MD Ambassador Outreach Program

At the UBC Faculty of Medicine, we’re a diverse community of people from around the world and we want our future students and medical doctors to be as diverse as the communities they will end up serving. The path to a medical degree and career as a health professional can begin with you.

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What is the Ambassador Program?

The Ambassador Program is an outreach program led by UBC’s Faculty of Medicine MD Admissions office. It enables current medical students to share their perspective on what it means to have a career in medicine. The program is targeted to students in grades 8–10, but can be delivered to students in grades 11 and 12.

We believe that high school students and current medical students can have a lively and engaged discussion that will provide valuable information, real-life experiences, and practical advice on pursuing the path to becoming a medical doctor.


The unexpected path

Explore stories of students whose path to studying medicine was anything but typical. Along the way, they overcame obstacles and stayed committed to achieving their dreams of becoming a doctor.

Ellie Parton

Vancouver Fraser Medical Program student, Ellie Parton, acknowledges she wasn’t the greatest student growing up. Upon becoming a young mother at the age of 16, Ellie wanted to become a role model to her daughter. Ellie kept raising the academic bar higher and higher for herself, including being accepted into the UBC FOM MD Undergraduate Program. Ellie’s journey to becoming a resident has made her not only a role model for her daughter, but also a role model to future Indigenous medical students throughout British Columbia.

Adrienne Stedford

Northern Medical Program student, Adrienne Stedford, shares her unconventional path to being accepted into the UBC Faculty of Medicine MD Undergraduate Program. Starting off as a dump truck driver and ending up a medical student, Adrienne’s story proves life is about the journey not the destination.


Why participate?

For counsellors

Help us recruit a diverse next generation of doctors

Connecting students, who may not have imagined themselves as doctors, with our program can help them take the first step towards becoming a health professional. Health professions can be difficult to get into, and it takes time and preparation over several years for someone to realize this goal.

  • The sooner high school students learn about what the career entails, how current medical students have achieved this goal, and what they need to start doing to get there, the better prepared they will be for the competition ahead.
  • Admission to medical school at UBC has changed over the years and our Ambassadors will provide the most current information on how students can best prepare themselves for this step.
  • Opportunities to study medicine for underrepresented youth and students who self-identify as Indigenous may not be known to your students; our program will connect them to people and resources to get informed on scholarships, bursaries, and unique pathways to a degree in medicine.

More information

Please contact Sandra See Toh at outreach.md@ubc.ca or tel: 604 8226 428 or request an info session below. For more information, please review the Outreach Ambassador Program brochure for counsellors.

Outreach Ambassador Program brochure (counsellors)

Request an info session

We hope you’ll consider hosting a UBC Ambassador at your school to provide an information session for your students who are contemplating their future professional paths.

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For high school students

Explore for the fun of it

Believe it or not, it’s not too early to start exploring the path to becoming a medical doctor. Because there’s no ‘right’ way to taking your first steps. You don’t have to be a certain kind of person or age to consider a career in medicine. You do need to be curious and open to exploring what it takes to be a health professional.

Don’t see yourself in typical representations of doctors in media or elsewhere? We want to change that. In a world where equity and fairness are more important than ever, we welcome and encourage students of all races and backgrounds to pursue their dreams. If your dream is to become a medical doctor, we’ll do our best to help you realize it.

Take the first step and be open to where it might take you. Reach out to us with any questions you have—we want to hear from young people like you who aspire to become medical doctors. Our province, country, and  world need your unique skills, determination, and contribution to the healthcare profession.

More information

For more information, please contact us or please review the brochure below.

Outreach Ambassador Program brochure (students)

Request a presentation at your school

Find out what it’s like to pursue an education in medicine directly from one of our current students. We think this is the best way to get an idea of what this journey involves so ask your high school counsellor about arranging a session for your school.

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Explore more student stories

Victoria Bass

Southern Medical Program student, Victoria Bass, was at the height of her classical musical career when she decided to cancel all of her concerts and chase her dream of being accepted into the UBC FOM MD Undergraduate Program. Victoria’s story shows us that you can’t go back and change the beginning of your life, but you can definitely change the ending.

Graeme Lindsay

Island Medical Program student, Graeme Lindsay, shares his journey to being accepted into the UBC FOM MD Undergraduate Program. A journey filled with ups and downs, Graeme’s story shows you should never give up on your dreams.


Join our community

As one of the world’s leading medical schools, UBC’s Faculty of Medicine has a bold vision: to transform health for everyone. When we say “for everyone” we mean it – regardless of age, ethnicity, gender or socioeconomic status. This is our contract with society in action: placing patients, their families and communities at the centre of everything we do.