Why do I need to submit my application in one complete package?
Due to the volume of applications received we cannot be responsible for matching supporting documents to your application. Incomplete applications will not be considered.
When is the deadline to submit my application?
Typically the the last business day of June for students applying upon completion of 3rd or 4th Year activities or the last business day of September for students applying upon admittance to UBC Medical School. However, due to the interruption of clinical rotations resulting from COVID-19, this year’s deadline for all eligible students is September 30, 2020.
How can I submit my application?
Typically your complete application package may be submitted by mail, courier, dropped off in person or email. It must be received by the REAP Program Assistant before 4:30pm on the application deadline. However, due to remote work requirements resulting from COVID-19, during 2020 applications will only be accepted by email.
Who should write my reference letters and is there a template for them to follow?
For applicants who are applying upon acceptance to UBC Medical School, at least one reference should be from a member of the community where you spent your formative years (not a classmate or colleague).
For applicants completing 3rd or 4th year activities, at least one reference must be from your rural preceptor or FLEX Project Advisor/Supervisor.
Don’t forget to remind your references to sign their letter. We do not have a template for the reference letter. The content of the reference letters is at the discretion of the author – however they should state how they know you and why they recommend you. They are not limited to this only as it is for them to dictate why they would recommend you for this award.
Can my reference email or mail you the reference letter?
No. Due to the volume of applications received we cannot be responsible for matching reference letters to your application. If your reference does not want you to read their letter, please contact our office at REAPStudents@familymed.ubc.ca.
My rural rotation was cancelled due to COVID-19 so I'm not able to get a recommendation from a rural preceptor. Is there any other way I may be eligible for the award?
For 3rd and 4th year students whose rural rotations were cut-short or cancelled due to the pandemic, this year we are currently accepting alternative rural interest indicators as described in points 5 and 6 on the BC Rural Interest Award webpage.
How many awards are granted each year?
The Joint Standing Committee on Rural Issues generously provides funding to REAP to grant up to 30 awards/year.
When will I find out if I’ve been accepted?
Typically selection is announced via email by September 1st for students applying upon completion 3rd or 4th Year activities or by December 1st for students applying upon admittance to UBC Medical School. However, due to the interruption of clinical rotations resulting from COVID-19, this year’s deadline for all eligible students is September 30, 2020 so selection will be announced by December 1, 2020.
How do I get my money?
You’ll be emailed a claim form and direct deposit form when selection is announced. Return the forms to Doctors of BC before the claim deadline.
When is the deadline to submit my claim?
Claims must be submitted no later than 90 days after selection has been announced.
Is the award considered taxable?
Yes, REAP payments are considered to be a taxable benefit and as such at T4A will be issued.
If I've received the award in the past, can I apply again?
Yes. You may apply each time you meet the eligibility requirements to a maximum of once/year.
Can I apply if I'm studying outside of BC?
No. The award is only available to UBC Medical Students.
Who can I contact if I have a question that’s not answered here?
Where can I find out more information about REAP?
Please visit https://rccbc.ca/rccbc/about-reap/reap-programs/
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