Our MD program is designed to ensure that participants graduate with a common foundation of knowledge, skills, values, and attitudes. This general professional education prepares graduates for subsequent education in primary or specialty care areas.
- 4 year degree. This does not include the 4 year baccalaureate degree required prior to admission to the program.
- Full-time program
- You cannot begin this program directly from high school
What you will learn
The undergraduate medical education program in the College of Medicine is a four-year program leading to the Medical Doctor (MD) degree. Upon earning the MD degree, students are then eligible to apply for postgraduate training in the discipline of their choice.
Years one and two
The first two years of medical education are called pre-clerkship. Students learn basic sciences and how to apply that learning in clinical conditions. They learn how to take medical histories and perform physical exams, first on standardized patients and then on real patients. At the same time, they are introduced to the factors that can affect both people's health and how they function in society. Students have the opportunity to participate in research and earn Global Health Certification.
Years three and four
After pre-clerkship comes clerkship. During year three, which is the first year of clerkship, students put into practice what they have already learned. They participate in clinical rotations and provide patient care both in hospital and in outpatient clinics. Clinical experiences occur not only in Saskatoon, Regina and Prince Albert, but also in rural and remote communities throughout Saskatchewan. In year four, students have further opportunities to experience different fields of medicine by participating in electives in Saskatchewan and at other medical schools throughout Canada. This prepares them for choosing a residency program at the end of year four.
The Course and Program Catalogue has the complete and official listing of required classes and their descriptions for this program.
Why study here?
Health Sciences Building, University of Saskatchewan
Our Saskatoon campus is in the Health Sciences Building at the University of Saskatchewan. This state of the-art, integrated facility supports and enables collaboration among students, faculty and researchers in all health science disciplines. The building is home to the Leslie and Irene Dubé Health Sciences Library, technology-equipped lecture theatres, classrooms and research laboratories, meeting and breakout rooms, and study and lounge spaces. It also includes the Clinical Learning Resource Centre, a simulation facility for health sciences students. Students also gain experience at Saskatoon's three hospitals.
Regina General Hospital
Our Regina campus is in the Regina General Hospital with access to hands-on learning and close proximity to the medical community. Residents, in addition to junior and senior medical students, are nearby and there is a low student-to-preceptor ratio. The campus is home to the Health Sciences Learning Centre, Health Sciences Library, technology-equipped classrooms, breakout rooms, study spaces, a student lounge and clinical exam rooms. It is also home to the Dilawri Simulation Centre, a state-of-the-art facility for students to practice medical situations. Students also gain experience at Wascana Rehabilitation Centre and Pasqua Hospital.
Excellence in care
The College of Medicine is committed to incorporating social accountability to direct its clinical activity, advocacy, research and education (CARE) and training activities towards the priority health concerns of local, regional, national and international communities. The college supports a number of programs and initiatives that address community health needs, including Indigenous health, primary health care, urban and rural underserved areas, gender and equity, eco-health, immigrant and refugee health and global health.
Indigenous health electives
Electives in Indigenous health that blend Indigenous and western knowledge are available in year four. These electives give you the opportunity to work in urban or rural settings with knowledge keepers, community members, and clinicians, pending availability at elective sites. You may also go off-site to assist in clinical care in surrounding First Nations communities
Certificate in Global Health
We offer this unique interprofessional program that combines academic courses with intense urban-based service learning experiences in urban underserved community clinics, as well as rural, remote and Indigenous communities in northern Saskatchewan and international communities. Rich in interactive, experiential, and didactic learning opportunities, this was the first undergraduate certificate in global health in Canada.
Our college has an exceptionally active student body with leadership from the Student Medical Society of Saskatchewan (SMSS). Some examples of other diverse student groups include: Aboriginal Rural and Remote Health Group Living Well: Physician Wellness Initiative Equity, Diversity and Gender Group. In addition, our Pre-Med Club helps students prepare for all aspects of medical school applications.
The College of Medicine is committed to increasing the number of Indigenous physicians in Canada and has developed programs and initiatives to encourage and support Indigenous students, including a mentorship program and through our Pathway Support for Indigenous Students to Pursue Medicine awards.
