The story of the Northern Medical Program is one of what can be accomplished when people come together to bring about change.
In June 2000, a critical healthcare shortage in Northern BC sparked a public rally. With presentations from various local leaders, the rally led to a community demand for a medical school in the North.
From the time of the rally to the first class starting in the Northern Medical Program in 2004, it took just four years to make this dream a reality. Working together, representatives from the Northern Medical Society, UBC, UNBC, local and provincial government and others developed a proposal and then a plan to launch a medical school that would train physicians in the North with the key skills needed for work in rural and northern communities.