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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 building 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, 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.
UBC MD alumni and residents can access the MSAC through membership to the UBC Medical Alumni Association. The annual membership supports many initiatives that the UBC MAA is involved with throughout the year, including the ongoing operations of the MSACs in Vancouver, Victoria and Prince George; the development of new centres for medical students and alumni in other parts of the province; videoconferencing technology to connect students and alumni across BC; a presence at the annual Hooding Ceremony; a community welcome in the MD yearbook; a gift of a shingle for each member of the graduating MD class with their name and MD beside it for the first time; and the UBC MAA’s Annual Recognition Awards program. Learn more about the UBC MAA Membership here.