An investment in healthcare on Vancouver Island
The Island Medical Program is a collaboration between the University of Victoria, the University of British Columbia, and Island Health. It aims to increase the number of physicians practicing on Vancouver Island – and studies show that doctors are more likely to practice in the regions where they were educated.
The power of individual philanthropy is transformative. Your support will help the IMP thrive, and will spur the program’s growth as a place for educating the next generation of physicians, many of whom may serve our Island communities.
Several individuals, families, foundations, and associations have already made generous donations to the IMP to establish bursaries and scholarships. To date, over $1.3 million has been donated. Most of these funds help Vancouver Island students, including those from remote areas, to pursue medical careers.
What are ways I can donate?
Your financial donation to the IMP helps to provide the best possible teaching, learning, and research opportunities. Gifts of all sizes are deeply appreciated, and can be directed towards your specific interests.
Opportunities are available to:
- Establish bursaries, scholarships, and fellowships to assist aspiring physicians and young scientists;
- Endow faculty positions, research initiatives, and academic programs;
- Support laboratories and research groups.
Gifts may be made to honor the memory of a loved one or to create a legacy in your name. Your support can be designated to students, research, facilities, or to the area of greatest need, as identified by the Regional Associate Dean.
Who can I contact about donations?
If you have questions about the ways you can give, or if you would like assistance planning your contribution, please contact the IMP’s Development Officer.
Meet some of our donors
The Island Medical Program is truly grateful to the individuals who have chosen to support us. Our program has received some incredible gifts that have greatly enhanced the support for students. We thank our donors for their generosity.
Student awards assist in removing some of the financial barriers faced by our students, helping them reach their full potential while being recognized for academic excellence, achievement, and leadership.
A number of donors support our students and program. Here are some of their stories – we’d love to add yours.
Dr. Basil Boulton received his medical degree from the University of British Columbia and, in 1969, established a pediatric consulting practice in Victoria. He retired from active practice in 2004. He continued his work to improve the healthcare of children until his untimely death in 2008.
His wife, Marilyn, was instrumental in establishing the Basil Boulton Memorial Scholarship, which is awarded annually to a third- or fourth-year IMP student interested in pediatrics or international health.
As a retired family physician who started his post-secondary studies at UVic and then went on to obtain his medical degree from UBC, Dr. Young and his wife, Patricia, herself a UVic alumna, wanted to make a difference in students' lives.
"We support a scholarship for IMP students because it's something we believe in. Medical education has become very expensive. By easing a student's way, even by a little bit, we feel we can make a difference," said the Youngs.
"It gives us tremendous personal satisfaction and a sense of being connected to both UVic and UBC."