Residency and career options
After medical school, graduates enter into a residency program. The College of Medicine offers residency programs in primary or specialty care areas. Residency training varies from two years for certification by the College of Family Physicians of Canada to four to six years for certification by the Royal College of Physicians and Surgeons of Canada.
Following successful completion of residency training leads to careers in many diverse fields including the following:
- Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
- Clinical Investigation
- Emergency Medicine
- Family Medicine
- General Internal Medicine
- General Pathology
- General Surgery
- Internal Medicine
- Medical Imaging
- Obstetrics and Gynecology
- Orthopedic Surgery
- Physical Medicine and
- Public Health and Preventive
- Respiratory Medicine
Tuition and fees per year
Tuition estimates reflect a typical amount you could expect to pay per year (2023-2024 rates).
Student fees are used to fund specific student benefits, including health, vision and dental coverage, a bus pass, recreational programs and fitness centre access.
Additional estimates of fees and expenses
|Additional Fees or expenses
|Student Medical Society Fees
|College of Physicians & Surgeons Fees
|MCCQE Part I
|CARMs Fee (including travel)
|Criminal Record and Vulnerable Sector Check Fee
|Rotations Outside of Home Site
NOTE: Housing and living expenses are not included in this table.
#Amount is variable depending on the usage of EBooks, library loans, on-line subscriptions, used books, and purchased textbooks.
+Travel expenses are variable and will depend on, for example, the clinical experiences chosen, student interest group involvement, conference attendance and personal travel.
Preparing for Medicine
High school requirements
There are no specific high school requirements for the Medicine program. However, as a four-year baccalaureate degree (any subject area) is required to apply for admission to Medicine, students should consider their degree interests and research the high school prerequisite requirements for the degree to ensure they have taken the required high school courses to complete the university-level courses.
- Read through the Admission information below to see what is needed to be considered for admission.
- While prerequisite courses are not mandatory, applicants are strongly encouraged to complete equivalent/similar courses (introductory level Biochemistry, Chemistry, Biology, Physics, Statistics, Sociology and Psychology) to ensure readiness for the basic sciences covered in the first two years of the undergraduate medical curriculum and to prepare for the MCAT as well.
- Beginning in the 2024 application cycle, applicants must have an Indigenous studies prerequisite. For those currently enrolled in an undergraduate program, a 3-credit unit (1/2 year) university-level course with a focus on teaching the historical context and effects of colonialism on Indigenous peoples is required. View a list of appropriate courses at some post-secondary institutions that meet the requirement. For those applicants that have completed their degree requirements and are not attending a post-secondary institution, a certificate of completion from the Indigenous Canada course offered by the University of Alberta will meet the prerequisite requirement for the 2024 application cycle.
Join a Pre-Med Club
The Pre-Med Club helps students prepare for all aspects of medical school applications. They offer a range of preparatory and informative sessions such as mock MCATs, MCAT info sessions, multiple mini interview (MMI) prep groups, a mock MMI, a medical school applications crash course, a volunteer opportunities info session and much more.
Who should apply?
As the only medical school in Saskatchewan, the College of Medicine exists primarily to serve the residents of the province. As such, the vast majority of our seats are reserved for Saskatchewan residents. For a detailed breakdown of admitted applicants, please review our most recent admissions statistics document. Our school values diversity and we strive to have an incoming MD class that reflects the diversity of our province.
Our Indigenous Admissions Pathway (IAP) is designed to support self-declared First Nations, Métis, and Inuit students from all over Canada to gain admission to Medicine. Our Diversity and Social Accountability Admissions Program provides applicants who have experienced a challenging socio-economic background an opportunity to enter the College.
Learn all necessary applicant information below.
The Diversity and Social Accountability Admissions Program (DSAAP) considers socioeconomic and other systemic barriers to achieve admission to medical school and takes these factors into account. At the time of application, applicants have the opportunity to complete a completely confidential and voluntary questionnaire that will assess these barriers. Seven seats will be allocated to the DSAAP, which will be informed by the completed questionnaire.
Indigenous Admissions Pathway
The College of Medicine Admissions Office is committed to actively recruiting and supporting Indigenous students into medicine, ensuring the best pathway for Indigenous applicants through the Indigenous Admissions Pathway. The College of Medicine Indigenous Admissions Pathway is designed to support the growing number of Indigenous people choosing to becoming doctors in Saskatchewan. An important aspect of this is ensuring that doctors are reflective of the communities who they serve. Diversity and equity strengthen the profession of medicine and the quality of care of patients and improves health outcomes.
