Guide for Program Directors

Thank you for your contributions in the role of Program Director (PD) in the Postgraduate Medical Education program at the University of British Columbia. The Postgraduate Medical Education program at UBC uses a province-wide distributed delivery model with nearly 1400 residents engaged in training and contributing to enhancing service capacity. Currently, there are 76 residency programs of varying sizes, including Family Medicine and Enhanced Skills, Psychiatry and Emergency Medicine that are situated in the Lower Mainland, on Vancouver Island, the Interior, and Northern BC including rural and remote communities.

This is not a comprehensive guide to the PD role. It is a general guide addressing key topics and is not specialty specific. Many subjects that are not covered here are thoroughly covered on the PGME website. For specialty specific resources, please check your national or international specialty society, or the Royal College. Topics will be added to this guide as they become a priority.


This resource is divided into 3 sections:

Administrative Information

Outlines the Faculty of Medicine structure, provides relevant information on the role of Program Administrators, an Accreditation overview, and lists Financial Resources available to Residents.

Teaching Support

Outlines available modules and resources to support faculty in their role as teachers.

Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI)

Outlines what CQI is and how to incorporate CQI in your program.


Key Contacts in PGME

See the PGME Contacts page for information on who to contact on various topics.

Additional Resources & Support

How the PGME Office sends  you information:
  • PA/PD Newsletter: The newsletter will be emailed to you. You can also review previous issues.
  • PGME Website
  • Committee meetings: Attending committee meetings and reviewing minutes for updates
  • PD Workshops: The PD workshop is held twice a year (typically in May and November) for all PDs and Program Administrators. Each workshop focuses on a priority topic. Examples of previous topics include accreditation, quality improvement and patient safety curriculum, and improving the learning environment. You will receive an email with the details. Please follow this link to be taken to a Teams folder hosting all of the Program Director Workshop PowerPoint presentations.
Other supports:

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