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British Columbia
  • The University of British Columbia has a Rural Practice Program.  The new curriculum (initiated fall of 1997) makes this a mandatory rural rotation in the summer after second year.  All are required to do 4 weeks. Students can do up to 8 if they wish but the majority do 4. They get  $200.00/wk from the Ministry of Health. Rural is not clearly defined. This remains the only mandatory rural experience in the program.  UBC has a 23 year+ history of rural electives throughout the province in the summer after second year.  Traditionally > 80% participation was the norm.
  • Medical students have two organizations -- the Medical Outreach Elective Program and GOSA (Global Outreach Student's Association) -- which are actively promoting greater rural exposure for medical students, especially in Northern and Aboriginal communities.
North West Territories
  • Due to extreme remoteness, and many unique features, maximal benefit from an elective here will be obtained by clinical clerks prepared with a solid grounding in family medicine, pediatrics, obstetrics, and internal medicine.
  • Correspond directly with the practitioner to arrange dates, and provide a resume and proof of your universities liability insurance.
  • Submit a letter from your dean and an acceptance letter from the physician to the registrar
    Mrs. Helen Roberts, Registrar and Licensing
    Department of Justice and Public Services
    Government of Northwest Territories
    Yellowknife, NT X1A 2L9
  • Airfare is expensive but can be partially reimbursed from a modest fund provided by the Department of Health.
  • After you have approval, submit an application for this bursary to:
    NT Clinical Clerkship Elective Fund
    Human Resource Management, Department of Health
    Government of Northwest Territories
    6th floor, Center Square Tower
    Box 1320 Yellowknife, NT X1A 2L9

Dr. Huy Chau is the new contact/organizer for electives. Electives would normally take place in Whitehorse (semi-rural/remote), Dawson City(rural/remote) Yukon Territory. She is best reached by e-mail:
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