Welcome Message

Welcome to the MD Undergraduate Program Admissions website! We hope that you will take the time to carefully review the information provided here so that you are in the best possible position to determine if the UBC Undergraduate Program is for you and if you meet the requirements for admission.

Faculty and staff at UBC are committed to medical education. The goal of the MD Undergraduate Program is to provide learning environments that are conducive to effective knowledge acquisition and the development of clinical skills. This allows students to become involved in patient care early on in their medical education.  Many province-wide opportunities exist for scholarly endeavours.

The MD Undergraduate Program is based on a distributed model of education. Each year our program selects 288 students, who are distributed across the province for training. 32 students will receive their medical education in Victoria (Island Medical Program), 32 in Kelowna (Southern Medical Program), 32 in Prince George (Northern Medical Program) and 192 in and around Greater Vancouver (Vancouver Fraser Medical Program). All students spend the first semester in Vancouver before students at the distributed sites move to their sites in January.

While there are traditional lectures and laboratory sessions, much of the preclinical education involves small group case-based learning. Therefore, we expect students to be solid, self-directed learners and strong collaborators.

The applicant pool is highly competitive. However, the application process is fair. Our goal is to recruit intelligent, dedicated and well-rounded students, and therefore we apply equal weighting to academic and non-academic achievements. Approximately 650 applicants are invited for an interview, the format of which is explained elsewhere on the website. After the interview, all aspects of an applicant’s file are looked at as part of a holistic file review. Final selection of candidates is made by committee consensus in late April and offers of admission usually go out in the middle of May.

We recognize that many well-qualified applicants with strong academic records and impressive achievements in the non-academic sector will not be granted an interview or an offer of admission, as the number of applicants far exceeds the number of seats available.

Becoming a physician is no small undertaking. The education program is rigorous, it is expensive and when you tack on post-graduate education (residency and fellowship) it is a long haul. There also are huge societal expectations and responsibilities when you graduate. Nevertheless, it is still a rewarding profession. If you are certain that a career in medicine is something you want to pursue, we suggest that you review the statistics posted on this website, so that you understand the level of competition that you will encounter. Make sure that you have taken the appropriate prerequisite courses at an accredited post-secondary institution. Try to achieve competitive scores on the MCAT test. Get involved with your community and be able to demonstrate that you have a commitment to extracurricular activities. Show that you have a passion for other interests and that you can balance these with your academic workload.

There is no single thing you need to do to impress the Admissions Selection Committee. A wide range of information is provided on the website to guide you through the application process. For additional information, we suggest that you make a point of attending one of our information sessions.

Best of luck with your application!

The Admissions Team