Class of 2024

Year 1 Students’ Participation in Aerosol Generating Medical Procedures (AGMP) (Updated on January 12, 2021)

The UGME COVID-19 Task Force does not endorse Year 1 and 2 students participating in aerosol generating medical procedures (AGMPs).  Students in Years 1 and 2 have not been mask-fit tested to N95 respirators and would thus not be able to utilize appropriate precautions for patients who may have the COVID-19 virus.  Students will have opportunities in Years 3 and 4 to safely participate in AGMPs.

Some procedures that Year 1 and 2 students may encounter in their Family Practice Office visits include:

  • nasopharyngeal scoping
  • direct laryngoscopy

 

 

(Updated on July 2, 2020)

Due to the provincial restrictions imposed as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, during the Fall 2020 semester, UBC will offer larger classes primarily online, with select smaller classes conducted in-person, while adhering to physical distancing and other public health requirements.

The MD Undergraduate Medical Program (MDUP) is dedicated to ensuring face-to-face instruction where safe and possible to do so, and high-quality online instruction as an alternative. We will share further details about delivery of specific sessions as decisions continue to be finalized.

Year 1 Term 1 | Fall Courses: As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, provincial regulations, health authority and university directives, the current plan is to deliver the various components of

MEDD411 | Foundations of Medical Practice I:

  • Orientation: Introductory and didactic sessions to be delivered online either synchronously (through Zoom) or asynchronously (through recordings). The Year 1 Student Orientation Committee to organize both in-person and online activities outside of curriculum time to support community building and student collaboration where possible. The proposed program plan is to organize in-person registration the week before classes (August 17 - 21). Please note that this is currently under review by the university.
  • Lectures and Large/Medium-Sized Group Sessions: Will be delivered online either synchronously (through Zoom) or asynchronously (through recordings).
  • Labs: Gross anatomy (GA), radiology, histology and pathology content will be delivered online either synchronously (through Zoom) or asynchronously (through recordings). Extra-curricular teaching and support, with in-person access to the GA lab is being explored in the context of facility access and building capacities at each site.
  • Case-Based Learning (CBL): Cluster A (September 2 - October 5) will be delivered online via Zoom at all sites. Cluster B (October 5 - November 6) & Cluster C (November 9 - December 11) will be delivered online via Zoom for VFMP students. For SMP, NMP and IMP students, Clusters B and/or C may be delivered through a blended model (i.e., a combination of in-person and online sessions) with students attending a number of CBL sessions in person over the duration of the CBL course. The outcome of this decision will depend on local University (UBC-O, UNBC, and UVic) directives for implementation of provincial regulations.
  • Clinical Skills: Weeks 3 - 11 (Communication Skills) and 12 - 14 (Clinical Skills) will be delivered online. These online sessions will be followed by Week 15 - Introduction to the Physical Examination, to be delivered in-person. (Approval for on-site (in-person) sessions are currently under review by the university.)
  • Family Practice: Lectures will be online. Seminars will be mostly online aside from two in-person sessions, pending review and approval by the university. The delivery of office visits will be guided by the practice of individual preceptors, with both in person and virtual/telehealth opportunities.

MEDD419 | Foundations of Scholarship/FLEX: online delivery with both synchronous and asynchronous options under consideration.

Location: Students are expected to be at their designated sites on August 24, 2020.

Students are highly encouraged to attend in-person registration the week before the start of classes (August 17 - 21). Further details about the in-person registration will be shared as soon as the registration sessions are approved and confirmed.

Academic Calendar: The academic calendar is available here. Please note that individual schedules for Family Practice will be available in mid-August and the first face-to-face sessions will be scheduled in September.

Shadowing: Current policy and restrictions due to COVID-19 do not allow for ANY medical student shadowing of physicians by Year 1 or Year 2 students.

If you have any questions or concerns, please reach out to UBC MD Student Affairs at md.studentaffairs@ubc.ca

Best Regards,

Dr. Peter Choi and Dr. Karen Pinder, MEDD 411 Course Co-Directors

COVID-19 Vaccines (Updated on January 5, 2021)

While medical students are still expected to be part of the second priority vaccination group (including other hospital staff, community GPs and medical specialists), with an expected vaccine delivery from February to March as per Provincial guidance, some students across the province are being offered vaccinations presently. These decisions are made locally by clinical department heads and Health Authorities, or as opportunities arise when excess vaccines are available. Students are (of course) able to accept these offers if presented which will help control virus spread in our healthcare facilities and communities and as well as help protect you. For students who receive the vaccine, there is no change to PPE requirements or to the UBC guidelines on which patients students can see.  It is also still important to maintain physical distance and stay home when sick.  Finally, please remember that vaccinated people will become COVID antigen test positive but will stay nucleic acid test negative.  BCCDC COVID-19 vaccine resources can be found here.

