Rural Pre-Medicine Program Receives CBT Support

Columbia Basin Trust Provides $50,000 Development Grant


Selkirk College has received a $50,000 development grant from Columbia Basin Trust (CBT) to support the implementation of its new Rural Pre-Medicine Program. 

This comprehensive three-year program will provide students with everything they need to apply medical school. It was created as one piece of a long-term solution to the shortage of rural doctors in BC by providing rural and aboriginal students with access to a pathway into medical school. 

“Selkirk College is grateful to CBT for supporting its vision of excellence and access to local educational opportunities for students in our region,” says Dr. Elizabeth Lund, Chemistry Instructor and RPM Program Coordinator.

CBT partners with RPM

Columbia Basin Trust Community Liaison Kelvin Saldern (left) and Selkirk College Chemistry Instructor and RPM Program Coordinator Dr. Elizabeth Lund mark the $50,000 development grant provided to the new Rural Pre-Medicine Program.

Development of this program requires extensive collaboration across the health and education sectors both locally and at a provincial level. 

“We’ve had a great response to this program from our region and from the medical community and all levels of government” says Lund. “It’s exciting to see this unique program so well-received.”

There are a few seats still available for the September 2014 class. If you would like more information about the program or would like to apply go to or contact Lund at 250.365.1265 or


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