About the FoM & MDUP

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Faculty of Medicine (FoM)

How are we distributed across the region?

We respectfully acknowledge that the UBC Vancouver-Fraser Medical Program (VFMP) is located on the traditional, ancestral, unceded territories of the xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish), səl̓ilwətaɁɬ (Tsleil-Waututh), Kwantlen, sc̓əwaθenaɁɬ təməxʷ (Tsawwassen), S’ólh Téméxw (Stó:lō), Hul’qumi’num Treaty Group, kʷikʷəƛ̓əm, Stz’uminus, Qayqayt, sq̓əc̓iy̓aɁɬ təməxʷ (Katzie), Semiahmoo, Á,LENENEC LTE (W̱SÁNEĆ), Nłeʔkepmx Tmíxʷ (Nlaka’pamux), Quw’utsun, Nuxwsa’7aq (Nooksack), and the Cayuse, Umatilla and Walla Walla people whose historical relationships with the land continue to this day.

How many are we?

  • 657 full time faculty  
  • 10,483 clinical faculty  
  • 2000+ staff  
  • 4500+ trainees  
  • 288 MD undergraduates (x4)  
  • 80+ training sites  
  • >70 residency programs 
  • 475 Masters + PhD students

Visit the UBC Faculty of Medicine site to learn more Facts & Figures.

What are our leadership and administrative structures?

Dean Faculty of Medicine and Vice-President, Health
Vice Deans Academic, Education, Health Engagement, Research
Regional Associate Deans Interior, Northern British Columbia, Vancouver-Fraser, Vancouver Island
Associate Deans Continuing Professional Development, Faculty Development, Fraser, Graduate and Postdoctoral Education, Health Professions, Postgraduate Medical Education, Student Affairs, Undergraduate Medical Education (UGME) Program
Assistant Deans Admissions, MD Undergraduate Program, Postgraduate Medical Education, Vancouver Fraser Medical Program, Island Medical, Program, Northern Medical Program, Southern Medical Program, Student Affairs x6
Academic Program Directors Medical Laboratory Science Program, Midwifery Program, Clinical Faculty Affairs x2
Centre & Institute Directors Academic Programs, Centre & Institutes, Schools
Associate Deans, Research BC Cancer Agency (BCCA), BC Children’s Hospial Research Institute (BCCHRI), Providence Health Care Research Institute (PHCRI), Vancouver Coastal Health Research Institute (VCHRI)

Note that each department will have its own structure with their own administrative faculty and contacts.

Visit the UBC Faculty of Medicine site for more details on Academic Administration.

How many service units are there?

  • Communications
  • IT
  • Finance
  • Room Booking
  • Facilities
  • Purchasing
  • Health & Safety

Visit the UBC Faculty of Medicine site to access each Service Unit.

MD Undergraduate Program (MDUP)

The program is organised by Systems and Themes that are structured through a Spiral Curriculum that lead students to Exit Competencies.

How many seats are there in the MDUP?

Prior to expansion, the MD program had a total of 288 seats. With expansion, the total number of seats in the program will increase to 328 by 2024.

The additional 40 MD seats will be regionally distributed across B.C. as follows:

  • Island Medical Program (IMP) by 8 new seats: 4 added in 2023, with 4 more in 2024.
  • Northern Medical Program (NMP) by 8 new seats: 4 added in 2023, with 4 more in 2024.
  • Southern Medical Program (SMP) by 8 new seats: 4 added in 2023, with 4 more in 2024.
  • Vancouver-Fraser Medical Program (VFMP) by 16 new seats: 6 added in 2023, with 10 more in 2024.

What are Systems and Themes?


A system is a group of organs or functional collections of tissue that work together to maintain homeostasis. A system does not work in isolation, and the well-being of the person depends upon the well-being of all the interacting systems. Systems are championed by System Leads.


Themes are specific areas or categories of knowledge, skills, and attitudes that support undergraduate medical education at UBC. They are supported and addressed by a focus in the curriculum over all 4 years, as appropriate. Themes are championed by Theme Leads.

Visit this document to view System & Theme Leads. For further information, please contact Dr. Adrian Yee, Director of Curriculum at adrian.yee@ubc.ca.

How is the Spiral Curriculum organised?

In August of 2015, the UBC MD Undergraduate Program launched a renewed curriculum. Based on longitudinal learning, the traditional smaller blocks of material that have historically dominated the medical curriculum have been reshaped into “spirals” of integrated Themes, Systems and Clinical Experiences that will recur across all four years. Material taught in the foundational sciences such as anatomy, histology, physiology and genetics have been resurrected, at increasing levels of complexity, across all four years, while simulation exercises and immersion into clinical contexts are introduced right from the first year.

Visit the UBC Faculty of Medicine site to learn more about the Spiral Curriculum across Years 1-4.

What are the Exit Competencies?

Visit the UBC Faculty of Medicine site to learn more about the MD Program Goals and Exit Competencies.

How do I search the Curriculum?

The Curriculum Management Unit (CMU) maintains an accurate and up-to-date curriculum management system (Entrada) which permits Associate Deans, faculty members, students and administrators to search MD Undergraduate Program (MDUP) curricular content in a user-friendly manner.

Working with Students

What are students’ protected hours?

Find key details on students’ working hours and their protected times in Year 3.

How should workplace injuries be reported?

As students are considered employees during Year 4 of medical school, injuries in the workplace must be reported to the preceptor, WorkSafeBC and UBC. Information can be found here on How to Report a Hazardous Condition or Act, and here for the Blood and Body Fluid: Exposure Control Plan. Early identification of concerns makes it possible for us to arrange appropriate support and assistance for you and your student.

Have more questions?

Reach out to us at vfmp.facdev@ubc.ca.