Study in the Island Medical Program
The Island Medical Program (IMP) prides itself on creating a welcoming, friendly, and personal environment for learning. With a class size of just 32 students, you will build direct relationships with preceptors, clinicians and patients. The IMP provides a relaxed atmosphere for learning, yet our students are focused and work both independently and together in small peer groups to meet their education goals.
The Medical Sciences Building at UVic serves as the home base for the IMP and boasts innovative technology, high-tech classrooms and lecture theatres, research and teaching laboratories, and administration and faculty offices.
During the first two years, students divide their time between the Medical Sciences Building, the Clinical Academic Campus at Royal Jubilee Hospital and the offices of family practitioners in the greater Victoria area. Clinical-based education begins in third year where students pursue either traditional clerkship rotations based in Victoria at the Royal Jubilee Hospital or Victoria General Hospital or an integrated community clerkship (ICC) based in Duncan, BC, complemented by opportunities in our affiliated and community-based education facilities across Vancouver Island. Year 4 presents students with opportunities for clinical electives across Vancouver Island as well as other areas of BC and Canada. Find out more about learning medicine in the IMP.
Student life at UVic
The University of Victoria is the second largest health educator in BC with a strong focus on health and medical research and health-related programs such as Nursing, Public Health and Social Policy and Health Information Science. IMP students can pursue research opportunities in UVic’s Division of Medical Sciences, located in the Medical Sciences Building, and through an IMP research mentoring program which links students with UVic and Vancouver Island Health Authority researchers.
As an IMP student you will enjoy full access to University of Victoria student services, including library, athletics and recreation facilities, services and clubs. Victoria, the provincial capital of BC, offers the attractions of a large city but on a smaller scale. It is home to the BC Provincial Museum, opera, symphony, theaters, as well as lively downtown full of unique restaurants, shops, and art galleries. Vancouver Island is perfect for outdoor adventures such as biking, hiking, running and even skiing. You are never far from the ocean, so there is a bounty of water sports and many beaches where you can relax in the sun.