The Department of Psychiatry successfully concluded its second year of participation in UBC’s Vancouver Summer Program (VSP) on August 11, 2016. The VSP is a four-week academic program for international undergraduate students. This summer, more than 1,500 international students from 19 countries participated in one of 43 packages offered by 13 UBC Faculties and Schools. A package consists of two courses with a minimum of 36 contact hours per course. The Faculty of Medicine (FoM) was a significant participant with over 320 students enrolled in 10 packages offered by nine FoM Units.
The Department of Psychiatry offered two packages this year: Package 1 – Introduction to Neuropsychiatry and Introduction to Neuropsychopharmacology, and Package 2 – Mood Disorders & Psychosis and Introduction to Psychotherapy. Instructors and students both reported positive experiences about their participation. One instructor wrote, “It was a good experience for me, and one that I would repeat if given the opportunity.” An online course survey conducted at the conclusion of classes reveals that all courses were well-received by the students with an average of 94.7% reporting being either “Satisfied” or “Very Satisfied” with the courses, and an average of 97.7% indicating they would recommend the courses to a friend.
An article published by the Faculty of Medicine, Summer program in medicine becomes global magnet, highlights the international engagement potential of this rapidly growing program.