Northern and rural areas often face a critical shortage of physicians and healthcare professionals and the Northern Medical Program (NMP) was created in response to that critical need. The NMP is part of UBC's Faculty of Medicine - providing the UBC curriculum in a northern and rural context.
Model of Curriculum Delivery
NOTE: UBC's Faculty of Medicine is currently engaged in a curriculum renewal process. Full updates on this process are available on the UBC Curriculum Renewal website: http://cr.med.ubc.ca
The Northern Medical Program delivers the University of British Columbia's (UBC) medical curriculum over a four-year period at the University of Northern British Columbia (UNBC) and the University Hospital of Northern BC (UHNBC). It incorporates the best practices of rural and remote medical education from around the world, providing outstanding classroom and early clinical exposure to rural healthcare delivery.
First & Second Years
Students spend the first semester (August to December) at UBC in Vancouver and then move to the Northern Medical Program at UNBC’s Prince George campus for the remainder of their education. The NMP utilizes state-of-the-art videoconferencing to broadcast and receive lectures from medical professionals throughout BC throughout the four year curriculum. The first and second years are based primarily at the Dr Donald Rix Northern Health Sciences Centre at UNBC with experiences in family practice offices and in clinical skills education at UHNBC.
Core clinical training (known as clerkships) takes place during third year with the support of physicians who combine patient care with teaching. There are two models of clerkships, one which includes rotating through ten major disciplines (ie. OBGYN, Internal Medicine, Psychiatry etc), and the other which is known as Integrated Community Clerkships (this model allows students to follow patients throughout their care and involves whichever disciplines the patients require). While most third year clerkship rotations in the Northern Medical Program take place at the University Hospital of Northern British Columbia in Prince George, eight NMP students per year participate in the Integrated Community Clerkship program.
During fourth year, students have elective opportunities throughout BC, Canada and beyond. During this final year, students and participate in the Canadian Resident's Matching Service (CaRMs) match.
After finishing their four years with the Northern Medical Program, our graduates then begin residency training -- a process that takes two years to five years, depending on specialty. Medical residents, while still in training, provide direct care to patients under the supervision of licensed physicians.