Program Overview

Director’s Message

Thank you for taking time to visit the Family Practice Undergraduate website.

The Undergraduate Family Practice program at UBC has a strong presence across all four years of the MD program. We have a large cohort of preceptors across the province and we offer the most distributed teaching experiences in the MD program. Each year approximately 40% of UBC graduates match to family medicine residency programs across the country showing that our clinical preceptors have a very strong and positive influence on our learners.

We always welcome new preceptors!  If you are interested in helping train and form the next generation of family physicians, and are interested in teaching please contact us at

While we welcome out of province students, the undergraduate dean’s office organizes these activities. Please contact them at the Visiting Students’ office.

Meera Anand
Interim Director, Undergraduate Program

About the Program

The Family Practice Undergraduate Program is nested within the Faculty of Medicine MD Program. Currently, class size across four regional campuses is 306 students. In years one and two, students spend up to half a day per week with mostly community-based family physicians. Students also participate in family physician-led seminars on generalist approaches to common issues.

In year three, about 10% of the class participates in a one-year integrated community clerkship. The remainder of the class participates in a block rotation clerkship year including a four-week rotation in a rural family practice.

In year four, students participate in two- and four-week electives in rural and urban, community and hospital based family medicine.

link to MD program admissions requirements

Program Goals

  • Expose all students to the specialty of family medicine as the vast majority of students will go on to become family physicians and/or work in collaboration with them.
  • Teach the fundamentals and offer a generalist perspective
  • Provide early and continuous clinical experiences to integrate and consolidate classroom learning
  • Promote family medicine as a career