Apply soon for 2016-17 UBC FP Anesthesia program

Dr. Shu Ho, a GP anesthetist and graduate of the UBC R3 Enhanced Skills for FP Anaesthesia, demonstrating an airway approach during a hands-on skills workshop

Are you a community family physician interested in becoming a family practice anesthetist?

Each year, UBC’s Department of Family Practice provides up to three BC community family physicians the opportunity to participate in a full year of training in Family Practice Anesthesia (FP Anesthesia) through its postgraduate R3 Enhanced Skills Program.

Dr. Bruce McKnight, an FP Anesthetist in Golden, BC and graduate of the R3 Skills Enhancement program, took the extra year of training out of a desire to improve his critical care and resuscitation management and skills. He was also interested in expanding his practice into the OR. “The FP Anesthesia training has allowed me to be more confident in my skills. The increased practice variety of being in the OR has also gone a long way towards improving ‘job satisfaction’ as well.”

Program details

The FP Anesthesia program offers 13 four week blocks of training in adult, pediatric, obstetric, and community anesthesia as well as critical care medicine. Residents will be exposed to a wide variety and complexity of adult and pediatric cases. The obstetrical rotation provides participants with a large volume of cases to work/learn from. The ICU block exposes participants to complex patients and advanced procedural skills such as line placements and ventilation management. All rotations will expose the resident to acute and chronic pain management.

Training takes place primarily in Lower Mainland hospitals except for a community rotation located in Whitehorse, Yukon (see Table 1 below).

Lions Gate Hospital is a large community hospital with numerous FRCP anesthesiologists that were formerly FPAs. Whitehorse General Hospital is a community hospital where FP anesthetists provide instruction and mentorship, giving residents the opportunity to discuss the demands and expectations of FP anesthesia. Learners will also be able to discuss practical issues involved in FP anesthesia practice.

All training sites will provide trainees with opportunities for one-on-one instruction in the OR setting, along with skills enhancement in preoperative assessment and pain mainagement.

R3 candidates will be expected to attend the weekly full academic day, as well as participate in a resident journal club in addition to their clinical work. There will also be FP anesthesia-focused seminar sessions, and simulator sessions for trainees. Each FP Anesthesia resident will receive funds to spend on his/her scholarly activity during the course of the training year. Additionally, program participants will be expected to attend the week long Simulation course FPA Bootcamp in Ontario, the UBC Whistler Anesthesiology Summit and the UBC FP Anesthesia Conference. The successful candidate is required to pass a written exam (AKT-6), an oral exam and each rotation.

The FP Anesthesia program runs from July 1 – June 30. Community family physicians interested in applying for entry into the 2016-17 program must submit their application by January 15, 2016.

For further information about the R3 FP Anesthesia program, please contact program director Dr. James Kim or Ms. Ingrid Ahlsten


Table 1. Rotation distribution for R3 Enhanced Skills in FP Anesthesia


Category Blocks Location
Adult 2 blocks Vancouver General Hospital
2 blocks St. Paul’s Hospital
Paediatrics + Obstetrics 2 blocks BC Children’s Hospital
2 blocks BC Women’s Hospital
ICU 1 block Royal Columbian Hospital
Community Rota 1 block Whitehorse General Hospital (Yukon)
1 block Lions Gate Hospital
Anesthesia elective 1 block negotiated by participant

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