Mar 22, 2018  
University of Alberta Calendar 2017-2018 
University of Alberta Calendar 2017-2018 [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

MD Degree

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General Information

The program leading to the MD degree is conducted over four years. The curriculum committee is responsible for the overall design, management and evaluation of a coherent and coordinated curriculum.

Years 1 and 2 are the pre-clerkship years in which the material is presented in a series of system-based and longitudinal courses. 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. 

Years 3 and 4 are the clerkship years, commonly called the clinical clerkship. During the clerkship, each student must maintain a record of the number and variety of the student's clinical experiences, in order to ensure that the objectives of the clerkship have been met. Year 3 includes clinical rotations totaling 49 weeks or an integrated community based clerkship, a longitudinal Physicianship III/Transitions course, as well as opportunities for elective courses. Year 4 is a senior clinical year of approximately 34 weeks, which includes clinical rotations, electives, and a longitudinal Physicianship IV/Transitions course. 


It is mandatory that each student, after acceptance into the program, attend Orientation. This is scheduled immediately before the beginning of the first term.

Course Requirements

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