The selection of candidates for admission to the UBC Faculty of Medicine undergraduate distributed program is governed by guidelines established by the Senate of UBC, and is the responsibility of the Faculty of Medicine Admissions Selection Committee and the Associate Dean, Admissions. The selection process reflects the values of the UBC Faculty of Medicine and all university partners in the UBC Faculty of Medicine undergraduate distributed program. The process is designed to choose well-rounded students who meet the goals of the expanded, distributed program; who can be expected to perform well in the rigorous curriculum and Case-Based Learning format; and who can balance and enrich their academic experience with strong non-academic skills and interests. Similarly, selection processes of other Canadian medical schools reflect their own individual values, and are designed to select candidates who would most likely be successful in their respective programs.

The UBC Faculty of Medicine’s Associate Dean of Equity oversees the selection process to ensure that all applicants are given careful consideration without regard to age, gender, sexual orientation, race, ancestry, colour, place of origin, family status, physical or mental disability, political belief, religion, marital or economic status. The selection of candidates is made by consensus of the Admissions Selection Committee. Preference is given to residents of British Columbia. Up to 10% of seats (maximum 29) may be available to out-of-province applicants in the medical program each year. In completing the online application, candidates may provide information to help determine their suitability for the Northern Medical Program and the rural positions at the Southern Medical Program and the Island Medical program. This information is used in the overall admissions process. With other non-academic criteria, references, interview scores and academic criteria, this information aids the Northern and Rural Admissions Subcommittee in recommending admission of students felt to be suitable for a site that offers rural positions.

Applicants will have the opportunity to indicate their site preferences at the time of interview. Applicants will be asked for their sites of first, second, third and fourth preference (or no interest, if applicable). Members of the Admissions Selection Committee are not aware of an applicant’s site preference during the selection discussions. Following an admissions decision, applicants offered admission are allocated to sites based on their preferences. However, it is not always possible to allocate all successful applicants to their site of first preference.

Candidates are selected after review and decisions are made by committee consensus. Meeting the minimum admissions requirements does not guarantee admission to the program. The number of qualified applicants significantly exceeds the number of available positions. Students considering applying to the program should review the detailed statistics on our website and compare their profiles. Due to the intense competition, and limits on the incoming class size, not all qualified applicants will be offered admission. Qualified candidates who are not admitted are welcome to reapply in any subsequent year.