About

Our M.D. 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.


Quick facts
  • 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 (M.D.) degree. Upon earning the M.D. 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 Facility

The state of the-art, integrated facility supports and enables collaboration among students, faculty and researchers in all health science disciplines and helps to educate health professionals using a team-centred approach. We have introduced leading teaching concepts, conducted broad research investigations that advance our understanding of health issues and continue to explore how to best provide clinical services that respond to the needs of today’s patients.

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.

Electives in Indigenous health

Electives in Indigenous Health that blend Western and Indigenous knowledge are available in year four. These electives give you the opportunity to work with Elders, Healers or Indigenous communities. You may also go off-site to assist in clinical care in surrounding First Nations communities.

Certificate in Global Health

We offer this accredited program for first-year MD students that focuses on preparation for work with marginalized under-served communities locally and globally. Rich in interactive, experiential, and didactic learning opportunities, this is currently the only undergraduate certificate in Global Health in Canada.

Student groups

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.

Indigenous Students

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 Pre-Medicine Awards for Indigenous Students.

Careers

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:

  • Anesthesiology
  • Cardiology
  • Child and Adolescent Psychiatry
  • Clinical Investigation
  • Emergency Medicine
  • Family Medicine
  • General Internal Medicine
  • General Pathology
  • General Surgery
  • Internal Medicine
  • Medical Imaging
  • Nephrology
  • Neurology
  • Neurosurgery
  • Obstetrics and Gynecology
  • Ophthalmology
  • Orthopedic Surgery
  • Pediatrics
  • Physical Medicine and
  • Rehabilitation
  • Public Health and Preventive
  • Medicine
  • Psychiatry
  • Respiratory Medicine
  • Rheumatology

Tuition estimates

Tuition and fees per year

Tuition $17,998
Fees $947
Total $18,945

Tuition estimates reflect a typical amount you could expect to pay per year (2019-2020 rates).
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 Year 1 Year 2 Year 3 Year 4
Student Medical Society Fees 300.00 - - -
College of Physicians & Surgeons Fees 20.00 - - -
SMA-CMA Fees 17.00 17.00 17.00 17.00
MCCQE Part I - - - 900.00
CARMs Fee (including travel) - - - 5,000.00
Criminal Record and Vulnerable Sector Check Fee 70.00 - 70.00 -
Books# 500.00 500.00 500.00 500.00
Equipment (ACLS & Fit Testing) 250.00 - - -
Electives - - - 8,000.00
Rotations Outside Saskatoon 300.00 600.00 1,500.00 1,500.00
Travel+

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, the following high school courses are often required for university-level courses that will ensure readiness for the medical curriculum:

  • Grade 12 level mathematics
  • Grade 12 level biology
  • Grade 12 level chemistry
  • Grade 12 level physics

University requirements

  • 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. 

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.

  • Saskatoon:  Join the Pre-Med Club by email or via Facebook, U of S Pre Med Club.
  • Regina: Contact them by email or via Facebook, University of Regina Pre-Medicine Club.

Admission information

The admission information below provides a cursory review. Please ensure you've read the entire Applicant Information guide prior to applying for admission to the program. The guide contains the official admission policies.

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 September 1 of the year of admission, admission to the College will be conditional upon receipt of an updated valid Permanent Resident card.

As the only medical school in Saskatchewan, the College of Medicine at the University of Saskatchewan has a responsibility to serve the residents of the province. Therefore, of the 100 seats available each year:

Saskatchewan residents
95% of first year positions are reserved for Saskatchewan residents. You must have physically resided in Saskatchewan for three years immediately preceding the year you are seeking admission. Exceptions are made for long time residents, and members or family members of the Armed Forces of Canada or RCMP. 

Yukon, Northwest, or Nunavut territory residents
Using the same criteria above, residents of the territories can apply as Saskatchewan residents.

Indigenous applicants
Ten first year spaces are reserved for qualified, self-identified First Nations, Métis, and Inuit students through our Indigenous Admissions Program (these seats are included within the 95% allocated Saskatchewan positions). 

Diversity and Social Accountability Admissions Program (DSAAP)
The DSAAP will involve 6 seats. 

