Can I send you my high school transcripts myself or do they have to come directly from the school?
You must send us official copies of all of your high school and post-secondary transcripts. If you have already submitted official copies when applying for another Selkirk program, please notify us of that fact.
Is it mandatory to include all post-secondary transcripts from any post secondary institution I have ever attended in the application?
Where do I send my transcripts?
Please have your transcripts sent to:
RPM Admissions Officer
301 Frank Beinder Way
Castlegar BC V1N 4L3
Do applicants who are reapplying need to submit transcripts?
If you have not taken any further coursework at an institution since the transcripts were submitted, we will use the transcripts you have already provided. It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure that there were no courses in progress, grades awarded or changed, or other changes to the transcript since it was last submitted. If in doubt, another transcript should be submitted by the application deadline.
Can completed post-secondary courses [e.g., first-year sciences courses or a nursing degree] be credited as part of the RPM requirements?
Previously completed post-secondary courses will be credited on a case-by-case basis. In most cases your final grade will be the determining factor.
What kind of references do you require?
Reference criteria may change from year to year. Currently we require one academic reference and two other references who can speak to your volunteerism and character.
Does the Rural Pre-Medicine Program allow students to defer their admission to the following year?
We do not generally grant deferrals of admission, though we will consider deferrals in exceptional circumstances. Requests should be made to Elizabeth Lund, Program Coordinator.
How much is the application fee?
Applicants who are not already Selkirk students are required to pay an application processing fee of $35 at the time of application. Please note that all fees are non-refundable, but only need to be paid once.
What is the cost of tuition?
Estimates are provided on a year-by-year basis. Tuition costs include RPM courses and some specialized training [e.g., Mediation Certificate, MCAT training …]
Year 1: see the box at the top right of the webpage
Year 2: see the box at the top right of the webpage
For the Selkirk RPM program, how much emphasis is placed on academic and how much on extracurricular activities?
Applicants are assessed in sequential steps. The first step is based on meeting the academic prerequisites. Next we consider academic performance, community service, rural experience and personal qualities. Both academic and non-academic activities are important in our application process.
Is preference given to or is there bias against mature students?
No, there is neither preference given to nor bias against mature students. Age by itself is not used as a basis for selection or rejection, but the length of time away from full-time studies may be taken into consideration.
What are the deadlines for applying?
Application deadlines are posted on the Admission Requirements page.
What kinds of topics are covered in the application documents?
Our application process involves multiple steps. The first application form is public and you can download it here: Rural Pre-Medicine Application Package. This form focuses on your academic achievements. On page 5 of this document you will see a complete listing of all of the required application documents. You will not receive the remaining documents until you apply to the RPM program.
In addition to assessing your academic skills, we are equally interested in the “non-academic” qualities required to become a successful health-care professional. Once you have applied to the program you will receive additional documents with questions that focus on self-motivation, interpersonal skills, and your interest in working in a rural community. You will also be asked for three references, one of which must be school-related.
When are final application decisions made?
The Rural Pre-Medicine Program uses a continuous intake model. This means that completed applications are reviewed at multiple points during the year. Outstanding applicants will be offered seats at that time. Other qualified applicants will remain in the applicant pool and will be reconsidered at the final deadline.
How are final notifications of the Admissions Committee sent?
Notifications of the Committee's final decisions will be sent to candidates by letters and email.
Is a criminal record check required?
May I reapply in another year?
An applicant may reapply as often as they wish. This will neither jeopardize nor help your chances.
Is there any financial assistance offered?
Selkirk College has a number of scholarships and bursaries available to students.
Does the RPM program accept applications from International Students?
Yes. However, our program is funded and mandated to give preference to rural and Aboriginal students from BC. Also, while the goal of this program is to prepare students so that their applications to medical school are competitive, we cannot guarantee acceptance into any institution or program. Admission to medical schools in Canada is highly competitive and only Canadian citizens or Permanent Residents are eligible to apply.
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Should I volunteer specifically in the health industry?
There is not a specific volunteer model that enhances an applicant’s profile. Successful applicants in the past have included not only medical volunteers, but athletes and artists. Generally, those who demonstrate a commitment to their community and service ethic are valued; all of this must be documented in the non-academic experiences section of the application.
