UBC FLEX Activity

The BC Emergency Medicine Network

The BC Emergency Medicine Network (EM Network) provides up-to-date and relevant clinical information to emergency care providers and citizens across BC. Our ultimate goal is to improve patient care provincially.

If you’re a UBC faculty member interested in being a FLEX student advisor, click here.

EM Network Clinical Resources Program

Example of Point-of Care-Clinical Summary (PECS)

+ Physician members and medical experts author “Point-of-care Emergency Clinical Summaries” (or PECS), accessible from our Clinical Summaries section.

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

+ PECS are intended to quickly review a topic or skill, and not be an in-depth review.

Experience and Benefits

+ Flex students create Point-of-care Emergency Clinical Summaries (PECS)

+ 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 EM Network physicians and staff members to author PECS (clinical summaries).

+ Choose a topic from the list of the available topics.

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

+ Work with an emergency medicine preceptor to complete the PECS.

+ Create 5-6 concise PECS outlining the approach to each condition, geographically tailored to BC protocols. Topics are divided up into Diagnosis PECS and Treatment PECS. These are combined if the topic is short and simple.

+ Work collaboratively with EM Network physicians and staff members.

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


Create 5-6 PECS, added to the existing database of clinical summaries. Students will receive author credit.

Timing and Capacity

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

Year 1 FLEX Students (MEDD 419)

There is only one FLEX cycle in MEDD 419 made up of 5 half-days (March 8 to April 12, 2021) and a six-week full-time block (April 26 to June 4, 2021). It is anticipated that MEDD 419 students, after approval of their submitted FPPs, will begin engaging in their activities on April 26th, 2021. View the Year 1 FLEX Schedule.

Year 2 FLEX Students (MEDD 429)

The new FLEX schedule for 2021-2022 will be available in July/August 2021, and the new Year 2 cohort will start in August 2021. View the Year 2 FLEX Schedule.

Year 4 FLEX Students (MEDD 449)

View the Year 4 FLEX Schedule.

Supporting Documents

PECS Templates

The templates below are used to complete PECS on clinical topics.

+ Diagnostic PECS Template

+ Treatment PECS Template

+ Combined Diagnostic & Treatment PECS Template

Available PECS Topics

+ Click here to choose your topics

Apply now! Email Julian Marsden, Clinical Resource Program Lead.

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"Writing clinical summaries for BC Emergency Medicine Network 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."

– EM Network FLEX Student

“Working with the EM Network 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 EM Network team and would highly recommend this project to other students."

– EM Network FLEX Student

Want to know more? Connect with Julian Marsden, Clinical Resource Program Lead.

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