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    Apply Now!

    Due to a cancellation we have a seat available THIS September!

  • Take the first step
    Take the first step

    Your career in rural medicine starts here.

  • Multiple career options
    Multiple career options

    Choose one of several other health care professions.

  • Prepare Yourself
    Prepare Yourself

    Meet the specific challenges you will face as a rural health-care professional.

  • Is Medical School in your future?
    Is Medical School in your future?

    This comprehensive and specialized program will help you prepare.

Contact Information

Rural Pre-Medicine Program Coordinator; Instructor, Chemistry
Phone: 1.888.953.1133 x21265
Direct: 250.365.1265
Instructor, Psychology; Chair of the RPM Admissions Committee
Phone: 1.888.953.1133 x21384
Direct: 250.365.1384

“Rural and remote communities across Canada are experiencing real challenges finding physicians and other health professionals who are committed to and passionate about careers in quality health care in small communities. Our Rural Pre-Medicine program is an innovative, high quality preparedness program in the rural context for students who want to work as physicians and health professionals in remote and small communities. To me, this is one of Selkirk College's unique and exciting contributions to supporting professional health care in Canada.” -Angus Graeme, Selkirk College President & CEO

Program At-A-Glance

Length of Study: 
Three Years
Accreditation: 
Associate of Science Degree in Rural Pre-Health and Advanced Diploma in Rural Pre-Medicine
Campus: 
Castlegar

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In the News

This spring representatives from the Rural Pre-Medicine program at Selkirk College took to the road with UBC’s Northern Medical Program on their Healthcare Travelling Roadshow.

High school students are given the chance to experience what a career in health care might be like with a hands-on initiative that brings a range of career options to them. After joining in on the trade-show style event in 2016, Selkirk College hopes to soon bring the Healthcare Travelling Roadshow to the Kootenay-Boundary region with the Rural Pre-Medicine Program taking the local lead.

A Selkirk College program started as a proactive solution to the rural doctor shortage across the country is gaining traction for its ahead-of-the-curve approach.

A Selkirk College program started as a proactive solution to the rural doctor shortage across the country is gaining traction for its ahead-of-the-curve approach. The School of Medicine at the University of Calgary has given Selkirk College’s Rural Pre-Medicine Program endorsement just as the first cohort readies for the next step in their education.

What Students Say

first year student spencer studying
I chose Selkirk because I love the small, community feel. Students in my program are excited to begin their medical careers; with excellent instructors and an amazing program coordinator, it makes for a positive and motivating environment.
- Spencer Paolone, 1st year Rural Pre-Medicine student
first year student helen in a hallway on campus
Becoming a doctor takes a lot of work, so I have to push myself. Coming to a place where people are speaking my secondary language might be more difficult for me than the other students, but knowing there is support at Selkirk College makes me confident I can succeed.
- Helen Sign Hui, 1st year Rural Pre-Medicine student
first year stuident anna in a field
All of my organizing Shambhala Music Festival experience has been about customer service. I really want to bring that into my practice once I get there. It’s a privilege for a doctor to hold such an important role in society and help support people during what can be difficult times. I will treat people with that same importance from beginning to end.  
- Anna Bundschuh, 1st year Rural Pre-Medicine student