What are the criteria for acceptance into a university Medical School?
University of British Columbia - Admission Requirements
University of Calgary - Admission Requirements
Will I get into medical school right after I finish the RPM program?
That’s a great question! I wish all of our students could get in immediately after finishing three years with us but that unfortunately is not the reality out there.
We are looking forward to tracking all of our students after they leave us. For the very first group that left the RPM program and have gone on to complete their Bachelor's degrees, four were eligible to apply to medical school and two of those were granted interviews. At UBC medical school there are 2100-2300 applicants each year and only ~25% are invited for interviews. The fact that half our applicants who applied in 2016 were interviewed was fantastic. Neither of those students got in this round but will be applying again this year. As each of our cohorts move forward through their undergrad degrees and apply to medical schools we will be very interested in tracking where they end up. It's a long term project and we will have to wait 3-4 years before we start to see useful data around admissions numbers.
Our program was set up as a long term project and unfortunately we won't see the full effect for years to come.
Some interesting medical schools admission information (in Canada) :
Admission to medical school is extremely competitive. At UBC, in 2015 they received 2322 applications for 288 spots. The success rate was 12% (see source). The overall admission rate is similar at other medical schools in Canada. This means terrific applicants are turned away each year. The medical schools are very clear and report that on average it takes a successful applicant, that's someone who did make it into med school, 2.7 years of trying before they were successful. The medical schools are quick to point out that even excellent applicants will likely have to apply in more than one cycle.
In Province vs Out of Province schools and applicants:
Statistics are published each year by all of the medical schools in Canada. As education and health care are provincially mandated, and funded by the provinces, the medical school at UBC (including it's three distributed sites in Victoria, Kelowna and Prince Greorge), has a mandate to give preference to BC residents. Last year UBC took in only 7% of their students from out of province. For most other medical schools across Canada the number is similar, and sometimes lower. This means that the best chance of getting admitted, by FAR, is to the medical school in your province of residence.
RPM students are fortunate that U of C has recognized the value of our program in developing applicants who are traditionally underrepresented in their admissions streams (e.g. rural and Indigenous applicants). Our students can apply to U of C and the same criteria is applied to them as would be used if they were residents of Alberta. This means that a student who is in our program, or a graduate of our program has medical schools in two provinces that they can apply to, with the same criteria as residents of that province.
To have or not to have a Degree:
As the competition continues to increase at all professional schools, higher and higher levels of education are required for matriculation. For example, in 2016, out of the 288 seats available at UBC Med School, 254 were filled by students who had a Bachelor's, Master's, or Doctorate degree. Thus, while we will likely have some exceptional candidates who get in after 3 years in the program, we expect that most of our students--like most students applying in general--will go on to finish a bachelor's degree while applying a second or third time. Our first cohort is in the process of doing that and we look forward to seeing who is successful this next round.
What is the Rural and Remote Suitability Score (RRSS) that UBC uses in its admissions process?
The Rural and Remote Suitability Score (RRSS) is calculated to determine the suitability of an applicant for 32 seats in the Northern Medical Program(NMP) in Prince George and up to 10 of the 32 seats in the Southern Medical Program (SMP) in Kelowna. An applicant’s experiences in rural/remote/northern/Aboriginal settings, along with evidence of independent decision making, self-reliance, community ties and activities factor into this assessment.
Attending a college in a rural area, such as ours, will increase your rural experience! Our course curriculum also focuses on the rural health practice and practical issues.
What is the MCAT?
The Medical College Admission Test® (MCAT®) is a standardized, multiple-choice examination designed to assess your problem solving, critical thinking, and knowledge of natural, behavioral, and social science concepts and principles prerequisite to the study of medicine.
Selkirk’s RPM course curriculum includes MCAT training.
For more information, visit University of British Columbia’s MCAT requirements.
I have more questions. Who should I contact?
If you have any questions about the admissions process, please contact RPM Admissions.
If you have any questions about the program, please contact Jonathan Vanderhoek, Chair of the RPM Admissions Committee.