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 Aboriginal health, primary health care, urban and rural underserved areas, gender and equity, eco-health, immigrant and refugee health and global health.

Electives in Aboriginal health

Electives in Aboriginal Health that blend Western and Indigenous knowledge are available in year four. These electives give you the opportunity to work with Elders, Healers or Aboriginal 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.

Aboriginal Students

The College of Medicine is committed to increasing the number of Aboriginal physicians in Canada and has developed programs and initiatives to encourage and support Aboriginal students, including a mentorship program and Pre-Medicine Awards for Aboriginal 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 $16,642
Fees $835
Total $17,477

Tuition estimates reflect a typical amount you could expect to pay per year.
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 expensesYear 1Year 2Year 3Year 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
LMCC Fees - - - 900.00
CARMs Fee (including travel) - - - 5,000.00
Criminal Record and Vulnerable Sector Check Fee 70.00 - - -
Books 1,500.00 1,700.00 1,500.00 1,400.00
Equipment (ACLS & Fit Testing) 3,250.00 150.00 700.00 500.00
Professional clothing 1,000.00 500.00 500.00 1,000.00
Electives - - - 8,000.00
Rotations Outside Saskatoon 300.00 600.00 1,500.00 1,500.00
Travel (local) 700.00 700.00 700.00 1,500.00

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 and have lived in Canada for at least three years prior to September 1st of the year in which admission is being sought. 

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 normally must have physically resided in Saskatchewan for three years directly 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.

Aboriginal applicants
Ten percent of first year spaces are reserved for qualified, self-identified First Nations, Métis, and Inuit students through our Aboriginal 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. 

Out of province applicants
A maximum of 5% (5) of the total seats are reserved for Out-of-Province 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 them released to our office during the specified time. See below for more details.
  2. Four year Baccalaureate Degree Awarded Prior to Entry into Medicine:  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 2018 MMI dates are: March 17-18

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 $16,642.00 for the 2017-2018 academic year. Applicants who are offered admission must pay a non-refundable deposit of 10% ($1,664.00) 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 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 being cited for any professionalism issues during your training)?
  • 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

Saskatchewan Resident  and Aboriginal Admissions MCAT Requirements as of Application October 2017 (for Admission 2018)

NOTE: The MCAT must have been written prior to the application deadline of October 1, 2017. You must request that all of your MCAT results be released electronically specifically to the Admissions Office, College of Medicine, University of Saskatchewan, via the AAMC MCAT Test Site and specifically between October 10, 2017 and October 24, 2017. Even if you have released your scores to our office prior to October 10, 2017, you must re-release them during the above stated time period. Only scores released during the above stated time period will be considered. 

For application fall of 2017 for entry fall of 2018, no minimum MCAT section or total score percentile will be required (however, see the next paragraph). MCAT scores must be obtained in one sitting prior to the application deadline. The earliest accepted scores for application 2017 for entry fall of 2018 are from April 2015. In the on-line application, for only your most recent test, you must record the section score and percentile rank for each of the sections listed, as well as the total score and total score percentile rank. Depending on the date that you wrote the MCAT, your test scores may or may not be available by the application deadline. You will be able to submit your application even if your MCAT scores are not yet available. Confidence bands are not considered and any further AAMC adjustments to percentile scores after our MCAT score release deadline of October 24, 2017, will not be considered. We will not confirm receipt of MCAT scores.

The Admissions Committee removed individuals who applied in the last admissions cycle from further consideration if their total MCAT score was < the 24th percentile in the MCAT written April 2015 onwards. Applicants applying by October 1, 2017, for entry in 2018 should note that the Admissions Committee will evaluate the MCAT scores of all applicants before determining the required minimum MCAT score for incoming 2018 medical students (the required total MCAT score likely will be similar to last year or slightly higher). 

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 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.

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

Admission Cycle MCAT Accepted
Application Fall of 2017 for Entry Fall of 2018 MCAT (April 2015 earliest) – most recent score
Application Fall of 2018 for Entry Fall of 2019

MCAT (April 2015 earliest) – most recent score

Application Fall of 2019 for Entry Fall of 2020 MCAT (2016 earliest) – most recent score

Out-of- Province Residents MCAT Requirements for Application October 2017 (for Admission 2018)

NOTE: The MCAT must have been written prior to the application deadline of October 1, 2017. You must request that all of your MCAT results be released electronically specifically to the Admissions Office, College of Medicine, University of Saskatchewan, via the AAMC MCAT Test Site and specifically between October 10, 2017 and October 24, 2017. Even if you have released your scores to our office prior to October 10, 2017, you must re-release them during the above stated time period. Only scores released during the above stated time period will be considered. 

For application fall of 2017 for entry fall of 2018, MCAT scores must be obtained in one sitting prior to the application deadline. The earliest accepted scores for application 2017 for entry fall of 2018 are from April 2015.  In the on-line application, for only your most recent test, you must record the section score and percentile rank for each of the sections listed, as well as the total score and total score percentile rank.  Depending on the date that you wrote the MCAT, your test scores may or may not be available by the application deadline.  You will be able to submit your application even if your MCAT scores are not yet available. Confidence band scores are not considered and any further adjustments to percentile scores by the AAMC after our MCAT score release deadline of October 24, 2017, will not be considered. We will not be confirming receipt of MCAT scores.

A total score of 506 is required with specific section minimums as follows: Biological and Biochemical Foundations of Living Systems >127; Critical Analysis and Reasoning Skills >127; Chemical and Physical Foundations of Biological Systems >126; and Psychological, Social, and Biological Foundations of Behavior>126.

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 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.

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

Admission Cycle MCAT Accepted
Application Fall of 2017 for Entry Fall of 2018 MCAT (April 2015 earliest) – most recent score
Application Fall of 2018 for Entry Fall of 2019 MCAT (April 2015 earliest) – most recent score
Application Fall of 2019 for Entry Fall of 2020 MCAT (2016 earliest) – most recent score

Applying

Deadlines: Applications open in early August 2017, and the deadline to apply is October 1, 2017 at 4:00 p.m. Saskatoon time for entry in August 2018. 

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

A non-refundable application fee of $125 CDN is required before your application will be processed.

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, 5B53 Health Sciences Building
University of Saskatchewan 
107 Wiggins Road, Saskatoon
SK, S7N 5E5