Admissions

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Message from the Director, Dr. Lynn Raymond:

“Although CIHR funding has been cut to MD/PhD Programs across Canada, the UBC MD/PhD Program remains able to support new admissions for the 2018/2019 application cycle.”

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We welcome applications from Canadians and permanent residents of Canada, including those who currently reside outside Canada.

We regret that we are unable to admit international students.

Application Information for Admission in September 2018

Admission Requirements

1) Admission to the MD/PhD Program is limited to Canadian citizens and permanent residents of Canada.
2) To be eligible for admission, the applicant must have a Bachelor of Science with first class standing (or equivalent), and have fulfilled all the requirements of acceptance into the four-year medical curriculum of the Faculty of Medicine, and the doctoral requirements of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies.
3) All applicants are required to take the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT), but the Graduate Record Examination (GRE) is optional.
4) Applicants who obtained their BSc degree (or equivalent) from a university outside Canada in which English is not the primary language of instruction are required to obtain a minimum score of 90 in the Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL).
5) Students with a BSc degree (or equivalent) who are already enrolled in the first year of Medicine at UBC are also eligible for admission.
6) Students who are already enrolled in the first year of graduate studies at UBC are also eligible for admission.

Application Procedure and Deadline

Application to the MD/PhD Program is made by completing:
1) the application form for admission to the MD Program (on-line form available on the MD admissions webpage), and
2) the application form for admission to the MD/PhD Program (on-line form available on the Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies webpage).

Supporting documents:
All applicants are required to upload scanned copies of supporting documents (including transcripts) as part of your MD/PhD application. Instructions about scanned documents required and details of how to submit appropriate scanned copies are included within the online application. The MD/PhD Admissions Committee will use the digital copies of the submitted documents to evaluate your application.
1) Current and former UBC students are not required to submit UBC transcripts as part of your application, as this data is already available through the student database system. However, be aware that you are still responsible for submitting transcripts from all other post-secondary institutions that you have attended (e.g., exchange year, transfer year, etc.).
2) Referees will receive an automatic e-mail (sent to the e-mail addresses entered in the “Referees” section) asking them to provide a reference letter to the online application on the applicant’s behalf.

The deadline for application to the MD/PhD Program (including all supporting documents) is 1 October 2017, 11:59 pm PST. The deadline for referees to submit on-line references is 9 October 2017, 11:59 pm PST. Interview invitations will be sent to selected applicants via email in December.

The MD application timeline is available at the MD Admissions website.

For UBC MD Year 1 students, the deadline to the MD/PhD Program (including all supporting documents) is 4 January 2018, 11:59 pm PST. The deadline for referees to submit on-line references is 11 January 2018, 11:59 pm PST. UBC MD Year 1 students should apply for May 2018 admission.

Incomplete and late applications will not be considered.

Selection Process

The Faculty of Medicine and the Faculty of Graduate and Postdoctoral Studies will separately review the applicant’s eligibility for admission. Applications to the MD/PhD program from students with a strong research background will be evaluated using the same criteria, regardless of whether the applicant is a BC resident or from out of province. Out-of-province applicants who are not invited for interview by the MD/PhD Program will be considered as an out-of-province applicant by MD Admissions. Applicants who meet the requirements to the MD Program and the PhD Program will be further assessed by the MD/PhD committee and short-listed for interview by the MD/PhD Admissions Committee. The shortlist is created in conjunction with the MD Admissions Committee. In addition to interviews conducted by the MD Program, shortlisted applicants will be invited (via email) to a one-hour panel interview. The interview panel would consist of a) two faculty members; b) a current MD/PhD student; c) MD/PhD Director or Associate Director or both. These interviews normally take place between January 15 and March 15.  For out-of-province applicants, interview schedules are coordinated with the MD Admissions office.

Besides academic standard, other strengths including maturity, research experience and potential, scholarship, personal qualities, research field of interest, and proposed research supervisor and laboratory are also assessed. A standardized evaluation form is utilized for the interviews and the ranking process. The final ranking of applicants by the MD/PhD Admissions Committee is normally completed in late March. Successful candidates for the MD/PhD Program will be announced between April and July after a decision has been finalized by the MD Admissions Committee.

MD/PhD applicants who are accepted by the MD Program but not by the MD/PhD Program will be admitted into the MD Program only. Such candidates are encouraged to consider re-applying during fall of their Med I year.

Financial Assistance

MD/PhD tuition fee is $4993.05 per year (2017-2018). This fee is charged in place of, rather than in addition to, the MD-only program tuition charge (currently $17,755.38 per year).

In addition, all MD/PhD students will receive a studentship award through the MD/PhD Program (annual stipend $21,000, renewable each year for a maximum of 6 years). Students are also required to apply for external granting agencies such as the Canadian Institutes of Health Research, Heart and Stroke Foundation, Kidney Foundation, Canadian Lung Association, Canadian Diabetes Association and other organizations during the first year of their MD/PhD Program. Studentship awards begin in the spring (usually March 1) or at the conclusion of first year Medicine when research activities are initiated. Students accepted into the MD/PhD Program must have either externally funded stipend or funding support from their research supervisor beginning in the spring (usually March 1) towards the end of Year 1.

Further Inquiries

Please feel free to check out the Frequently Asked Questions page.

Applicants are invited to our Annual MD/PhD Student Research Forum & Open House to ask questions about the clinician-scientist career path.

For more information regarding application to the MD/PhD Program, please contact:
Jane Lee
Program Coordinator
MD/PhD Program
University of British Columbia
2894 Detwiller Pavilion
2255 Wesbrook Mall
Vancouver, BC Canada V6T 2A1
Phone: 604-822-7198  Fax: 604-822-7917
E-mail: md.phd@ubc.ca