MD Program

Progressive Learning Environment

The MD Program provides students and faculty with opportunities to learn in world class teaching facilities.

The curriculum emphasizes classroom and community based learning opportunities.


Innovative Teaching and Learning – The U of A MD Program uses problem based, interactive, small group learning such as discovery learning, and team-based learning, which allows students to study real life cases in the first two years of their medical education.


Skills Lab – The Skills Lab is a valuable learning resource in the Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry. It is the goal of the staff and faculty to provide access to high-quality resources in a positive environment that supports learning. The lab is divided into six cubicles that medical students can book and practice the skills of history-taking and physical exam. Two of these cubicles are outfitted with otoscopes, ophthalmoscopes and blood pressure cuffs. 


The Arts and Humanities in Health and Medicine Program (AHHM) - Clinical practice is both an art and a science. The mission of the AHHM program is to engender a balance of science and the humanities within the faculty, in order to foster the development of well-rounded health professionals who are skilled, caring, reflexive and compassionate practitioners.

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Caring doctors – Gilbert Scholars program pairs students with preceptors to learn proper communication and conduct with patients. This is complemented by awards from the Gold Humanism Honor Society, which recognize students and preceptors who have demonstrated excellence in clinical care, leadership, compassion and dedication to service. 


Rural initiatives – Students have many opportunities to learn in rural environments throughout their four years in medical school. Shadowing, rural based electives, and rural skill days are some of the opportunities available to students in years 1 and 2. Third year students can choose to spend their 3rd year entirely in a rural community through the integrated community Clerkship (ICC). Starting in 2019-2020, 4th year students can apply to spend their forth year in Grande Prairie. 


Indigenous Health Initiatives Program (IHI) – The Indigenous Health Initiatives Program (IHIP) supports the growth in the number of First Nations, Inuit, and Metis people in medicine and dentistry programs in order to address the gap in the under representation of Indigenous peoples in health professions in Alberta and across Canada. This is accomplished through our collaborative and holistic program that provides wrap-around supports to qualified Indigenous applicants as they enter into, and graduate successfully from, the Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry.

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Learning Management System – An online learning community developed in the faculty provides students seamless access to courses, libraries, assessments and evaluation from anywhere at any time. These innovations also include lecture vodcasting, personalized online schedules, discovery-learning workspaces, clinical simulations, case-based instruction, portfolios and community boards.


Research Community of Learning – The MD Program has a new research stream, which is also called the research community of learning. This learning community provides an opportunity for students interested in research to explore research and medicine with varying levels of commitment. Students can attend sessions to just learn about research. They can take on a summer project, commit to the STIR program, or join the MD/PhD program. Students who have completed Masters and PhD program who would like an opportunity to connect with other researchers, network, learn and share are encouraged to participate. The MD Program has a research event one evening in the fall where students present their research in poster format. Some of the teams behind the research will also be in attendance allowing you to find out more about research opportunities in the faculty and talk to fellow medical students who have been part of the research projects.

The Program is also very supportive of students who are presenting their research at conferences. You can apply for money (up to $500) to support your travel to conferences. The application process for these awards is outlined on MedSIS.

This year there is a new option for MD students interested in research. The MD Program is working together with Clinician Scientists and the Department of Medicine to offer an opportunity for students to participate in the Master’s program in Translational Medicine. There will be a competitive application process for those students interested in this program.