(Archive) Class of 2020



  • TIPP MCQ Exams April 24, 2020 at 0830 to be delivered as low stakes but mandatory formative assessments.
  • Details on Exam Delivery:
    • Exam will still be delivered through ExamSoft at a standardized time
    • The exam can be completed at the student’s home or location of their choosing.
    • The exam will not be invigilated and open resources will be allowed.
  • Portfolio sessions are going ahead via the Zoom virtual platform. The sessions will be held at the same time as previously scheduled. Support is being offered by MedIT on using zoom.

COVID-19 Primer (Updated on May 12, 2020)

Dr. Sarah Brears announced that given their upcoming transition to residency in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic, the Class of 2020 will be offered a special presentation on COVID-19 May 28th at 6:30pm. The presentation will be an overview of public health, emergency, internal medicine, surgery and palliative care advice on COVID for new grads/soon to be residents.

This is being organized with involvement from both the UGME and PGME programs and Dr. Bonnie Henry is scheduled to be one of the expert presenters.

  • Effective March 14, Elective placements were cancelled.
  • Year 4 elective students should return home including visiting students.
  • Students on elective OOP and OOC to be called back “home”.

Confirmation of Graduation Letters

All confirmation of graduation letters that need to be stamped for college licensing purposes should be sent to Nick Cullen in Student Affairs at md.studentaffairs@ubc.ca in order to centralize the process. Student Affairs are working with the colleges so that the seal is not needed at this time.

Graduation Proceedings

UBC Ceremonies has canceled in-person convocation this May and is working on virtual ceremonies and in-person celebrations when it is safe to gather large groups of people.

The Graduation Committee has been in discussion with Dr. McMillan and the Student Affairs team. The Committee has decided to postpone Hooding to a future date and cancel the Graduation Ball.  The Committee does not want a virtual Hooding at this time.

Jen Fong has discussed with the QE Theatre and they can accommodate us postponing until they are open. June may be a possibility; in alignment with UBC Ceremonies is also a possibility but travel as PGY1 residents for 40% of the class may not be possible. Health Canada guidelines for Mass Gatherings applies to our decision-making.

An email with further details will be sent out by the Graduation Committee this week.

MCC update on COVID-19:  https://mcc.ca/about/covid-19/ (Updated on April 23, 2020)

Medical Council of Canada (MCC) is working with Prometric and student groups to establish remote proctoring for MCCQE Part 1 for the Class of 2020

  • Students can take the exam within 12 months of having their MD degree, the MCC is developing five different timelines for this year’s exam.
  • The 12-month window will be extended for the Class of 2020 and possibly 2021
  • MCC will provide more detailed information next week
  • MCC have reduced the cost of the practice exams for students https://mcc.ca/examinations/mccqe-part-i/preparation-resources/test-your-knowledge/

As a reminder to students studying for the exam, the Canada QBank subscription was recently extended by College of Physicians and Surgeons of BC.

Attendance and TIPP Small Group Sessions

Students are required to attend all TIPP Small Group Sessions, as per Attendance Policy and Absence Procedure + Negotiated Absence Guidelines - All Years. Students need to prioritize their academic activities over their volunteer activities.

  • All lectures to move on-line, Small Group sessions to move on-line.
  • MCCQE Part 1 exam date TBA.

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