Gap Student Program

Our renowned gap student program has successfully prepared over 30 students for future careers in STEM, including medicine, allied health, public health, health leadership, and clinical research. Our gap students are given one-on-one training from physicians and work in a clinical environment alongside physicians, nurses, dietitians, and administrators. Our students also get hands-on interaction with our diverse patient population.

Over the past 25 years, our gap students have played a key role in the planning and facilitation of our two annual conference, explored their research interests through spearheading and conducting endocrinology-related clinical research studies, and assisted patients with troubleshooting their diabetes technologies. Skills learned and experience gained includes grant writing, research ethics proposals, continuing medical education accreditation proposals, research project and protocol design, recruiting patients for clinical research, data analysis/statistics, manuscript writing, poster/oral presentations, conference planning, web design, experience with cutting-edge diabetes technologies, clinical experience, and collaboration with industry/pharmaceutical partners.

Our past 5 gap students have all successfully matriculated into UBC's competitive MD program. Our former gap students have thrived in their chosen career paths, such as:

  • Endocrinologist

  • Ophthalmologist

  • Anesthesiologist

  • Psychiatrist

  • Surgeon

  • Pediatric neurologist

  • Family physician

  • Other physician

  • Nurse

  • PhD (Pathology, other STEM fields)

  • Health Administrator

  • Dentist

  • Medical Liaison for pharmaceutical company

  • Lawyer

We hire new gap students each summer. Our next hiring will be announced in May 2022.