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Back to school for med students – here’s how Doctors of BC can help

August 22, 2018

It’s that time of year again. BC’s medical students are heading back to school, looking ahead to a year of hard work and long hours – part of their journey to becoming physicians. For students, it is important to take advantage of all the of support available, including family, friends, peers and mentors.

Doctors of BC is also a support, providing medical students with a strong network. We encourage students to advantage of the benefits and programs we offer, particularly in the areas of financial support and health and wellness. It is part of our commitment to support BC’s doctors of tomorrow by making their journey throughout medical school easier.

By joining Doctors of BC, you are not just a member – you are part of a community of physicians.  

  student_free_membership.png           Membership is free
For as long as you’re a medical student in BC, membership is completely free. All you need to do is sign up to be a member, there are no conditions and no surprises. Contact benefits@doctorsofbc.ca with any questions.
student_insurance.png Free life and disability insurance
Accidents and illnesses can happen to anyone, anytime. That’s why we offer life and disability insurance at no cost to you throughout all four years of medical school. We want to make sure that in the event of an accident or illness, such things as your loan payments, your living expenses and your loved ones are looked after. To learn more click here or contact insurance@doctorsofbc.ca.
student_financial_help.png Financial help to ease the cost of medical school
We recognize that medical school can be a big financial challenge. That’s why we provide more than $200,000 in student bursaries each year through UBC. We also recognize the importance of pursuing your passions outside of the classroom and provide an annual $10,000 grant to the Medical Undergraduate Society to help you achieve this.
student_health_and_wellness.png Supporting your health and wellness
If you are having a difficult time – feeling stressed, overwhelmed, burnt out – members have free access to the Physician Health Program (PHP). By calling one number, you will have access to immediate and confidential help 24/7, 365 days a year.
student_events.png Supporting professional growth
We organize a number of events to support your journey to becoming a physician. Our annual Find Your Match networking event lets you interact and engage with physicians from various specialities and talk about the experiences, challenges, and opportunities they’ve faced. And the CaRMS Mock Interviews gives you the opportunity to experience actual CaRMS interview questions from resident doctors who have recently been through the process.

How to get more information
These are just a few ways Doctors of BC supports its medical student members – our doctors of tomorrow. For more information on a number of additional benefits click here or email benefits@doctorsofbc.ca.