Frequently Asked Questions

General

Can I book an appointment to meet with an advisor?

We no longer take appointments. You may call, email, or drop by the office during business hours to have your questions answered. We meet with students on a first come, first served basis; should we be busy when you drop in you will be required to wait or return at a later time.

Note: For unsuccessful applicants, we do not provide any additional feedback on your application beyond the information available in your feedback letter. Personal activities are evaluated by three separate committee members and as such requests for re-evaluation will not be considered. Admission decisions are final. There is no formal appeal to any other body or person within a Faculty or the University. We therefore cannot discuss your application directly; you may ask any questions you have and we can answer generally.

When does the application open?

For the 2020/2021 application cycle the application is anticipated to open July 1, 2020.

When is the application deadline?

There are several major deadlines, the most important one being October 15. By October 15 at 11:59:59PM MT you must have submitted your as well as all required checklist items and forms via your UAlberta Launchpad. You also must have your MCAT scores released and verified in your UAlberta Launchpad and be prepared to register for the CASPer test.


Citizenship and Residency

How is residency determined?

Please refer to the University of Alberta Calendar for the residency definition. If you feel that this definition reflects your current and expected residence, you may claim Alberta residency on your application. We reserve the right to correct your residency claim should we feel that the information in your application does not support your claim and would refer the applicant to the Code of Applicant Behaviour. Any inquiries related to residency will be directed to the above statement.

Can I apply if I am not a Canadian Citizen or Permanent Resident?

No. Please refer to our application requirements requirements.

Can I apply if I am an International student?

The Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry welcomes applications from qualified individuals who:

  1. Are residents of Canada, either as a Canadian Citizen or Permanent Resident
  2. Meet the eligibility criteria
  3. Believe they would be competitive in the selection criteria

We regret that we are unable to admit international students. Should you wish to attend another program at our institution please contact International Student Services.


Education

Are there pre-requisite courses?

No, we do not have any pre-requisite courses for application to the MD Program. You should be taking courses which meet the requirements for your degree program and interest you. You may wish to take some coursework to help prepare yourself for the MCAT. Please refer to the AAMC website for MCAT topics.

Is there a preferred degree program?

No, we do not have a preferred degree program; you should choose a degree program which interests you.

Will I get credit for the difficulty of my program?

No, we only take into account the grades as they show on your transcript and how they convert to the UofA grading scale.

Will my previous coursework completed in a health science program transfer to the MD Program?

No, all students who gain admittance to our program must complete all four years.

I have a Withdrawal on my transcripts how will this affect my application?

Transcripts are reviewed on a case by case basis, but generally a Withdrawal will only affect your application if it occurs during the current year in which you are applying. For example, if it affects your full-time status or your ability to graduate.

How are repeated courses looked at?

We do not acknowledge repeated courses; we only use the first instance in which you successfully completed a course.


Transcripts

Where do I send my transcripts?

Official transcripts must be sent directly from the issuing institution to the Office of the Registrar.

Official electronic transcripts can be sent to transcripts@ualberta.ca

Transcript Mailing Address:

Office of the Registrar
201 Administration Building
University of Alberta
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada T6G 2M7
Will you accept electronic transcripts from my institution?

Electronic transcripts sent directly from the issuing institution are accepted and encouraged. Please have your institution send them to transcripts@ualberta.ca.

Can I submit a WES evaluation for an international transcript?

We do not accept WES evaluations. Please have an official transcript sent from your institution directly to our Office of the Registrar.


MCAT and Additional Testing

What is the minimum MCAT score required to be eligible to apply?

Albertans

The minimum MCAT score to be eligible to apply for Albertan applicants is 124 in all categories (CPBS, CARS, BBFL, PSBB)


Non-Albertans

The minimum MCAT score to be eligible to apply for Non-Albertans is 128 in CARS and 124 in CPBS, BBFL, and PSBB

What is the last MCAT testing date you will accept?

For the 2020/2021 application cycle the last MCAT testing date we will accept is September 28, 2020. MCAT test scores must be released and verified in your UAlberta Launchpad by the application deadline, October 15, 2020 at 11:59:59PM MT.

Am I allowed to rewrite the MCAT?

AAMC will limit the number of times you write the MCAT; at this point we have no preference for how many times you write it.

How long is my MCAT score good for?

The MCAT must have been written within the last five years prior to application deadline. As such, we will not be accepting scores from test dates prior to October 1, 2015.

I will be taking CASPer on a different date in Fall 2020. Do I have to write it again?

Applicants who will be taking the CASPer on a different testing date than those mentioned on our website will not need to retake the test. The testing dates noted are specifically for students who will not have written it for any other institution. Please note that CASPer tests are only valid for one year and must be completed each year you apply. You may only write the CASPer once per year.


Quota Positions

What is required to be considered for an Indigenous quota position?

All Indigenous applicants who meet the application requirements and who are successful in the Indigenous admissions process will be recommended by the Indigenous Admissions Subcommittee to the MD Admissions Committee for admission.