COVID-19 Holiday Note (Updated on December 17, 2020)

We are wishing you all a restful, relaxing and well-deserved holiday season. As you all know during this time of the COVID pandemic it is very important to follow the public health recommendations to keep your families safe. During your holiday time it is also very important to follow the public health recommendations so that when you return to your educational activities, you are able to keep your patients and colleagues safe. As healthcare providers and healthcare leaders we have the added responsibility to demonstrate the importance of following the guidelines and be examples to our families and communities through our behaviour. Please be healthy and safe on your holiday so that you are healthy and safe when you return to your educational activities.

Best regards,
Dr. Cheryl Holmes, Associate Dean Undergraduate Medical Education
Dr. Sarah Brears, Regional Associate Dean Southern Medical Program
Dr. Bruce Wright, Regional Associate Dean Island Medical Program
Dr. Paul Winwood, Regional Associate Dean Northern Medical Program
Dr. Amil Shah, Regional Associate Dean Vancouver Fraser Medical Program

Virtual Home Office Visit Guidelines (Updated on December 8, 2020)

Due to COVID-19 guidelines, safety plans must be in place for all workspaces including all UBC learning spaces. A clinical preceptor’s home office is unfortunately not considered a UBC learning space at this time. Therefore, students should not be working from a preceptor’s home office to complete virtual patient visits. Students who are having difficulty doing virtual visits remotely with their preceptor are asked to contact the appropriate program assistants for further support.

Update on Active Self-assessment Requirements (Updated on December 1, 2020)

In recent weeks, the BC Provincial Government has introduced a number of Public Health Orders related to reducing COVID-19 transmission.

Faculty, staff and students at UBC Vancouver received a UBC Broadcast on November 10, 2020 with information about the Public Health Orders — as they related to the Vancouver Coastal Health and Fraser Health regions. Faculty, staff and students at UBC Okanagan received a message on November 24, 2020, with further details — once the restrictions became province-wide.  UBC has now provided an additional update, which applies to all faculty, staff and students at UBC (regardless of campus location). For more information and FAQs, visit Safety & Risk Services.

Students taking part in face-to-face classes, or attending campus for other reasons, now need to directly confirm to their instructor/UBC representative that they have completed a self-assessment for symptoms of COVID-19 before arriving at their class. This confirmation can be verbal and does not require documentation. Please use the BC self-assessment tool at https://bc.thrive.health/. Anyone experiencing symptoms must follow the guidance provided in the self-assessment tool.

Mask Use in Health Care Facilities (Updated on November 10, 2020)

The Ministry of Health issued this release on November 4 regarding mask use in Health Care Facilities.

Our students/staff in health care facilities must wear medical masks (provided by the facility) at all times when working in clinical areas, including common areas and break rooms (except when eating or drinking).

Staff in non-clinical areas can continue to follow their COVID-19 Safety Plans, which may allow them to be unmasked provided other safety measures (e.g. physical distancing) are implemented.

All persons in Long Term Care Facilities must wear a medical mask at all times unless eating or drinking.

Mask Use in Classrooms

We advise you to please wear masks in all small group sessions (CBL, tutorials, clinical skills, anatomy review sessions, etc.), as per UBC’s COVID-19 Campus Rules. This now applies to all sites of the MD Undergraduate Program.

Term 2 Schedules (Updated on December 14, 2020)

While the start of classes for many programs at UBC Vancouver and UBC Okanagan will be delayed until January 11, the MD Undergraduate program will start as planned on January 4th, 2021 at all Sites. At this time, we would like to provide you with an update on the plans for Term 2. As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, provincial regulations as well as health authority and university (UBC, UVic, UNBC, and UBC-O) directives, the current plan is to deliver the various components of the Term 2 Courses found here.

Start of Term 2 after Winter Break (Updated on December 8, 2020)

While the start of classes for many programs at UBC Vancouver and UBC Okanagan will be delayed until January 11, the MD Undergraduate program will start as planned on January 4, 2021.  The Term 2 detailed plans will be available next week.

Assessment FAQ (Updated on December 8, 2020)

Answers to your Assessment FAQ re: MCQ’s can be found here.

