Curriculum Overview

The Medical Undergraduate Program (MDUP) curriculum is designed to train medical students towards developing exit competencies within the CanMEDS framework.

UGME Curriculum Overview

In the first two years of the program, students explore clinical presentations of increasing complexity through case-based learning and the clinical skills curriculum.  They also pursue a variety of learning experiences designed to enhance scholarship, engagement, and social accountability.

This is followed in the third year by building experiences across the breadth of Medicine and interacting with patients through four blocks of clinical rotations and in the fourth year by rotating through electively chosen clinical rotations.

Click on the image for a more detailed overview of the courses that make up the UGME program Years 1-4.


PGME Curriculum Overview

Like all Royal College PGME programs,  UBC is transitioning to Competency Based Medical Education (CBME). Competence by Design (CBD) is the Royal College’s multi-year, medical education initiative involving the implementation of a CBME approach to education and assessment in residency training and specialty practice in Canada.

CBME is an approach to physician development that focuses on the process and outcomes of training, and makes the achievement of competencies more visible and measurable. It is a model designed to be adapted and restructured for each individual resident. In CBME, coaching and feedback occurs in the moment and in relation to specific tasks, whereas in a traditional model of postgraduate medical education, assessments occur after a set period of time and often removed from daily clinical work



If you are interested in what learning experiences students should have the opportunity to engage in, the Faculty of Medicine has a comprehensive set of resources, including:

– MDUP Exit Competencies

– Year 3 mandatory discipline-specific Clinical

– Procedures (Must DO’s) and Patient Encounters (Must SEE’s)

– Discipline-specfic Year 3 Clinical Learning Objectives

You can visit this website for a comprehensive list or click on the following quick links below to go directly to the resource.