MD Program

Everyone in the Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry worked hard on positive changes required to meet all 132 accreditation standards for the accreditation site visit team [a joint team of 6 individuals representing two accrediting bodies - the Committee on Accreditation of Canadian Medical Schools (CACMS) and the Liason Committee on Medical Education (LCME)] that took place March 2 - 5, 2014.

The MD Program has put together an information booklet with some helpful information about the MD program relating to the program level objectives, professionalism, student assessment, curricular review, organizational charts, etc. Read the booklet online


The Office of Undergraduate Medical Education (UME) in the Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry at the University of Alberta oversees the four-year program leading to the degree of Doctor of Medicine (MD). The faculty's undergraduate medical education objectives are to develop knowledgeable, compassionate, collaborative, reflective, and professional physicians committed to quality health care and lifelong learning.


Undergraduate MD Program

Education, research, and patient care are integrated into the curriculum. The program balances traditional teaching with opportunities for students to be active learners. Teaching methods include:

  • Lectures and laboratory instruction
  • Small-group case studies and problem-based learning
  • Internet-based tutorials
  • Preceptor-guided clinical skill sessions

Year 1 to 4 Schematic


Years 1 and 2 are divided into organ-system blocks:

  • Introductory Block
  • Infection, Immunity, and Inflammation
  • Endocrine System
  • Cardiovascular, Pulmonary, and Renal Systems
  • Gastroenterology and Nutrition
  • Reproductive Medicine and Urology
  • Musculoskeletal System
  • Neurosciences
  • Oncology

Each block presents the material in a progression from basic science to clinical application.


Years 3 and 4 consist of clinical training:

  • Third year - Students are placed in the standard six main rotations as well as elective experiences. Alternatively, students can take part in the Integrated Community Clerkship program.
  • Fourth year - Students take part in rotations that provide opportunities to develop a deeper understanding of several subspecialties, as well as Emergency Medicine and Geriatrics.

During their undergraduate degree, students interested in research have the opportunity to put in more time in the lab and acquire a special designation that formally recognizes their additional research training.