The Southern Medical Program has admitted its inaugural class of 32 students as part of the UBC Faculty of Medicine’s Class of MD 2015. Starting in September, SMP students will begin the first months of the MD Program at UBC’s Point Grey alongside the other 256 MD 2015s. The addition of the SMP has now brought the number of annual medical school seats up to 288 offered in four distinct regions across the province.
“The admission of our inaugural class of learners is a significant milestone for our program,” said Dr. Jones, Regional Associate Dean, Interior. “As the newest additional program to UBC’s medical school, we have taken great steps to ensure our learners are provided with the same level of education and depth of experiences as their regional counterparts. We are excited for our graduating class of 2015 to begin their studies and look forward to personally greeting each of them during Orientation Week.”
In early January, students from each of the distributed program will transition to their respective sites in Kelowna – SMP, Victoria – Island Medical Program, Prince George – Northern Medical Program. The balance of students will remain in Vancouver as part of the Vancouver Fraser Medical Program.
SMP students will be arriving on UBC’s Okanagan campus in early January to continue their Year 1 studies at the brand new Health Sciences Centre (HSC). The final building component of the HSC is the installation of the videoconferencing equipment, slated for later this year in advance of the students’ arrival.