Northern and Rural Training Section

As you are working on your application, you may have some questions about the Northern and Rural Training section. This section of the application is for applicants who would like to be considered for the rural positions in the MD program. These positions include all 32 seats at the Northern Medical Program in Prince George, up to 10 seats at the Southern Medical Program in Kelowna, and up to 2 newly added seats at the Island Medical Program in Victoria.

One question we often get about this section is “Is my experience rural enough?” Please don’t worry about judging how rural or not rural your experiences are. If you are interested in the rural seats and have experiences, ties and/or activities that you believe are relevant to rural living, please complete this section of the application. This is especially true if you are considering whether you would like to attend UBC medicine at the NMP. You will not be considered for the NMP unless you complete the Northern and Rural Training section; you will also not be considered for the other rural positions in the program. However, you will be considered for the non-rural positions. Applicants who do complete the Northern and Rural Training section are also considered for the non-rural positions.

The Northern and Rural Training section helps to us to determine your suitability for the rural positions in the program. It is evaluated separately from the rest of the application, so it’s ok to repeat activities and experiences listed elsewhere on the application. In addition, since it is evaluated separately, the evaluation of the Northern and Rural Training Section does not impact the evaluation of the rest of your application.

Please read the Help Guide for more specific information on how to fill out the Northern and Rural Training section, and message us with any questions.

4 responses to “Northern and Rural Training Section”

  1. Fernando Villasenor

    Thank you for posting this! I remember hearing rumors going around that if you were to select consideration for the rural component your application would only be viewed through your suitability to serve in a rural area.

  2. Chris

    Hi There, I am taking some courses through the Rural pre-medicine program at Selkirk College and heard that there is a special box to check off for graduates of this program. I just wanted to confirm if this is actually the case. Thanks.

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