Applicants who wish to be considered for an Indigenous position should submit the following supporting documentation by the application deadline:

  1. A personal statement that describes your involvement in or connection to Indigenous communities or organizations, submitted through your UAlberta Launchpad.
  2. If you feel it would strengthen your application, you are welcome to provide us with a reference letter from someone who could also attest to your involvement or connection to Indigenous communities or organizations. This should be submitted through your UAlberta Launchpad.
  3. Notarized proof of Indigenous ancestry as outlined in the University of Alberta Calendar, submitted through your UAlberta Launchpad.

All Indigenous applicants who are interested in the Doctor of Medicine Program are encouraged to contact the Indigenous Health Initiatives Program.

Indigenous Health Initiatives Program
2-115 Edmonton Clinic Health Academy
University of Alberta
Edmonton, Alberta, Canada T6G 1C9

Tel: 780-492-9526
Email: ihi@ualberta.ca

What is the criteria to be considered for a Rural quota position?

We reserve up to 10 positions each year for qualified Albertan rural applicants. Applicants are determined to be rural based on geographic information submitted in the Application for Admission.

To be considered for one of our rural positions, you must be considered a resident of Alberta and have lived for 3+ nonconsecutive years between the ages of 12 and 18 in a community within Canada which meets rural criteria. If you feel that you should be considered for one of these positions please indicate so on your application and your geographic details will be reviewed.

What is the criteria to be considered for a MMTP position?

At the request of the Department of National Defence (DND), the Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry has completed arrangements with DND to create up to six seats in the MD Program above the quota class size. These seats are available only to currently serving Regular Force members of the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) who are eligible to apply for the MMTP. To determine eligibility, Reg F members are directed to the MILITARY MEDICAL, DENTAL, LEGAL, AND PHARMACY TRAINING PLANS (M PLANS) COMPETITION CANFORGEN.

MMTP applicants will identify themselves as applying as part of the MMTP on the Application for Admission and in doing so consent to the sharing of their name and contact information with DND. Applicants must meet all minimum requirements and be competitive within the entire pool of applicants to be considered for selection for admission. In addition, an introduction letter must be submitted through the UAlberta Launchpad indicating that the MMTP applicant has applied for admission through the MMTP with the CAF.

All MMTP applicants must contact the Staff Officer Attraction at Canadian Forces Health Services Group, Maj Tina Lipcsey. The CAF will confirm with the UAlberta MD Program the names of all MMTP applicants who have applied to our program and are eligible for the MMTP.

Military Medical Training Program
Maj Tina Lipcsey
Email: tina.lipcsey@forces.gc.ca

For the purpose of admissions, applicants who are confirmed to be participating in the MMTP process will be considered residents of Alberta.


Selection Criteria

How is cGPA calculated?

cGPA Calculation for 2020/2021 Application Cycle

To calculate cGPA, we include all transferable post-secondary coursework to which a grade was assigned while the student was enrolled full-time (by UAlberta definition) during the academic year (September through April) or full-time during the Spring and Summer terms (May through August).

For undergraduate students, to be considered full-time you must complete 18 transferable units of course weight (ucw) during the academic year (September through April) or 12 ucw during the Spring and Summer terms (May through August).

All coursework completed as part of a course-based graduate program will be evaluated based on the above guidelines.

All coursework completed as part of a thesis-based graduate program to which a grade and course weighting was assigned will be included in the calculation of cGPA.

For information regarding how Winter 2020 coursework and grades are factored into cGPA calculation, please see the Use of Winter 2020 in cGPA Calculation notice.

For applicants presenting 4 or more full-time academic years (September through April) of transferable post-secondary coursework, we may exclude the lowest academic year from calculation, provided that it is not the most recent full-time academic year, nor the only year in which the student earned 30 ucw.

What are each of the selection criteria weighted?

We do not disclose this information.

How does age or educational background factor into my application?

Age and educational background have no bearing on your application. We welcome all applicants who meet our minimum requirements for application.

What is the MD Admissions Committee's role in the selection process?

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.


Special Circumstances and Accommodations

I have been offered admission. Can I request a deferral?

All requests for deferral are reviewed on a case by case basis. Once you have received your offer of admission please submit a detailed letter of request along with your offer documents to MDAdmissions@ualberta.ca. In the case where a "deferral" has been granted these are treated as a voluntary withdrawal from the MD Program for a period of one year only. In the Spring of the following year you would be contacted to complete a paper application, which would include an application fee, as a declaration that you intend to begin the program.

Do you accept transfer students?

Generally, no; however, we will review all submitted requests for transfer on a case by case basis. Please submit a detailed letter as well as any supporting documentation to MDAcademics@ualberta.ca.

Do you accept requests for special consideration?

We do not have a Special Consideration process for the current application cycle.

I have a disability. Can I apply?

We welcome all qualified applicants who meet the requirements for application. Please be aware that there is a Technical Standards Policy with respect to skills and abilities required to complete the MD Program. Should you gain entrance and require special accommodations we are able to support them as outlined by Student Accessibility Resources.

I have a criminal record. Can I apply?

All students admitted to the MD Program are required to produce a negative Police Information Check (PIC) with Vulnerable Sector Check. If you are not able to do so you will not be able to complete the requirements for admission to the MD Program.