Back to School 2023

As summer winds down, the UBC Faculty of Medicine welcomes British Columbia’s next generation of health care professionals and researchers to our campuses across the province.

This year, the Faculty also welcomes the largest MD class in its history which includes learners who are professional athletes, former teachers and firefighters, who are mothers and fathers, and who have worked and volunteered in fields such as Indigenous health, public health and mental health.

Meet the Learners

Meet some of the new and returning learners for 2023, and discover just a few of the ways they are transforming health for everyone.

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Gurkirat Kaur Kandola

August 24, 2023

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Robyn Jones

August 24, 2023

Speech-Language Pathology
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Gbolahan (GB) Olarewaju

August 24, 2023

Public Health & Preventative Medicine
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Medina Wardman

August 24, 2023

Vancouver Fraser Medical Program

By the Numbers

To help meet the unique and diverse health care needs of the province, the UBC Faculty of Medicine is training more medical and health professionals than ever before. This year, the Faculty also welcomes the largest MD class in its history.


Record number of first-year MD seats


First-year resident doctor positions


First-year graduate and undergraduate seats in the health professions
(Genetic counselling, physical therapy, speech-language pathology, audiology, occupational therapy, midwifery, medical laboratory science)


Curtis Leclerc

On a journey to improve care through research in the North

This fall, UBC medical student Curtis Leclerc will become the first Northern Medical Program student to embark on a combined MD/PhD.

Marie Paul Nisingizwe

Safeguarding rural healthcare — with the help of drones

UBC doctoral researcher Marie Paul Nisingizwe studies drone technology and its potential to bolster healthcare networks.

Dr. Olusegun Oyedele

One-on-one with Dr. Olusegun Oyedele

Dr. Oyedele was appointed Assistant Dean, Southern Medial Program.

Lauren MacHattie

Beyond the classroom

Lauren MacHattie is inspiring and training the next generation of midwives on the Island.

Published: August 28, 2023