Offers are typically made beginning in mid-May. Applicants will be notified of their acceptance via email. The acceptance package information contains important details and specific instructions including the payment of the non-refundable $1,000 deposit (which will be applied to tuition) and return of the Response to Offer form which confirms acceptance of the offer to a specific site in the program. Applicants who do not receive an offer to their site of first preference may be waitlisted for their preferred site. Some applicants will also be placed on a waitlist. Offers can potentially be made up until the first day of classes in late August.
Applicants must carefully read and understand The Essential Skills and Abilities (“Technical Standards”) for Admission, Promotion and Graduation in the UBC MD Program.
Acceptance to the MD program is contingent on the applicant being granted an educational license from the College of Physicians and Surgeons of BC ("College"). The licensing procedure includes a criminal record check. Anyone considering a career in medicine who has been convicted of a criminal offence - even if given an absolute discharge - should write to the Registrar of the College prior to completing an application. By discussing this with the College, applicants will best be able to assess their ability to obtain an educational license.
The UBC Faculty of Medicine and the College consider professional and the ethical behaviour to be critical elements in the study and practice of medicine. As such, the College, through its licensing procedure, also asks applicants to disclose any issues of previous conduct, personal behaviour, or competence that may impede the granting of the medical student's license. Applicants are encouraged to discuss such matters directly and in confidence with the College.
The College requires that any individuals under license who come in contact with, or are potential carriers of, blood-borne viruses identify themselves. The College may require that the medical curriculum be modified in such cases and some training might not be available to such individuals.
Potential medical students are advised of a mandatory Hepatitis B vaccination program, which includes a requirement for proof of seroconversion. At the beginning of September, all incoming students must provide evidence of immunizations (Tetanus/Diphtheria-Toxoid, Polio, MMR) and provide results of a negative TB skin test. If the skin test is positive, a chest x-ray is required.
Under special circumstances where an offer has been given, admission may be deferred for one year at the discretion of the Admissions Selection Committee or the Admissions Policy Committee. Each request will be considered on an individual basis by the Admissions Selection Committee or the Admissions Policy Committee and the decision will be final.
Opportunities for students to transfer into the UBC MD Undergraduate Program are rare. Transfers are exclusive to third year and are possible only if there are vacancies in the class. In order to be eligible, students requesting transfer must be in good standing in a Canadian or US medical school accredited by the Committee on Accreditation of Canadian Medical Schools and the Liaison Committee on Medical Education.
Students who meet the above criteria and wish to be considered for transfer should contact the Assistant Dean, Admissions at firstname.lastname@example.org.
For information on tuition, program costs and financial assistance, please visit the Faculty of Medicine, MD Undergraduate Students Financial Assistance Information website or you may contact:
Student Financial Assistance Officer
Faculty of Medicine, MD Undergraduate Program
Toll Free: 1-877-875-7800