Clinical Skills (Updated on November 24, 2020)

The UGME COVID-19 Task Force, along with UBC Health and Safety, acknowledge the current COVID-19 situation across the province and the Provincial Health Order on province-wide restrictions that went into effect on November 19, 2020.

We have carefully considered and weighed the pros and cons to continuing the in-person session for MEDD 411 Clinical Skills Week 15 on December 1 & 3, 2020 and have decided to proceed.  This is in alignment with the need for optimal delivery of the curriculum with current health and safety guidelines and extensive safety plans that ensure the sessions proceed in a cautious way and by protecting all parties with appropriate personal protective equipment.

With this being said, we want to emphasize that if any students, tutors, or volunteers are not feeling safe, they should not attend.  We do ask that tutors and volunteers let the site administrators know as soon as possible if they will not be attending.  Students who are not planning to attend for any reason need to submit an absence form.

Students can rest assured that all learning objectives for MEDD 411 Clinical Skills have been sufficiently completed in the Weeks 13 and 14 sessions and there will be opportunities for in-person practice of these skills later in the curriculum.  All individuals must complete the self-assessment tool prior to attending (here) and are not to attend in-person sessions if unwell.  We thank you for your thoughtfulness in protecting our staff, patients, tutors and students.

The Virtual Cup of Coffee Program (Updated on October 29, 2020)

Student Affairs is excited to announce a new career exploration initiative for our 1st- and 2nd-year students. The Virtual Cup of Coffee welcomes students from across the province to meet with physicians in diverse specialties in a small group setting to learn about their experiences in their field. Each month, you will be invited to register for a 45-minute virtual chat with the goal of providing greater exposure to specialties that you may be interested in.

We will slowly roll out the program during November and December and we expect high demand for these sessions. For this reason, we are limiting availability to 1 session per student, although you will have the option for registering for an unlimited number of wait-listed sessions. After your session, you’ll receive a brief survey to help us improve on the program going forward.

Please note the following:

  1. These sessions are an opportunity to learn more about a physician's specialty. They are not to be used to seek mentorship opportunities or clinical activities.
  2. This is not a lecture. Please come prepared with questions for your host.
  3. Ensure your webcam is turned on and be an active participant of the session.
  4. Demonstrate professional behaviour by dressing appropriately and joining from a clean, quiet environment.
  5. NotifyStudentAffairs@ubc.ca if you are unable to attend a session you’ve registered for.

The registration page will be available via Entrada starting Sunday, November 1st at 11am. You can find it via this link, or via the Student Affairs page, with the Virtual Cup of Coffee link located under Career Planning. Please note that the registration page will not be accessible before 11am on Sunday. You can find a list of sessions at the bottom of this email, which I encourage you to review and prioritize as they may fill up quickly and you may not be able to register for your first choice. We will accept registrations for December sessions in late November.

If you have any questions, please contact me or Awss Dabe, VFMP Coordinator.

Clinical Shadowing (Updated on October 29, 2020)

The MD Undergraduate Program is aware of your desire to shadow.  As shadowing is a Career Planning activity, it is housed in Student Affairs.  Student Affairs has engaged in a consultative process with Curricular Leads in Years 1 & 2, and 3 & 4, UBC Faculty of Medicine, Health and Safety and the UGME COVID-19 Taskforce to evaluate shadowing in second semester.  The pros and cons have been weighed and at this time it has been decided that shadowing will remain on HOLD due to a variety of limitations and concerns, including PPE use and Preceptor availability.  Here are the principles for reinstatement of clinical shadowing.

As an alternative to shadowing, Student Affairs has been working hard to develop a new program called the Virtual Cup of Coffee which will begin in November 2020 and be available to Years 1 & 2.  We understand this is a priority to student and will work hard to have shadowing back as soon as it is possible.  Thank you for your patience and understanding.

Clinical Skills (Updated September 15, 2020)

Although several clinical skills sessions that focus on developing physical examination skills will be offered in-person in the 2020-2021 academic year, there remains the potential for individual students to miss these sessions due to mandated self-isolation, quarantine, as well as illness, resulting from potential COVID-19 exposures by the students themselves or their close contacts. Our goal is to preserve promotion and timely entry into clinical years where possible, without compromising students’ education.

