The Cardiology program at UBC has undergone many changes over the last few years. The program has more than doubled in size, now with a total of 14 core Cardiology residents. A combination of enthusiastic residents, a committed program director and dedicated teaching staff has resulted in an enviable clinical teaching program. Morning bedside teaching sessions, at a Royal College preparation level, occur on a weekly basis. A second morning teaching session is dedicated toward a rotating schedule of interventional teaching, echo teaching and a resident focused journal club. Academic half-day has now been designed with a three-year schedule in mind, and includes a course in Epidemiology. A monthly “Distinguished Lecturer Series” has recently been established, showcasing worldwide cardiology talent. Evening events provide an opportunity to socialize with ones colleagues in a multitude of top-notch Vancouver establishments and include a six series session on cardiac anatomy, embryology, physiology and hemodynamics, in addition to frequent staff journal clubs, topic overviews and debates.
UBC’s Cardiology training program is fully accredited by the Royal College of Canada.
Both sites (VGH and SPH) now accept ventilated and balloon pumped patients, offering residents the opportunity to gain experience in caring for the most critically ill patients. Ventricular Assist Devices are utilized at SPH, and allow one to gain familiarity with these novel bridges to cardiac transplantation. Expertise in peripheral, renal and carotid interventions at VGH offers cardiology residents exposure in this expanding area. SPH has become a world leader in novel techniques in percutaneous aortic valves, in addition to ASD/VSD/PDA and atrial appendage closure devices. The cath labs at both SPH and VGH are certainly exciting places to be nowadays.
The electrophysiology department offers the residents exposure in the most advanced arrhythmia treatments with atrial and ventricular ablation procedures, CRT and AICDs. Innovative techniques in cardiac surgery offer an exciting training environment for residents with the recent recruitment of surgeons trained in robotic surgery (and a brand new robot on the way), minimally invasive valve surgery, off-pump bypass and lead extraction.
The Pacific Adult Congenital Heart Disease Clinic (PACH) offers residents a unique, multidisciplinary experience in the rapidly evolving field of Congenital Heart Disease. In combination with a well-established rotation in Pediatric Cardiology, the UBC residents achieve a valuable training experience in this rapidly developing field.
A combined cardio-renal-endocrine clinic is under development, complementing a number of currently well-established multidisciplinary clinics including Cardiac Transplantation clinic, Heart Function clinic, Cardiac Rehabilitation, Lipid clinic, Pacific Adult Congenital Heart Disease Clinic and Pacemaker Clinic. Plans for a Peripheral Arterial Disease clinic and Hypertension clinic are also in the works.
A state of the art modern ambulatory care building is currently under construction at the VGH site, with an anticipated opening of September 2006. The new centre will include dedicated resident exam rooms, expanded teaching facilities and a resident-directed outpatient clinic.
Research has become a strong focus in the department. The program offers seven months of dedicated research time, with two resident research days. With a number of new young staff with research training in Boston, New York and Cleveland, and the addition of a third enthusiastic new research director, research is growing daily.
The program is evolving rapidly, and encourages residents to make constant changes and improvements. This website is the latest creation of the program, led by one of the Chief Residents, welcomed by the department, and financially supported.
Resident morale is high and the well-rounded group of residents (and many staff) adopts a policy of “work hard, play hard”. The program encourages resident-led initiatives and allows the program to be our own. We are always looking for more residents who have a contribution to make and want to be part of a group of talented, hard-working, fun-loving residents!
Senior Program Assistant
UBC Postgraduate Cardiology Program
Gordon & Leslie Diamond Health Care Centre
Vancouver General Hospital
2775 Laurel Street, Rm 9174 9th Floor Cardiology
Vancouver, BC V5Z 1M9