Student Research

Students can engage is a wide variety of research and scholarly projects throughout their medical education and training. There are numerous opportunities to participate through the FLEX (Flexible and Enhance Learning) course as well as research experiences outside of the medical curriculum.

Contact Diane Oorebeek, Research, Lab, and Facilities Manager at for more information.

Each year, the Southern Medical Program hosts the UBC Okanagan Interdisciplinary Student Health Conference. Students from UBC Okanagan, Southern Medical Program, and BC Cancer are invited to showcase their health science research and public health experiences at an adjudicated poster presentation event.

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The FLEX (Flexible and Enhanced Learning) course is designed to foster innovation, creativity, critical thought, and community engagement to help prepare students for their future medical careers. Students typically have a half-day per week in addition to other dedicated block time to participate in a wide range of projects.

A repository of curricular FLEX course projects and preceptors is available for students to review. Visit the FLEX website to learn more or contact

FAculty of Medicine Summer Student Research Projects (SSRP)

SMP students (Year 1 and 3) are eligible to apply for research funding to support their participation in four to eight weeks of supervised research during their extracurricular period. This program is funded by a number of different sources. Interior Health supports research projects taking place within the BC Interior. Visit the SSRP website to learn more.

BC Cancer research studentships

SMP students (Years 1 and 2) are eligible to apply for studentship awards to support their involvement in cancer research at BC Cancer. Check the BC Cancer website for funding opportunities.

Pritchard Foundation Studentships

Thanks to a generous donation from The Colin & Lois Pritchard Foundation, SMP students (Year 1 to 3) may apply for funding to support their participation in cancer research in the Central Southern Interior of BC.

SMP Studentships

SMP students (Years 1-3) are eligible to apply for funding to support their participation extracurricular research.