Who Should Apply

The Faculty of Medicine is committed to a policy of inclusiveness, equity and transparency. Applicants are considered without regard to age, ancestry, colour, economic status, place of origin, race, religion, family status, marital status, physical or mental disability, political belief, gender, or sexual orientation. In turn, we seek well-rounded students with excellent cognitive and non-cognitive abilities from a variety of backgrounds, who are motivated, mature, and have a genuine concern for human welfare. The UBC MD Undergraduate Program is the first in North America to distribute the majority of the four-year curriculum across four geographically separate sites. Our distributed learning model is designed to train doctors in a wide range of communities, where it is hoped many will choose to practice after they graduate. As part of our mandate is to meet the urgent need for more doctors in every region of the province, particularly in rural, northern and island areas, we encourage those who want to practice in Aboriginal or rural communities to apply. Most importantly, we aim to produce well rounded practitioners in the many fields of medical practice.

Only Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Canada may apply to the program. We do not accept international students.

The Faculty of Medicine welcomes applications from qualified Aboriginal applicants. The Aboriginal admission process of the Faculty has a target of 5% of the annual complement of funded seats in the first year M.D. Undergraduate Program. Aboriginal applicants can apply either to the regular stream of admission or to the Aboriginal admission stream. Applicants who self-identify as Aboriginal will be considered under the Aboriginal admission process as well as under the regular admission process.

If you wish to apply as an Aboriginal applicant, you will be required to write an additional essay and submit proof of ancestry, which will be reviewed by the Aboriginal Admissions Subcommittee. Based on your completed application, you may be offered an interview with the Aboriginal Interviewing Panel. Please contact the Aboriginal Student Initiatives Coordinator in the Faculty of Medicine at 604.875.8298 (ext 68946) or email for further information.

The Faculty of Medicine encourages applicants who come from or are interested in learning and practicing medicine in rural, remote, and/or northern communities. Students at every site will undergo some rural practice training, but the Northern Medical ProgramSouthern Medical Program, and Island Medical Program provide opportunities to complete undergraduate medical training in regional centres that serve rural, remote, and/or northern communities. A significant goal of the UBC Faculty of Medicine is to increase the number of graduates who plan to practice in these communities. The admissions application is designed to assess each applicant's suitability for rural training. The BC government offers a number of financial incentives for the recruitment and retention of physicians in rural BC communities, including the student loan forgiveness program, designed to mitigate the costs of a medical education for students willing to locate in rural, remote, or northern communities after the completion of their training. Please see our Resources page for more information.

As part of our mandate to address the need for clinician scientists, applicants with a PhD conferred by the application deadline will have their BC residency requirement waived.

Students with disabilities are encouraged to apply if they have the skills and abilities to successfully meet the core requirements of a medical degree. As well, students must have the skills and abilities to ensure their own safety and the safety of the patients they encounter during their medical training. Please see Essential Skills and Abilities for the Essential Skills and Technical standards required to complete the MD Undergraduate Program, as approved by UBC Senate (For any questions regarding the technical standards, please contact Student Affairs at associate.dean@ubc.ca).

Applicants to the Faculty of Medicine who have disabilities and who wish to be accommodated in the Admissions process should contact Access and Diversity (Disability Services) at 604-822-5844.

Admitted students with disabilities will be accommodated in accordance with UBC's policy on Academic Accommodation for Students with Disabilities. As stated in the policy, the provision of academic accommodations does not eliminate the need for evaluation or the need to meet essential learning outcomes.

Students seeking academic accommodation due to disability must:

  • Contact a Disability Advisor with Access and Diversity if requesting disability-related accommodations,
  • Provide the necessary documentation to Access and Diversity (the University does not provide or assume the cost of diagnostic services), and
  • Bring the request for academic accommodation or for changes in accommodation needs to the attention of the appropriate personnel in a timely manner in order to allow for arrangement of accommodations.

For more information please contact the UBC Access and Diversity, Disability Services.