One of our very important goals in Admissions is to help bring down barriers and offer opportunities and inspiration to Indigenous students to pursue medicine as a career. We want Indigenous applicants to feel supported and encouraged through the application process. Having a strong Indigenous voice in the College of Medicine and future physician work force of this province is very important as we build truth, reconciliation and relationship with Indigenous patients, families and communities. Twenty seats in the MD degree program each year are specifically designated for Métis, Inuit and First Nations people.
The program helps to navigate the pathways and resources available to Indigenous students as they train to become physicians.
1. Residency and citizenship
You must be a Canadian citizen or have Permanent Resident status by the application deadline of October 1. Additionally, you must have lived in Canada for at least three years of your life prior to August 1 of the year in which admission is being sought. Please note, if your Permanent Resident card expires between the application deadline and August 1 of the year of admission, admission to the College will be conditional upon receipt of an updated valid Permanent Resident card.
2. Application requirements
Computer-based Assessment for Sampling Personal Characteristics (CASPer)
All applicants are required to complete CASPer as part of their application for the 2023/24 admissions cycle. To complete these assessments visit acuityinsights.app to create an account and register to complete the following assessments:
CASPer is an open-response situational judgment test that takes around 90-110 minutes to complete online.
To view available CASPer test times, please visit acuityinsights.app for a list of accepted test dates and requirements for our program. The last CASPer test date that will be considered for this application cycle is September 14, 2023.
You will need to create an account and sign up for the CSP-10201 – Canadian Professional Health Sciences version of CASPer.
Applicants must make sure to select the University of Saskatchewan College of Medicine for distribution before the Distribution Deadline of October 1, 2023. CASPer scores distributed to the University of Saskatchewan College of Medicine after October 1 will not be considered.
Students applying to the University of Saskatchewan's College of Medicine are not required to complete Duet as part of their application. When creating your account, ensure that you have selected "Duet is not required to apply to our program".
CASPer test results are only valid for the admissions cycle in which the test is taken. Applicants who have already taken CASPer in previous years are required to re-take it to be eligible for subsequent admission cycle(s).
Written personal statements
All applicants are required to submit written personal statements based on question prompts that are provided as a supplemental item once an application is submitted. Applicants may be asked to further speak to their written submission during the application cycle and may be asked to identify a verifier (or verifiers) who can speak to the authenticity of their written submission at any time during the application cycle. For more information regarding the written personal statements, please read the full applicant information document.
You will need to complete the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) before the application deadline and arrange to have all of your scores released prior to the deadline of October 1, 2024. MCAT scores released after the deadline of October 1, 2024 will not be considered.
While no prerequisite courses are required for admission, to prepare for the MCAT and to ensure readiness for the concepts covered in the first two years of the undergraduate medical curriculum, applicants are strongly encouraged to complete equivalent/similar courses in the following: introductory level Biochemistry, Chemistry, Biology, Physics, Statistics, Sociology and Psychology.
Registration for the MCAT is online at aamc.org/mcat.
Please note the following MCAT requirements in effect for the upcoming application cycle (2024 application for 2025 admission to the USask MD program):
- minimum required score will be a total score of 492 with minimum section scores of 123 in all sections, except one section may be 122
- earliest MCAT writing accepted is January 1, 2020
- latest MCAT writing accepted is August 30, 2024
- deadline for release of MCAT scores to the USask College of Medicine is October 1, 2024
- we will use the best score at one sitting
The last available writing of the MCAT for application in 2024 for entry 2025 is August 30, 2024. An MCAT test taken after August 30, 2024 will not be considered. You must request that all of your MCAT results be released electronically, specifically to the University of Saskatchewan, College of Medicine, via the Association of American Medical Colleges (AAMC) MCAT Test Site. Results must be released to the College of Medicine prior to the October 1, 2024 application deadline.
For details regarding this change and available times, please visit the AAMC website.
