3. The names and contact information for three Referees, and a brief statement about your relationship to them. [Save document as: LASTNAME.firstname.YACreferees].

4. Three reference letters sent directly Kathryn Inman –

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Application material should be submitted via email only [DEADLINE FOR 2021-2022, TBA]


Dr. Anoo Tamber
Program Director, Year of Added Competency in Palliative Medicine
UBC Department of Medicine
c/o Ms. Kathryn Inman

Application deadline for the 2019/2020 academic year is October 15, 2019.

You will receive an e-mail confirming receipt of your application. If you do not receive an e-mail confirmation then we have not received your application.

A selection committee will review all applications, and applicants will be notified of the selection decision by December 6, 2019. An interview will be required, by mid-November 2019 either in person or by teleconference.