UBC launching a new Women+ and Children’s Health Sciences graduate student training program

UBC launching a new Women+ and Children’s Health Sciences graduate student training program

UBC is launching a new Women+ and Children’s Health Sciences graduate student training program. The UBC Departments of Obstetrics & Gynaecology and Pediatrics are excited to announce a new interdisciplinary umbrella program for graduate student training (MSc, PhD) in Women+ and Children’s Health Sciences (WACH). BCDRN faculty and trainees will be members of the graduate program and training in diabetes research will be integrated into this new program.

Students will choose a stream and complete courses and training relevant to: Women+ Health, Child Health, or Reproductive and Developmental Sciences. The curriculum is comprised of didactic lectures, including case- and/or problem-based learning, seminars, and supervised thesis research. Students can also complete the optional Graduate Student Enhanced Scholar Program, which includes an individual development plan (IDP), a competency passport, and formal mentorship. Students are encouraged to tailor their learning experiences to their individual career goals, and become scientific experts that have career competencies across six domains, including scholarship, professionalism, communication, collaboration, leadership and advocacy.

Inclusion, and a specific focus on Indigeneity, are key components of the WACH program towards the goal of achieving a faculty and student body reflective of BC demographics, and a learning environment that embraces equity, diversity, and inclusion.

WACH will be welcoming its first students in September 2022, and applications will be open for every January, May, and September. Interested students should review application information and prospective supervisors here: https://wach.med.ubc.ca/prospective-students/

The WACH program continues to onboard faculty whose biomedical, clinical, health services, or population health research programs are aligned with WACH. Roles are also available for clinical and partner faculty looking for support to gain the experience necessary to serve as supervisors. If you are interested in finding out more about supervising graduate students in the WACH program, please contact [email protected]

Postdoctoral fellows may also become affiliated with the WACH program, and serve as mentors to senior students, or seminar speakers.

The WACH program is primarily based at the Oak St. campus (BCCHRI, WHRI, BCCH, BCWH), which operates on the traditional, ancestral, and unceded territory of the Coast Salish peoples — xʷməθkʷəy̓əm (Musqueam), Sḵwx̱wú7mesh (Squamish), and Səl̓ílwətaʔ/Selilwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh) Nations.

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