UBC FLEX Activity

About Emergency Care BC

Emergency Care BC (ECBC) provides up-to-date and relevant clinical information to emergency care providers and citizens across B.C. Our ultimate goal is to improve patient care provincially.

If you’re a UBC faculty member interested in being a FLEX Emergency Medicine Preceptor to a FLEX Student, click here.

About ECBC’s Clinical Resources Program

+ Physician members and medical experts author point-of-care emergency clinical summaries, accessible from our Clinical Summaries section.

+ Clinical summaries cover core clinical topics that physicians can easily access while on shift.

+ Clinical summaries are intended for quickly reviewing a topic or skill, not as an in-depth review.

FLEX Student Experience and Benefits

+ Work with physicians or medical experts to create point-of-care emergency clinical summaries

+ Research evidence-based best practices on various medical topics.

+ Synthesize clinical knowledge into a concise, easy-to-read format for busy emergency practitioners.

+ Increase base knowledge on approaches to emergency medicine diseases and conditions, many of which are relevant to other areas of medicine and surgery.

What to Expect


FLEX students work collaboratively with emergency medicine experts and ECBC staff members to author clinical summaries.

+ Choose from a range of available topics.

+ Use resources (e.g., OVID MedLine, emergency care websites, clinical textbooks) to research current clinical practice guidelines for a number of conditions/procedures.

+ Work with an emergency medicine preceptor to complete the clinical summary.

+ Create 5-6 concise clinical summaries, outlining the approach to each condition, geographically tailored to B.C. protocols. Topics are divided up into Diagnosis, Treatment, Management & Disposition.

+ Work collaboratively with emergency medicine experts and ECBC staff members.

+ All work to be completed by distance learning via Zoom and email.

Here is the template to use when creating a clinical summary, and here is an example of a clinical summary submission.


Create 5-6 clinical summaries to be added to the existing database of clinical summaries. Students will receive author credit alongside the emergency medicine preceptor.

Timing and Capacity

Spots fill up quickly and are on a first come, first served basis. To apply, contact Dr. Julian Marsden, Clinical Resources Program Lead at ecbc.flex@phsa.ca.

Year 1 FLEX Students (MEDD 419)

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Year 2 FLEX Students (MEDD 429)

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Year 4 FLEX Students (MEDD 449)

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Supporting Documents

Clinical Summary Templates

The template below is used to complete Clinical Summaries on clinical topics.

+ Diagnosis, Treatment, Management & Disposition Template

+ Example Clinical Summary Submission

"Writing clinical summaries for ECBC is a wonderful way to learn about a new topic in medicine or consolidate knowledge you have already gained. As future clinicians, we will be tasked with reviewing literature and keeping up with the evolving medical guidelines. This FLEX activity allows us to do so while collaborating with experts in emergency medicine."

– FLEX Student

“Working with ECBC on my FLEX project has been a worthwhile and rewarding experience. We get to work directly with physicians in the field to develop a systematic and evidence-based approach to common clinical encounters. It's a great project to help with the transition from your pre-clinical to your clinical years in medicine. I feel very supported by the team and would highly recommend this project to other students."

– FLEX Student

Apply Now! Contact Julian Marsden, Clinical Resource Program Lead.

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