Visiting Student Elective Program

Sample: Electives Catalogue 2017-18



  • Applications can be submitted through the UBC Application System until we transition to the AFMC Student Portal.
  • The application system will be unavailable due to scheduled maintenance on November 19 from 6:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m. PST
  • Language Requirement Changes: University of Ottawa, Laval, Montreal and Sherbrooke, Students

    • In order to obtain the mandatory temporary educational license, students must comply with the College of Physicians and Surgeons of British Columbia (CPSBC) English Language Proficiency (ELP) Policy
    • In 2017 (effective date to be confirmed) the CPSBC will only accept the IELTS-Academic examination as proof of English language proficiency. (TOEFL will no longer be accepted).
    • Prospective 2017 elective students should proceed with the IELTS-Academic exam as this change is imminent. (Dean’s offices and this website will be updated to announce the implementation date of this policy).
    • UOttawa students must have their Deans Office submit a “statement of studies”/”attestation d’étudies” to when the student is applying for their license which denotes whether the student is in the Anglophile or Francophile stream of study. Students in the Francophile stream will need to meet CPSBC language requirements by completing the IELTS-Academic exam.
  • See the policies and procedures page for changes in immunization process
  • Due to changes in the UBC curriculum, the Elective Years will be amended as follows:
    • 2015/16: July 6, 2015 – May 22, 2016
    • 2016/17: May 23 2016 – April 30 2017
    • 2017/18: May 1 2017 – April 28 2018
    • See application process for timelines and details

Program Introduction

The MD program at UBC is comprised of four geographically distinct sites including the Island Medical Program (Victoria), Northern Medical Program (Prince George), Vancouver Fraser Medical Program (Greater Vancouver), and the Southern Medical Program (Kelowna). Electives are thus distributed throughout these geographic regions into rural, community, and tertiary centres. As each elective is designed by UBC, they  provide equal opportunity for clinical experience and exposure to our Programs and teaching community.

Students applying for a UBC Elective will thus have the opportunity to select from a wide range of clinical settings throughout the province. As part of the UBC VSEP, students will participate in senior, final year rotations as offered through our fourth year curriculum. As such, only electives identified in the UBC Electives Catalogue are considered official University approved electives. These rotations have been subject to a review and approval process and are supervised by UBC Faculty members to ensure a robust elective experience.

Our goal is to provide a fair and transparent elective process which helps to serve students in reaching their future goals in a medical career.

Check back for frequent updates & announcements.