Engage with researchers and clinicians in-person at BC Children's Hospital.

What is a Mini Med School In-Person participant? 

As a Mini Med School In-Person participant, you would:

  • Attend ALL the following lectures during the assigned times at BC Children's Hospital (950 West 28th Avenue, Vancouver, BC | Directions):
    • Session #1: Wednesday, October 23 | 6:30 – 8:00 pm
    • Session #2: Wednesday, October 30 | 6:30 – 8:00 pm
    • Session #3: Wednesday, November 6 | 6:30 – 8:00 pm
    • Session #4: Wednesday, November 13 | 6:30 – 8:00 pm
  • Have the opportunity to ask questions directly to the presenters 
  • Receive a weekly newsletter to keep you informed on program updates
  • Receive an electronic certificate of program completion if you participate in all 4 sessions
  • Be eligible to apply for the Mini Med School Scholarship (grade 12 students only)
Who is eligible to participate?

To register as a Mini Med School In-Person participant, you must be a grade 11 or 12 student who is currently enrolled in a BC secondary school. Participants will also need to have a sponsor teacher to support their application (detailed below).

Is participating right for you?

Some students may find the Mini Med School learning format challenging. We encourage you to consider your own preferred learning style and comfort level before deciding to register. 

  • Curriculum: The Mini Med School course curriculum has been designed for a senior high school audience. Similar to a post-secondary seminar, Mini Med School is lecture-based with content building on previously introduced ideas. With only 4 evenings to explore new scientific concepts, participants should expect a fast-paced learning environment. Additionally, you may be asked to view or interact with a variety of samples and specimens found in a hospital or clinical laboratory environment. Please consider if you would be comfortable with this.
  • Schedule: Does your schedule allow you to be available on Wednesday, October 23, 30 & November 6 & 13 from 6:30 - 8:00 pm? 
  • Transportation: Do you have access to safe and reliable transportation to get to BC Children's Hospital Research Institute (950 West 28th Avenue, Vancouver BC | Directions)?
  • Engagement: This is being planned as an in-person event. Participants will be asked to network and interact with up to 150 students from various schools across the Lower Mainland, as well as our Mini Med School Faculty. Are you comfortable with participating in an organized gathering indoors? 
How do you prepare for the program application? 

Before applying you will need to find a sponsor teacher. 

Students interested in attending Mini Med School will require a teacher to sponsor their registration. Your sponsor teacher should be someone who knows you, your personal learning style and could verify if you'd be an ideal participant for this evening extracurricular activity. 

The sponsor teacher should have experience teaching a science, technology, engineering or mathematics course or be a career counsellor. The sponsor teacher may sponsor multiple students for Mini Med School. A personal reference is not required and the sponsor teacher is not required to attend the event. The Mini Med School team will reach out to the sponsor teacher directly if we have concerns regarding your application form or attendance. 

How will you apply? 

The link to access the application form for Mini Med School will be posted for 10 days in late September. 

The application form should be completed by the student participant directly and will ask for the following:

  • Your name, email address, grade and school name
  • Sponsor teacher name and their email address
  • Participant Agreement Form
  • How you would like to participate: In-PersonVirtually Live OR On-Demand. You may only select ONE method of participation
  • Answers to the following questions:  
    • Why are you interested in attending Mini Med School? What do you hope to gain from participating? (150 words or less)
    • What are your current academic or career goals? What has influenced you to pursue these goals? (150 words or less)
    • Describe how you have positively impacted your school or local community. This could include leadership experiences, school programs/classes, volunteering, extra-curricular programs, etc. (150 words or less)
What is the Participant Agreement Form?

To ensure the safety and security of all participants and the BC Children’s Hospital community, a copy of the Participant Agreement form is required at the time of registration.

Click here to download the Participant Agreement form

The Participant Agreement form can be signed electronically or you can print it, sign it and scan/take a picture of the form. You will be asked to upload the form during your registration submission. 

The Participant Agreement form must also be signed by a parent or guardian. 

Participants who do not submit the agreement form will not be permitted to attend Mini Med School if selected. 

How do we select who participates?  

Mini Med School is a popular program with limited space. To keep up with demand the Mini Med School application process is now competitive and comparative. We’re looking for motivated and inquisitive students who show a demonstrated interest in being part of this unique program. 

Application assessments will not be based on academic achievement. Applications will be assessed based on your responses to the questions answered on the application form. Your answers will help us assess whether you’re the ideal candidate for the Mini Med School program.  

Mini Med School strives to empower youth and promote an equitable and inclusive learning environment. Further space is available for students who identify as First Nations, Inuit, or Métis. Students will be asked to self-identify as Indigenous on the registration form. 

Selected participants will be contacted by the Mini Med School team to confirm their attendance by early October. 

Students who are not selected will be added to a waitlist and contacted if additional space becomes available. 

Registration Form

The application form for Mini Med School will be available in late September 2024. 

Teachers interested in receiving notifications about upcoming events and important registration deadlines are encouraged to join our mailing list. Information is only distributed to mailing list subscribers.

Do you have more questions? Check out our Mini Med School FAQs or contact researchevents@phsa.ca

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