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.

How to submit prescription privilege requests

For the first time:

  • Program administrators may submit requests on behalf of their trainees to the PGME dean’s office. The dean’s office will then review and forward the request to the College (CPSBC) for processing. Below are the instructions.
  • Every request needs to be signed by the registrant, Supervising faculty member, and the Associate Dean before being submitted to CPSBC.
  • All registrants need to be in a current program (not ending soon)
  • All registrants must have a business address listed with the College. Please remind the registrant that there must be a business address entered in their CPSBC account. They will need to log into their profile through the College website to add their practice location as their business address. Business address is a clinic or hospital address, not a program administrator’s home address or the trainee’s home address as this information is made public. It is the registrant’s responsibility to maintain the currency of the business address and business telephone number on their CPSBC account.
  • Once the prescription privilege request is approved, CPSBC will send a confirmation letter to PGME and PGME will notify the program.
  • For additional prescription pads:

    • Residents can order through their online CPSBC account or submit a form to CPSBC.

    The forms are located on the College website

    Note: Visiting resident electives do not get prescribing privileges for outpatient prescriptions. All outpatient prescriptions would need to be countersigned by a supervisor or attending physician.

    PGME staff to send your request to:

    Delfa Balagot Residents (Existing UBC residents who registered before July 1, 2021 and are applying for the first time)

    Ann Nguyen Clinical Fellows