CBC Daybreak Kamloops interviewed Dr. Roger Wong, the executive associate dean of education with UBC’s medical school, as part of a series on Kamloops’ doctor shortage.
Wong emphasized that competition for seats in medical schools is extremely stringent in other provinces, not just in B.C.
“Across Canada, the number of applicants far outnumbers the number of seats available,” said Wong. “I totally recognise that many students have the academic and non-academic qualities that make a good doctor [but] overall the competition is just so stiff. I do encourage students who might not be successful in the first go-around to definitely consider applying again, because statistically a number of students make it in subsequent applications.”