Non-Saskatchewan resident applicants
A maximum of 5 seats are reserved for non-Saskatchewan residents.

2. Academic Requirements

  1. MCAT: you will need to complete the Medical College Admission Test (MCAT) before the application deadline and arrange to have all of your scores released to our office during the specified time. See below for more details.
  2. Four year Baccalaureate Degree 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.
  3. Admission average: the minimum admission average will change depending on your residency status. 

3. Personal qualities

Personal qualities are assessed primarily by a multiple mini-interview (MMI) held during one weekend in March. Not all candidates will be invited to the interview phase. 

Multiple Mini Interview

The 2020 MMI dates are: March 21-22

4. Additional requirements

Applicants whose primary language is not English may be required to present proof of proficiency in English.

The M.D. program tuition is $17,998 for the 2019-2020 academic year. Applicants who are offered admission must pay a non-refundable deposit of 10% ($1,800) of the tuition by the deadline date of the acceptance of the offer. That is, candidates who withdraw their admission acceptance after paying the fee will forfeit the 10% deposit.

All applicants offered admission will be required to submit a criminal record check including vulnerable sector screening to the College of Medicine by the first day of orientation of the year of entry.

All applicants should familiarize themselves with the Criminal Record Check Policy and Procedures. Results will be shared, including sharing a copy of the documentation, with: (i) the College of Physicians and Surgeons of Saskatchewan and (ii) other medical and/or educational institutions as required. In the event that an applicant is found to be ineligible for an educational license, the offer of admission will be revoked.

Applicants to the College of Medicine will be required to answer the following questions on the application form and provide detailed information for any question(s) answered “Yes”:
  • Have you ever been suspended, disqualified, censured, or had any disciplinary action taken against you as a member of any profession?
  • Have you at any time been (i) charged with an academic or non-academic offence by a post-secondary institution or (ii) suspended, expelled, required to discontinue, or otherwise disciplined (including being denied readmission) for any academic or non-academic offence by a post-secondary institution (including in either (i) or (ii) being cited for any professionalism issues at any time)?
  • Have you ever been convicted of a criminal offence (this includes any offence for which pardon has been received)?
  • Have you been arrested or charged with any criminal offence, in Canada or elsewhere?
  • To the best of your current knowledge and belief, are you currently under investigation for possible criminal conduct, in Canada or elsewhere?

If you are a future applicant considering application to the U of S College of Medicine and answer “yes” to any of the preceding questions, it is recommended that you contact the Admissions Office to have an informal review of the details of your background completed to determine future possible concerns with regard to admission or licensure as a medical student.

For full details on the Immunization Requirements please view our policy.

MCAT

In 2019, the AAMC and the Association of Faculties of Medicine in Canada (AFMC) are piloting a fee assistance program for Canadian examinees who register to test during the 2019 testing year. Canadian examinees who are eligible and qualify will receive reduced scheduling, rescheduling and cancellation rates. For more information about this pilot, please visit www.afmc.ca.

NOTE: The MCAT must have been written prior to the application deadline of October 1, 2019. 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 and specifically between October 15, 2019 and October 25, 2019. Even if you have released your scores to the University of Saskatchewan, College of Medicine prior to October 15, 2019, you must re-release them during the previously stated time period. In order to capture all possible MCAT results, only scores released to the University of Saskatchewan, College of Medicine, during this time period will be considered. 
For application fall of 2019 for entry fall of 2020, no minimum MCAT section or total score percentile will be required. MCAT scores must be obtained in one sitting prior to the application deadline. The earliest accepted scores for application 2019 for entry fall of 2020 are from January 2016. Only the most recent MCAT writing will be considered. Confidence bands are not considered and any further AAMC adjustments to percentile scores after our MCAT score release deadline of October 25, 2019, will not be considered. The AAMC site will produce a report for applicants showing when scores are released to the University of Saskatchewan, College of Medicine; therefore, we will not confirm receipt of MCAT scores.

For each application cycle, the Admissions Committee will review all of the MCAT scores and set the minimum overall MCAT score, and MCAT section scores, for the current cycle. In the last admissions cycle for entrance in 2019, the Committee removed applicants from further consideration if their total MCAT score was less than the 24th percentile in their most recent MCAT written April 2015 onwards.

