Doctor of Medicine (MD)
UBC’s MD Undergraduate Program equips you with the knowledge, training, and experience you need to successfully meet the healthcare challenges of today and tomorrow.
Prepare for a career based on evidence-based practice, critical reflection, lifelong learning, and the highest standards of professionalism.
UBC’s MD Undergraduate Program is designed to educate and train students in communities across British Columbia — especially in small, rural, and remote communities, where healthcare needs are most acute.
Each year, the Faculty of Medicine accepts a total of 288 students to four regional sites:
- 32 students in the Island Medical Program (University of Victoria, Vancouver Island)
- 32 students in the Southern Medical Program (UBC’s Okanagan campus, Kelowna)
- 32 students in the Northern Medical Program (University of Northern British Columbia, Prince George)
- 192 students in the Vancouver Fraser Medical Program (UBC’s Point Grey campus, Vancouver)
All students follow the exact same curriculum, receive the same education, and graduate with a UBC MD degree.
Admission to the UBC MD Program is highly competitive, with roughly 2500 people applying each year.
We give preference to BC residents, though we reserve up to 29 positions for out-of-province applicants.
To be eligible to apply to the program, regardless of pathway, all applicants must have the following:
- Canadian citizenship or permanent residency — we do not accept international students;
- A minimum 90 university transferable credits completed by April 30 in the year of admission;
- A minimum 75% average (BC applicants) or 85% average (out-of-province applicants);
- A Medical College Admissions Test (MCAT), with a minimum score of 124 in each section;
- A minimum of six English credits — restrictions apply, so click here for more info.
You do not need a science degree to be eligible to apply. As long as you have 90 university-transferable credits, regardless of degree type, from an accredited post-secondary institution, you’ll have met the degree requirements.
We have four admission pathways: one general, open to everyone, and three additional — northern & rural, Indigenous, and MD / Ph.D. These pathways have extra requirements and are designed for specific interests.
Northern & Rural Pathway
Do you come from a rural, remote, northern, or coastal community? Are you interested in practicing medicine in these communities? Then consider the northern & rural pathway.
All 32 seats in the Northern Medical Program, up to 10 seats in the Southern Medical Program, and up to 2 seats in the Island Medical Program are for qualified northern & rural applicants.
Did you know? The BC government offers a student loan forgiveness program to residents and doctors who commit to an underserved BC community after their training.
Consider the Indigenous pathway if you identify as a Canadian Indigenous person. We aim to fill 5% of our seats with qualified Indigenous applicants.
In 2002, we set a goal of graduating 50 Indigenous doctors by 2020. We reached that milestone in 2015.
See the impact that Indigenous MDs are having in communities around BC.
To learn more, contact James Andrew, the Indigenous Student Initiatives Manager:
MD / Ph.D. Pathway
If you have a passion for medicine and research, the MD/PhD Program is for you.
This 7-year program is offered jointly by the Faculty of Medicine and Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies. It allows highly-qualified students to combine their medical school experience with intensive scientific training.
To learn more, connect with the MD / Ph.D. Coordinator:
The 4-year UBC MD Program prepares students for postgraduate residency training. It does this by providing a foundation for socially responsible practice, lifelong learning, and excellent medical care.
Videoconferencing technology is vital to the delivery of the MD Program. From lectures to clinical skills training, V/C allows faculty, staff, and students to connect with their peers across the sites. It also ensures students receive the same curriculum and depth of learning experiences regardless of their location.
Years 1 & 2
Years 1 and 2 combine lectures, small-group case-based learning, scholarly and community activities, and early clinical exposure. IMP students divide their time between the Medical Sciences Building at the University of Victoria, the Clinical Academic Campuses at Royal Jubilee and Victoria General Hospitals, and family physician offices in Greater Victoria.
All Year 1 students spend the first semester at UBC’s Point Grey Campus, in Vancouver. Students then relocate to their respective sites in January, the second semester of their first year, for the remainder of their studies.
The overall goal is to provide students with core experiences across the breadth of medicine through both clinical and academic learning opportunities. Students will interact with patients under the supervision of faculty members in order to develop a solid foundation of knowledge, skills, and abilities described by the UBC exit competencies. Clinical activities will occur in ambulatory, hospital-based, rural and remote settings, and specialist clinics.
IMP students participate in either a Traditional Clerkship rotation at Royal Jubilee and Victoria General Hospitals, or an Integrated Community Clerkship (ICC) rotation at one of six ICC sites across the province.
Students continue with elective clerkship experiences and preparation for postgraduate residency training. Students complete electives across BC and Canada, returning to Victoria for some coursework and exams. Near the end of Year 4, students participate in the Canadian Resident Matching Service (CaRMS), where they interview for their postgraduate residency training program.
After earning their medical degree, students will graduate to postgraduate residency training for the next 2 to 5 years, depending on the specialty, to become a fully-licensed physician.
