Colorectal Surgery

We offer a 2-year clinical and research training in colorectal surgery to fulfill requirements for eligibility to sit the examination in colorectal surgery and sub-specialty certification from the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.

The first year of the program is a non-clinical year where trainees are engaged in research and may enroll in a Master’s program for clinical epidemiology or surgical education. We have ongoing research projects in quality improvement, clinical trials, laboratory studies, and surgical education in the areas of colorectal cancer, inflammatory bowel and anorectal diseases. Trainees will engage in research to submit abstracts for presentation at regional, national and international meetings, and submit manuscripts for publication.

The second year of the program is dedicated to rigorous training and clinical experience in general and advanced colorectal surgical techniques under the guidance of the colorectal surgery team at St. Paul’s Hospital. The team performs high volumes of open and laparoscopic resections, trans-anal endoscopic excisions, and colonoscopies. Trainees will gain hands-on experience in preoperative consultation and treatment planning, operations and post-operative management for colorectal cancer, inflammatory bowel diseases, and anorectal diseases in the hospital and outpatient clinics.

Trainees will participate in didactic learning, journal reviews, and in multidisciplinary conferences for enhanced recovery after surgery (ERAS), gastroenterology, and oncology. Trainees will lead clinical teams of medical students and residents.

Among applicants, we are looking for excellence in demonstrated surgical skills in their General Surgery residency and for productivity and achievement in research. Successful applicants will have demonstrated excellent communication, collaborative and leadership skills.

Read about recent graduate, Dr. Ameer Farooq.

IMPORTANT NOTE: International Medical Graduates

Before applying for the Colorectal Surgery Training Program, international medical graduates are required to have their training certificates approved as “eligible to sit the Canadian exam in general surgery” by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.

More information:

Contact: Mohit Arora – Program Administrator.


Applicant’s Information

Applications will be accepted up to submission deadline of March 15.

We accept one resident each year.

The application will include the following:

  1. Curriculum vitae
  2. Letter outlining career goals
  3. Three (3) letters of reference using this reference form

The application is sent to the UBC Program Director, Dr Terry Phang
Phone: 604-806-8711
Address: St Paul’s Hospital, 1081 Burrard Street, Vancouver, BC, V6Z 1Y6.