UNBC Working to Get More Aboriginal Graduates of the Medical Program

Prince George, BC, Canada / CKPG News
UNBC Working to Get More Aboriginal Graduates of the Medical Program

Doctors and physicians are always in need, especially in remote communities. There is also a high demand for Aboriginal medical professionals. That’s why over ten years ago UBC set a goal of 50 more First Nation graduates of the Medical Program by 2020. Last year they surpassed that goal. Since 2006, UBC’s Medical Undergraduate Program has graduated 63 Aboriginal MDs. UBC has been working closely with UNBC to entice more Aboriginal high school students and undergraduate students with an annual workshop. Associate Vice President of the UNBC Northern Medical Program, Dr. Paul Winwood, says “Each year we have had a number of Aboriginal students since that program started in 2006. We graduated 3 this year for example, who have gone on to do residency training and many of whom I believe will come back to practise in Northern BC, and specifically in areas where there are large numbers of Indigenous peoples.”

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