Outreach efforts, networking help UBC attract Aboriginal med school students

May 26, 2015

A blog post published by the Vancouver Sun looks at the steps taken by UBC toattract more Aboriginal students to medical school. James Andrews, Coordinator of Aboriginal Student Initiatives, says that UBC engages in advanced networking and community outreach with students in high schools and allocates 5% of medical school seats each year to Aboriginal learners. Andrews says that two-thirds of Aboriginal graduates stay in BC to practise, with most going to rural and remote communities; however, there is a need for Aboriginal doctors in urban areas as well. "They definitely have a preference for returning to their traditional territories but the problem we have now is there aren't enough Aboriginal family doctors in Vancouver," he said. Vancouver Sun