Who Should Apply

The Faculty of Medicine is committed to a policy of inclusiveness, equity and transparency. Applicants are considered without regard to age, ancestry, colour, economic status, place of origin, race, religion, family status, marital status, physical or mental disability, political belief, gender, or sexual orientation. In turn, we seek well-rounded students with excellent cognitive and non-cognitive abilities from a variety of backgrounds, who are motivated, mature, and have a genuine concern for human welfare. The UBC MD Undergraduate Program is the first in North America to distribute the majority of the four-year curriculum across four geographically separate sites. Our distributed learning model is designed to train doctors in a wide range of communities, where it is hoped many will choose to practice after they graduate. As part of our mandate is to meet the urgent need for more doctors in every region of the province, particularly in rural, northern and island areas, we encourage those who want to practice in Indigenous or rural communities to apply. Most importantly, we aim to produce well rounded practitioners in the many fields of medical practice.

Only Canadian citizens, permanent residents of Canada, and persons with refugee status in Canada may apply to the program. We do not accept international students.

The Faculty of Medicine welcomes applications from qualified, self-identified Canadian Indigenous people (Status Indians, Non-Status Indians, Métis and Inuit). The Indigenous admission process of the Faculty has a target of 5% of the annual complement of funded seats in the first year M.D. Undergraduate Program. Indigenous applicants can apply either to the general pathway of admission or to the Indigenous admission pathway. Applicants who self-identify as Indigenous will be considered under the Indigenous admission process as well as under the general admission process.

If you wish to apply as an Indigenous applicant, you will be required to write an additional essay and submit proof of ancestry, which will be reviewed by the Indigenous Admissions Subcommittee. Based on your completed application, you may be offered an interview with the Indigenous Interviewing Panel. Please contact Meghan MacGillivray, Indigenous Student Initiatives Coordinator or James Andrew, Indigenous Student Initiatives Manager at indigenous.md@ubc.ca for additional information, support, or questions.

The Faculty of Medicine encourages applicants who come from or are interested in learning and practicing medicine in rural, remote, and/or northern communities. Students at every site will undergo some rural practice training, but the Northern Medical ProgramSouthern Medical Program, and Island Medical Program provide opportunities to complete undergraduate medical training in regional centres that serve rural, remote, and/or northern communities. A significant goal of the UBC Faculty of Medicine is to increase the number of graduates who plan to practice in these communities. The admissions application is designed to assess each applicant's suitability for rural training. The BC government offers a number of financial incentives for the recruitment and retention of physicians in rural BC communities, including the student loan forgiveness program, designed to mitigate the costs of a medical education for students willing to locate in rural, remote, or northern communities after the completion of their training. Please see our Resources page for more information.

As part of our mandate to address the need for clinician scientists, applicants with a PhD completed by the application deadline will have their BC residency requirement waived.

If the PhD is not conferred on the transcript submitted to the Admissions Office, by the application deadline applicants must submit an official letter from the Faculty of Graduate Studies confirming program completion. The letter must be sent directly from the Faculty of Graduate Studies.

Students with disabilities are encouraged to apply if they have the skills and abilities to successfully meet the core requirements of a medical degree. As well, students must have the skills and abilities to ensure their own safety and the safety of the patients they encounter during their medical training. Please see Essential Skills and Abilities for the Essential Skills and Technical standards required to complete the MD Undergraduate Program, as approved by UBC Senate. For any questions regarding the technical standards, please contact Student Affairs at md.studentaffairs@ubc.ca.

Applicants with disabilities may seek special considerations for admission requirements or the admissions process. In exceptional circumstances, applicants with disabilities may be eligible for special consideration in the calculation of their grades. However, even in these circumstances applicants must meet the competitive average. To request accommodation, applicants with disabilities must submit the following documents to the Centre for Accessibility by September 15th, 2021:

Applicants who receive an interview and seek accommodation during the interview process must submit their request to the Centre for Accessibility by January 4th, 2022.

Please note that academic or interview accommodations are specific to individuals and the amount of information required may vary. It is the applicant’s responsibility to provide the Centre for Accessibility with the necessary documentation. Applicants must also specify what accommodation they are seeking. The Centre for Accessibility will adjudicate requests and provide recommendations to the MD Admissions Office.

Admitted students with disabilities will be accommodated in accordance with UBC's policy on Academic Accommodation for Students with Disabilities. As stated in the policy, the provision of academic accommodations does not eliminate the need for evaluation or the need to meet essential learning outcomes.

For more information, please see these FAQs and/or contact the Centre for Accessibility.

The Faculty of Medicine welcomes applications from persons with refugee status in Canada. Admission will be contingent on attaining permanent residency in Canada and providing proof of this status to the MD Admissions Office two weeks prior to the start of classes. A one year deferral can be requested if a refugee status applicant is unable to provide proof of permanent residency within the above stated time frame. All deferrals are made at the discretion of the MD Admissions Office.