MD Program

About the MD Program


With an innovative curriculum and a focus on social accountability, the MD program at the University of Alberta prepares today’s health science students to become the leaders of tomorrow.

Fast facts

  • The MD program has 660 undergraduate medical students―a diverse community of exceptional learners.

  • The University of Alberta Hospital is Western Canada’s largest teaching hospital.

  • The Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry’s clinical activities are an integral part of Alberta Health Services (AHS), with research focused on how to deliver high-quality, data-driven and cost-effective health care with in-depth health outcomes analysis.

  • Our Faculty is comprised of more than 700 full-time faculty and 2,200 community clinical faculty.  

  • The Faculty has award-winning professors including six 3M National Teaching Fellows.

  • There are currently 2,586 active research projects led by our Faculty members.

  • With more than 15,000 alumni worldwide, 28 per cent of the physicians in Alberta are alumni of the U of A’s MD program.  

Climbing the ranks

The University of Alberta is ranked fourth in Canada and 90th in the world, according to the 2018 QS World University Rankings. With approximately 26,000 universities globally, this places the U of A in the top one per cent of universities in the world.

The U of A’s Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry is ranked among the top 100 medical schools in the world and top six in Canada (World University Rankings, The Times Education Rankings, QS World University Rankings).

The rankings are based on data about international staff, students and publication co-authors, as well as the school’s international reputation.