Royal Columbian Hospital and Eagle Ridge Hospital

Rotations & Electives

We are one the busiest emergency departments in BC and in Canada, seeing about 75,000 patients per year at this site. We have close to 50 fulltime specialty trained Emergency Physicians who spend 2/3 of their time at RCH and 1/3 of their time at Eagle Ridge Hospital (ERH). We see a mixture of adult and pediatric patients, and a high volume of acute trauma. Our nursing staff is very experienced and is a valuable resource, if you listen to what they have to say. We have LPNs who do all our casting and splinting who will be happy to teach you these skills, if you ask.

Click on the appropriate link below to review important information regarding your upcoming ER rotation at RCH/ERH and for more information about:

  • How to set up a clinical experience at RCH/ERH
  • Shift start/end times
  • Parking
  • Skytrain
  • Rotations, schedules, shifts
  • Evaluations
  • and much more


How To Set Up Clinical Experiences At RCH/ERH

Thanks for your interest in our site!  We are keen teachers and have a large number of learners rotating through our sites each block.  Unfortunately, we have more demand than supply, so we cannot accommodate all the applications we receive.  However, we do our best.  


Parking at RCH - Effective February 20, 2017

Starting February 20th, the Allen Street parking lot and the Allen Street Laneway parking spaces will be closed.

Staff can now park at the Braid Street lot and take the Shuttle to RCH (regular staff rates still apply).  More information can be found by clicking the attached PDF files.

A shuttle will run every 12 minutes.  This lot is walking distance to RCH if you prefer walking (~15 minutes).


Skytrain & Directions

Some of our residents choose to live downtown, reaping all the benefits of city living, yet training at a hospital with far less competition for learning opportunities.  RCH is located in New Westminster which is only a 20 minute drive or 30 minute skytrain ride from downtown Vancouver.  ERH is located in Port Moody which takes roughly 25 - 30 minutes from downtown Vancouver, traveling along the beautiful Barnet Highway.  Both RCH and ERH are accessible via Skytrain.  


Mass Gathering Medicine Elective


Dr. Sam Gutman and Dr. Adam Lund are ER physicians and are involved in organizing and providing medical care for events and mass gatherings in BC. Since 2008, residents have been participating as physicians with the medical teams for numerous events. A formal application was made to the residency program directors to participate and that application was approved.

Having recognized the value of this formal educational experience, it is our intent to offer this learning opportunity to additional resident physicians and medical students at UBC. The following outline describes both a longitudinal formal EM residency elective in Mass Gathering Medicine for FRCPC EM residents as well an opportunity for CCFP(EM) and other residents to participate. We propose that participation on the medical teams for various events be considered as equivalent to an ER shift and that EM residents receive credit toward their shift requirements and that they be excused from duty to attend these events. For non-EM residents, they be offered the opportunity to participate in these events as “electives at large” that are appropriately supervised by UBC faculty, but not specifically counted toward work requirements. Additonally, a formal longitudinal elective block in Mass Gathering Medicine be offered for EM residents as described below.