Visiting Electives

Whether you’re thinking about specializing in paediatrics, emergency medicine or want more experience in rural family medicine, the UBC Visiting Student Elective Program (VSEP) offers students a wide range of clinical settings across the province.

Application System

Visiting Student Electives across Canada are scheduled through the Association of Faculties of Medicine of Canada (AFMC) Student Portal – an online application system. Students may view elective offerings, processes and policies at any time on the Portal. However students must create an account and pay the one-time AFMC registration fee in order to submit an application to any Faculty. To create an account with the AFMC Student Portal, click ‘register’ on the Portal homepage.

UBC Elective Offerings and Policies

The UBC elective catalogue and all information pertaining to applying as a visiting elective student at UBC can be found on the UBC Institutional Profile on the AFMC Student Portal.


The MD program at UBC is comprised of four geographically distinct sites:

  • Island Medical Program (Victoria)
  • Northern Medical Program (Prince George)
  • Vancouver Fraser Medical Program (Greater Vancouver)
  • Southern Medical Program (Kelowna)

Electives are 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.