Announcement: Out of Province Electives

NEW!  JULY 5, 2021: We are now accepting Out of Province PGME Electives for Block 3 and beyond

Where unique and required educational experiences can only be provided in another province, residents should work with their program directors and the accepting program to develop a plan to minimize risk of transmission of COVID-19. This may include scheduling a period of self-isolation at the beginning and end of a rotation even if there is no formal restriction on interprovincial travel from public health.

Guidelines for Out of Province Electives

Core Internal Medicine Residents (PGY1-3)

  • Out of Province Electives for UBC residents remain cancelled through to the end of Block 2but will now be open for Block 3 and beyond (Monday, August 30, 2021 and onward)
  • Electives for all out of province residents wishing to pursue an elective at UBC will be open for Block 3.


As health care professionals it is important that we minimize risks to our patients, our colleagues and ourselves. At the same time, we need to ensure that residents and fellows receive the specialty and subspecialty medical training that they need. While we are fortunate to provide a wide range of training opportunities in British Columbia, there may be circumstances where residents need to travel to another jurisdiction (eg to gain particular expertise or consider an additional fellowship program).

The UBC Department of Medicine continues to strongly recommend that all members of the Department avoid all non-essential travel in accordance with current public health recommendations. As a result, the Department has decided to extend the cancellation of all Out of Province Elective rotations until August 30, 2021. This decision was made after consultation with other Departments of Medicine across the country as well as our own Core and Subspecialty Program Directors and applies to all outgoing UBC residents and to all incoming residents from other provinces regardless of vaccination status.