Provide a rich learning experience by supporting learners’ needs and by enabling learners to build capacity to practice in diverse environments

As a health educational institution, we have a fundamental responsibility to train people who can meet the health needs of individuals and society. This core area represents our educational offerings and educators—including undergraduate and graduate degree programs and teaching faculty–focusing on enabling learners to develop in their vocation as health practitioners, educators, and researchers.

By collectively addressing the evolving community-informed health needs, we instill a culture of continuous learning and improvement to build capacity for practicing in diverse environments, optimizing learning outcomes, and enabling interdisciplinary and interprofessional education.

We need to collaborate with partners in the healthcare system to recognize evolving educational requirements in human resource planning and adjust our programs accordingly. This includes broadening the scope of potential learners, both locally and globally, particularly among historically marginalized communities.

In all our educational services, we dedicate ourselves to supporting and acknowledging the patients, staff, and educators in various settings, including classrooms, laboratories, clinics, and communities. They all play crucial roles in achieving our objective and, ultimately, realizing our vision.


Increase opportunities for more active and engaged learning across disciplines, fields and perspectives and support initiatives to enhance learning and build competency

To best serve our community, we must expand the reach of our learning experiences, encouraging active and engaged learning across diverse disciplines. Implementing strategic initiatives, we will establish a mentorship program and develop educational programming centered around planetary health, catering to all learners and faculty.

Spearheading the development of health data science programming, we aim to deliver novel educational content that integrates evolving techniques, ultimately enhancing patient health outcomes by equipping learners and faculty with the necessary knowledge and skills to contribute effectively to medical practice and research.

Increase opportunities for educators in the department of Medicine to develop the requisite competencies to deliver an inclusive, effective and “current” learning experience

We dedicate ourselves to enhancing educator competencies for inclusive and effective learning to achieve this goal. Strategic initiatives include developing Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion (EDI) training for faculty and trainees in collaboration with the Faculty of Medicine’s REDI Office.

Plans for Indigenous Cultural Safety (ICS) training partnering with relevant organizations seek to enhance understanding and skills among department members. This training aims to foster safe, inclusive, and respectful learning environments, promote interprofessional and collaborative care delivery, and embed EDI and ICS-focused curricula across educational programs to uphold these principles sustainably.

Through continuous quality improvement, the Department ensures ongoing enhancement of educational practices, fostering a culture of inclusivity and respect in healthcare education and delivery.

Develop and sustain high quality, innovative and dynamic educational programming that supports continuous learning and enables learners to develop capacity to practice in diverse environments and address community-informed health needs; with a focus on the improvement and scholarship of education

Our educational offerings build capacity for learners to practice in diverse environments and address community-informed health needs. Enhancing high-quality educational programming is a priority to advance excellence in learning relationships and our responsiveness to the dynamic health system. Initiatives focus on improving education and promoting scholarly activity.

We boost teaching effectiveness by creating a feedback process for faculty teaching evaluations. A special interest group supports scholarly output in education, facilitating collaboration among faculty members to share best practices and contribute to educational scholarship. These initiatives equip learners with the skills and knowledge needed to address community-informed health needs and excel in medical practice.

Advocate for an effective distributed model that supports the needs of our learners, faculty, community, and health system.

A sense of belonging for our members is essential to us as an inclusive and diverse organization. To enable excellence for our learners, faculty, community, and health system, a mindful assessment of our areas of improvement is our priority.

We are addressing barriers to Indigenous recruitment and creating pathways for trainees and faculty. We are also building a Fraser Health residency stream, community-impact programs involving different regions, province-wide CPD, and a Departmental Human Resource plan.

We are thus working to ensure a robust and inclusive healthcare workforce across British Columbia through training and recruitment in underserved areas.

Transforming Health Together: 2023-2027 is the strategic plan for UBC’s Department of Medicine

Special thanks to all the faculty, staff, students, trainees, and partners across the province who have contributed to the development of this plan.