Island Cohort students work closely with midwives on Vancouver Island. After completing their first year of academic study in Vancouver, up to eight midwifery students move to Victoria to continue their education.
With UBC’s videoconferencing technology, students in the Island Cohort continue to share a number of classes with their Vancouver counterparts. At the same time, Island Cohort students have the opportunity to develop close bonds with the community of midwives on Vancouver Island.
The Island Cohort is one of several ways the Midwifery Program exposes students to health care settings beyond the Lower Mainland. This initiative was launched in 2014, and responds to the need to meet the growing demand for midwifery services across British Columbia.
UBC Midwifery Program launches new Island Cohort (Faculty of Medicine Communications, December 2014)