If you have any COVID-19-like symptoms or are in self-isolation for any reason, please do NOT attend your in-person Clinical Skills sessions.  The alternatives are to reschedule or to ask if there are virtual opportunities you can participate in.  The mitigation strategies are found here.  The procedure for unforeseen absence due to COVID-19 exposure, COVID-19 infection or COVID-19-like symptoms is found here.

FLEX Activity COVID-19 guidelines (Updated September 10, 2020)

The link to the guidelines for MEDD 429 can be found on Entrada > MEDD 419/429 > FLEX Guidelines and COVID info.

Expectations for Site Attendance (Updated on July 9, 2020)

Context:

This year, due to provincial restrictions imposed by the pandemic, curriculum delivery will be very different in all 4 years of the program compared to previous years. Students who accepted a position in May, might have different thoughts about what they want in August.

Students in the Class of 2024 will be expected to attend in-person sessions at their home sites. The decision to have students attend at their home sites is based on the following:

  • The UBC Medical Undergraduate Program (MDUP) is located in British Columbia, and has a social accountability mandate to address the current and future health care needs of British Columbians;
  • Students in the C2024 will be starting Year 1 of medical school in August 2020;
  • Matriculating students are offered a position at one of the 4 sites (that they ranked) and it is very clear when the offer is made that they are committing to attend UBC MDUP at that site. As such, students in the C2024 belong to one of the 4 distributed sites within the MDUP;
  • In the 2020/21 academic year, much of the curriculum will be delivered virtually but there are key sessions that are being planned in-person which students must attend in person at their respective sites;
  • There is no capacity to have additional students at any of the 4 sites for in-person sessions.

Decision Making:

The UBC MDUP is governed by the Undergraduate Medical Education (UGME) Committee.  During the COVID pandemic, the UGME COVID-19 Task Force has been empowered to make nimble decisions for the MDUP.  This Task Force includes student representatives from each of the classes as well as program faculty leaders, administrative teams and all of the site Student Affairs Assistant Deans. The current Class President for the C2023, Armaghan (Army) Alam, will serve as de facto representative of both the C2023 and C2024 until the C2024 has elected student representatives. In addition to Student Affairs, you may contact him if you have any questions or concerns (armaghan.alam@alumni.ubc.ca).

Approaches to Curriculum Planning/Delivery:

  • The Faculty of Medicine leadership, faculty, staff, and students are committed to delivering a solid educational experience where all students will meet MDUP exit competencies and are well prepared to enter residencies and future careers;
  • In consultation with faculty and student reps, we are trying to maintain as many in-person activities as possible, with the knowledge that in-person curricular and extracurricular activities are the very best for many kinds of learning, for feeling a part of a class and a site, and for integrating into a new community;
  • Each site is working hard to establish creative ways of building and maintaining a sense of community from the outset, taking into account the current limits on in-person interactions and specific university and hospital rules.

Options for students who feel that they cannot attend the 2020/21 Academic year at their Site:

  • Contact their Student Affairs team who can help navigate and support students in accessing program information, thinking through options, sharing experiences, advising and advocacy
  • Refuse the site offer and re-enter an application for next year (or beyond);
  • Request to defer admission for a year to the same site. Please note, requests for deferral are not automatically granted and are only approved in extraordinary circumstances where the students’ situation has significantly changed since acceptance of their offer to medical school (i.e. personal or family medical issue or emergency).
  • Request a site transfer. Please refer to the UBC Faculty of Medicine policy to determine eligibility (Transfer Between Program Sites, Policy 001). These decisions are based on significant changes in a student’s situation from acceptance of their site to the time of the request and are dependent on maintaining the integrity of learning for the whole group (i.e. capacity and depleting the numbers of learners at a site). Site transfers are only approved for extraordinary circumstances (i.e. personal or family medical issue or emergency). Requests for site switches between students are not possible;
  • Request a personal leave of absence. Please note, requests for personal leaves are not automatically granted and are approved by the Regional Associate Dean in accordance with MDUP Policy 002.  Please discuss this with your Student Affairs Assistant Dean.
  • While the program assumes students will reside in the communities close to their academic site, once students have knowledge of their individual curricular schedules, they may choose to stay at their homes, where they are comfortable, for on-line learning components and travel to the site for in-person activities.

Please note, this approach will require knowledge of individual curricular schedules which will not be ready until at least mid-August and could be subject to change with possibly 24 -hours’ notice. The program cannot tailor schedules to accommodate this type of living arrangement. Additionally, it may be more stressful for students to move to their site after their studies have started.

