MD Program

Associate Dean Dr. Tracey Hillier

Associate Dean's Message

Becoming a doctor is an exciting and challenging experience. Multiple complex skills are needed to effectively practice medicine in today’s society. This training occurs within our education facilities on campus in Edmonton and in rural, community, and urban hospitals and in practicing doctor’s offices across Alberta.

Over the last several years, the MD Program has seen significant changes to the curriculum and to the way it is taught which reflect the medical school’s social contract to meet diverse health needs in the community. This aligns with the University of Alberta’s mandate to uplift the whole people and also reflects the mission, vision, and values of the Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry which emphasize respect, compassion, caring, and integrity, as well as serving the public good and building social accountability.

The MD Program is designed to engage with our community in order to graduate physicians trained to deliver high quality, collaborative, and culturally safe care. The program is fully compliant, meeting the requirements of all accreditation standards and elements. In addition, the medical school has one of the highest student satisfaction indices in the country.

We are proud of these accomplishments and are committed to continuing to develop an innovative educational program that focuses on diversity, social accountability, and developing a curriculum that addresses the significant health disparities that exist between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Canadians. Education about Indigenous persons’ health needs will be front and center in the program and we will reach out to stakeholders within the Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry, the University of Alberta, and the larger community to build upon the important work done by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada a we strive to integrate the calls to action into all of our education programs.

These are just a few of the interesting and challenging things planned for 2018 and I look forward to sharing more of our accomplishments and plans with you throughout the year.


Dr. Tracey Hillier, BScN MD CCFP FRCP MEd
Associate Dean, MD Program


Conversation Circles with the Associate Dean

Dr. Tracey Hillier, Associate Dean, MD Program, will be hosting several Conversation Circles throughout 2018. These informal conversations will allow small groups of faculty and students to come together for coffee and conversation about the MD program. Bring your questions (and your lunch), share your ideas, and hear about upcoming plans for the program.

The first dates for Conversations with the Associate Dean will be:

  • February 5, 2018 from noon to 1pm
  • February 26, 2018 from noon to 1pm
  • March 16, 2018 from noon to 1pm
  • April 3, 2018 from noon to 1pm
  • May 7, 2018 from noon to 1 pm
  • June 4, 2018 from noon to 1 pm

Each session will be held in the UME board room (Katz 1-004) and registration will be restricted to the first 12 people to sign up. More dates will be planned throughout 2018 and will be shared via email and through the UME Newsletter.

To register for an upcoming conversation circle, please sign up on this document.


MD Program

The MD Program, 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 objectives are to develop knowledgeable, compassionate, collaborative, reflective, and professional physicians committed to quality health care and lifelong learning.

Education, research, and patient care are integrated into the curriculum. The program balances traditional teaching with opportunities for students to be active learners.  To learn more about the MD program, visit About the MD Program