Prescription Privileges

A new method going forward

As of July 2021 onward:

The College of Physicians and Surgeons of BC has updated the way in which prescribing privileges are issued to postgraduate residents entering UBC training programs from July 2021 onward.

Note: this change will not impact existing UBC residents, resident electives, postgraduate trainees, or postgraduate fellows.

New learners entering residency in July 2021 will no longer be required to submit a prescription request through their program to be signed by the Dean, who would then submit the request to the CPSBC.

Instead, residents prescribing medication (including narcotics, but not methadone) will be provided with a prescription pad that will include their printed name and CPSID. Post graduate residents are required to add the name of their supervising physician to the prescription at the time it is issued. A question and attestation will be included in the 2021 online application for postgraduate resident registration and licensure to ensure that all new residents have these privileges immediately upon entry into a UBC training program.

  • This change will greatly increase efficiency within the hospital and provide greater outcomes for learners, their supervisors, and their patients.
  • This change will only affect new residents from July 2021 onwards, and has no bearing on current trainees.

This change is detailed in this document at length, along with further information. Please download and read the communication from the CPSBC.

If there are any residents entering UBC residency who should not be granted prescription privileges, the College should be notified immediately with correspondence addressed to Corinne de Bruin, Executive Director, Registration.

For existing UBC residents/Postgraduate trainees/Postgraduate fellows who are requesting prescription privileges for the first time:

Forms (links below) need to be submitted to Delfa Balagot in the PGME Dean’s Office by the Program Administrators.

PGME programs: It is important to remind the resident/trainee/fellow to complete their business address in their online CPSBC account for the request to be processed. Requests will then be reviewed by the Dean’s Office and submitted to the College of Physicians and Surgeons of British Columbia (CPSBC). Once approved, Delfa will notify the program.

Resident – Request for Prescription Privileges

Postgraduate Fellow – Request for Prescription Privileges

For existing UBC residents/Postgraduate trainees/Postgraduate fellows who are requesting additional prescription pads:

Resident can order through their online CPSBC account or submit a form to CPSBC. This form and further instructions can be found here

Visiting Electives Those residents undertaking visiting electives do not qualify for prescribing privileges for outpatient prescriptions. All outpatient prescriptions would need to be countersigned by a supervisor or attending physician.

For any questions regarding prescription privileges please contact PGME via Delfa Balagot