Vancouver Summer Program in Medicine: Clinical Research and Clinical Skills

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The Vancouver Summer Program in Medicine is a unique opportunity for aspiring health professionals to learn with their peers from around the world. Having over 140 medical students from 11 countries and 30 different universities leads to an enriching environment that develops culturally sensitive physicians and scientists. This international aspect allows our leading clinical and research medical center at UBC and BC Children’s to improve worldwide health care practices through innovative knowledge translation.

Mixed Learning Methodology
The Vancouver Summer Program in medicine prides itself in its mixed methodology teaching style, allowing for multi-faceted growth in students. Not only do students hear lectures from leading academic clinicians, but every concept taught has a practical, hands-on application during group-based workshops. This group-learning environment fosters critical thinking as students create self-developed research projects, presented at the end of the course. During the clinical course, students actively learn how to do physical examinations, accumulating in a high-fidelity simulation lab experience.

Clinical Setting
Being situated in a high traffic hospital means that students not only hear, but also observe the real-time action that occurs in a health care center, enriching the learning experience. Students see first hand how the concepts taught in the classroom apply to the real-world setting. We believe this can teach students skills far beyond what is heard in lecture. To maximize the clinical setting experience of this course, students tour various wards and research labs and observe the day to day running of the hospital.

Program Growth
The summer of 2016 was a monumental year for the program as it almost doubled in size and offered two cohorts due to demand. The Clinical Research and Clinical Skills course is the largest Vancouver Summer Program offered by UBC Medicine. This interest from the around the globe speaks to the course’s caliber for high quality teaching. This year we hosted 140 international students from 30 different universities and engaged over 30 physician educators and scientists from BC Children’s Hospital, BC Children’s Research Institute and UBC.

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