The Admissions Committee, in assessing an individual’s application, will review the MCAT section scores for consistency and for concordance of the MCAT total score percentile with the individual’s university academic average (UAA). Inconsistency within the MCAT section results, or discordance between the MCAT total score percentile and the UAA (e.g., MCAT result unexpectedly low based on the UAA), can serve as grounds for the Admissions Committee to remove an individual’s application from further consideration. This past year, in addition to the total score percentile cutoff of > 24, the Admissions Committee set the minimum section percentile score cutoffs of BBFL >29; CARS >23; CPBS >12; PSBB >19.

While no prerequisite courses are required for admission, to prepare for the MCAT, 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 www.aamc.org/mcat.

For information regarding acceptable MCAT results for future applications, please see below.

Admission Cycle MCAT Accepted
Application Fall of 2019 for Entry Fall of 2020

MCAT (January 2016 earliest) - most recent score

Application Fall of 2020 for Entry Fall of 2021 MCAT (January 2017 earliest) - most recent score 

NOTE: The MCAT must have been written prior to the application deadline of October 1, 2019. You must request that all of your MCAT results be released electronically specifically to the University of Saskatchewan, College of Medicine, via the AAMC MCAT Test Site and specifically between October 15, 2019 and October 25, 2019. Even if you have released your scores to the University of Saskatchewan, College of Medicine prior to October 15, 2019, you must re-release them during the previously stated time period. In order to capture all possible MCAT results, only scores released to the University of Saskatchewan, College of Medicine, during this time period will be considered.

For application fall of 2019 for entry fall of 2020, MCAT scores must be obtained in one sitting prior to the application deadline. The earliest accepted scores for application 2019 for entry fall of 2020 are from January 2016. Only the most recent MCAT will be considered. Confidence band scores are not considered and any further adjustments to percentile scores by the AAMC after our MCAT score release deadline of October 25, 2019, will not be considered. The AAMC site will produce a report for applicants showing when scores are released to the University of Saskatchewan, College of Medicine; therefore, we will not confirm receipt of MCAT scores.

A minimum of the 80th percentile for the test sum score and for each of the four section scores is required. Only the most recent test will be considered.

As we have limited interview spaces, last year the Out-of-Province resident minimum MCAT cutoff for an interview invitation was at the 97th percentile with a minimum CARS score at the 95th percentile.

The Admissions Committee, in assessing an individual’s application, will review the MCAT section scores for consistency and for concordance of the MCAT total score percentile with the individual’s university academic average (UAA). Inconsistency within the MCAT section results, or discordance between the MCAT total score percentile and the UAA (e.g., MCAT result unexpectedly low based on the UAA), can serve as grounds for the Admissions Committee to remove an individual’s application from further consideration.

While no prerequisite courses are required for admission, to prepare for the MCAT 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 www.aamc.org/mcat.

For information regarding acceptable MCAT results for future applications, please see below.

Admission Cycle MCAT Accepted
Application Fall of 2019 for Entry Fall of 2020 MCAT (Jauary 2016 earliest) – most recent score
Application Fall of 2019 for Entry Fall of 2020 MCAT (January 2017 earliest) – most recent score

Applying

Deadlines: Applications open August 1st 2019, and the deadline to apply is October 1, 2019 at 4:00 p.m. Saskatoon time for entry in August 2020.

Transcripts and any other documents required for application (e.g., proof of residency) must be postmarked by October 15, 2019 at 4:00 PM (Saskatchewan time).

Please ensure you've read the entire Applicant Information document prior to applying for admission to the program.

A non-refundable application fee of $150 CDN is required before your application will be processed. For applicants invited to the Multiple Mini Interview (MMI), there is an additional non-refundable fee of $150.00 which must be paid at the time of accepting the MMI invitation.

College info

The four year Doctor of Medicine (M.D.) 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 Physical Therapy 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.

Questions?

Phone: 306-966-4030
Fax: 306-966-2601

Emailmed.admissions@usask.ca

Box 17, Health Sciences Building
University of Saskatchewan 
107 Wiggins Road, Saskatoon
SK, S7N 5E5