Clinical education in the Vancouver Fraser Medical Program (VFMP) is structured around traditional, discipline-based rotations in clinical settings throughout the Vancouver Fraser region. At clinical academic sites such as Vancouver General Hospital, St. Paul’s Hospital, and Royal Columbian Hospital, students gain exposure to all specialties and sub-specialties, and see a variety of patients and problems typical of large urban populations. Students also gain generalist experiences in smaller but busy hospitals throughout the Lower Mainland and Fraser Valley.
New facilities such as the Life Sciences Centre at UBC, and the Gordon and Leslie Diamond Health Care Centre (DHCC), located next to Vancouver General Hospital, provide students with state-of-the-art equipment, technology, lecture theaters, problem-based learning rooms, and space to meet and study. The DHCC also houses the Biomedical Branch of the UBC Library. The Medical Student Alumni Centre is nearby, where students relax, attend group meetings, hang out with their peers, or work out in the gym.
The VFMP also provides innovative community-based education programs. The integrated clerkship in Chilliwack, BC differs from traditional rotating clerkships. Instead, students are based in a community clinic where they follow patients through the cycle of their treatment. In a single day a student could see, for example, patients with surgical problems, internal medicine complaints, as well as obstetrics. While the encounters are different, the learning objectives are the same.
Vancouver is a world leader in health sciences research, and with a growing network of researchers, clinicians and educators within the Faculty of Medicine and our health partners, there are enormous opportunities for students to conduct research, work on projects, and be part of the solutions to the health challenges of today.