MD Program

Curriculum

The curriculum that makes up the MD Program at the Faculty of Medicine & Dentistry at the University of Alberta balances the scientific basis of medicine with early clinical experience. The curriculum emphasizes life-long learning, problem-solving skills, team work, and interprofessional education.

Each course presents the material in a reasoned progression from basic information to clinical application building on foundational knowledge and skills in step-wise fashion, providing progressively increasing clinical exposure during Years 1 and 2. It ultimately evolves into a fully immersive clinical learning setting by the beginning of the third year.

A highlight of the program is the faculty's full-dissection anatomy lab. It is one of only a few in the country and is kept open day and night to provide students a valuable learning experience through the dissection of human cadavers.

Our learning environment is evolving to embrace the abilities and preferences of students through the creative use of technology and by seizing the educational opportunities newly opened up by this technology.


Dr. Tracey Hillier
Associate Dean, MD Program - UME