While Rural Pre-Medicine (RPM) is the brainchild of Selkirk College faculty, the curriculum was developed with input from many professionals. This includes individuals from the UBC School of Medicine, Doctors of BC, and the BC Ministry of Health. RPM is funded by the Doctors of BC. RPM is also in constant conversation with representatives from other medical schools across Canada.
The RPM course curriculum has been developed specifically to meet the various criteria required by medical schools, academic and non-academic. These criteria include training in communication skills and mediation. This skill set definitely strengthens your medical school application and will be beneficial for whatever profession you decide to pursue.
Unique to the RPM program are the dedicated courses where all content is focused on applied information that is not covered in any other Bachelor of Science program. Topics include: ethical decision making, group processes, community-based research, interview skills and conflict resolution.
While the focus of the program is rural medicine, the RPM university transferable courses create pathways into multiple health-related career options. Students who complete this program will obtain an Associate Degree in Science and an Advanced Diploma in Rural Pre-Medicine. Learn more about other programs you can transfer to.
We will know your name. RPM classes are small, designed so that students have regular access to their instructors, not teaching assistants. The RPM professors’ primary job is teaching. This is unlike large universities where many professors are researchers first and teachers second. At a large university, a first-year Calculus, Biology or Psychology course might have up to 300 students versus 40-70 students at Selkirk College.
We are interested in you as a whole person, not just a set of grades. Grades are very important but you must also convince universities that you are the kind of person who should be a doctor. Professionalism is a key component of our program and we will help you develop this skill set.
You are in a cohort program which means you are part of a team, not just one in a multitude of other students. You are all in this together! You will get to know the rest of the students in your class very well, and these relationships will provide a level of support that typical university students simply don’t receive. For many, the relationships they form at college and university can last a lifetime.
The RPM program includes mentorship from the rural medical community. You learn not only from college instructors, but also from rural medical professionals who work in a variety of settings. For example, students have the opportunity to be matched to a physician mentor who will provide encouragement and support, and a picture of ‘life on the other side of medical school’. Our Visiting Lecture series offers students an opportunity to ask specific questions to rural medical practitioners.
In addition to academic courses, we give our students extra training in how to be successful on the kinds of mass standardized tests that are typically required to apply to medical schools [e.g., MCAT and interview training]. Most university students pay up to $5000 out-of-pocket for this kind of training. At Selkirk College, it’s part of our program and included in your tuition! Another unique facet of this program! For first year tuition fee information look at the right hand side of the the course and fees page.
BONUS! Selkirk College is set in an outdoor adventure playground. Students live, work and play in the West Kootenay with access to spectacular recreation opportunities. For example, the Castlegar Campus – set on the confluence of the Columbia and Kootenay Rivers -- includes an impressive trail system to run, walk, or bike with fellow students. Skiing, hiking, hockey, climbing, basketball, tennis, baseball...you name it; we play it!