Why a renewed curriculum?

026UBC’s innovative MD Undergraduate Program has redefined medical education in British Columbia through our distributed learning model, technology-enabled learning, and an excellent curriculum.  Our commitment to innovation and excellence is essential to ensuring that our students receive the best education and training possible, and are prepared to serve the rapidly changing health care needs of British Columbians.

The Future of Health Care

There have been many changes in health care and in society since the current curriculum was first planned.  We have the ability to use technology to teach as well as enhance the practice of future physicians.  The distribution of our program is allowing us to communicate across the province – where medical experts can share with and learn from each other in real time.  We intend to teach in a way that will reflect future practice of physicians worldwide, anticipate advances in patient-centred care and adapt to evolutions in the health care system.

Meeting the Needs of the Province

As the only medical school in the province, we must ensure our graduates have a diverse range of abilities and interests to meet the spectrum of current and future needs of British Columbians.

Continuous Quality Improvement

We are committed to offering the highest quality curriculum. Through the renewal process, we are embedding continuous quality improvement mechanisms to ensure that our teaching and training  serves the needs of our learners.


In 2002, the provincial government approved the expansion and distribution of the MD Undergraduate Program. The plan included doubling of the size of the entering class and the establishment of two distributed campuses, in Prince George (Northern Medical Program) and Victoria (Island Medical Program). In view of the magnitude and the tight timeline for expansion, the MD undergraduate program maintained the existing curriculum during the planning and implementation of the distributed program, with a plan for curriculum renewal following the graduation of the first cohort of students from the distributed program in 2008.

In 2009, the Faculty’s former Dean Gavin Stuart established a Dean’s Task Force on MD Undergraduate Curriculum Renewal (DTFCR).  In April 2010, the DTFCR produced a formal strategic plan for curriculum renewal, and submitted its recommendations in a report to the Dean.

Read the Dean’s Report here.