For prospective applicants who are interested in the UBC Undergraduate Medical Education (M.D.) Program, please visit the FoM General Information page.

Current undergraduate M.D. students seeking general information and services should visit the FoM Current Learners page.


The UBC Undergraduate Medical Education Program is a four year program, during which medical students will be introduced to fundamental concepts, as well as gain core experience, in general psychiatry and its areas of specialization.


YEAR 1 and YEAR 2 

Students are exposed to introductory concepts of Psychiatry in Foundations of Medical Practice (MEDD 411 and MEDD 421). Students are exposed to case-based presentations and clinical settings where they gain interview practice in the Foundations of Medical Practice (MEDD 412) and Transition into Clinical Education (MEDD 422) courses. Students also have the opportunity to pursue psychiatry related learning projects as part of the Foundations of Scholarship and Flexible Enhanced Learning course (MEDD 419 and MEDD 429).



Clerkship (MEDD 431) is a 12-month course where students gain core experiences across the breadth of medicine through both clinical and academic learning opportunities. Psychiatry provides a six week rotation through the Brain and Body Block. Students will interact with adult and child patients under the supervision of psychiatrists in order to develop a solid foundation of knowledge, skills, and abilities described by the UBC exit competencies. During the six week rotation, students will learn to complete a diagnostic evaluation and formulate an appropriate treatment plan for a patients presenting with a mental health concern. Online learning resources for Year 3 Psychiatry can be found on MEDICOL.



Medical students in their final year have the opportunity to participate in various two or four week electives in psychiatry. The program offers a total of 37 electives (general and sub-specialty psychiatry) for UBC and Visiting Students at teaching sites across BC. The program offers electives in the following topics:

  • Acute Care Psychiatry and Addictions
  • Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
  • Early Psychosis Intervention
  • Eating Disorders
  • Emergency Psychiatry
  • Geriatric Consultation Liaison
  • Inpatient & General Outpatient Psychiatry
  • Youth Forensic Psychiatry
  • Mood Disorders
  • Multicultural Psychiatry
  • Neuropsychiatry
  • Sexual Medicine
  • Reproductive Psychiatry
  • Urban Psychiatry: psychotic, mood and concurrent disorders

Please refer to one45 for the most up-to-date list of offerings.

Visiting students from approved universities are welcome to enroll in a psychiatry elective in their final years of medical school. Please refer to the Visiting Student Elective Program.



The UBC Undergraduate Medical Education (UGME) Program is comprised of four geographically distinct sites:

If you are a first year medical undergraduate student at a Canadian university and are considering a career in psychiatry, the Psychiatry Summer Immersion Program was created for you! The program provides an opportunity to explore the field of psychiatry and engage with psychiatrists and psychiatry residents through interactive sessions and clinical observership placements. The three-day program is held after the academic year end for first year medical students.

Want to learn more about a career in psychiatry?

Should you have any questions regarding future Careers Nights or The Right Psych podcast series, please contact Dr. Clare Beasley at clare.beasley@ubc.ca.

Are you a medical student who is curious about a career in psychiatry? If so, tune into the podcast series The Right Psych! This podcast series features undergraduate medical students interviewing psychiatrists from a diverse array of subspecialties to explore the enormous breadth of practice in this exciting and evolving field of medicine. Discover what could be the Right Psych for you!

Episode 1: Perinatal Mental Health & Psycho-Oncology

Episode 2: Assertive Community Treatment & Outreach Psychiatry

Episode 3: Brain & Body

Episode 4: Child & Adolescent Psychiatry

Episode 5: Consultation Liaison