A number of services and resources are available to assist students academically and personally.
The Career Planning Program (CPP) provides services to help students plan their future careers in medicine and prepare themselves for applications to residency programs. Specifically, the CPP offers individual career advising meetings with either the Director of Career Planning or any of the Deans in Student Affairs, shadowing and interviewing opportunities, and information sessions tailored to each year of study.
Dr. Winson Cheung, Director of Career Planning, collaborates with and coordinates a team comprising of the five Assistant Deans and the Associate Dean, Student Affairs. He directly provides career advice to students and expert consultation to the six deans.
To book an appointment for career advising, please contact Student Affairs.
For more information on planning for residency, visit the CaRMS website.
The Mentor Program provides students with the opportunity to focus on their own personal and professional development in an informal, supportive environment with an impartial person outside of their day-to-day relationships. Students participating in the program share survival tips and learn from the experiences shared by their student colleagues.
Students benefit in many ways from the Mentor Program. Mentors can help students set short-term learning objectives or long-term career goals, offer guidance on personal matters, provide networking opportunities, and help the students in areas such as communication, flexibility, and teamwork.
The Mentor Program is offered to all UBC MD undergraduate students at all program sites by Student Affairs. Each site's program is different, but the goals of collegiality and connection are the same.
How it works
First year students are introduced to their Mentor Group in the early part of their first semester. The group consists of medical students from each year of the program and a physician mentor(s) who will help guide the group.
Each Mentor Group is encouraged to arrange any events or activities amongst themselves throughout the school year. Second year students take the lead in connecting with the group's mentor, and in initiating plans for the group to get together. In the VFMP, Student Affairs annually organizes two Mentor Program events to give mentors and students the opportunity to meet and get to know each other.
Current students can find specific group information on MEDICOL.
Research Mentorship Program
UBC medical students interested in research opportunities to complement their medical careers or in exploring a career in health research should refer to the Find a Supervisor section of the FoM Student Research website. They can also contact the FoM Student Research Coordinator for further assistance.
Expert, confidential counselling is available to medical students through:
- UBC Student Health Services M334, 2211 Wesbrook Mall
General Information 604-822-7011
Patient Appointment Line 604-822-4848
- UBC Wellness Centre Student Union Building, Room 56B
- UBC Student Counselling Services
604-822-3811 They have drop-in services or you can make an appointment
- UVic Health Services Jack Petersen Health Centre
- UVic Counselling Services University Centre
- UNBC Counselling Services
- UNBC Wellness Centre
- UBC Okanagan Health & Wellness Centre, Room 337, University Centre
- Physician Health Program of BC: Call their Free Helpline: 1-800-663-6729 Professional counselling services for medical students (including relationship counselling) is free.
Our Aboriginal* Student Initiatives Coordinator develops and manages support services and programs for current Aboriginal medical students, works with MD students (Undergrad & Post-Grad) who have an interest in Aboriginal health, and acts as a faculty advisor to the Aboriginal Health Initiative, a UBC medical student organization.
For more information please contact:
James Andrew, BSc. MHSc.
Aboriginal Student Initiatives Coordinator
Faculty of Medicine
Phone: (604) 875-4111, Ext. 68946
*Aboriginal refers to non-status & status Indians, Treaty, First Nations, Métis and Inuit