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Our Training Programs

BC Cancer provides internship, residency and fellowship training opportunities for approved educational practicums.

Requesting Placements

Students in the following disciplines interested in a placement at BC Cancer can contact their school’s Program Coordinator who can submit a request using HSPnet.  Schools not using HSPnet or outside of BC should contact Heena Vadgama, Coordinator, Education, hvadgama@bccancer.bc.ca.

Disciplines


Before any placement can proceed, an Education Affiliation Agreement must be in place and details can be found here: http://www.phsa.ca/health-professionals/education-development/student-practice-education/phsas-academic-activities#Affiliations.  

Visiting medical students must apply directly to the UBC MD Undergraduate Program Visiting elective program: https://mdprogram.med.ubc.ca/visiting-student-elective-program/ 

Medical Residents/Post-grad MDs can refer to the UBC Postgraduate Medical Education training programs: https://postgrad.med.ubc.ca/prospective-trainees/training-programs/

All medical students and residents will require registration through the College of Physicians and Surgeons of BC.  https://www.cpsbc.ca/for-physicians/registration-licensing/applying.

Information for students with an upcoming practicum placement at BCC, please visit the PHSA Student Practice website

Facility information

All BC Cancer facilities are scent-free, non-smoking environments. For centre locations, directions, parking and other facility information, see Clinics & Centres.

Food services, lockers, showers

Most facilities have staff lunch rooms, equipped with fridges, sinks and microwave ovens. Cafeterias are available in the cancer centre or in adjacent hospitals. 

Lockers for students are very limited and not available in all BC Cancer facilities. However, students may be able to store belongings in locked staff rooms in each building. Your on-site practicum supervisor can provide additional information about how and where to safely store your items. All students are strongly advised not to bring expensive clothing, jewelery or other personal items with them on practicum.

Staff shower facilities are available in each cancer centre.

Computer system access

Students will be granted access to BC Cancer/Provincial Health Services Authority computer systems as required to meet learning goals and objectives.

Learning needs that may involve access to computer systems should be discussed between your school placement coordinator/faculty member and your on-site practicum supervisor at the time your placement is confirmed.  Your on-site practicum supervisor will then make all the necessary arrangements to request a user account for you, as well as access to any computer application programs you will need to use.

Students granted access to BC Cancer/PHSA computer systems may only use computing services for purposes related to their practicum.  In addition, you must abide by all organizational policies regarding computer use, and must pay particular attention to ensure that the confidentiality of patient information is maintained at all times.  Speak to your on-site supervisor for more detailed information.

Telephone & cell phone use

Telephones in BC Cancer facilities are intended for business use, except in emergency situations.  There are several payphones available in each centre for personal calls.

The use of cell phones on BC Cancer premises is generally acceptable except in designated areas:

  • patient consultation and treatment rooms
  • radiation therapy department
  • surgical units
  • PET/MRI units

Please check with your on-site practicum supervisor to see if there is any sensitive equipment in your assigned work area prior to making a cell phone call.

Under no circumstances may students use cell phone cameras to record images of patients, client information or other documents.

Library services

Each BC Cancer centre has a librarian and a collection of professional resources, both electronic and print. Students are welcome to use BC Cancer Library resources, but your home educational institution will remain your primary provider of library services.

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