MD Program

Associate Dean's Message

Becoming a doctor is an exciting and challenging experience.  The talented and dedicated team in undergraduate medicine (UME) make this a reality for the more than 600 medical students at the University of Alberta.

Multiple complex skills are needed to effectively practice medicine in today's society.  This training occurs within our education facilities on campus, in rural, community and urban hospitals and in practicing doctor's offices.

In addition to the fundamentals of medicine, our curriculum includes innovative new courses such as physicianship and ensures contact with patients right from the beginning of training.

At the University of Alberta, we are training practitioners for Alberta and beyond.


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. Teaching methods include:

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

Years 1 and 2 are divided into organ-system blocks which present the material in a progression from basic science to clinical application.

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

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.