A Decade of Training Doctors

Read about the 10th anniversary of the Northern Medical Program and its role of training doctors for the North in the latest issue of UPDATE.

Health Research Award

Northern Medical Program Post-Doctoral Fellow Dr. Kendra Mitchell-Foster received a Michael Smith Foundation for Health Research Trainee Award to study Aboriginal patient practitioner journey mapping.

New Learning Space for Medical Students

Vice Provost Medicine UNBC Dr. Paul Winwood, along with Northern Medical Program graduates Dr. Rob Tower and Dr. Heather Siemens use the patient simulator at the Learning and Development Centre.

Apply to the NMP

As part of the UBC Faculty of Medicine Undergraduate Program, the Northern Medical Program (NMP) is seeking well-rounded, motivated, mature students who have a genuine interest in learning medicine in the context of rural, remote and northern communities. The program's goal is to increase the number of medical graduates practicing in communities where there is a great need for more healthcare professionals.

Applicants must be a Canadian citizens or a permanent resident.

If you have any questions about applying, please contact the NMP Admissions Site Coordinator at shelley.raper@unbc.ca, or UBC Faculty of Medicine Admissions staff at admissions.md@ubc.ca.

Aboriginal applicants seeking additional information are encouraged to contact James Andrew, Aboriginal Student Initiatives Coordinator, UBC Admissions Office, 604-875-8289, ext. 68946.

The Application Process

The admission process for the UBC Faculty of Medicine's Northern Medical Program at the University of Northern British Columbia includes a Rural and Remote Suitability Score (RRSS). The RRSS assists in the selection of appropriate students for the Northern Medical Program. This includes an applicant's experience in rural/remote/northern/Aboriginal communities, activities relevant to rural/remote/northern living (such as outdoor activities, volunteering, cultural activities, etc), independent decision-making, ties to rural/remote/northern locations and the influence of role models to pursue a career in medicine. 

In addition, candidates who meet the outlined general UBC Faculty of Medicine admission criteria are interviewed using the Mini Multiple Interview format.  Interviewers are represented from across the province and comprise of clinicians, academics, members of the community at large and senior medical students.  The call for volunteer interviewers takes place each fall and student Interviews are conducted in the spring.

Following the interviews, each candidate is asked to rank their preferred site locations (Vancouver, the Southern Medical Program, the Island, or the North) in order of preference.

For information regarding application deadlines, timelines and the selection process, please see the UBC MD Undergraduate Admissions website.