Do you have additional questions about Mini Med School? Check out the FAQs below or contact researchevents@phsa.ca

Can I attend Mini Med School In-Person without a COVID-19 vaccination? Or if I have only one of two vaccinations? 

As per current BC Public Health Orders, a proof of vaccination is required to access indoor organized events with more than 50 people. This applies to all people born in 2009 (12+) and includes all students attending Mini Med School In-Person

Participants will be required to show organizers a valid vaccine passport and government photo ID. Your safety and the safety of our Mini Med School Faculty is our first priority! 

Am I a good candidate to attend Mini Med School? Do I need to have high marks in sciences to be eligible to participate? 

We encourage you to consider your own learning style before registering to attend Mini Med School. While high marks in sciences are not required, participants should have a passion for health sciences. 

The Mini Med School course curriculum has been designed for a senior high school audience. With only four sessions to explore new scientific concepts, participants should expect a fast-paced learning environment. Similar to a post-secondary seminar, Mini Med School is lecture-based with a small selection of hands-on activities. Some students may find this learning format challenging. 

I want to double my chances of being selected. Can I register as an In-Person and On-Demand participant?  

Unfortunately, no. Each student may only register once. During registration, you will need to indicate your preferred method of participating: In-Person, Virtually Live OR On-Demand

Mini Med School is a popular program. With limited capacity we frequently receive more registration requests than we can accommodate. To keep things fair and unbiased for all students, participants will be selected based on a lottery draw. All eligible participants who registered will have an equal chance of attending. 

I've been selected to participate but I'm now unable to attend. What should I do?

If you're unable to attend, please email us at researchevents@phsa.ca as soon as possible so we can offer the space to someone on the waitlist. 

Does Mini Med School include any pre-reading or take-home assignments? What about tests? 

Mini Med School participants will not be required to complete any assignments or tests. Occasionally students do like to take notes during lectures, but it is not required. 

If I'm attending Mini Med School In-Person, what should I bring with me?

Participants will be required to have a valid vaccine passport and government photo ID when attending in-person. If you're interested in taking notes, a notebook and pen is recommended. 

What happens if I'm not available to participate in all four sessions?

All students registered for Mini Med School (In-Person, Virtually Live OR On-Demand) are expected to participate in all four sessions. If your schedule doesn't allow for this, we do not recommend registering. With limited capacity, we want to ensure everyone participating is fully engaged in the curriculum. 

By early January, all sessions will be posted on the BCCHR website's Video Library for anyone to access. You can also apply for an electronic Certificate of Participation if you have viewed all four sessions. 

Will all participants be provided with a certificate of participation?

Yes! Students who are interested, and have attended all four sessions, will be provided with an electronic certificate of participation upon request.

Can teachers attend?

Teacher are welcome, but not required, to attend. Teachers interested in registering should contact researchevents@phsa.ca directly. 

Can Mini Med School hours be counted towards my work experience requirements?

Mini Med School could be classified as an unpaid career-related work experience that includes career investigation. Some schools will consider the hours spent attending Mini Med School (either In-Person or Virtually Live) as being eligible for your work experience hours. We encourage students to verify this with your school or career counsellor. 

The Mini Med School team cannot sign any Work Education Agreements, Work Experience Placement Forms or any similar forms/contracts on the day-of. Forms can be sent to researchevents@phsa.ca for electronic signature before or after the event. 

We realize various school districts have different requirements for tracking hours. Unfortunately, the following cannot be provided: 

  • Onsite safety orientation, including a training plan or safety checklist. This should be covered in school
  • Letter of reference verifying student participation or duties performed. An electronic certificate of participation will be issued 
  • Employer or student assessment/evaluation
I wasn't selected to attend from the lottery draw. Can I be added to the waitlist?

Students who registered and weren't initially selected to attend Mini Med School will automatically be added to the waitlist. The Mini Med School team will contact you directly if space becomes available. 

To be added to the waitlist after the initial registration period, contact researchevents@phsa.ca. Please note, Mini Med School is a very popular program with limited capacity each year. It is unlikely additional space will become available. 

For those who are unable to attend, check out our video library to explore previously recorded Mini Med School lectures on a variety of health topics. 

Can students younger than grades 10-12 attend?

No, the curriculum for Mini Med School has been designed for a senior high school audience and space is limited.

We encourage those in younger grades to check out our video library to explore previously recorded Mini Med School lectures on a variety of health topics.  

Does Mini Med School restrict the number of students who can register from each school?

No. Previously, each school could only nominate 3 students to attend, but that has recently changed. 

To keep things fair and unbiased for all students, participants will be selected based on a lottery draw. All eligible participants who register have an equal chance of attending. 

If I attended Mini Med School previously, can I register again?

Yes, assuming you continue to meet all the eligibility requirements you can register for Mini Med School again. 

To keep things fair and unbiased for all students, participants will be selected based on a lottery draw. All eligible participants who register have an equal chance of attending.