Return of Service Programs

Postgraduate Medical Education Return of Service Program

The Province of British Columbia funds designated University of British Columbia (UBC) postgraduate medical education (PGME) residency positions in exchange for a return of service to a health authority-identified community of need. The commitment is one year of service in BC for each year of postgraduate medical education, to a maximum of three years. Applicants that match to a position must sign a Return of Service (ROS) contract with the Ministry of Health prior to starting residency.

Current residency positions with a Return of Service include:

International Medical Graduate Stream

  •  52 family medicine positions with two-year return of service
    • ROS is in the same health authority as the distributed training site to which the participant is matched by Canadian Resident Matching Service (CaRMS). (St. Paul’s Hospital Participants will fulfill their Return of Service in Vancouver Coastal Health Authority.)
  •  Six general specialty positions with three-year return of service
    • Psychiatry, ROS in Vancouver Island Health Authority
    • Psychiatry, ROS in Vancouver Coastal Health Authority
    • Internal Medicine, ROS in Northern Health Authority (2)
    • Pediatrics, ROS in Northern Health Authority
    • Pediatrics, ROS in Fraser Health Authority

Re-entry Return of Service

  •  Two re-entry positions with three-year return of service:
    • Dermatology, ROS in Interior Health Authority
    • Dermatology, ROS in Fraser Health Authority

How to Apply

International Medical Graduate Stream

To match to a UBC international medical graduate stream position, all applicants must apply through the Canadian Resident Matching Service. For more information, visit their website.

More information can also be found on the UBC Faculty of Medicine International Medical Graduate Office website. All applicants are required to participate in UBC’s Clinical Assessment Program – information available here.

Re-Entry Return of Service - Dermatology

Re-entry in dermatology is an opportunity for licensed, practicing physicians to retrain in dermatology. An outstanding return of service commitment precludes eligibility for a re-entry position.  

Details on the application process and program requirements for the re-entry dermatology positions are available on the UBC Dermatology website.

Return of Service Communities

The list of Return of Service communities changes every year based on current and emerging needs as determined by the Ministry of Health in consultations with BC’s Health Authorities. For details on the community assignment process and other requirements, please see the contracts and policy document to the right.

For a map of all Return of Service communities to date, click here (PDF, 15.9MB).

B.C. Clinical Anesthesiology Fellowship - Return of Service Program

The Province of British Columbia has agreed to fund a designated number of UBC fellowship positions in anesthesiology in exchange for a commitment to provide anesthesiology services in a Ministry of Health/Health Authority identified community of need for two years. Applicants that match to a position must sign a Return of Service (ROS) contract with the Ministry of Health prior to starting the fellowship. For more details on the program, please see the UBC Anesthesiology Fellowship webpage.

Practice Ready Assessment

If you are an internationally -educated family physician who has already completed your residency in family medicine outside of Canada, you may be eligible for a Practice Ready Assessment. These positions have a three-year Return of Service requirement. For more information, visit here.

ROS Commitment

All participants in the Province’s ROS programs must sign a contract with the Ministry of Health. As the ROS Contract is a legal undertaking, the Ministry recommends that physicians take into consideration the required ROS commitments before accepting an offer to participate in a ROS program. Should a participating physician not fulfill the requirements of the ROS contract, they are considered in breach of contract. The Ministry is unable to waive physicians of the repayment obligations incurred under their ROS contract.