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What is a Mini Med School Virtually Live participant? 

As a Mini Med School Virtually Live participant, you would:

  • Virtually attend ALL the following lectures during the assigned times:
    • 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 through an online chat
  • 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 Virtually Live 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 registration (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 virtual learning 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? 
  • Engagement: Mini Med School Virtually Live participants will be watching the lectures online in real-time. Are you comfortable with viewing a screen for 2 consecutive hours? You will only have the ability to pause the broadcast for short periods of time. 
  • Technology: Do you have access to a computer, tablet or smartphone and a stable internet connection during the specified dates and times? 
How do you prepare for applying? 

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
  • 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)
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 on the application form. Your answers will help us assess whether you’re the ideal candidate for the Mini Med School program.  

To maximize virtual engagement, only 150 students will be selected to participate Virtually Live.

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 posted 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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