Undergraduate Medical Education Programs

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The UBC Doctor of Medicine Undergraduate Program

The UBC Doctor of Medicine Undergraduate Program is committed to educating and fostering the next generation of leaders in medicine within a respectful learning environment enriched by diversity and focused on clinical excellence combined with compassionate care for all BC communities.

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 Psychiatry is an integral part of the undergraduate program. In Years 1 and 2, students are exposed to the introductory concepts of Psychiatry and case-based presentations and clinical settings in Foundations of Medical Practice and Transition into Clinical Education.  Students also have the opportunity to pursue psychiatry-related projects as part of the Foundations of Scholarship and Flexible Enhanced Learning. In Year 3, students attend a six-week rotation through the Brain and Body Block, interacting with adult and child patients under the supervision of psychiatrists. Students will learn to complete a diagnostic evaluation and formulate an appropriate treatment plan for patients presenting with mental health concerns. In Year 4, students have the opportunity to undertake two- or four-week electives in a wide range of clinical settings. 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.

Psychiatry Summer Immersion Program

Led by Dr. Clare Beasley, this is a 3-day immersive course in psychiatry at the main University campus with selected activities throughout our distributed sites. The course is open to UBC first-year medical undergraduate students. The program provides opportunities to explore the field of psychiatry and engage with psychiatrists and psychiatry residents through interactive sessions and clinical observership placements.

The Psychiatry Immersion Program always takes place in June and accepts a maximum of 20 students. Details of the 2023 will be available soon. Applications will be accepted from January 1 to February 15. 

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For more information, please contact Amit Natt.

UBC Scholarships, Bursaries & Awards

View all Department of Psychiatry awards.

UBC Vancouver Campus in the fall

Right Psych Podcast

A podcast series by our medical undergraduates highlighting the wide range of clinical activities offered by Psychiatry.