What is shadowing?

Job shadowing involves spending time with a surgeon or resident to experience the day-to-day life of plastic surgery. This may involve spending time in a clinic, operating room, or on the ward. 

Who may shadow?

To arrange shadowing, you must be a current medical student, or a student of health professions regulated by the Health Professions Act or Emergency Health Services Act in BC.

The BC College of Physicians and Surgeons does not support the practice of job shadowing or observing by individuals who are not enrolled as students of health professions regulated by the Health Professions Act or Emergency Health Services Act and who wish to observe as part of their curriculum, irrespective of patient consent. Click here to see the college standards.

How do I arrange shadowing?


The UBC Division of Plastic Surgery gets many medical students and learners from all over Canada rotating through multiple hospitals. To avoid conflicts and overlaps, we ask you to arrange shadowing opportunities through the following individuals:

Vancouver General Hospital / Vancouver Coastal Health

Maureen Berard


BC Children's Hospital

Norine Mayede



The University of British Columbia Division of Plastic Surgery
Vancouver, BC, Canada

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