MD Program

Non-Academic Requirements

NOTICE: We are currently updating content for the 2019/2020 Application Cycle. The following information is not complete and contains information that may or may not be applicable for the upcoming cycle.

Note: You must be conscientious when choosing referees, writing personal activities, and during the interview weekend. If you receive a negative assessment or if the validity of the information you have provided on your application comes into question your application may be negatively impacted. Please review the Code of Applicant Behaviour to ensure that you are not jeopardizing your application; our expectation is that our applicants behave in a professional manner at all times.

  • Personal Activities

    The Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry at the University of Alberta values diversity in our entering medical class. To this end, the Personal Activities section gives you the opportunity to highlight your life experiences that you feel will enhance your application. The Personal Activities section is comprised of five subsections:

    Employment: Include a brief description of the nature of the work, your responsibilities, a brief description of the time commitment (ie. part-time during summer, seasonal, full-time, etc), and the total number of verifiable hours worked in each position.

    Leadership Roles: List and briefly describe areas where you have provided a major leadership role. This applies to scholastic, sports, volunteerism, arts, and community activities. Include a brief description of the time commitment (ie. part-time during summer, seasonal, full-time, etc) as well as the total number of verifiable hours committed.

    Volunteer Work: Include total number of verifiable hours worked in each activity and a brief description of the time commitment (ie. part-time during summer, seasonal, full-time, etc).

    Life Experience & Achievements: This section encompasses many domains including, but not limited to, achievements and experiences in: education, arts, music, sports, athletics, science, research, languages, communication, cultural and ethnic experiences, and travel. You can include activities which you feel have defined your life. Include a brief description of the time commitment (ie. part-time during summer, seasonal, full-time, etc) as well as the total number of verifiable hours committed.

    Additional Comments: Describe significant challenges and extenuating circumstances you have experienced. Resilience is a key attribute that enhances the likelihood of success for a student in the MD Program and as a practicing physician. This question is designed to assess an applicant's personal suitability, which includes resilience, for the profession of medicine. Applicants are not required to reveal anything that is considered protected ground under human rights legislation.

    You should be selective and concise in the activities you choose to include. A minimum of one entry, to a maximum of four, is required per section. By not including any items in a category you are accepting a 0 for that category. Details about each activity are required, such as length of time commitment, description of time commitment, number of verifiable hours committed, and description of activity. When calculating the number of hours committed to an activity, please do not include hours dedicated to sleep. We suggest that you discuss the information you are choosing to include with your verifier and notify them that they will be contacted.

    As all activities are verified, you must provide us with the contact information for someone who can confirm the details you have provided for each activity. You should not be using yourself as a verifier. When possible, avoid using family members or close friends as verifiers.

  • References

    For application to the Doctor of Medicine Program you will submit the contact information for two referees as part of the Secondary Medicine Application. Please only select individuals (ie. coach, co-worker, employer, leader of volunteer organization or club, professor, supervisor, research supervisor, teacher, etc.) who know you in a supervisory or professional capacity and who presently know you well enough to speak to your moral and ethical character.

    Your referees will complete their reference letters in the form of a series of standardized questions. We will not be accepting formal written letters.

    Referees absolutely cannot be relatives, family members, friends, close family friends, or personal physicians.

  • Additional Testing

    All applicants who successfully complete and submit their Secondary Medicine Application and meet the minimum academic requirements for application will be required to do additional testing after October 1. The online assessment (CASPer), provided by Altus Assessments, will cost approximately $60. Successful completion of CASPer is mandatory in order to maintain admission eligibility. In order to take CASPer, you will be responsible for securing access to a computer with audio capabilities, a webcam, and a reliable internet connection on your selected test date.

    Please go to to sign up and reserve a test using your UofA Student ID and a piece of government-issued photo ID.

    CASPer test results are valid for one application cycle. Applicants who have already taken the test in previous years will therefore be expected to re-take it. Applicants who will be taking the CASPer at an earlier testing date than those mentioned on our website will not need to retake the test. The testing dates listed below are specifically for students who will not have written it at any point prior for any other institution.

    September 16, 2018 at 5:00PM EDT
    October 14, 2018 at 12:00PM EDT
    October 14, 2018 at 3:00PM EDT
    October 23, 2018 at 5:00PM EDT
    October 23, 2018 at 8:00PM EDT
    December 4, 2018 at 5:00PM EDT

    Please direct any inquiries on the test to Alternatively, you may use the chat bubble in the bottom right hand corner of your screen on the CASPer website.

  • Interview

    Interview notifications are only sent via email to UAlberta email accounts in early to mid February. Applicants who receive an interview invitation will find out more information about the weekend, including accommodations and social events, on the Candidate Information website. Please note that anything you have included in your application may be discussed with you during the interview process. We recommend that you review your application prior to arrival. We understand and respect that you may choose to share highly sensitive personal information either on your application or during the interview process; this information is kept in the strictest confidence and is unlikely to negatively impact your application. We do appreciate the strength that is required to discuss these topics.

    2019/2020 Application Cycle Interview Dates

    March 14-15, 2020