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Faculty of Medicine FAQs for Students and Learners

This fall, UBC’s Faculty of Medicine is offering a blended education model that includes online learning, as well as in-person learning when required, adhering to physical distancing and other public health requirements as set by the Office of the Provincial Health Officer. Examples of in-person learning include, for example, clinical skills training and clinical placements.

This model will allow us to continue to deliver high-quality teaching and learning, while ensuring the health and safety of our patients, students, faculty and staff and the communities in which we work.

For more information, please contact your respective program.

The MD Undergraduate Program (MDUP) is offering a blended education model that includes online learning, as well as in-person learning when required, adhering to physical distancing and other public health requirements as set by the Office of the Provincial Health Officer . This includes ensuring that our students get the in-person clinical skills training and experience they need.

For more information, please visit the UGME COVID-19 Information Task Force Community page on Entrada or contact your respective Regional Associate Dean or the Associate Dean, UGME.

The MD Undergraduate Program (MDUP) has begun the process of resuming approved clinical education rotations and electives for medical students in Years 3 and 4. We continue to work with our health authority partners and faculty across B.C. to ensure that clinical rotations and electives are safe for everyone – our patients, students, faculty, staff and the communities in which we work.

For more information, please please visit the UGME COVID-19 Information Task Force Community page on Entrada or contact your respective Regional Associate Dean or the Associate Dean, UGME.

This fall, UBC’s Faculty of Medicine is offering a blended education model that includes online learning, as well as in-person learning when required, adhering to physical distancing and other public health requirements as set by the Office of the Provincial Health Officer. Examples of in-person learning include, for example, clinical skills training and clinical placements.

Programs have begun the process of resuming in-person educational activities this summer for health professional learners. We continue to work with our health authority partners and faculty across B.C. to ensure that in-person educational activities are safe for everyone – our patients, students, faculty, staff and the communities in which we work.

For more information, please contact your respective program.

Programs have begun the process of resuming clinical placements for health professional students, and continue to work with our health authority partners and faculty across B.C. to ensure that clinical re-entry is safe for everyone – our patients, students, faculty, staff and the communities in which we work.

For more information, please contact your respective program.

Depending on your program, your access to research settings, including research in clinical settings, may be affected by COVID-19. For further information, please contact your supervisor or program director.

As always, the safety and wellness of our students and learners, in the context of providing safe and patient-centred care, remain the top priority for the Faculty of Medicine.

All students entering clinical placements/rotations are required to review the COVID-19 Infection Prevention and Control for Students Starting Clinical Placements module. In the event of a possible exposure to COVID-19, follow the post-exposure procedures outlined in the module.

Please bring any additional concerns that you may have to your respective program’s senior leadership (Supervisor, Program Director, Regional Associate Dean or Associate Dean).

For more information and the latest public health updates, visit the BC Centre for Disease Control.

As part of the health care delivery team, medical residents and postgraduate medical trainees, including clinical fellows, are expected to follow the guidelines and recommendations provided by public health and the health authority where they work. Individual programs and sites may have specific protocols for resident and trainee involvement in cases of COVID-19.

The Postgraduate Medical Education (PGME) Office continues to maintain and update their website with specific information about how COVID-19 may affect medical residents and postgraduate medical trainees, including clinical fellows. For more information, please visit the COVID-19 and UBC PGME website.

Medical residents and postgraduate medical trainees (including clinical fellows) must follow the Government of Canada’s COVID-19 Travel Advice, including avoiding all non-essential travel outside of Canada. Please note that non-essential travel includes all officially-sanctioned and previously-approved educational activities, such as elective rotations and conferences.

If you have additional questions, please consult your respective residency training program and the Postgraduate Medical Education (PGME) Office before travelling.

Medical students, health professional students, graduate students and postdoctoral trainees are required to consult with their respective programs before commiting to any education-related travel, and must follow the Government of Canada’s COVID-19 Travel Advice, including avoiding all non-essential travel outside of Canada. Please note that non-essential travel includes all officially-sanctioned and previously-approved educational activities, such as elective rotations and conferences.

Due to limited capacity, we are currently unable to accept medical students for visiting electives.

If you are an out-of-province medical resident or postgraduate medical trainee (including clinical fellow), as of July 1, 2020 you may be able to undertake a resident elective at UBC, depending on the program. The provincial self-isolation requirements for British Columbia will need to be fulfilled. All trainees are advised to have alternate plans, should the elective need to be cancelled.

More information on postgraduate visiting electives is available here.