The AAMC and the Association of Faculties of Medicine in Canada (AFMC) provide a fee assistance program for Canadian examinees who register to test during the 2023 testing year. Canadian examinees who are eligible and qualify, will receive reduced scheduling, rescheduling, and cancellation rates. Learn more about the MCAT Fee Assistance Program for Canadians at aamc.org.
Four-year baccalaureate degree
A four-year baccalaureate degree must be completed by April 30 and awarded prior to entry into Medicine. To apply you need to have completed, or be in your last year, of a four-year degree program. Applicants must have a minimum University Academic Average (UAA) of 80% to apply. Applicants in the final year of their degree must also maintain an 80% average in the year of application. Raw scores from both term 1 and term 2 will be used to calculate the average. Please read the full applicant information document for complete details regarding the four-year baccalaureate degree requirement and University Academic Average calculation.
3. Personal qualities
The Multiple Mini Interview (MMI) and Panel Interview dates have been published. The MMI is scheduled for Jan. 27/28, 2024. The Panel Interview is scheduled for March 23, 2024.
Personal qualities are assessed by CASPer. Then, if invited to participate, by a Multiple Mini-Interview (MMI) tentatively scheduled for Jan. 27/28, 2024 and a panel interview tentatively scheduled for March 23, 2024. Applicants attending the interview phase(s) will then have a follow-up check of their references. Not all candidates will be invited to the interview phase(s).
Multiple Mini Interview
Multiple Mini Interviews are scheduled to take place on Jan. 27/28, 2024. A virtual format will be utilized.
The multiple mini interview (MMI) is a series of short structured interviews used to assess the personal traits that we are looking for in our applicants to the MD program. Each mini interview involves a brief time period to read a prompt and formulate a response before entering a virtual interview room to provide their response.
At the conclusion of the interview, the applicant moves to the next scenario and the assessor completes the evaluation form. This pattern is repeated through a circuit of multiple stations, with the typical MMI taking approximately 60–120 minutes, depending on the number of stations included.
The MMI gives the Admissions Committee a measure of an applicant's personal traits that cannot be assessed by their academic performance alone. Having future medical practitioners with desirable personal traits is very important to the College of Medicine and for our society as a whole.
Here are some of the strengths of the MMI compared to other measures of personal traits:
- provides multiple opportunities for a diverse applicant pool to demonstrate their abilities and personal traits
- dilutes the effects of chance and assessor bias
- more standardized delivery—all applicants respond to the same questions and assessors all receive the same background information a priori
- stations can be designed with a great deal of flexibility in order to assess applicants for personal traits desired by the medical school
- applicants can recover from a challenging station by moving onto a new station with a different assessor
Personal traits and abilities, such as communication skills, maturity, professionalism and an ability to think on their feet will be assessed during all of the MMI stations.
Station scenarios are structured specifically to assess numerous different domains, including:
- an applicant's non-academic achievements and life experiences
- ethical and critical decision-making abilities
- abilities to complete a task and follow directions
- knowledge of the health-care system and determinants of health in the local or global context
- commitment to helping others
- discussions about social accountability and desire and motivations to study and pursue a career in medicine
Background knowledge in basic or clinical sciences is no more useful than knowledge in other disciplines.
The MMI scenarios are designed specifically to generate general discussion and do not have any "correct" answers per se.
Applicants will be asked to respond to a scenario, communicate their understanding of the scenario, discuss the issues raised in the scenario, express personal thoughts and opinions, highlight previous life experiences pertaining to the scenario and defend any ideas they put forward.
To generate further discussion, our assessors may probe deeper by asking additional questions or clarify points that are made. We are interested in a genuine and rich dialogue with the applicant that allows us to get to know them best.
A panel interview process will be conducted following the virtual MMI, with the goal of getting to know our applicants better and to further assess communication and emotional intelligence skills. The performance on the virtual MMI will determine who will be invited to the panel interview. We plan to offer panel interviews in-person; however, a virtual panel interview will also be made available. The conversation circles will be used as the panel interview process for the IAC. Panel interviews/conversation circles are planned for March 23, 2024.
Personal attributes are assessed in part by information from your references. Reference feedback is not scored (i.e., the information provided by references is not used in ranking for admission). You must provide the names of three references who have supervised you in a capacity of either an immediate research supervisor or your immediate supervisor in recent employment/volunteer role.
References are used to verify details of your application and assess personal attributes.
