General Pathology



General Pathology is that branch of medicine concerned with all aspects of laboratory investigation in health and disease. The discipline incorporates both morphological and non-morphological diagnostic techniques in the areas of Anatomic Pathology, Medical Biochemistry, Medical Microbiology, Hematopathology, and Transfusion Medicine.

General Objectives

On completion of the education program, the residents will be competent to function as consultants in General Pathology and medical laboratory directors. This will require acquisition of a sufficient level of skill in the separate disciplines of Anatomic Pathology, Medical Biochemistry, Medical Microbiology, Hematopathology and Transfusion Medicine to serve as a consultant within the context of a regional or community hospital.

UBC Residency Training Program in General Pathology

Widely acknowledged as one of the strongest residency training programs in General Pathology in Canada, the UBC program offers a broad-based experience that is characterized by a wealth of excellent case material, expert teaching staff and dynamic curriculum. The 5-year training program includes both mandatory and elective rotations that are typically scheduled as 3-month blocks. The PGY-1 year is a clinical year in keeping with the philosophy that “good pathologists are also good clinicians”. The PGY-2 through PGY-4 years consist of rotations through the various specialties of Laboratory Medicine that cumulatively provide a broad, well rounded experience in fulfilment of Royal College objectives. In the PGY-5 year, rotations in community settings and separate elective time are also included. Historically, UBC has had amongst the highest successful pass rate at the Royal College examinations of any General Pathology Program in Canada, and trainees have gone on to rewarding and highly satisfying careers.

Subsequent Challenges and Opportunities

The Laboratory Medicine community in Canada “greying” and the current high demand for Laboratory Physicians provides superb opportunities for residents to choose a career path that best fits their interests, abilities and lifestyle considerations. In addition to the considerable flexibility in how one can practise Laboratory Medicine, General Pathology provides opportunities for administrative medical leadership.

Contact Information

Program Director:
Michael Nimmo, MD, FRCPC, PhD
Dept. of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine
UBC Hospital
G107 – 2211 Wesbrook Mall
Vancouver, BC V6Z 1Y6
Tel: (604) 822-7202
Fax: (604) 822-7575

Program Administrative Contact:
Shelley Berkow
Post-Graduate Residency Program Manager
Dept. of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine Program Assistant
3203-910 West 10th Ave, Vancouver, BC V5Z 1M9
Tel: (604) 875-4892
Fax: (604) 875-4988