Deadlines & Fees
Know the timelines and meet the deadlines — if you miss one, you’ll have to wait for the next application cycle.
Medical school isn’t cheap, so take into account the expenses you’ll incur.
From September to April, we offer monthly hour-long information sessions. These free sessions will be held virtually over Zoom for the 2020/21 academic year due to COVID-19.
Please click on the following links to register for each individual session; you will receive a confirmation email with a Zoom link after successfully signing up.
Registration for each session will close one hour before that session begins (e.g., registration for the Sept. 23 session will close at 11 a.m. on Sept. 23, 2020).
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Our admissions coordinator is also available year-round to answer your admissions questions at firstname.lastname@example.org or 250-472-5527.
How to Apply
Regardless of site or pathway, all applicants apply through the central MD Admissions Office, in Vancouver. The entire admissions process, from filling out the online application to receiving an offer, takes about nine months.
Your Career Options
With clinical training widely distributed throughout British Columbia, we offer a unique approach to postgraduate medical education and support our learners to pursue lifelong learning opportunities and build lasting community connections.
UBC offers family medicine, along with 70 other specialty and sub-specialty training programs recognized by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and the College of Family Physicians of Canada. Residency varies from 2 years, for Family Medicine, to 4 to 7 years for other specialties and sub-specialties. On Vancouver Island, we offer full residency training in family, internal, pediatrics, and emergency medicine.
Family Medicine and Specialty Programs
- Cardiac Surgery
- Diagnostic Radiology
- Emergency Medicine
- Family Medicine
- Family Medicine – Emergency Medicine
- Family Medicine – Clinician Scholar Prgm
- General Surgery
- Internal Medicine
- Lab Medicine – Anatomical Pathology
- Lab Medicine – General Pathology
- Lab Medicine – Hematological Pathology
- Lab Medicine – Medical Biochemistry
- Lab Medicine – Medical Microbiology
- Lab Medicine – Neuropathology
- Medical Genetics
- Neurology – Adult
- Neurology – Pediatrics
- Nuclear Medicine
- Obstetrics & Gynecology
- Orthopedic Surgery
- Otolaryngology – Head & Neck Surgery
- Physical Medicine & Rehabilitation
- Plastic Surgery
- Public Health & Preventive Medicine
- Radiation Oncology
- Vascular Surgery
- Adolescent Medicine
- Cardiology – Adult
- Cardiology – Pediatric
- Child & Adolescent Psychiatry
- Clinical Immunology & Allergy – Adult
- Clinical Immunology & Allergy – Pediatric
- Colorectal Surgery
- Critical Care Medicine – Adult
- Critical Care Medicine – Pediatric
- Developmental Pediatrics
- Emergency Medicine – Pediatric
- Endocrinology & Metabolism – Adult
- Endocrinology & Metabolism – Pediatric
- Forensic Psychiatry
- Gastroenterology – Adult
- Gastroenterology – Pediatrics
- General Internal Medicine
- Geriatric Medicine
- Geriatric Psychiatry
- Gynecologic Oncology
- Gynecological Reproductive Endocrinology & Infertility
- Hematology – Adult
- Hematology/Oncology – Pediatric
- Infectious Diseases – Adult
- Infectious Diseases – Pediatric
- Maternal Fetal Medicine
- Medical Oncology
- Neonatal-Perinatal Medicine
- Nephrology – Adult
- Nephrology – Pediatric
- Pain Medicine
- Pediatric Surgery
- Respirology – Adult
- Respiratory – Pediatric
- Rheumatology – Adult
- Rheumatology – Pediatric
- Thoracic Surgery
- Clinician Investigator Program
- Palliative Medicine
- Surgical Foundations
Welcome to UVic’s Campus
The University of Victoria is the second largest health educator in BC, with a strong focus on health and medical research and health-related programs such as Nursing, Public Health and Social Policy, and Health Information Science. IMP students can pursue research opportunities in UVic’s Division of Medical Sciences, the research arm of the IMP, and through a research mentor program, which links students with UVic and Island Health researchers.
Tour the Campus
The University of Victoria is easy to get to and easy to get around. Connected to downtown Victoria by several major bus and bicycle routes, the campus offers ample parking and an accessible and pedestrian-friendly environment.
Sports & Clubs
Take advantage of the many opportunities and facilities to get involved and stay active—from workout space in the state-of-the-art Centre for Athletics, Recreation and Special Abilities (CARSA), to athletic courts, intramurals, fitness classes, and nationally ranked varsity athletics.
Vancouver Island: What to Expect
Victoria, the provincial capital of BC, offers the attractions of a large city but on a smaller scale. It is home to the Royal BC Museum, opera, symphony, theaters, as well as a lively downtown full of unique restaurants, pubs, breweries, wineries, shops, and art galleries.
Vancouver Island is perfect for outdoor adventures such as biking, hiking, running, even skiing. You’re never far from the ocean, so there is a bounty of water sports and many beaches where you can relax in the sun.