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Clinical & Postgraduate Fellowships

For your fellowship please review the application process below.

**please confirm with CPSBC, RC, UBC websites for updated information of all applications**

Expressions of interest for fellowship training (PGY6+) at BC Cancer should be submitted as early as possible and no later than the deadline of nine months preceding the anticipated start date of the proposed fellowship for international trainees and six months for Canadian trainees. Admissions to a fellowship program will be made on a rolling basis until fellowship positions are filled or until the above deadline, whichever comes first.

Before you start, choose a tumour group site for your fellowship and be prepared to discuss your research goals and objectives. Please send a letter of intent and CV to This will be reviewed by the respective site lead to determine if training at BC Cancer is feasible before taking further steps.

Non-English trained Applicants (including Quebec and International physicians)

Any candidate for licensure in British Columbia must have the ability to speak, read, and write English to the satisfaction of the Registration Committee at the College of Physicians and Surgeons of BC.

Physicians who have not met these requirements are required to complete an English exam. This is a requirement to all applications for licensures that are received to the College of Physicians and Surgeons of BC. This information may be obtained from the College website under General Registration and Licensure Requirements.

The English Exam result is required to proceed with the application.

Letter of Offer

To begin your fellowship, a letter of offer including research goals and objectives as discussed with the relevant tumour group supervisor, the fellowship term and percentage of clinic time expected will be sent to you. You are to include an acceptance of the offer along with a completed UBC Fellowship Application form UBC Application Form (PDF) and send to the program administrator for processing. Please refer to the UBC Webpage for further information.

Certificate of Standing

The next step is for you to provide us with a Certificate of Standing/Professional Conduct from every place where you have been registered for postgraduate training or practice during the five years prior to coming to British Columbia and a letter from your program head approving your fellowship. The certificate of standing is an official document that must be signed by a registrar or a person in charge of the registration department within your jurisdiction. This document is to confirm your registration and membership status with your current licensing authority and to indicate your standing ie whether or not you have been the subject of an investigation, complaint, or a disciplinary action in the state or province where you practice medicine.

Completed Package

Your completed package should include (BC Cancer admin will provide further assistance once you have been accepted into the program):

  1. Acceptance of Offer / Contract
  2. UBC application - this is done after you're accepted
  3. CV
  4. Credentials (MD degree, RCPSC IM certification)
  5. Medical licence
  6. Certificate of standing
  7. IELTS exam - if required
  8. Work permit/VISA/LMIA - if required

Application Package

The above package will be forwarded to the University of British Columbia (UBC) Department of Medicine for authorization and subsequently to the College of Physicians and Surgeons of BC (CPSBC) requesting a temporary licence. This process takes six to eight weeks for completion.

Letter of Registration

A formal approval letter (letter of registration) will be provided by the College of Physicians and Surgeons of BC granting you a temporary licence to practice in BC. The letter of registration is a temporary registration for educational purposes stating the terms and conditions applicable (for example geographic restriction, focus of practice, completion of examinations or other as stipulated by Council).

The letter of registration states that it is mandatory that foreign workers have their credentials verified through the Commission for Foreign Education Medical Graduates International Credentialing Services (ECFMG-ICS). Verification costs may apply, takes approximately three months and is paid online by the fellow.

All new fellows applying for temporary registration must undergo a criminal record search. A criminal record search authorization form will be sent to you along with the letter of registration. There is an administration fee.

Work Permit

See website

Temporary Work & Resident Visa

Once you arrive at the Canadian airport, you are to present the immigration officer with your work permit and they will issue you a temporary work visa as well as a temporary resident visa. There is a processing fee.

For All Applicants

Before arriving to BC Cancer, you must go to the College of Physicians and Surgeons of BC ( in person to complete your registration with the following documents:

  1. Original Medical Degree (if not in English, you must bring the original translation as well as the original degree)
  2. Original Specialty Diploma or an original letter addressed to the college from the director of the training program in which you are enrolled
  3. Original Canadian Immigration documents authorizing you to be in Canada for the purpose of this registration (work permit and passport)
  4. The Certificate of Standing from the licensing authority where you were working immediately prior to coming to BC, dated within 45 days of commencement of your registration in BC
  5. Work Visa
  6. Your acceptance of offer confirms that you are fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as a condition of your employment at PHSA. You will be required to provide proof of vaccination prior to your start date.
  7. Proof of IELTS exam score

There is a processing fee.

Temporary residents need:

Work permit issued by Citizenship and Immigration Canada (CIC).

For further information and to submit your request, please contact the program administrator at


Cheryl Ho, Post-Graduate Fellowship Director

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