MD Program

MD Admissions Committee

​Purpose

Under the authority of the Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry, reporting to the dean through Faculty Council, the MD Admissions Committee establishes the admissions policy for the next year of the MD program and selects the successful candidates for admission into the MD program.


Composition

Chair: Assistant dean, admissions

Standing members (non-voting):

  • Associate dean, UME
  • Associate dean, learner advocacy & wellness
  • Team Lead, MD Admissions
  • Program director, UME
  • Administrator, MD Admissions
  • Senate observer
  • Registrar

​Appointed and elected (voting) members:

  • Public member, appointed by the assistant dean, admissions
  • Rural family medicine representative, appointed by the assistant dean, admissions
  • ​Ten elected full-time, continuing faculty members

One student from each year of the MD program:

  • ​​​​Regular (voting)
    Year 1, Year 2, Year 3, Year 4
  • ​​Alternate (non-voting)
    Year 1, Year 2, Year 3, Year 4

Procedures​

  • The election of faculty members to the MD Admissions Committee shall take place through the faculty election process in the spring of each year.
  • The student members will be appointed by the Medical Students Association.
  • All elected regular and alternate faculty members shall serve a term of four years, which will be renewable once.
  • The public member shall serve a term of three years, which will be renewable once.
  • The family medicine representative shall serve a term of three years, which will be renewable once.
  • The elected regular and alternate student members shall serve a term of four years.
  • Alternate members will become regular members when regular committee members’ terms expire.​

Meetings

  • The committee will meet once in September or October to decide criteria (policy) for next year. The committee meets in March or April and late May or early June for two days (approximately four-hour meetings).
  • Committee members also serve as “readers” and evaluators. They are given packages relating to personal attributes to score. Voting members will also score letters of reference for students who are interviewed.
  • Voting members have a time commitment of approximately 30 - 35 hours per year.
  • A quorum will be the chair and 50 per cent of members.
  • Notes/minutes will be distributed among committee members.​​

Conflict of Interest Policy

Faculty members whose children may be applying to Medicine at the University of Alberta will not be eligible to be Admission Committee Members for two years preceding and the year of their children's potential application to this medical school or as soon as the committee member is aware of an intent to apply (for example writing of the MCAT exam).   

Student members whose siblings may be applying to Medicine at the University of Alberta will not be eligible to be Admission Committee Members for two years preceding and the year of their sibling's potential application to this medical school or as soon as the student committee member is aware that the sibling may be applying.