MD Program

Progressive Learning Environment

Discovery Learning (DL) – Problem-based, interactive, small-group learning which allows students to study "real-life" cases in the early stages of their education program.

Clinical skills – Unique program that exposes students to patient actors, medical simulators, and real patients from the start of the medical program, forming a strong foundation for the immersive clinical experience that follows in Years 3 and 4.

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.

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 – Educational opportunities in rural environments begin early. Shadowing, 12-hour electives and rural skills days are available in Years 1 and 2. Elective opportunities are available in Years 3 and 4. Students are invited to apply to the Integrated Community Clerkship (ICC). In this program, established in 2007, Year 3 students are assigned to a rural community for nine months and learn the core disciplines of medicine in an integrated fashion, following patients through all venues of care.

Indigenous Health Initiatives Program (IHI) – Provides ongoing support to Aboriginal students considering medicine as a career, and assists these medical students to remain actively involved in community engagement initiatives while enrolled in the program.

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.​