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The Postgraduate Rural Elective Support Program strives to increase residents’ and follows’ confidence and interest in working in rural areas by increasing exposure to rural communities in BC during their postgraduate training. Through this program, REAP provides travel and accommodation funding to UBC Postgraduate Fellows and UBC Residents enrolled in Specialty, Subspecialty and Family Practice Residency Programs who spend elective time in Rural Subsidiary Agreement Communities.




Eligible residents and fellows may apply for reimbursement of actual travel and accommodation expenses:


  • Accommodation up to $700 for rotations of two weeks or less.  An additional $350/week is provided for rotations longer than two weeks.*
  • One roundtrip travel between the home training site and the elective site up to $1,000.
  • For rotations eight weeks or longer, additional roundtrip travel between the home training site and the elective site is funded up to $1,000 at end of every four-week period.


To determine the maximum funding allocation for your rotation, click here.


Upon submission of the claim, to maximize reimbursement, the REAP office may combine travel and accommodation allocations in cases where one expense category is over the individual category limit.


*Accommodation expenses will be reimbursed as outlined above; however, a limit of $200/night applies to all accommodation support regardless of the duration of the rotation and/or the provision to combine travel and accommodation allocations.


Claim Process


The electronic claim form and all supporting receipts must be submitted online within three months of elective completion or by March 31, whichever is sooner. Claims will not be paid prior to completion of the elective or after the claim deadline.


For program inquiries, contact:


REAP Program Assistant
University of British Columbia
#300 – 5950 University Boulevard
Vancouver, BC, V6T 1Z3
P: 604-822-2675
[email protected]


Postgraduate Rural Elective Support Program Guidelines & Policies

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To apply for Postgraduate Rural Elective Support

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