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:
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