Department of Medicine

Undergraduate Medical Education

The first two years of medical school are organized in a systems-based integrated curriculum with lectures and small group teaching (Discovery Learning). Department of Medicine members are heavily involved as block directors, lecturers and Discovery Learning instructors. The Gilberts Scholars program, directed by Dr. Stephen Aaron, provides a longitudinal experience in clinical skills training over the first two years of medical school.

The Internal Medicine clerkship is an 8 week rotation during the third year of medical school. Students are placed on a clinical teaching unit and learn the fundamentals of history taking, physical examination, formulation of differential diagnosis and patient management. Undergraduate principal teaching physicians at the training sites are Dr. Fraulein Morales, University Hospital, Dr. Gillian Ramsay, Grey Nuns Hospital, Dr. Rshmi Khurana, Royal Alexandra Hospital, Dr. Peter Guo, Misericordia Hospital.

During the fourth year of medical school, students choose a three week subspecialty selective in Internal Medicine. Options include Cardiology, Pulmonary Medicine, Gastroenterology, Nephrology, Neurology, Dermatology and Infectious Diseases.

The Department of Medicine is committed to the success of Undergraduate Medical Education. The University of Alberta medical students were ranked #1 nationally on the medicine section of the Medical Council of Canada Qualifying Examination Part 1, (2007). In 2008, our medical students were ranked #2 nationally in Internal Medicine on the same exam. University of Alberta medical students have the highest marks in Canada for the Medical Council of Canada’s qualifying exam in 2011 and 2012.

Dr. Steven Caldwell
Director, Undergraduate Medical Education