The request for references/recommendations will be sent to the applicant at the time of MMI interview offers. Ensure your references are aware of and have consented to being contacted by the College of Medicine for a 10 to 15-minute phone call during March or April. The number of references contacted is at the discretion of the Admissions Office.
If within the last five years you have enrolled in or have completed an undergraduate research course and/or a post-graduate program, it is recommended that you use your research supervisor as a reference. Employment or volunteer supervisors should be as recent as possible. Your references cannot be a relative or a friend.
Step-by-step admissions guide
There are a few parts when it comes to applying to medicine. Be sure to go through the following guide to ensure everything has been completed.
- review all information on our webpages,
- read the Applicant Information documents carefully,
- review the technical standards in place for medical students,
- complete CASPer during the test dates outlined on acuityinsights.app,
- complete the MCAT prior to last accepted writing time, and
- begin and complete the application during the online application dates (August to end of September).
- applicants will be contacted for the next part of the admissions process,
- applicants may be invited to participate in Multiple Mini Interviews (MMIs), and
- applicants who progress past the MMI will be invited to participate in the panel interview/conversation circle.
Once all of these steps are complete, successful applicants will be sent letters of offer in May/June each year.
The Price of a Dream (POD) program was developed by the National POD Team alongside the AFMC and participating universities to address the personal and systemic financial barriers individuals face when applying to medical school. The $150 application fee and the $75 interview fee associated with a medical school application are waived through the POD program for successful applicants for the upcoming 2023-2024 application cycle to the USask College of Medicine.
The application portal is now available for the upcoming 2023/2024 application cycle.
You may start an application, save it, and return to it any time before the application deadline. Once your application has been submitted, you cannot re-open it to make changes.
Once you have filled out and submitted your application and paid your application fee, you will be able to return to your application to upload your supplemental items (such as transcripts, proof of Permanent Residency, etc.). These are entered in the "Supplemental Items & Documents" tab on your application.
Your application will not be considered complete until you upload all necessary supplemental items outstanding, so it is recommended that you do this right away after initially submitting your application. If you are offered admission, you will be asked to have official copies of some documents (such as transcripts) sent. Instructions will be provided in your admission letter.
Log in to your account to check your application status. Once you have logged in, you will see "My application" showing in your account, which will display the status of your application.
If you need to make any other changes to your application that you have already submitted, you need to contact the College of Medicine at firstname.lastname@example.org. If you need to complete or make changes to your application that you started but did not submit, you can log back into your application and complete the changes yourself.
If you have been offered admission to the MD program, there are a couple of steps to complete in order to finalize your acceptance to the College of Medicine. You will be asked to provide the following:
Applicants who are offered admission must pay a non-refundable deposit of 10 per cent of the tuition by the deadline date of the acceptance of the offer.
Candidates who withdraw their admission acceptance after paying the deposit will forfeit the 10 per cent deposit.
You will be required to acknowledge that you have read and understand the technical standards of medical students. To view the current College of Medicine Technical Standards, please visit our policy page.
College of Medicine students are required to own a laptop computer and use it for some College of Medicine exams. The laptop computer used for exams must meet the criteria listed under the Minimum System Requirements with the additional institutional stipulation that it cannot be an iPad, nor a Surface product, nor computer using Windows S versions. Students are required to have the laptop computer set up and maintained to deliver computer-based exams without conflict from other software on the computer and work with Medicine IT to ensure this standard is maintained. Students that currently own a Microsoft Surface product, are required to contact MedIT to address hardware concerns.
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The four-year Doctor of Medicine (MD) is offered by the University of Saskatchewan's College of Medicine.
Established first as the School of Medical Sciences in 1926 and later as the College of Medicine in 1953, the College has a full range of academic programming, including the School of Rehabilitation Science and the Division of Biomedical Sciences. The College of Medicine serves the people of Saskatchewan by producing outstanding clinical practitioners, generating new knowledge and facilitating improved patient outcomes.
- Biochemistry, Microbiology and Immunology
- Biomedical Foundations
- Cellular, Physiological, and Pharmacological Sciences
- Interdisciplinary Biomedical Science
- Veterinary Medicine
If you are looking for graduate level programs (Master's and PhDs,) please consult our graduate students' website.