Undergraduate Program

Message from the Undergraduate Program Director: Dr. Brian Mayson

Welcome to the Department of Urologic Sciences at the University of British Columbia. I sincerely hope you enjoy your time with us, and find it a rewarding education experience. During your elective with us, you can expect exposure to the diverse specialty of urology, gaining experience in common urological problems that all practitioners, regardless of their final specialty of choice, will likely encounter in their careers. Urology is a fast paced, technology driven, continuously changing profession, and I hope that in your time with us you will be able to develop some knowledge and skills that will help you in your future practice, or possibly realize what an exciting and rewarding career path urology may be for you!
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The University of British Columbia’s undergraduate medical students study Urologic Sciences under the instruction of the DUS faculty. The program, directed by Drs. Brian Mayson and Thomas De Los Reyes, attracts faculty members from across the province who are committed to developing curriculum and advancing the potential of each student. The high calibre of the program attracts both Canadian and international undergraduates and provides an ideal environment for training basic and clinical scientists.

With lecture and seminar-based education during the first two years of medical school and clinical experience offered in subsequent years, the DUS endeavours to provide a supportive and effective learning environment. Students will gain experience treating common urological presentations while developing practical skills that will prove useful for general practitioners and those students hoping to specialize in urology.

Urology Electives:

  • How to apply – Third Year Medical School:  Elective and selective experiences in urology are available through the Surgery Clerkship administered by the Department of Surgery.  These elective are offered only to UBC Medicine Students, and are not available to out of province students.  Application for elective / selective experiences is administered through the Department of Surgery allocation process.
  • Current Year 3 Clerkship urology experiences are offered at BC Children’s Hospital, Lions Gate Hospital, Ridge Meadows Hospital, St Paul’s Hospital, and Vancouver General Hospital.
  • Fourth Year Medical School:  Elective and selective experiences in urology are available to UBC and other Canadians students.
  • Two-week electives are available at combined BC Children’s Hospital/St. Paul’s Hospital, combined BC Children’s Hospital/Vancouver General Hospital, Royal Columbian Hospital, Surrey Memorial Hospital, and Courtenay Hospital.
  • How to apply – UBC students apply through the regular UBC elective block process.  Instruction for OOP students (how/when to apply) is on the UGME website:  http://mdprogram.med.ubc.ca/visiting-student-elective-program/
  • CPSBC non-credit elective for out of province students are also occasionally offered.  Please contact the Department of Urologic Sciences for more information.

Shadowing opportunities: For more information, please reach out to our admin assistant Aseil Eljallad at: Urology.AdminAsst@ubc.ca


Director,  Undergraduate Education Program: Dr. Brian Mayson

Co-Director, Undergraduate Education Program: Dr. Thomas De Los Reyes



Site Leaders:

Dr. Thomas De Los Reyes, Site Lead
Maria Chaperon, Admin Assistant

Dr. Vu Truong, Site Director
Nancy Blatchford, Site Coordinator

Dr. Victor Chow, Site Director
Michelle Snyder, Site Coordinator

Dr. Ian Wright
Connie Robinson, Admin Assistant

Dr. Brian Yang, Site Director
Nancy Blatchford, Site Coordinator

Dr. Brian Mayson, Site Director
Barbara Hesse, Site Coordinator

Dr. Dinesh Samarasekera, Site Director
Barbara Shield, Site Coordinator

Dr. David Harriman, Site Director
Timea Oroszi, Education Coordinator