Applicant Pools

The Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry welcomes applications from qualified individuals who are permanent residents of Canada, either as Canadian citizens or permanent residents.

We regret that we are unable to admit international students.


Residency Status

Admission to the MD program is limited and applications are selected on a competition basis. Eighty-five per cent of the places in the program are normally reserved for Alberta residents, and 15 per cent are usually available for non-Alberta residents.

Because residency status determines the competitive pool in which an applicant is ranked, applicants may be required to present proof of residency status.

For admission purposes, a resident of Alberta is defined as a Canadian citizen or permanent resident (landed immigrant), who has been domiciled in the Province of Alberta or Yukon or Northwest Territories or Nunavut for at least one year immediately before the first day of classes of the term for which admission is sought.

The one-year residence period shall not be considered broken if the Admissions Committee is satisfied that the applicant was temporarily out of the province on vacation, in short-term employment, or as a full-time student.

Applicants on a study permit cannot establish residence during a period as a full-time student in an Alberta secondary or post-secondary institution because a stay under study permit is considered to be a visiting period.

Residence Requirement


Rural Positions

The Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry encourages students to apply who come from - or are interested in learning and practising medicine in - rural, remote or northern communities. A significant goal of our program is to increase the number of graduates who plan to practise in these communities.

Up to 10 positions per year may be available for qualified in-province rural applicants over and above the rural applicants who were admitted in the regular process. Rural applicants will be selected from the information collected in the Secondary Medicine Application.

Rural Criteria: To be considered for one of our rural positions, you must have lived more than five years in a community with a population of less than 25,000 (and in some cases from 25,000 - 50,000), and a distance of more than 80 kilometres from a city whose population exceeds 50,000.


Indigenous Positions​

Up to five positions may be available to qualified Indigenous applicants over and above the Indigenous applicants who were admitted in the regular process.  

Before applying, please review Policy 14.3.2 for accepted proof of ancestry options. See 2015-2016 U of A Calendar.

14.3.2  Definition of Aboriginal People for the Purpose of Admission

Definition of an Aboriginal Applicant: For the purpose of application and admission to the University of Alberta, and in accordance with the Constitution Act, 1982, Part II, Section (35)2, an Aboriginal applicant is an Indian, Inuit or Métis person of Canada, or a person who is accepted by one of the Aboriginal peoples of Canada as a member of their community.

Indigenous applicants must be aware that proof of ancestry does not guarantee admission to any program. All positions at the university are competitive, and admission committees will make their selections from among the best-qualified candidates. Candidates may also be required to demonstrate their connection to an Indigenous community.

Applicants who wish to be considered for one of the Indigenous positions must provide the following information prior to the application deadline of October 1:

  1. One of the required two reference letters must be from a referee who can attest to the applicant's involvement with an Indigenous community or organization. 
  2. A personal statement from the applicant that describes their involvement in and connection with an Indigenous community or organization. 
  3. Notarized proof of Indigenous ancestry as outlined in 14.3.2 in the UofA Calendar.
Items 1 and 2 are completed within the secondary medicine application.
Item 3 is to be submitted directly to Indigenous Health Initiatives Program.

Eligible applicants for the Indigenous positions selected for interview will be required to participate in both the Multiple Mini Interview (MMI) and the Indigenous Panel Interview.

All Indigenous students interested in the MD program are encouraged to contact:

Kenton Boutillier,  Administrator, Indigenous Health Initiatives Program
2-115 Edmonton Clinic Health Academy
University of Alberta
Edmonton, AB T6G 1C9
Tel: 780-492-9526
Email: kboutill@ualberta.ca 

For more information please visit the Indigenous Health Initiatives web site.