We understand there are downsides to all of these choices, and the “unfairness” of uncertainty imposed by the pandemic impacts us all.  That said, the policies are based on the underlying principles of UBC’s Distributed Medical Education Program (MDUP) that have not changed because of COVID.

Thank you for your patience and flexibility during these difficult times. We recognize that this year may not be what you were expecting; however, many hours of hard work and deliberation have gone into ensuring a high-quality medical education.

Family Practice (Updated September 15, 2020)

While we recognize the significant challenges the COVID-19 pandemic poses to our students, we anticipate that this year, students will have a lot more flexibility and opportunities to complete your family practice sessions in their entirety.

If you have any COVID-19-like symptoms or are in self-isolation for any reason, please do NOT attend your in-person Family Practice Seminars or Office visits.  The alternatives are to reschedule or to ask if there are virtual opportunities you can participate in.  The mitigation strategies are found here.  The procedure for unforeseen absence due to COVID-19 exposure, COVID-19 infection or COVID-19-like symptoms is found here.

If you experience any challenges with scheduling sessions with preceptors, please contact the site program assistants for further assistance and direction.

Family Practice Office Visits (Updated on June 4, 2020)

The Family Practice team is planning an exciting fall term for you.  You will be paired with a Family Doctor and will have more flexibility in scheduling the family practice office visits based on mutual convenience with a preceptor.  However, you can still use your dedicated family practice time on your schedule if that works. The number of visits required will be indicated to you by your site program assistants.  Visit types will also be flexible (depending on preceptor practices and availability) and suggestions will be provided in the preceptor and student manuals.  Some of these include:

  • In-office visits
  • Telehealth/virtual visits
  • Deeper history taking with select patients (e.g. vulnerable populations, etc.)

Please note that you are still responsible to attend all of the scheduled in-person and synchronous learning activities.

More details will be provided in the student manual.

Principles of COVID-19 MEDD 411/419 Implementation Working Group for Intake of UBC Medical Class of 2024 (C2024) (Updated on May 11, 2020)

The Class of 2024 will be welcomed by their sites of acceptance in August.  All orientation activities will occur at the sites.  Dr. Karen Pinder and Peter Choi are chairing the MEDD 411/419 Implementation Working group, supported by Pilar Onatra, with a 75-member team, students, faculty and administrators from all 4 sites.

Key Principles guiding the work of this Implementation Working Group are:

  1. The safety of our students, patients, faculty and staff are the highest priority.
  2. We are bounded by the Principles articulated by the UGME COVID-19 Task Force.
  3. We are bounded by the guidelines of the University of British Columbia and partner institutions (UVic, UNBC, and UBC-O) for on-boarding C2024.
  4. Our priority is that C2024 starts MEDD 411 and 419 on time and that students attain an equitable and sufficient education that prepares them for MEDD 412, 421, 422 and 429.
  5. We will inform C2024 that they will start MEDD 411 and 419 at their respective sites. This information will be included in their admission letters (scheduled to be sent 12 May 2020).
  6. We recognize that face-to-face interactions (particularly for small group sessions) are desirable for building community, but the over-arching principles in making decisions of curricular delivery online, in-person or a hybrid will be grounded in principles 1-5, with the safety of all students, patients, faculty and staff at the forefront. As such, as much of the curriculum as possible should be delivered on-line.
  7. Students in C2024 are expected to reside at their site of offer for the duration of MEDD 411.
  8. Administrative and faculty teams at all sites are to be included in all COVID-19 MEDD 411 planning and implementation decisions.
  9. Other health professional programs (Dentistry, Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy) will be consulted and engaged in changes to the orientation program of MEDD 411 (weeks 1 and 2).
  10. Processes for faculty recruitment, faculty development and curriculum delivery will follow the well-established processes of distributed delivery already utilized for MEDD 412, MEDD 421 and MEDD 422.
  11. This working group will report through the Years 1&2 Curriculum Subcommittee for oversight, operations and comparability for other courses in Years 1&2.
  12. Modalities for all sessions will be consistent and identical across sites to ensure equity across sites and to avoid curriculum drift, (e.g. CBL at all sites will either be online or in person and not different across sites).
  13. Once a delivery method (online, in-person, or hybrid) for MEDD 411 is decided, we commit to it in order to ensure consistency for faculty, staff and students.
  14. The “essential to deliver” face-to-face components of MEDD 411 will be decided at the outset and will be subject to change based on changing provincial and university mandates.
  15. Restrictions on the size of public gatherings will significantly limit traditional community-building social activities for C2024. Other means of achieving this will be explored.
  16. Flexibility in scheduling will be considered on an individualized basis for students who need additional time to complete competencies (e.g. due to academic difficulties, illness, self-isolation). We will focus on competencies before curricular time.
  17. Assessment modalities and their delivery will need to be revised for this cohort (remote proctoring of MCQ and lab exams, postponement of the OSCE, etc).
  18. While faculty and leadership may identify opportunities for enhanced and/or innovative curriculum delivery, we will make decisions that balance the opportunity for innovation across all curricular components of Year 1, dependent on feasibility and availability of resources and time constraints at all sites.
  19. The Working Group is making decisions in extraordinary times. Time is limited and we need to make rapid decisions and the administrative teams need lead time for implementation. Although there is a need to implement decisions in a timely way, all proposals need to be presented to UGME COVID-19 Implementation Task Force for coordination with other working groups, the Years 1&2 Curriculum Subcommittee for endorsement and coordination within the components of the curriculum and the UGME Committee for final approval in line with our governance structure.
  20. Working Group discussions will remain confidential until key messages are released.
  21. The implementation of MEDD 411 for C2024 must be seen in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic and will be a compromise. Data from this pilot will be helpful but not binding in planning future iterations of MEDD 411.

