MD Program

Non-Academic Requirements


Note: You must be conscientious when choosing referees and verifiers, 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.

    Personal Highlights: Please list and describe your top five personal experiences or achievements. These can be either academic or nonacademic. Applicants are not required to reveal anything that is considered protected under human rights legislation. Please note that this section is not scored.

    For EmploymentLeadership RolesVolunteer Work, and Life Experiences & Achievements: 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 these any of these sections you are accepting a 0 for that section. 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. For example, 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. Should we have any issues during this process we will contact you directly through your email account. If you do not hear from us, assume that everything is fine.

  • 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; this must be submitted by October 1, 2019 at 11:59:59PM MST. We will not be accepting formal written letters.

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

  • 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

  • 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 in Fall 2019. 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 17, 2019 - 5:00PM EST
    October 10, 2019 - 5:00PM EST
    October 10, 2019 - 8:00PM EST
    October 20, 2019 - 1:00PM EST
    October 20, 2019 - 4:00PM EST
    November 19, 2019 - 5:00PM EST
    December 8, 2019 - 4:00PM EST

    Please note that these are the current dates and times as we know them to be true. You can begin registering for the CASPer on Monday July 15, 2019. 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.

    CASPer test results must be released to us by January 1, 2020.