MD Program

Non-Academic Requirements

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 Record: 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.

    Awards: List and describe any awards you have received recognizing your achievements in academic and non-academic domains. Please list the monetary value of the award if applicable.

    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).

    Diversity of Experience: Diversity of experience encompasses many domains including, but not limited to, achievements and experiences in: 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.

    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.

    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.

  • Reference Letters

    For application to the Doctor of Medicine Program we require two reference letters. These are obtained on your behalf based on contact information you submit as part of the Secondary Medicine Application. Your referees will be contacted by email and must submit their letter of reference electronically as per the instructions they receive.

    Please only select individuals (ie. coach, co-worker, employer, leader of volunteer organization or club, professor, supervisor, research supervisor, teacher, etc.) who presently know you well enough to address the following points:

    1. Do you feel this applicant should be admitted into the Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry? Please explain why or why not.
    2. Would you recommend a person who needed to see a doctor to this applicant if the latter was a trained physician? Please explain why or why not in your letter.
    3. Please address the moral and ethical characteristics of the applicant.
    4. Please comment on any/all outstanding characteristics (the strengths and weaknesses) of the applicant.

    Reference letters from relatives, family members, friends, close family friends, and personal physicians will not be accepted.

    Reference letters are due October 1. It is your responsibility to ensure that we have received them. You can check the status of receipt of your reference letters in the Secondary Medicine Application.

  • 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 Application 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.

    There are two testing dates available:

    October 15, 2017 @ 2PM or 5PM EST
    October 25, 2017 @ 5PM or 8PM EST

    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.

    2017/2018 Application Cycle Interview Dates

    March 17-18, 2018