Independent clinical experience

Independent clinical experience

For visiting medical students enrolled in a medical school listed in the World Directory of Medical Schools who cannot be accommodated by the UBC Visiting Student Elective Program (VSEP).

Requirements

An applicant must meet the following eligibility criteria:

Requirements Canada USA International
Medical school training Accredited Canadian Medical Degree Programs

Accredited US Medical Degree Programs

or

Accredited Osteopathic Medical Schools

World Directory of Medical Schools
English language proficiency English language proficiency requirements English language proficiency requirements English language proficiency requirements
Legally live and work in BC

Canadian citizenship, permanent residence, work permit or visa

Canadian citizenship or permanent residence, work permit or visa Canadian citizenship or permanent residence, work permit or visa
Clinical experience start date (occurring between Feb to Oct 2023)

Penultimate (second to last) or final year of degree

(Class of 2024)

Final year of degree

(Class of 2024)

Final year of degree

(Class of 2024)

Clinical experience start date (occurring Nov 2023 and onward) All years All years All years

How to apply

Contact UBC for permission

The first step in the process is for the applicant to email UBC for permission to do a non-UBC elective (independent clinical experience). UBC must determine that they are unable to accommodate the applicant in the UBC Visiting Student Elective Program (VSEP).

Email UBC for permission

Application package

The College sends the application package with detailed instructions to the applicant when UBC confirms they are not eligible for VSEP but have permission to do a non-UBC elective (independent clinical experience).

Completed applications must be submitted to the College six weeks prior to the anticipated start date. The process includes an application form, payment of fees, and submission of any supplementary documentation. Failure to meet this deadline may result in a delayed start to the independent clinical experience.

For supervising physicians

Physicians supervising UBC visiting electives must confirm in writing to the College that they will

  • be responsible for the supervision of any clinical contact by the medical student with patients,
  • inform patients that the visiting medical student is participating in an educational experience under their supervision,
  • obtain verbal consent from patients to allow the visiting medical student to participate in the care situation, and
  • provide direct supervision at all times during the visiting medical student’s clinical experience.

A letter from the hospital/health authority approving the visit is mandatory if a portion of the educational activity takes place in a hospital.

Additionally, UBC faculty members who supervise students in independent (non-UBC) clinical experiences must confirm in writing to the College that

  • the supervision they provide is done independent of UBC and that any legal issues that arise are not indemnified by UBC, and
  • the clinical experience will not be represented as a UBC clinical experience in a letter of recommendation or evaluation report.

Eligibility requirements for supervisors

Maintaining the licence

To extend a independent clinical experience licence, email your request to undergrad@cpsbc.ca.

Email extension request to the College