Pre-Clerkship

Pre-Clerkship

Year 1 & 2 of Medical School introduces students to the fundamentals of medicine through a series of system-based courses that emphasize basic science and clinical applications.

The primary goal of years 1 and 2 is to prepare medical students for supervised learning in the clinical environment. The material is presented in a series of system-based courses. Each course presents the material in a reasoned progression from basic information to clinical application.

Physicianship I is a longitudinal course that encompasses all aspects of the development of a physician including but not limited to professionalism, evidence-based medicine, ethics, health equity, patient safety, patient immersion experiences, communication skills and physical examination.

Curriculum Outline | Electives | Contact Information


Curriculum Outline - Year 1 & 2

MED 511
Foundations of Medicine and Dentistry

An introduction to the basic health science with a review of some aspects of the essential biochemistry, physiology, anatomy and pharmacology. Particular emphasis on basic medical genetics


MED 513
Endocrine System

An examination of the endocrine system in health and disease, with particular reference to the mechanisms of disturbances in the endocrine system and the management of these conditions


MED 515 Cardiovascular System

 

The normal function of the heart and blood vessels, the changes in these functions which occur in deisase and the management of the conditions which result from such changes in function. Open only to students registered in the MD or DDS program

MED 516
Pulmonary System

The normal function of the lungs, the changes in these functions which occur in disease and the management of the conditions which result from such changes in function. Open only to students registered in the MD or DDS program

DMED 517
Renal System

The normal function of the kidney, the changes in these functions which occur in disease and the management of the conditions which result from such changes in function. Open only to students registered in the MD or DDS program

MED 516
Physicianship I

This course will encompass all aspects of the development of a physician including but not limited to professionalism, evidence based medicine, ethics, health equity, patient safety, patient immersion experiences, early clinical experiences, communication skills and physical examination, public health, health systems

MED 517
First Year Elective

Elective time to be developed by the students in consultation with a Faculty supervisor

INT D 410
Inter-professional Health Team Development

A process learning course intended to provide knowledge, skills and experience in building inter-professional (IP) health care teams comprised of students in various professional programs. Through participation on an inter professional team of up to 8 student


For more information about Year 1 & 2 courses, please consult the University Calendar

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Elective Opportunities - Year 1 & 2

  • Additional Elective Opportunities

    Additional Elective Opportunities

    There are a number of interprofessional elective opportunities offered through HSERC. The link below gives the description of each elective.

    **NOTE - not all of these electives are for medical students, therefore ensure that you review the description carefully before registering for the elective.

    https://docs.google.com/document/d/1YGQ7xOYNlivM-FDK91RUTz5g3XxA86- HPA1I4o3KqzA/edit?usp=sharing

  • AssessMed Elective Evaluation Instructions
  • MED 517 - First Year Elective

    Elective time to be developed by the student in consultation with a Faculty supervisor.

    Requirements:

    Each student must complete a minimum of 12 hours of electives during Year 1. It is the responsibility of each medical student to select and arrange his or her own elective(s). Electives may be completed in more than one discipline.

    Year 1 deadline to complete electives is March 31.

    The student may complete the elective in several different ways. These are some examples of how to complete the elective hours:

    • All 12 hours with one preceptor over a period of time or all in one day.

    • Two different six-hour electives with two different preceptors.
    (can be different disciplines)

    • Three four-hour sessions with different preceptors.
    (can be different disciplines)

    Students are responsible to ensure that each elective is recorded in Assess.Med and that the preceptor completes their portion of the form. This is required in order that the elective hours are counted toward the MED 517 requirement.

    *Please note that electives are not to be completed during any scheduled class time in any course. Any absences from class time will not be counted towards your elective.

  • MED 518 - Optional Summer Elective
    Optional summer electives may be taken during the summer between Years 1 and 2. In order to be covered for malpractice and liability with the university, the student must register in MED 518. This process is extremely important as it protects the student. Please note that there are two sections (A and B) to register in.

    Registration for this course becomes available in February and closes in May and the fees will be announced at that time. Students are then eligible to do as many or as few electives as they desire, from one week up to 12 weeks.

    Students are responsible to ensure that each elective is recorded in Assess.Med and that the preceptor completes their portion of the form.
  • MED 527 Second Year Elective

    Elective time to be developed by the student in consultation with a Faculty supervisor.

    Requirements:

    Each student must complete a minimum of 12 hours of electives during Year 2. It is the responsibility of each medical student to select and arrange his or her own elective(s). Electives may be completed in more than one discipline.

    Year 2 deadline to complete electives is April 30.

    The student may complete the elective in several different ways. These are some examples of how to complete the elective hours:

    • All 12 hours with one preceptor over a period of time or all in one day.

    • Two different six-hour electives with two different preceptors.
    (can be different disciplines)

    • Three four-hour sessions with different preceptors.
    (can be different disciplines)

    Students are responsible to ensure that each elective is recorded in Assess.Med and that the preceptor completes their portion of the form. This is required in order that the elective hours are counted toward the MED 527 requirement.

    *Please note that electives are not to be completed during any scheduled class time in any course. Any absences from class time will not be counted towards your elective.

  • Rural Shadowing and Skills

    This experience is only available for medical students currently enrolled at the U of A medical school. Please note that this experience is not allowed to interfere with any mandatory sessions that are part of regular classes and is restricted to weekends only.

    Year 1 students are permitted to participate in a rural shadowing experience during any weekend of the regular school year. If a student wants to participate when classes are finished in May, they must register in MED518 (both sections) and pay tuition.

    Application Procedure for U of A Medical Students
    Contact a rural preceptor and arrange shadowing experience. Once you have confirmed availability and have been accepted by the rural preceptor, Year 1 and Year 2 students complete the elective and then ensure they log into assess.med.ualberta.ca to complete the top portion of the evaluation form and have the preceptor complete the bottom portion. Year 3 and Year 4 students must request the elective through MedSIS. Year 3 and Year 4 students do not complete an elective application. Year 3 and Year 4 students are required to send an email confirmation from the preceptor to Rural and Regional Health, rattan1@ualberta.ca before requesting the elective through MedSIS.

    Approval MUST be received by the Office of Rural and Regional Health before the experience can take place. Failure to do so could result in not receiving credit for the elective.



Contact Information - Year 1 & 2


Administrator Electives: Norma Maloney

phone: 780-492-6743
email: electives@ualberta.ca


Year 1 Administrator: Melissa Coumont

phone: 780-248-1311
email: ume.year1admin@ualberta.ca


Physicianship Year 1 Administrator: Melissa Coumont

phone: 780-248-1311
email:
physicianshipadmin1@ualberta.ca