B.C.'s second medical school

The provincial government is prioritizing enhancing primary care and access to family doctors. Part of this work includes the creation of B.C.’s second medical school at SFU, to be located in Surrey.

SFU’s medical school will take a focused approach to primary care, based on the university’s strengths in community engagement and strong partnerships with the First Nations Health Authority, the Fraser Health Authority, other provincial health authorities and the practice community. 

The provincial government has provided $1.5 million to support planning and development of a business case, and a project board has been established.

Over the next eight months SFU will consult with health authorities and the general practice community about how to create a medical school program for team-based primary care settings that is patient-centered and considers social, environmental, and prevention contexts.

The curriculum will be built on four pillars

  • Educate graduates who are well prepared to provide the prevention and primary care needs of diverse communities and populations.
  • Educate physicians to work in team-based primary care settings that are patient-centred and socially accountable.
  • Commit to reciprocal community partnerships in the development and implementation of the medical school.
  • Embed and equalize Indigenous knowledge systems.

Reciprocity, cultural safety and humility will be embedded throughout the school, along with First Nations, Inuit and Métis knowledge systems and perspectives.

SFU is excited to be part of expanding B.C.’s health care services. Check back here for updates as this work progresses.