Training

The UBC Hospital MS Clinic is a teaching clinic and is actively involved teaching and mentoring medical students, residents and fellows who may become future MS specialists. Education is a very important component of the MS Clinic.

As a result of the UBC Hospital MS Clinic’s reputation and multidisciplinary approach to MS care, we often have visiting physicians observing our approach to MS care.

Medical Students, residents and fellows are frequently involved in providing care to patients who attend the UBC Hospital MS Clinic.

  • Medical Students are involved in the UBC Hospital MS Clinic as part of their medical training program.
  • Residents are often involved in providing patient care in the UBC Hospital MS Clinic. They are frequently involved in providing the initial clinical assessment of patients but this is reviewed with an MS supervising neurologist.
  • Fellows are fully trained neurologists, often visiting neurologists, who are learning to be specialized in MS. They may perform a complete review with a clinic neurologist in attendance or may see patients independently but this will be followed by a discussion with a supervising neurologist.

The UBC Hospital MS Clinic and its clinic neurologists are also involved actively in the Canadian Network of MS Clinics and the Consortium of Multiple Sclerosis Centres. Ongoing involvement in these organizations allows for ongoing networking and collaboration among MS specialists.

Fellowship Training for Canadian and International Applicants

Clinical Fellows

A clinical fellowship is an opportunity for a physician to obtain advanced training and/or to acquire more specialized expertise not normally acquired during residency training. Clinical fellows must be recognized specialists or family physicians.

As short-term educational experience which does not lead to specialist recognition by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada (RCPSC), a clinical fellowship on its own is not a pathway to permanent practice as a specialist in British Columbia.

Eligibility for Licensure as a Clinical Fellow

In order to be considered for clinical fellowship training, applicants must be eligible for a certificate authorizing postgraduate education (an educational-type medical license) from the College of Physicians and Surgeons of British Columbia (CPSBC), the body which regulates the practice of medicine in British Columbia.

Eligibility CPSBC Licensure Requirements

Applicants must:

  • have a medical degree from an approved medical school
  • be able to provide a request for registration to the registrar from the department or division head, and the associate dean of postgraduate medical education, Faculty of Medicine, UBC
  • be legally entitled to live and work in Canada
  • meet the College’s English language proficiency requirements (TOEFL)

It is possible to review the requirements for licensure in detail for clinical fellows from the CPSBC website.

Please note that medical graduates apply for educational licensure by the CPSBC only after they have been accepted for clinical fellowship training by the University of British Columbia.

Requirements for Application for a UBC MS Clinical Fellowship
  • An up-to-date curriculum vitae which includes the applicant’s date of birth, citizenship and e-mail address
  • One letter (maximum 2 double-spaced typed pages) describing the candidate’s objectives, goals, and expectations from this Fellowship and potential impact of fellowship on applicant’s career that emphasizes both the care of MS patients and clinical research in MS
  • A copy of the medical degree (with English translation, where applicable)
  • Three letters of reference on letterhead, signed and dated within two years of the date of application 
  • A letter from the sponsoring agency which confirms full financial support for the duration of the fellowship program. Salary arrangements are the responsibility of the trainee, since no internal funding is available for such positions

Application deadlines are November 15th. All candidates will be notified of the final results by January 31st. Fellowship terms will be from July 1st to June 30th of the year following the approval of the application.

Incomplete applications will not be reviewed.

Please send all information by hard copy or email to:

  • The University of British Columbia
    c/o Dr. Tony Traboulsee
    S113 – 2211 Wesbrook Mall
    Vancouver, BC  V6T 2B5
    traboulsee.assistant@ubc.ca

All applications will be reviewed by a committee of the UBC MS/NMO Program whose decisions will be final.   

Western Pacific endMS Regional Research and Training Centre (WPRRTC)

The Western Pacific endMS Regional Research and Training Centre, one of the five centers in Canada, is also located at UBC Hospital and is funded by the MS Society of Canada.

The Western-Pacific endMS RRTC is comprised of the University of British Columbia's Vancouver and Okanagan campuses, as well as the University of Saskatchewan.  An integrated approach of basic and applied sciences at the level of research, training and health care provision will facilitate a better translation of newly acquired knowledge into everyday practice within our region and will help to increase the knowledge and skill of trainees in MS. This type of supplementary training will be provided through various workshops, led by both trainees and experienced researchers and focused on an array of topics as well as an ongoing "Bench-to-Bedside" seminar series and journal clubs.