The William A. Webber Medical Student & Alumni Centre is located on the corner of 12th Avenue and Heather Street, near Vancouver General Hospital.
The MSAC (pronounced Em-Sac) is a social and recreational facility for UBC medical students, residents, alumni, faculty and departments. It was opened in 1990, then enlarged in 1996 and 2005. The facility was officially named the William A. Webber Medical Student & Alumni Centre in 2007. The MSAC was created for medical students through generous donations from alumni, students, and others.
Facilities & Access
The building contains four meeting rooms, a gym, and a central courtyard. There are lockers for 300 students, computer facilities, and a full kitchen. Four of the centre’s rooms are videoconference capable.
MSAC is available to all UBC medical students. Access to the centre for meetings and receptions is available to UBC Faculty of Medicine students, residents, alumni, faculty, clinical faculty, departments and affiliated organizations. Access is via Vancouver Coastal Health picture ID. Students may use this recreation centre to park bikes, have a shower, watch TV, heat up lunch, work out in the gym, check the internet, play piano, tan (sunshine required), meet with other students, or study. MUS-approved club events will be provided meeting space and MSAC VC Network access in the MSAC facility (UBC Policy #107). UBC medical students can drop in to MSAC at any time 24/7. Ongoing expenses are funded by alumni contributions, student fees, and rental income from university and hospital functions.
The Medical Undergraduate Society (MUS) works closely in association with the MSAC. The MUS serves to represent students on a university, community, provincial, and national level, and provides its members with valuable resources and services throughout the course of their medical training. Specifically to the MSAC, the MUS is responsible for organizing and overseeing medical student groups who hold events at the MSAC, as well as the gym equipment. For more information about the MUS, please visit their website here: http://mus.med.ubc.ca.
History of MSAC
26 Years of MSAC at a Glance
1983 – Dr. Hardwick and a group of keen students first proposed the idea of a student and alumni centre.
1984 – The Medical Alumni Association (MAA) was established. Its first project was the construction of MSAC.
1985 – A site at the northeast corner of 12th Avenue and Heather Street was leased from VGH. Fundraising began. By the end of the year, the MAA had raised $48, 000 for the centre.
1988 – Three phone-a-thons organized by MAA raised most of the funds needed to begin construction. More than 60 volunteers phoned alumni all over BC. It was the most successful phone-a-thon in UBC’s history with $160, 000 in total pledges.
1989 – A groundbreaking ceremony marked the official beginning of construction.
1990 – MSAC’s grand opening included a ribbon cutting ceremony led by Dean Martin Hollenberg. Students conducted a ‘reverse trek’ from UBC to the MSAC site. The fundraising goal of $960,000 was reached in March.
1995 – The unveiling of a donor cairn in the courtyard of MSAC recognized the support of hundreds of donors.
1996 – Opening ceremonies were held for Phase II of MSAC. More than $1,250,000 had been raised to date.
2004 – MSAC expanded with the addition of a locker room and the Heritage Time Capsule wall. Each class of medical graduates now has its own time capsule drawer for special memorabilia relating to that class.
2005 – Videoconferencing equipment connects MSAC’s many student activities to UBC Medicine’s distributed sites in Prince George and Victoria.
2007 – MSAC officially became the William A. Webber Medical Students & Alumni Centre
2014 – The construction of an MSAC space for the Island Medical Program began in late 2014 at the Royal Jubilee Hospital in Victoria.
2015 – MSAC celebrates its 25-year anniversary! The construction of MSAC Victoria was completed.
2017 – MSAC NMP opens in the University Hospital of Northern BC in Prince George.
UBC Medical Student & Alumni Centre
2750 Heather Street, Vancouver, BC Canada V5Z 4M2