UBC Associate Dean of Rural Medicine

The UBC Associate Dean of Rural Medicine was established to bring a rural perspective to medical training in British Columbia.

Based in Prince George, the chair facilitates the enhancement of medical teaching and learning at UBC with a rural focus; and supports rural research, designed to bring solutions to improving the systems of care in more remote parts of the province.   

Dedicated to improving health care in rural BC, the Joint Standing Committee for Rural Issues (JSC) committed a $5 million endowment fund to support the formation of the chair position at UBC.  Along with a five year operating fund of $350,000 per year, to support the development of a provincial network of rural health researchers and to establish a Dean’s Advisory Committee or Rural and Remote Health.

Dr. Dave Snadden has been appointed Chair effective Nov 2016, for a three year term. Dr. Snadden was previously the Executive Associate Dean of Education at UBC School of Medicine; and before this, oversaw the expansion of medical education and training in Northern British Columbia.