Undergraduate Medical Education Program

Dr. Donald Rix Northern Health Sciences Centre

Dr. Donald Rix Northern Health Sciences Centre


Undergraduate Medical Education (M.D.)

The possession of the Doctor of Medicine does not, in itself, confer the right to practice medicine in any province in Canada. Each province has a college of physicians and surgeons, as mentioned previously, and these colleges have the final authority to grant a licence to practice medicine within their jurisdictions. The possession of the Licentiate of the Medical Council of Canada (LMCC) is one of the major requirements of the provincial colleges of physicians and surgeons for registration.

To be eligible for licensure in BC, graduates will be required to have completed at least two years of postgraduate training with at least eight weeks in each of Medicine, Surgery, Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Pediatrics, and four weeks in each of Emergency and Family Medicine and Psychiatry, in addition to being a Licentiate of the Medical Council of Canada.

Applicants with Certification by the College of Family Physicians of Canada or the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada and being Licentiates of the Medical Council of Canada will also qualify for licences to practice.

Prospective Students

For more information, please visit the UBC Faculty of Medicine’s Student & Learners webpage.

M.D. Undergraduate Resources & Support

Whether you are a prospective, new, or current M.D. undergraduate student, you will find information relating to student services such as Financial Assistance, Academic Counseling, and Student Support on the UBC Faculty of Medicine’s M.D. Undergraduate Resources & Support webpage.


The University of British Columbia Medical School is distributed such that students are admitted to one of the following:

The current Psychiatry components in the UBC Medical Program are:

  1. Brain and Behaviour (Year 2)
  2. Clinical Skills (Year 2)
  3. Clinical Clerkship (Year 3)
  4. Year 4 Electives

The curriculum emphasizes a problem-and case-based approach to learning throughout the Years. Students learn applicable basic sciences, clinical skills, clinical diagnostic reasoning, clinical therapeutic reasoning, communication skills and broader issues in a progression through the Years.

Brain and Behaviour is a nine-week block that includes lectures and small group sessions that integrates learning about the Peripheral Nervous System, the Spinal Cord, the Brainstem Systems, Higher Cortical Organization & Function, the Basis of Consciousness and Seizures, Chronic Pain, Neurotransmission, Psychosis & Movement Disorders, Emotion, Personality & their Disorders and Aging, Dementia & Sleep. There are weekly quizzes and an end of year exam.

Explore our programs:

Clinical Skills is a practical introduction to interviewing and documenting findings in patients with psychiatric illnesses. Students meet weekly for four weeks in small groups to interview, observe interviews, and discuss Mental Status Exam.

The Psychiatry Year 3 core clerkship is a six-week rotation. The first week in VFMP is the “Academic Half-Day” seminars: Psychiatry Assessment, Emergency Psychiatry, Anxiety and Sleep Disorders, Psychotic Disorders, Mood Disorders, Consultation Liaison, Personality Disorders, and Geriatric Psychiatry. Child/Adolescent/Family seminars for students at BCHH are distributed throughout the six weeks. The students are assigned to clinical learning at teaching hospitals for the subsequent weeks. For the IMP and NMP, seminars are tailored to the site needs and distributed through the six weeks. The clinical experiences are a balance of acute in-patient and out-patient as well as on-call/Emergency duties. Students are assessed formatively during the rotation with MiniCEXs and a mid-rotation evaluation. The end-of-rotation summative evaluations are clinical evaluations and a Clinical Reasoning Exam (CRE) and the National Board of Medical Examiners exam (NBME).

Online learning resources can be found at Medicol.


Year 4 clinical time consists of six four-week blocks and is mostly clinical electives. Electives can be 2 or 4 weeks in duration.

There are a large number of selections available in our department, which includes offerings at distributed sites. Such speciality electives include:

  • Acute Care Psychiatry and Addictions
  • Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
  • Early Psychosis Intervention
  • Eating Disorders
  • Emergency Psychiatry
  • Geriatric Consultation Liaison
  • Inpatient Forensic & General Outpatient Psychiatry
  • Mood Disorder
  • Multicultural Psychiatry
  • Neuropsychiatry
  • Sexual Medicine
  • Reproductive Psychiatry
  • Youth Forensic Psychiatry
  • Urban Psychiatry: psychotic, mood and concurrent disorders

Visiting Student Elective Program

If you are interested in applying for the Faculty of Medicine’s Visiting Student Elective Program (VSEP), please click the link below. Here you can find detail on eligibility criteria and a step by step guide to complete the application

Faculty of Medicine’s new Visiting Student Elective Program website: http://mdprogram.med.ubc.ca/visiting-student-elective-program/

Clinical Teaching Sites Site Leaders
Vancouver Fraser Medical Program
Vancouver General Hospital, Vancouver Dr. Hiram Mok
St. Paul’s Hospital, Vancouver Dr. Christopher Murray
BC Children & Women’s Hospital, Vancouver Dr. Ashley Miller
Royal Columbian Hospital, New Westminster Dr. Anson Koo
Richmond General Hospital, Richmond Dr. Kathryn Fung
Lion’s Gate Hospital, North Vancouver Dr. Arvind Kang
Surrey Memorial Hospital, Surrey Dr. Martina Smit
Abbotsford Regional Hospital, Chilliwack Integrated Program Dr. Emad Zaghloul
Southern Medical Program
Kelowna General Hospital, Kelowna Dr. Neil Hanon
Royal Inland Hospital, Kamloops TBA
Island Medical Program
Royal Jubilee Hospital, Victoria Dr. Wei Yi Song
Cowichan District Hospital, Duncan Dr. Robin Routledge
Northern Medical Program
Prince George Regional Hospital, Prince George Dr. Rachel Boulding
Terrace Integrated Program, Terrace Dr. Colleen Froese
Ft. St. John Hospital Peace Liard Integrated Program Dr. Carolyn Jones

Administration & Undergraduate Education Committee

The Undergraduate Education office is located at the VGH Gordon and Leslie Diamond Health Care Centre, UBC clinical academic campus.

Undergraduate Education Committee
Dr. Kathryn Fung, MD, FRCP(C)
UG Education Director

Dr. Kelly Saran MD, FRCP(C)
Child & Adolescent Director



Shilpa Samji
Senior Education Programs Manager

Monique Sunderland
Program Assistant

Contact Address

Department of Psychiatry, Undergraduate Education

Gordon & Leslie Diamond Health Care Centre

2775 Laurel Street, Vancouver, BC V5Z 1M9

Tel. 604-875-4111 ext. 68102

Please click here, for the Psychiatry Undergraduate Education office contacts.