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Academic Regulations for Students Who Entered the Program in 2014/15 or Earlier


Regular attendance is expected of students in all their classes (including lectures, laboratories, tutorials, seminars, etc.). All absences, whether planned or unplanned, must be reported through the Program's absence procedures.

A student wishing an "excused" absence, planned in advance, must submit a request through the Program's absence procedures.

All students registered in the distributed program at geographically separated campuses will be subject to the same academic regulations.


Examinations in the Faculty of Medicine may be held at various times throughout the year. These examinations are obligatory for all students.

Should a student be unavoidably absent from a sessional or final examination because of illness or other reason, the Dean's Office must be notified of the facts in the case before the end of the period during which the examination is scheduled. Failure to observe this rule may result in a failure being recorded in the course.

When a sessional or final examination has been missed through illness or some other justifiable cause, application for deferred examination or special consideration must be made in writing to the Dean not later than 48 hours after the close of the examination period. If the absence was for reasons of health, a physician's certificate indicating the nature and duration of the illness must be submitted to the Dean's Office.

A student may be denied the privilege of writing a sessional examination in any subject because of unsatisfactory work or attendance, and in this case will be considered to have failed the course.

In any course which involves several components (for example tutorial performance, laboratory work and written examinations), a student is required to achieve satisfactory standing in all parts of the course. If the course is repeated, no exemption will ordinarily be granted from the work in any part.

Term essays and examination papers may be refused a passing mark if they are illegible or noticeably defective in English.

The passing mark in the Faculty of Medicine is 60%. In the case of Objective Structured Clinical Examinations (OSCE), students will be informed in advance of the expected number of stations they must pass. In the case of supplemental examinations, the passing mark is 65%.

Results of all assessments will be reviewed and approved by a promotions committee. Final examination results will be released by the Dean’s Office.

Subjects of the Final Examinations

First Year

Three longitudinal courses: Clinical Skills; Doctor, Patient, and Society; Family Practice Continuum.

Six sequential courses:

  • Orientation
  • Principles of Human Biology
  • Host Defences and Infection
  • Cardiovascular; Pulmonary
  • Fluids, Electrolytes, Renal, and GU

Second Year

Three longitudinal courses: Clinical Skills; Doctor, Patient, and Society; Family Practice Continuum.

Eight sequential courses:

  • Gastrointestinal
  • Blood and Lymphatics
  • Musculoskeletal and Locomotor
  • Endocrine and Metabolism
  • Integument
  • Brain and Behaviour
  • Reproduction
  • Nutrition, Growth and Development

Third Year

Promotion of students from third to four year will be based on successful completion of written examinations, oral examinations, and clinical performance evaluations for each clinical clerkship.

The subjects in which students will be assessed in third year will be Anesthesia; Dermatology; Emergency Medicine; Family Practice; Medicine; Obstetrics and Gynaecology; Ophthalmology; Orthopaedics; Pediatrics; Psychiatry; and Surgery.

Fourth Year

Students must successfully complete senior clerkship electives, the Preparation for Medical Practice (PMP) course, and the Year 4 OSCE. Students will be assesed based on clinical performance evaluations, the PMP projects and tests, and the observed performances in the OSCE.

Medical Council of Canada Examinations

All persons writing the Medical Council of Canada examinations are required to submit a separate examination fee to that body. This fee is set by the Council and is payable to The Registrar, Medical Council of Canada.

Grading Practices

In the Faculty of Medicine, individual courses in the Doctor of Medicine undergraduate program are graded on a Pass (P), Fail (F) system. The Faculty defines Fail as below 60% and a Pass as 60% or greater, unless otherwise specified in the course Policy and Procedure Manual.


The Faculty will determine the student's fitness for promotion at the end of each session.

A student whose academic standing is unsatisfactory may be required either to withdraw from the Faculty or to repeat all or part of the academic work for the year.

If the progress of a student has been unsatisfactory in any given course or component of a course, the Faculty may permit supplemental examination in the course(s) failed, at the discretion of the Faculty, provided that attendance has been satisfactory. No student may repeat a course more than once. A course failure is formally and permanently noted on the student's transcript. The Faculty will identify supplemental work necessary for the student to prepare for the supplemental examination. It is the student’s responsibility to consult with the Faculty or designated representative to complete the required supplemental work, and to complete the required supplemental examinations. If the student satisfies the requirements of the course(s) concerned and passes each supplemental examination according to the required passing standard, he/she will be allowed to continue in the program. If the student does not pass the supplemental examination, or otherwise does not fulfill program requirements, he/she may be required to withdraw from the program or to repeat a portion or the entire work of the year. A student who fails a year twice or fails any two of the four years of the program (need not be consecutive) will be required to withdraw from the program, in accordance with the University’s Advancement Regulations. During the transition to the renewed curriculum, a student who fails any given year twice may also be required to withdraw from the program even though the curriculum may not be identical in these years. Students may appeal this decision in accordance with the Appeal Process for Appeals on Academic Standing for Undergraduate Medicine in the Faculty of Medicine. A decision by the dean may be appealed to the Senate Committee on Appeals on Academic Standing.

Although satisfactory academic performance is prerequisite to advancement it is not the sole criterion in the consideration of the suitability of a student for promotion or graduation. The Faculty reserves the right to require a student to withdraw from the Faculty if considered to be unsuited to proceed with the study or practice of medicine.

Graduation Requirements

A candidate for the Doctor of Medicine must have fulfilled all the requirements for entrance to the Faculty of Medicine and have attended the four full years of instruction which comprise the medical course. No one will be admitted to candidacy for the Doctor of Medicine who has not been in attendance for the final two years in the Faculty of Medicine at the University of British Columbia.

Each candidate for graduation must have passed all the required examinations in the subjects comprising the medical course, and have received acceptable ratings in certain courses for which satisfactory completion is required but specific marks are not assigned.

The Faculty will recommend to Senate the granting of the Doctor of Medicine to a student who has completed satisfactorily the academic requirements.

Each candidate for the Doctor of Medicine must make a formal application.

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