The UBC Faculty of Medicine’s Southern Medical Program (SMP) in BC’s Interior will be another significant step toward improving the health of the population by directly addressing both the shortage as well as the uneven distribution of physicians in the Province.
The Southern Medical Program will become the fourth site in UBC’s MD undergraduate program, with 32 students starting in 2011. Admission to the SMP program will be processed centrally by the UBC Faculty of Medicine Admissions office, as is the case with the other programs. Students will share the same curriculum and meet the same academic standards as their peers in Victoria, Prince George, and Vancouver. Graduates from the program will receive a UBC degree.
Two new buildings funded by the BC Government will provide the SMP with high-tech classrooms and lecture theatres, research and teaching laboratories, and administration and faculty offices. The Health Sciences Centre, a $28 million, 4,266-square-metre building will be located on the Okanagan campus, and a two-storey, 3,200-square-metre building at Kelowna General Hospital will serve as a Clinical Academic Campus.
In addition to Kelowna General Hospital, students will have first-rate clinical training opportunities throughout the province, and in the Interior region. Affiliated Regional Centres include the Royal Inland Hospital in Kamloops, the Vernon Jubilee Hospital and Penticton Regional Hospital. (http://www.med.ubc.ca/education/md_ugrad/Southern_Medical_Program.htm)