Counselling & Support

A number of services and resources are available to assist students academically and personally.

The Career Planning Program (CPP) provides services to help students plan their future careers in medicine and prepare themselves for applications to residency programs. Specifically, the CPP offers individual career advising meetings with either the Director of Career Planning or any of the Deans in Student Affairs, shadowing and interviewing opportunities, and information sessions tailored to each year of study.

Dr. Aalok Kumar, Director of Career Planning, collaborates with and coordinates a team comprising of the five Assistant Deans and the Associate Dean, Student Affairs. He directly provides career advice to students and expert consultation to the six deans.

To book an appointment for career advising, please contact Student Affairs.

For more information on planning for residency, visit the CaRMS website.

The Mentor Program provides students with the opportunity to focus on their own personal and professional development in an informal, supportive environment with an impartial person outside of their day-to-day relationships. Students participating in the program share survival tips and learn from the experiences shared by their student colleagues.

Students benefit in many ways from the Mentor Program. Mentors can help students set short-term learning objectives or long-term career goals, offer guidance on personal matters, provide networking opportunities, and help the students in areas such as communication, flexibility, and teamwork.

The Mentor Program is offered to all UBC MD undergraduate students at all program sites by Student Affairs.  Each site's program is different, but the goals of collegiality and connection are the same.

How it works

First year students are introduced to their Mentor Group in the early part of their first semester. The group consists of medical students from each year of the program and a physician mentor(s) who will help guide the group.

Each Mentor Group is encouraged to arrange any events or activities amongst themselves throughout the school year.  Second year students take the lead in connecting with the group's mentor, and in initiating plans for the group to get together.  In the VFMP, Student Affairs annually organizes two Mentor Program events to give mentors and students the opportunity to meet and get to know each other.

Current students can find specific group information on MEDICOL.

Research Mentorship Program

UBC medical students interested in research opportunities to complement their medical careers or in exploring a career in health research should refer to the Find a Supervisor section of the FoM Student Research website.  They can also contact the FoM Student Research Coordinator for further assistance.

Expert, confidential counselling is available to medical students through:


Our Indigenous* Student Initiatives Manager develops and manages support services and programs for current Indigenous medical students, works with MD students (Undergrad & Post-Grad) who have an interest in Indigenous health, and acts as a faculty advisor to the Aboriginal Health Initiative, a UBC medical student organization.

*Indigenous refers to non-status & status Indians, Treaty, First Nations, Métis and Inuit peoples of Canada.

For more information please contact:

James Andrew, BSc. MHSc.
Aboriginal Student Initiatives Coordinator
Faculty of Medicine
Phone: (604) 875-4111, Ext. 68946

UBC Resources

Division of Aboriginal People's Health
First Nations House of Learning

UVic Resources

The Office of Indigenous Affairs, University of Victoria

UNBC Resources

The First Nations Centre, UNBC

UBC-Okanagan Resources

Aboriginal Programs and Services

Career Resources

The Aboriginal Residency Program, Department of Family Practice
Indigenous Physicians Association of Canada (IPAC)