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Rural Pre-Medicine Program Officially Launched

Exciting Development for University Arts & Sciences

It's been almost two years in the making and on Wednesday Selkirk College officially launched its Rural Pre-Medicine Advanced Diploma and Associate Degree Program. Based out of its Castlegar Campus, the program will offer students wanting to pursue a career in medicine a three-year opportunity to learn in the intimate setting of a rural college.

“Selkirk College understands rural life and the challenges of living away from urban centres,” says Selkirk President Angus Graeme. “We saw a need in this province and across the country for this type of start to a career in medicine. We are extremely pleased to be part of what could be an important piece of the solution.”

Rural Pre-Med launched

Selkirk College will launch its new Rural Pre-Medicine Advanced Diploma and Associate Degree Program in the Fall of 2014.

Research suggests there are many factors that contribute to the ongoing and increasingly severe shortage of rural doctors in Canada. Medical schools and various levels of governmenthave developed a wide range of programs and strategies to address some of these contributing factors. Selkirk College believes much more can be done at both the undergraduate and high school levels to encourage and support talented rural and Aboriginal students who wish to become physicians.

A Unique Program in Canada

Chemistry instructor Elizabeth Lund was instrumental in the creation of the program.

“Selkirk College is perfectly positioned to offer a comprehensive pre-medicine program,” says Lund. “This is an exciting and innovative program in Canada and has garnered interest from all levels of health care. Although students can complete all of their required prerequisites at other institutions, we are offering an integrated program that, to our knowledge, is not available elsewhere in Canada.”

In creating this program, Selkirk College has worked closely with the UBC Faculty of Medicine, the Rural Coordination Centre of BC (a joint venture of the BC Medical Association, the Ministry of Health and the UBC Faculty of Medicine), Native Education College, the Interior Health Authority, Columbia Basin Trust, local physicians, nurses, nurse practitioners and other health care providers.

The start date of the program is Fall, 2014 with an initial cohort of 24 students admitted to the program.

You can read the entire story at selkirk.ca.

For more information on the Rural Pre-Medicine Program at Selkirk College please contact David Feldman, School Chair for University Arts & Sciences at 250.365.1331 or via email at dfeldman@selkirk.ca.

 

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