Community-based Learning Program for UNBC Northern Medical Program Students
First Nations Community Education Program (FNCEP): Cultural Learning & Immersion
The First Nations Health Authority, Northern Health, the Northern Medical Program, and the Health Arts Research Centre have partnered on a unique program that offers MD undergraduate students an opportunity to be immersed in a northern BC First Nations community. The opportunity is designed to have medical students deeply absorbed into a northern First Nation community and thus provide future physicians an opportunity to critically and creatively reflect on their own understandings about health, wellness, resiliency, capacity, and culture in northern First Nations.
Goals of the First Nations Community Education Program
– To enhance cultural competency and empathic understanding of health and wellness in northern First Nations communities.
– To improve First Nations’ accessibility to high quality primary care services.
– To provide genuine cultural exchange for students considering working with First Nations peoples in their future practice.
For more information about this program please contact Sarah de Leeuw or Katriona Auerbach at the Health Arts Research Centre: Sarah.deLeeuw@unbc.ca or Katriona.Auerbach@unbc.ca
For more details on this exciting initiative, please see Northern Health’s link: