Thoracic Surgery

Contacts

Division-Head: Dr. John Yee
Director of Postgraduate Education: Dr. Alex Lee
Minimally Invasive Thoracic Fellowship Director: Dr. Anna McGuire (Dr. Lee covering)
Director of Undergraduate Education:Dr. Anna McGuire (Dr. Lee covering)
Senior Administrative Assistant: Liana Polsinelli

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Overview

The Division of Thoracic Surgery at UBC is proud to have a Royal College Thoracic Surgery Training Program. Our training sites include Vancouver (Vancouver Coastal Health), Surrey (Fraser Health), Kelowna (Interior Health), and Victoria (Island Health).

Our goal at UBC is to create a top-notch training program in Thoracic Surgery, utilizing all of the resources available in our vast network of Health Systems and University.

Together, we provide comprehensive and multidisciplinary management of thoracic and foregut disorders. Specifically, we are experts in minimally invasive surgery of the chest and abdomen, for cancer and benign conditions.

We provide state-of-the-art multidisciplinary cancer therapy for our patients through our strong partnership with the BC Cancer Agency.

Our close affiliation with Trauma Surgery, Surgical Oncology, Cardiac Surgery, Vascular Surgery, Respirology, and Gastroenterology allows us to provide the highest level of comprehensive care for all thoracic and foregut disorders.

Our Lung Transplant Program performs over 50 transplants a year. We also have over 35 patients utilizing the life-saving technology of our multidisciplinary ECMO program.

 

Royal College of Canada Thoracic Surgery Residency Program

The Royal College Training Program is 24 months in duration with 3 months of electives. We have a Bridge-to-Practice rotation in the final 2 months of the program. We select ONE Canadian trainee every 2 years, so we can focus entirely on them. The next available position will begin in July 2021 for a 2-year program. The program is available for a Canadian citizen or landed immigrant who has successfully completed their General Surgery Residency Training, and is eligible to take the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons Fellowship in General Surgery exams.

Our Training program adheres to the National Curriculum for Thoracic Surgery created by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada. We helped develop this curriculum, and we will be active in developing the upcoming Competence by Design training model as well.

The resident will be intricately involved in all aspects of patient care. As part of a multidisciplinary team, they will work with staff to provide the highest level of quality care. Teaching revolves around clinical and surgical experience as well as weekly seminars, journal clubs, grand rounds, conferences, and research projects.

At UBC, we foster a safe and healthy learning environment. Our training program strongly encourages personal and professional well-roundedness, in the most livable city, in the most beautiful province, and in the best country in the world.

Our graduate will be an expert in Thoracic Surgery. They will have the required knowledge, skills, and attitude for effective patient-centred care and service to a diverse population. In all aspects of specialist practice, the graduate will address issues of gender, age, sexual orientation, culture, ethnicity, and ethics in a professional manner.

Our graduate will obtain surgical and CanMEDS competencies and excel as a medical expert, communicator, collaborator, manager, health advocate, scholar, and professional. They will be a leader in the field of Thoracic Surgery.

We invite you to contact Ms. Liana Polsinelli (liana.polsinelli@vch.ca) for more information.

For more information on Postgraduate Medical Education at UBC, please visit: https://postgrad.med.ubc.ca/prospective-trainees/residency/.

 

Minimally Invasive Thoracic Surgery Fellowship

The Division of Thoracic Surgery at Vancouver Coastal Health offers a 12-month program of advanced training in minimally invasive thoracic surgery. The next available position is in July 2021.

The program is available for International or Canadian applicants, who have successfully completed their Thoracic Surgery or Cardiac Surgery Residency Training.

For further information on details of funding and advanced thoracic surgery objective, please contact the Fellowship Director or the Director of Postgraduate.

We invite you to contact Ms. Liana Polsinelli (liana.polsinelli@vch.ca) for more information.

For more information on Postgraduate Medical Education at UBC, please visit: https://postgrad.med.ubc.ca/prospective-trainees/postgraduate-visiting-electives/.

 

Elective Rotations

 Postgraduate elective rotation requests (for UBC and non-UBC residents) are most welcome. We invite you to contact Ms. Liana Polsinelli (liana.polsinelli@vch.ca) for more information.

For more information on Postgraduate Medical Education at UBC, please visit: https://postgrad.med.ubc.ca/prospective-trainees/postgraduate-visiting-electives/.

Undergraduate elective rotation requests (for UBC and non-UBC medical students) are most welcome. We invite you to contact Ms. Liana Polsinelli (liana.polsinelli@vch.ca) for more information.

For more information on Undergraduate Medical Education at UBC, please visit: https://mdprogram.med.ubc.ca/visiting-student-elective-program/.