(Updated on May 1, 2020)

We are considering the inevitability that restrictions on the size of public gatherings and physical distancing will remain in place for the fall of 2020, which will significantly impact the current delivery of orientation and MEDD 411. It is likely that provincial and UBC guidelines will limit gatherings to 25 people and require learners to be in a room with 3-fold the normal capacity. Considering that students from the distributed sites identify significant challenges finding housing in Vancouver for 4 months followed by relocating to their sites, it seems unduly stressful for all students to start in Vancouver given the uncertainty of travel restrictions continuing and that it may not be meaningful if the majority of program delivery will be virtual.

As a result, the decision has been made that the Class of 2024 students will be welcomed to the UBC MDUP at their distributed sites rather than all at the Vancouver Fraser Site for MEDD 411.

Drs. Karen Pinder and Peter Choi are forming a MEDD 411 Implementation working group, supported by Pilar Onatra. Students, faculty and staff from the sites will be on this working group, including Student Affairs, Clinical Skills, FLEX, MEDIT, Program Managers, Faculty Development, Admissions, and the Standardized and Volunteer Patient Program representatives.

Importantly, a Key Principles document will be developed with the following considerations:

    1. Our faculty and leadership identify many opportunities for enhanced curriculum delivery including virtual labs.
    2. Face to face interactions, particularly for small group sessions are desirable for building community, at least to start.
    3. Restrictions on the size of public gatherings will significantly limit traditional community-building social activities for the whole year group. Other means of achieving this will need to be explored.
    4. There will need to be a significant redesign for a predominantly on-line curriculum.
    5. Time is limited. We need to make rapid decisions and our administrative teams need lead time for implementation.
    6. MDUP Admissions will send out offer letters around May 12; the change in where the first semester is delivered for students at the sites should be included in the offer letter so that students can make plans for housing etc.
    7. Student Leadership will be helpful in designing and communicating messaging for the incoming Class of 2024.
    8. Other health professions programs are also involved in the 2-week orientation (Dentistry, Physical Therapy and Occupational Therapy). They will need to be engaged in changes to the orientation program.
    9. Whatever we do this year must be seen in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic and will be a compromise.  Data from this pilot will be helpful in planning future delivery of MEDD 411.

In-person Social Events (Updated on May 26, 2020)

Year 2 Orientation Committee students are planning small-group, open-air activities with the incoming class to build community, in conjunction with online activities. Provincial and CDC directives will be followed. More information to follow.

Townhall FAQ (Updated on August 6, 2020)

Thank you to everyone who was able to attend and contribute to an important townhall discussion.

Detailed answers to the FAQ from the Townhall meeting can be found here.

We recognize that your class faces a unique challenge entering medical school that no other class before you have had to deal with. The uncertainty and difficulties associated with this pandemic may seem daunting, however we are confident that your class will rise to the occasion and become great physicians despite this adversity.

The entire Faculty of Medicine are working tirelessly to ensure that there is no disruption to the delivery of your medical education, and we will strive to provide you with updates on new in-person sessions as soon as we can reasonably do so. As previously stated, if you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to reach out to your temporary class representative, Army Alam (armaghan.alam@alumni.ubc.ca).