Undergraduate Medical Education Program

Dr. Donald Rix Northern Health Sciences Centre

Dr. Donald Rix Northern Health Sciences Centre


Undergraduate Medical Education (M.D.)

The MD program is comprised of four geographically distinct sites including the Island Medical Program (IMP), Northern Medical Program (NMP), Vancouver Fraser Medical Program (VFMP), and the Southern Medical Program (SMP). There are 288 spots for incoming students, 32 for the IMP, NMP and SMP each, and 192 to the VFMP.

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.

For information regarding registration and licensing in British Columbia, please refer to College of Physicians and Surgeons of British Columbia.

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.

Undergraduate Education Office Contacts:  Please click here



Want to learn more about a career in psychiatry?

Are you a medical student who is curious about a career in psychiatry? If so, tune into the podcast series The Right Psych! This podcast series features undergraduate medical students interviewing psychiatrists from a diverse array of subspecialties to explore the enormous breadth of practice in this exciting and evolving field of medicine. Discover what could be the Right Psych for you!


Episode 1: Perinatal Mental Health and Psycho-Oncology

Episode 2: Assertive Community Treatment and Outreach Psychiatry

Episode 3: Brain and Body

Episode 4: Child and Adolescent Psychiatry

Episode 5: Consultation Liaison


Should you have any questions regarding future Careers Nights or The Right Psych podcast series, please contact Dr. Clare Beasley at clare.beasley@ubc.ca.


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

Year 1 and Year 2

Students are exposed to introductory concepts of Psychiatry in Foundations of Medical Practice (MEDD 411 and MEDD 421).   Students are exposed to case-based presentations and clinical settings where they gain interview practice in the Foundations of Medical Practice (MEDD 412) and Transition into Clinical Education (MEDD 422) courses.  Students also have the opportunity to pursue psychiatry related learning projects as part of the Foundations of Scholarship and Flexible Enhanced Learning course (MEDD 419 and MEDD 429).

Year 3

Clerkship (MEDD 431) is a 12-month course where students gain core experiences across the breadth of medicine through both clinical and academic learning opportunities.  Psychiatry provides a six week rotation through the Brain and Body Block.  Students will interact with adult and child patients under the supervision of psychiatrists in order to develop a solid foundation of knowledge, skills, and abilities described by the UBC exit competencies.  During the six week rotation, students will learn to complete a diagnostic evaluation and formulate an appropriate treatment plan for a patients presenting with a mental health concern.  Online learning resources for Year 3 Psychiatry can be found on MEDICOL.


Year 4

Medical students in their final year have the opportunity to participate in various two or four week electives in psychiatry.  The program offers a total of 37 electives (general and sub-specialty psychiatry) for UBC and Visiting Students at teaching sites across BC.  The program offers electives in the following topics:


  • 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

Please refer to one45 for the most up-to-date list of offerings.

Visiting students from approved universities are welcome to enroll in a psychiatry elective in their final years of medical school.  Please refer to the Visiting Student Elective Program.


Explore our programs:

Online learning resources can be found at Medicol.



Undergraduate Education Office Contacts:  Please click here