Vancouver General Hospital (VGH) and Richmond Hospital (RH) offer an extended unit of CPE with a schedule designed to meet the needs of students who are taking other coursework, working part time or in a flexible full time position. An extended unit would require 13 hours per week typically from the 2nd or 3rd week of September to the first week of April. We expect to run 2 groups, possibly 3, at VGH this year. Each group can have a maximum of 8 student interns.
VGH Group A: Tuesdays, Sept 13, 2022 to March 28, 2023 from 3 p.m. to 8 p.m. (with 30 minute break for dinner)
VGH Group B: Thursdays, Sept 15, 2022 to March 30, 2023 from 2 p.m. to 7 p.m. (with 30 minute break for dinner)
The above group meeting times may be changed only if all students and the supervisor agree. A 3rd CPE group may be added if enrollment is particularly high in any given year.
Time slots for individual supervisory sessions and ward assignments will depend upon the schedule of each hospital ward as well as each student's availability. Students are expected to average 8 hours per week on the hospital wards, to be delivered on 2 separate 1/2 days each week between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. Monday – Friday. This time is spent, providing bedside spiritual care and attending inter-professional team meetings. Average weekly commitment on site for all functions will normally total 13 hours. All advanced students and basic students who are deemed to have sufficient competencies may also provide a week of on call after-hour service.
Students enrolled in Vancouver School of Theology intercession week are not required to be at the hospital for their clinical hours for the week of Jan VST Intensives but are expected to attend Tuesday group session.
December holidays, will be observed so that there will be no group sessions for the week leading up to and following Christmas Day but students remaining in the city may elect to continue ward visitations as long as the supervisor is on site, in order to reach their 200 clinical hour requirement.
The Tuesday group session continues to meet during VST reading weeks.
During the first two weeks of class, there will be some additional group session times negotiated in addition to the regularly scheduled group times in order to prepare new students for the wards.
The normal application deadline is July 10 but may be extended if the unit is not filled by that date. Application forms cannot be processed until after a screening interview is conducted by the Supervisors at either VGH or RH.