As per current BC Public Health Orders, a proof of vaccination is required to access indoor organized events with more than 50 people. This applies to all people born in 2009 (12+) and includes all students attending Mini Med School Vancouver Island. 

Participants will be required to show organizers a valid vaccine passport and government photo ID. 
Your safety and the safety of our Mini Med School Faculty is our first priority! 


Are you interested in attending Mini Med School Vancouver Island, either Nanaimo or Victoria? Follow the steps below to learn more about the registration process. 

Step 1: Are you eligible to attend?  

To attend Mini Med School Vancouver Island, either Nanaimo or Victoria, you must be - 

  • A grade 10-12 students based on Vancouver Island with a passion for health science and research
  • Fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as per current BC Public Health Orders

Teachers are invited but are not required to attend. Interested teachers can contact researchevents@phsa.ca to register.

Step 2: Is attending right for you?

Some students may find the Mini Med School learning format challenging or uncomfortable. We encourage you to consider your own preferred learning style and comfort level before deciding to register. 

  • The Mini Med School course curriculum has been designed for a senior high school audience. With only one day to explore new scientific concepts, participants should expect a fast-paced learning environment. Similar to a postsecondary seminar, Mini Med School is lecture-based with a small selection of hands-on activities. 
     
  • Attendees will be encouraged to participate in supervised clinical activities and should be comfortable around a variety of samples and specimens found in a hospital or clinical laboratory environment. 
     
  • This is an in-person event hosted at conference facilities available at the Coast Bastion Hotel and Coast Victoria Hotel & Marina. Participants will be asked to network and interact with over 75 students from various schools across Vancouver Island as well as our traveling faculty. Strict COVID-19 safety protocols will be implemented but participants should be comfortable being in an organized gathering indoors. 
Step 3: How to prepare for registration

Before registering you will need to -

  1. Find a sponsor teacher. Students interested in attending Mini Med School require a teacher to sponsor the registration. Your sponsor teacher should be someone who knows you, your personal learning style and could verify you'd be the ideal participant for this special one-day extracurricular activity. 

    The sponsoring teacher should have experience teaching a science, technology, engineering or mathematics course or be a career counsellor. The sponsoring teacher may sponsor multiple students. A personal reference is not required and the teacher sponsor is not required to attend the event. The Mini Med School Team will reach out to the sponsoring teacher directly if we have concerns regarding registration or attendance. 
     
  2. Decide which location is best for you. Mini Med School will be held in Nanaimo and Victoria. Based on the location some students may be able to easily access either location. To maximize the number of students participating, you will only have the opportunity to register for one of the days, Nanaimo OR Victoria. Schedules for both days feature the same faculty speakers and have a similar format. 
     
  3. Seek permission to miss school. Mini Med School is a special event held outside the classroom, participants will be expected to make their own arrangements to miss a day of classes with a parent/guardian and the school. 
     
  4. Arrange transportation to the venue. Students will need to make their own arrangements to get to the Coast Bastion Hotel OR Coast Victoria Hotel. Both locations are centrally located and accessible by public transit. 
Step 4: Registration

The link to access the registration form for Mini Med School will be posted on this page (see Registration Form below) for 7 days, Monday, March 7 to Sunday, March 13, 2022. 

To complete the registration form you will be asked to provide the following. The registration form should be completed by the student participant directly. 

  • Your name, email address, grade and school name
  • Sponsoring teacher name and email address
  • Parent/Guardian name and email address
  • Confirmation on which day you're interested in participating -
    Nanaimo (Thursday, April 28) OR Victoria (Friday, April 29) 
  • A copy of your vaccine passport. Selected participants will be required to show organizers a valid vaccine passport and government photo ID on event day as well. 
  • A personal statement, 250 words of less, that answers the following:
    Why are you interested in attending Mini Med School. What do you hope to gain from participating?
How do we select who actually participates?  

Mini Med School is a popular program. With limited capacity we frequently receive more registration requests than we can accommodate. To keep things fair and unbiased for all students, participants will be selected based on a lottery draw. All eligible registered participants have an equal chance of attending. 

How will this work?

  • The registration form will be posted for 7 days, Monday, March 7 to Sunday, March 13, 2022. You will have the opportunity to submit the registration form anytime during this week. 
  • Once registration has closed, eligible student registrations will be separated into two groups; those interested in participating in Mini Med School Nanaimo and Victoria.
  • Student names will then be entered into an online program that randomly selects a requested number of names, similar to drawing names out of a hat.

Selected student participants will be contacted by the Mini Med School team to confirm attendance by Friday, March 25. 

Students not selected will be added to a wait-list and contacted if additional space becomes available. The order of student names on our wait-list will also be randomly sorted by an online program.  

Mini Med School strives to empower youth and promote an equitable and inclusive learning environment. Further space is available for students who identify as First Nations, Inuit, or Métis. Students will be asked to self-identify as Indigenous on the registration form. 

Registration Form

The registration form for Mini Med School Vancouver Island will be posted here on Monday, March 7 to Sunday, March 13, 2022. 


Do you have more questions? Check out our Mini Med School FAQs or contact researchevents@phsa.ca